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All In: What It Takes to Be the Best [Kindle Edition]

Gene Chizik , Mack Brown , David Thomas
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All In chronicles the remarkable journey of Gene Chizik, who in two short years went from being the much-maligned 5-19 coach of the Iowa State Cyclones to the undefeated, AP SEC Coach of the Year of the 2010 national champion Auburn Tigers.

Coach Chizik shares never-before-told stories about his controversial head coaching career—from his highly contentious departure from Iowa State and his heavily criticized appointment at Auburn to his historic 2010 championship run and all the unexpected twists, turns, tragedies, and triumphs along the way. As he recounts his journey, he opens up about the pivotal role his faith has played in his life and career, and he shares his time-tested secrets to success, both on and off the field.

All In is an inspirational must-read for football fans everywhere and for anyone who has ever struggled to overcome their own 5-19 season of life.


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When Gene Chizik was hired as the head football coach at Auburn in 2008, fans and analysts across the country were stunned.
Two years later, Chizik would stun them again.
With a 5–19 record in his first two years as a head coach, and facing a legion of skeptics, critics, and naysayers, Gene Chizik knew the odds were clearly not in his favor.

Yet Gene never once flinched in the face of the criticism. Instead, he went straight to work, and in just two years, not only did he silence his critics, he earned their highest praise, leading Auburn to a 2010 national championship title and garnering the AP SEC Coach of the Year title and numerous national coach-of-the-year honors for himself along the way.

In ALL IN, Coach Chizik draws on more than twenty-five years of coaching experience—the good, the bad, and the ugly—to show readers how to make the best of even the worst situations and emerge victorious.

From insights on issues such as ignoring the naysayers, transforming the atmosphere of an organization, and handling difficult situations with honor and integrity to lessons like learning from your mistakes, maximizing the potential of those around you, and earning the loyalty and respect of your peers, ALL IN provides a blueprint for achieving success. And even more significant, it illustrates the importance of listening to and following God’s leading in your life—no matter how circuitous or fraught with difficulty the path might seem.

From the Back Cover

At 5–19, the odds against Gene Chizik leading Auburn to a national championship were staggering.
But the odds were about to change.

All In chronicles the remarkable journey of Gene Chizik, who in two short years went from being the much-maligned 5–19 coach of the Iowa State Cyclones to the undefeated AP SEC Coach of the Year of the 2010 national champion Auburn Tigers.

Coach Chizik shares never-before-told stories about his controversial head coaching career—from his highly contentious departure from Iowa State and his heavily criticized appointment at Auburn to his historic 2010 championship run and all the unexpected twists, turns, tragedies, and triumphs along the way. As he recounts his journey, he opens up about the pivotal role his faith has played in his life and career, and he shares his time-tested secrets to success, both on and off the field.

ALL IN is an inspirational must-read for football fans everywhere and for anyone who has ever struggled to overcome their own 5–19 season of life.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1489 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414364350
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051CC7N0
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous! September 12, 2012
Format:Hardcover
A great book by a man with a great smile! Having an acquaintance pay a minister $180K, then denying it, was a God thing!

I can't wait for the sequel -- "Where Do I Go From Here: Cam Isn't Coming Back" by Gene Chizik, with a foreword by Pat Dye and his whiskey soaked liver.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - what a pleasant surprise July 6, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying i'm not an Auburn fan. Now that i got that out of the way, WOW, that was a great book. I saw an interview with Coach Chizik regarding the book, and needed something to read, so, voila! What i didn't expect was not being able to put it down and reading the entire thing in a day.

It was so inspirational and gets you in the mind of this great man.

Glad i read it.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
An exceptional book by an exceptional man whose team had an exceptional year...

We grew up on "rags-to-riches" stories, stories about the ugly duckling that turned into a beautiful swan, about "The Little Engine That Could" ("I think I can--I think I can--I think I can..) and about young Jack Armstrong who overcame all kind of obstacles and challenges to become the "All-American Boy..."

Gene Chizik and the 2010 Auburn football team are a combination of all those stories...

From a 5-19 coach who was jeered and booed at his hiring to, two years later, a White House National Championship. Quite a story, quite a run...

And, more importantly to the reader, this story is told with more depth and candor than most books of this genre...That's what gives this book its power, its charm and its value.

Much more than a story for Auburn fans and fans of SEC football, this book, this story, is a story of victory of the human spirit, the spirit that lies deep within us all if we only have the courage to look for it, find it and act upon it...

This book, this story, is proof that all those stories we were brought up on are true. If you work hard, beleive in yourself and in those around you, dreams can come true, come true to a degree that was, for most if not all, unimaginable. This is such a story.

This is a good story, not just for Auburn, but for all who beleive in the power if the human spirit. This is the story of how, in this one instance, everything we were taught came true.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do you see the parallels November 14, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This book was published just before the book with a similar title, "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus". Since the publication of both books, Auburn University has suffered the decline of their football program that will become the standard for organizational failure. Chizik... gone.

General Petraeus, too, has experienced a fall from grace that is becoming all too common in our leadership today.

Coincidence? I'll never use the words "All In" in my battle cry. Too many stars appear to be aligning against them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fact-checking Chizik's Book January 6, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Gene Chizik's All In:What it Takes to be the Best is a very self-serving and self-promotional vehicle that sometimes has problems with the truth.

I say so because I was a participant in some of the events he describes. How Chizik reports those events is distorted and misleading, to phrase it charitably.

The section of which I speak is titled, "Our First Controversy" (pages 25-27). Generally, it summarizes Chizik's efforts to introduce a "chaplain" into his football team at Iowa State University. His intention was announced in Iowa on April 29, 2007 at a regional annual banquet for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

When Iowa State University faculty learned of this effort, Chizik's plan was opposed by a petition of some 130 faculty members, including one eventual Nobel Prize winner.

These faculty did not think that a government entity should be in the business of preferring one religion over another or that a government entity should prefer religion over non-religion.

In June of 2007, Dr. Gregory Geoffroy, then president of Iowa State University, issued some very restrictive guidelines for Chizik's chaplain, who was given a new title of "life skills assistant."

In any case, when referring to the faculty who opposed the chaplain, Chizik's book (p. 25) states: "They also asserted that our chaplain would favor Christianity over other faiths...What made things especially frustrating for me was that the objections against the plan were unfounded."

But the objections were not unfounded at all. The fact is that Kevin Lykins, who was hired as the life skills assistant, was being funded, at least in part, by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Chizik himself admits this on p.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the dollars baby! April 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
If you wanna win, you gotta pay-----especially if you can't coach worth a lick. Anybody can catch lightening in a bottle (see Mack Brown with Vince young) and it should be clear to even the causal observer that Gene chizik was in over his head. Auburn is lucky they didn't get probation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright July 23, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There were some notable team building activities that I made note of but like USC with the controversy surrounding Chizik's tenure at Auburn, it really makes you question the credibility here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book June 23, 2013
By Russel
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A very inspirational book on how he got to where he is with God and family. A good read indeed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
I would highly recommend any sports fan reads this book. This book gives an eye-opening look at what it takes to run a high level college football program. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Macrander
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Christian testimony
In spite of the fact that Chizik is no longer at Auburn, it is well-written and a wonderful Christian testimony and model for teens to follow. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. T. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A story of faith hope and love, that I had hoped would last longer, But college football is such big business,
Published 22 months ago by DOCSpanky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! I couldn't put it down!!!
This Crimson Tide fan enjoyed the story of how Coach Chizik helped turn around the Auburn Tigers in 2010! Roll Tide!
Published on October 24, 2012 by LegionField
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book would highly recommend
Big fan of Coach and this message could not have come at a better time. Hope this is as encouraging to others as us.
Published on October 10, 2012 by Jacob & Neesa Gatrost
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
I had questions about the coach but they have ALL been answered.

You are able to see some of the ups and dpwns of coaching. Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Glenn E. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars All In: What It Takes to Be the Best
I am an Auburn fan and will read anything related to Auburn. Having said that, let me say you do not have to be an Auburn fan to love this book. Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by Martha
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