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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600789064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600789069
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nick Eatman writes for DallasCowboys.com as the featured columnist and has been with the Dallas Cowboys organization since 1999. He has written for CBSSports.com, the Associated Press, and the Dallas Morning News, and he has been a three-year TV host for the Jerry Jones Show. He lives in Dallas, Texas. Robert Griffin III is a former Baylor quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy after the 2011 season. He now starts for the NFL’s Washington Redskins. He lives in Washington, DC.


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Great story about an inspirational man.
Amy E Jacobs
It is a must read for a Baylor fan, college football fan, Texas HS football fan and offensive football.
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Ordered this book as a Christmas present for my father.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Mastin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 25, 2013
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I have never met Art Briles, but I can't help but love the guy. As any Baylor fan will tell you, Briles has returned Baylor to a place of respectability in college football, even beyond where the great Grant Teaff had taken Baylor in the 70s and 80s. And Briles isn't finished yet; he just signed a 10 year contract extension that will keep him around for a few more seasons.

In Art Briles: Looking Up: My Journey from Tragedy to Triumph, Briles tells his story through sports writer Nick Eatman. (I'm not comfortable with the double subtitle. Too man colons.) This is not a book by Art Briles with Nick Eatman; Eatman wrote it based on interviews with Briles and others, as well as Briles's narratives, dictated on tape. Eatman does a great job of capturing Briles's voice while staying in the third person.

If you don't know Briles's story, or if you only know him as RG3's coach, take some time to learn about Briles. Even if you're not a Baylor fan, you will be inspired and encouraged by his story. The tragedy referred to in the (sub-)subtitle was during his college days. Briles played football for the University of Houston. When Houston had an away game in Dallas, his parents and aunt drove from their west Texas home in Rule to see him play. Unfortunately, they never made it. As Briles was coming off the field at the end of the game, his coach pulled him aside and gave him the bad news.

Briles's dad was also his football coach. His parents' example as coach, educator, Christians, and loving parents provided a guiding light for him, and continues to do so. He says a day doesn't go by in which he doesn't think about them, their legacy, and his desire to honor them in all aspects of his life. He took that tragedy and made it into triumph.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tomi T May on October 11, 2013
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I live in Rule, Tx. , the Briles' hometown, soooo-- enjoyed reading about the successes of someone I have known from his youth, also have known Jan all her life. I congratulate this great family for making a difference in the lives of so many youth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By joseph on October 19, 2013
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Great book! Advise everyone should get this book especially young athletes to read , average 20 days to read if you break it down..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By yalu1952 on October 23, 2013
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Read the book in 24 hours. Could not put it down. Briles' fascinating journey from Rule to Houston, Texas Tech, Sundown, Sweetwater, Hamlin, Georgetown, Stephenville, Texas Tech, Houston and now Baylor will whet the appetite of any true Texas high school and college football fan. It will give insight as to why he will resist the overtures of other football programs to remain at Baylor and win a National Football Championship--he can win one at Baylor faster than anywhere else right now. He has too much character to jettison what he has built at Baylor for a higher profile program--Baylor is the high profile program this year! Sic 'em Bears!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penny Vannatta on October 19, 2013
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Absolutely enjoyed reading this book!! Art Briles is a great coach, but a amazing person, husband and father!
Sic'em Briles!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on October 18, 2013
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Fantastic book! As a graduate of Rule High School myself, Coach Briles has made the entire Rule community very proud!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TableRock55 on July 15, 2014
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I'm a football coach. Could not put this down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brent Stinson on December 1, 2013
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Great book on the life and continued success of coach Art Briles.
His leadership and positive relationships blossoms in this book.
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