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The Truth About Aaron: My Journey to Understand My Brother
by Jonathan Hernandez

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English

Pages

190

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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<p><strong>The unvarnished true story of the tragic life and death of Aaron Hernandez, the college All-American and New England Patriots star convicted of murder, told by one of the few people who knew him best, his brother. </strong></p><p>To football fans, Aaron Hernandez was a superstar in the making. A standout at the University of Florida, he helped the Gators win the national title in 2008. Drafted by the New England Patriots, in his second full season with the team he and fellow Patriots鈥?tight end Rob Gronkowski set records for touchdowns and yardage, and with Tom Brady, led New England to Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. But Aaron鈥檚 NFL career ended as quickly as it began. On June 26, 2013, he was arrested at his North Attleboro home, charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, and released by the Patriots. Convicted of first-degree murder, Aaron was sentenced to life in prison without parole. On May 15, 2014, while on trial for Lloyd's murder,聽Aaron was indicted for two more murders. Five days after being acquitted for those double murders, he committed suicide in his jail cell. Aaron Hernandez was twenty-seven years old. </p><p>In this clear-eyed, emotionally devastating biography鈥攁 family memoir combining football and true crime鈥擩onathan (formerly known by his nickname DJ) Hernandez speaks out fully for the first time about the brother he knew. Jonathan draws on his own recollections as well as thousands of pages of prison letters and other sources to give us a full portrait of a star athlete and troubled young man who would become a murderer, and the darkness that consumed him. Jonathan does not portray Aaron as a victim; he does not lay the blame for his crimes on his illness. He speaks openly about Aaron鈥檚 talent, his sexuality, his crimes and incarceration, and the CTE that ravaged him鈥攕cientists found that upon his death, Aaron had the brain of a sixty-seven-year old suffering from the same condition. Filled with headline-making revelations, <em>The Truth About Aaron</em> is a shocking and moving account of promise, tragedy, and loss鈥攐f one man鈥檚 descent into rage and violence, as told by the person who knew him more closely than anyone else.</p>
Through My Eyes
by , Nathan Whitaker

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

May 31, 2011

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FormerUniversity of Florida star quarterback, 2010 first-round draft pick for theDenver Broncos, and devout Christian Tim Tebow tellsthe story of his faith, his life, and his career in football in <em>Through MyEyes</em>. Written with Nathan Whitaker, the <em>New York Times</em> bestsellingcoauthor of <em>Quiet Strength</em>,<em> </em>with Tony Dungy, <em>Through My Eyes </em>givesfans a first look into the heart of an athlete whose talent and devotion havemade him one of the most provocative figures in football.
It Was Always You (A Calamity Falls Novel Book 5)
by Erika Kelly

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English

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Publication Date

February 13, 2020

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<b>He鈥檚 the bad boy quarterback, one scandal away from being traded.<br /><br /><b>She鈥檚 the squeaky-clean pop star with a morality clause hanging around her neck.<br /><br /><b>And they can鈥檛 keep their hands off each other.<br /><br />Cassian Ellis fell in love with Gigi Cavanaugh when he was fourteen. But he couldn鈥檛 have her. His mentor 鈥?her dad 鈥?promised to take him out of detention and all the way to the pros. The price: stay away from his daughter.<br /><br />But Gigi was embedded in his soul 鈥?there was no distancing himself from her. And, senior year in high school, in a moment of desperation when he couldn鈥檛 take all the want and love and lust, he ended things in the worst way possible.<br /><br />Now, nine years later, he鈥檚 forced to do charity work to clean up his party boy image.<br /><br />And guess who鈥檚 working right alongside him?<br /><br />Gigi can't believe her bad luck. She's on the same Dreams Come True tour as Cassian Ellis. And, with the press recording their every move, she has to pretend to like the man who tore out her heart and stomped all over it.<br /><br />But Cassian couldn鈥檛 be happier since he never stopped loving her. And he鈥檚 determined to win her back. Only, someone鈥檚 leaking photographs, and headlines about the bad boy quarterback corrupting the squeaky-clean pop star could sink both their dreams.<br /><br />Can their love overcome all the world has put between them?</b></b></b>
Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life
by , Bruce Feldman

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English

Pages

274

Publication Date

December 03, 2013

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Newly-minted Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach tells his captivating story鈥撯€揻rom rural Wyoming to law school to the upper echelons of the SEC.<br /><br />SWING YOUR SWORD is the first ever book by one of the most fascinating and successful coaches in sports today. A maverick who took an unlikely path to coaching through law school, Mike Leach talks about his unorthodox approach to coaching and the choices that have brought him success throughout his career. A lover of the game who started creating formations and drawing his own plays as a kid, Leach took his Texas Tech Red Raiders to numerous bowl games, achieving the #2 slot in national rankings and being voted 2008 Coach of the Year before being unceremoniously fired at the end of the 2009 season. The scandalous nature of his dismissal created a media frenzy and began a personal battle between Leach and his accusers that remains unresolved.
The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Perf...
by Tom Brady

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English

Pages

296

Publication Date

September 19, 2017

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<b>The #1<i> New York Times</i> bestseller by the 6-time Super Bowl champion</b><br /> <br /><b>The first book by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady鈥攖he 6</b><b>-time</b><b> Super Bowl champion who is still reaching unimaginable heights of excellence at </b><b>42</b><b> years old鈥攁 gorgeously illustrated and deeply practical 鈥渁thlete鈥檚 bible鈥?that reveals Brady鈥檚 revolutionary approach to sustained peak performance for athletes of all kinds and all ages.</b><br /><br />In modern sports, some athletes have managed to transcend their competition in a way that no one will ever forget: Jordan. Jeter. Ali. Williams. These elite legends have changed the game, achieved the unthinkable, and pushed their bodies to unbelievable limits. Joining their exclusive ranks is Tom Brady.<br /> <br />鈥淏rady is the healthiest great champion the NFL has ever had, both physically and mentally鈥?(Sally Jenkins, <i>The Washington Post</i>). The longtime New England Patriots quarterback, who in 2017 achieved his fifth Super Bowl win and fourth Super Bowl MVP award, is widely regarded as an athlete whose training and determination pushed him from a mediocre draft position to the most-revered and respected professional football player of his generation.<br /> <br />In <i>The TB12 Method</i>, Tom Brady explains how he developed his groundbreaking approach to long-term fitness, presenting a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to his personal practice. Brady offers the principles behind pliability, which is at the heart of a new paradigm shift and movement toward a more natural, healthier way of exercising, training, and living鈥攁nd one that challenges some commonly held assumptions around health and wellness. Filled with lessons learned from Brady鈥檚 own peak performance training, and step-by-step action steps to help readers develop and maintain their own peak performance, <i>The TB12 Method </i>also advocates for more effective approaches to strength training, hydration, nutrition, supplementation, cognitive fitness, recovery, and other lifestyle choices that dramatically decrease the risk of injury while amplifying and extending performance, as well as quality of life.<br /> <br />After using his methods for over a decade, Brady believes that the TB12 approach has made him鈥攁nd can make any athlete, male or female, in any sport and at any level鈥攁chieve their own peak performance. With instructions, drills, photos, in-depth case studies that Brady himself has used, as well as personal anecdotes and experiences from on and off the field, <i>The TB12 Method</i> is the only book an athlete will ever need, a playbook from Brady himself that will change the game.
Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossro...
by John U. Bacon

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English

Pages

432

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<p><strong>A <em>PUBLISHERS WEEKLY</em> BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>"<u>One of the best</u> insider-football books <u>ever written</u>.鈥澛犫€擠ouglas Brinkley</strong></p><p><strong>A聽riveting聽chronicle of Michigan's Jim Harbaugh era, and聽"an unprecedented look at the inner workings" (<em>Sporting聽News</em>) of聽a big-time college football program</strong> </p><p>For the past year,聽John U. Bacon has received聽rare access to Jim Harbaugh鈥檚 University of Michigan football team: coaches, players, and staffers, in closed-door meetings, locker rooms,聽meals, and classes. <em>Overtime</em> captures this storied program at the crossroads, as the sport鈥檚 winningest team battles to reclaim its former glory. But what if the price of success today comes at the cost of your soul? Do you pay it, or compete without compromising?</p><p>In the spirit of HBO鈥檚 <em>Hardknocks, Overtime聽</em>delivers聽a deeply reported human portrait that follows the Wolverine coaches, players, and staffers through the 2018 season, including Harbaugh, offensive stars Shea Patterson and Karan Higdon, NFL-ready defensive standouts Rashan Gary, Devin Bush Jr., and Chase Winovich, second-stringers striving to find their place on the team, and their parents鈥?reactions to it all<strong>. </strong>Bacon met with them every week during a season that saw the Wolverines ride a ten-game winning streak to #4 in the nation, then take a beating at the hands of arch-rival Ohio State, led by controversial coach Urban Meyer, Harbaugh鈥檚 foil. <em>Overtime</em> also previews the crucial 2019 campaign ahead. </p><p>Above all, this<em> </em>is a human story. In <em>Overtime</em> we not only discover what these public figures are like behind the scenes, we learn what the experience <em>means</em> to them as they go through it 鈥?the trials, the triumphs, and the unexpected answers to a central question: <em>Is it worth it?</em><strong></strong></p><p>From the 鈥減oet laureate of Michigan football鈥?(according to <em>New York Times</em>鈥檚 Joe Drape), and one of the keenest observers of college football, <em>Overtime </em>offers a window into a legendary program and the sport itself that only John U. Bacon could deliver. </p><p></p>
Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
by , David Casstevens

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English

Pages

238

Publication Date

June 24, 2002

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<p><b>Praise for <i>Mind Gym</i></b></p> <p>"Believing in yourself is paramount to success for any athlete. Gary's lessons and David's writing provide examples of the importance of the mental game."<br /><br />--<b>Ben Crenshaw</b>, two-time Masters champion and former Ryder Cup captain</p> <p>"<i>Mind Gym</i> hits a home run. If you want to build mental muscle for the major leagues, read this book."<br /><br />--<b>Ken Griffey Jr.</b>, Major League Baseball MVP</p> <p>"I read <i>Mind Gym</i> on my way to the Sydney Olympics and really got a lot out of it. Gary has important lessons to teach, and you'll find the exercises fun and beneficial."<br /><br />--<b>Jason Kidd</b>, NBA All-Star and Olympic gold-medal winner</p> <p>In <i>Mind Gym</i>, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack explains how your mind influences your performance on the field or on the court as much as your physical skill does, if not more so. Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes--many of whom he has worked with--you will learn the same techniques and exercises Mack uses to help elite athletes build mental "muscle." <i>Mind Gym</i> will give you the "head edge" over the competition.</p>
Friday Night Lights, 25th Anniversary Edition: A Town, a Team, an...
by H.G. Bissinger

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English

Pages

434

Publication Date

August 11, 2015

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<b>Named <i>Sports Illustrated'</i>s best football book of all time and a #1 <i>NYT </i>bestseller, this is the classic story of a high school football team whose win-loss record has a profound influence on the town around them.</b><b><br /></b>Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. Socially and racially divided, Odessa isn't known to be a place big on dreams, but every Friday night from September to December, when the Panthers play football, dreams can come true.<br />With frankness and compassion, Pulitzer Prize winner H. G. Bissinger unforgettably captures a season in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires -- and sometimes shatters -- the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms.<br />The inspiration for the hit television program and film of the same name, this anniversary edition features a new afterword by the author.
Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time
by Ian O'Connor

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English

Pages

521

Publication Date

September 25, 2018

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The definitive biography of the NFL鈥檚 most enigmatic, controversial, and yet successful coach<br /><br /> 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bill Belichick is perhaps the most fascinating figure in the NFL鈥攖he infamously dour face of one of the winningest franchises in sports. As head coach of the New England Patriots, he鈥檚 led the team to five Super Bowl championship trophies. In this revelatory and robust biography, readers will come to understand and see Belichick鈥檚 full life in football, from watching college games as a kid with his father, a Naval Academy scout, to orchestrating two Super Bowl鈥搘inning game plans as defensive coordinator for the Giants, to his dramatic leap to New England, where he has made history.<br /><br /> 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Award-winning columnist and <i>New York Times </i>best-selling author Ian O鈥機onnor delves into the mind of the man who has earned a place among coaching legends like Lombardi, Halas, and Paul Brown, presenting sides of Belichick that have been previously unexplored. O鈥機onnor discovers how this legendary coach shaped the people he met and worked with in ways perhaps even Belichick himself doesn鈥檛 know. Those who follow and love pro football know Bill Belichick only as the hooded genius of the Patriots. But there is so much more鈥攆rom the hidden tensions and deep layers to his relationship with Tom Brady to his sometimes frosty dealings with owner Robert Kraft to his ability to earn the unmitigated respect of his players鈥攊f not their affection. This is a man who has many facets and, ultimately, has created a notorious football dynasty. Based on exhaustive research and countless interviews, this book circles around Belichick to tell his full story for the first time, and presents an incisive portrait of a mastermind at work.
Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Building Teams and Winning at ...
by Michael Lombardi

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English

Pages

276

Publication Date

September 11, 2018

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<b>Former NFL general manager and three-time Super Bowl winner Michael Lombardi reveals what makes football organizations tick at the championship level. From personnel to practice to game-day decisions that win titles, Lombardi shares what he learned working with coaching legends Bill Walsh of the 49ers, Al Davis of the Raiders, and Bill Belichick of the Patriots, among others, during his three decades in football.</b><br /><br />Why do some NFL franchises dominate year after year while others can never crack the code of success? For 30 years Michael Lombardi had a front-row seat and full access as three titans--Bill Walsh, Al Davis, and Bill Belichick--reinvented the game, turning it into a national obsession while piling up Super Bowl trophies. Now, in <i>Gridiron Genius</i>, Lombardi provides the blueprint that makes a successful organization click and <i>win</i>--and the mistakes unsuccessful organizations make that keep them on the losing side time and again. <br />聽聽聽聽 In reality, very few coaches understand the philosophies, attention to detail, and massive commitment that defined NFL juggernauts like the 49ers and the Patriots. The best organizations are not just employing players, they are building something bigger. <i>Gridiron Genius </i>will explain how the best leaders evaluate, acquire, and utilize personnel in ways other professional minds, football and otherwise, won't even contemplate. How do you know when to trade a player? How do you create a positive atmosphere when everyone is out to maximize his own paycheck? And why is the tight end like the knight on a chessboard? <br />聽聽聽聽 To some, game planning consists only of designing an attack for the next opponent. But Lombardi explains how the smartest leaders script <i>everything</i>: from an afternoon's special-teams practice to a season's playoff run to a decade-long organizational blueprint. Readers will delight in the Lombardi tour of an NFL weekend, including what really goes on during the game on and off the field and inside the headset. <i>First stop</i>: Belichick's Saturday night staff meeting, where he announces how the game will go the next day. <i>Spoiler alert</i>: He always nails it.<br />聽聽聽聽 Football dynasties are built through massive attention to detail and unwavering commitment. From how to build a team, to how to watch a game, to understanding the essential qualities of great leaders, <i>Gridiron Genius </i>gives football fans the knowledge to be the smartest person in the room every Sunday.

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