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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (August 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830751114
  • ASIN: B003TO6EKY
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,868,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When most people think of Tom Osborne, they think of a great football coach. When I think of Tom Osborne I think of a man of character who quietly but effectively improves the lives of everyone he encounters. --Warren Buffett, President and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

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From the vast farmlands of Nebraska to the marble halls of Congress to the Green Zone in Baghdad, Tom Osborne has become a beacon of what it means to succeed with character and in a humble spirit. He is most famous for leading the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team to three national championships and numerous conference titles. He also left a mark as a U.S. Congressman, co-introducing a trailblazing program to train Iraqi women in leadership skills, supporting a breakthrough inquiry into gambling in sports, and refusing to take PAC donations to enhance his election campaigns. His values, faith and commitment to serve have earned lasting respect from his players, other coaches, politicians on both sides of the aisle, women in Iraq, school children in Lincoln and everyday Americans.  Much has been written about his coaching exploits, but there is more.Walk with himalong the sidelines of Memorial Stadium as he recounts the highs and lows of coaching student athletes through the transition from boyhood to manhood. Join him in the U.S. Capitol on September 11, 2001, when he receives word of the terrorist attacks. Take a boat ride with him as he tries to get his wife, Nancy, to troll for salmon with him. Read with eyes wide open about his race to become governor and his return to the University of Nebraska as athletic director. Glimpse the world through Tom’s eyes as he reflects on the changes in our culture over the last 40 years, and be inspired by his hope for the future.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RusticBK on October 12, 2009
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Former Nebraska football coach and one of the few useful Congressmen in the last 15 years has written a book that should provide spiritual and professional direction to all who care to read it. I have read each and every book Dr. Tom has written and never come away disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bang on February 4, 2010
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This is a tricky title - like Faith in the Game - it has a double meaning. You might think it means "What is important in football besides the final score" and that would be partially right. But more importantly it means (I think) "What I have been doing since the last (final) time that an Osborne-coached team scored." In some sense, it is an update or extension of Dr. Osborne's previous books - More Than Winning, On Solid Ground, and Faith In The Game.
The book is divided into short (one to four page) essays. At times the essays are closely related to develop an integrated story, and sometimes they are more stand-alone.
The first two chapters are a review of his principles of integrity, honesty, doing things the right way, selflessness, the need to have a purpose in life, the importance of process, his spiritual journey as a Christian, and the Christian world view in contrast to other world views.
The remaining chapters deal with Dr Osborne's service as a U. S. Congressman, his unsuccessful run for governor, leadership, his mentoring organization, his hobbies, and serving. Most of these chapters left me wanting more depth and breadth on the topic. Dr. Osborne has taught college courses in leadership, and I think he could write a book on leadership. Such a book could have wide appeal to anyone who wants to be a better leader. As it is, Beyond the Final Score has somewhat limited appeal to people who are not fans of either the Cornhuskers or Dr. Osborne.
You might think it is egotistical to conclude the chapter on leadership with 13 pages containing 18 testimonies, from football players, coaches, and congressional staffers on Dr. Osborne's leadership. But the purpose of these testimonies is to show that the transformational leadership style that Dr. Osborne advocates can be highly effective and to encourage others to adopt this style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By desert rat on December 30, 2010
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This is good book if you want to see Tom Osborne's philosophy on life. He explains what motivated him on the fooball field, in his political career and with his family. You will know a lot more about the person Tom Osborne after reading this book
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Tom Osborne is an icon in coaching and the University of Nebraska was fortunate to have him as the head coach for so many years. Mr. Osborne, like all coaches wanted to WIN but he also was a man who served as a mentor to so many young men as they played football for Nebraska and/or even if they didn't. This book was wonderfully written, very humbling and at times brings tears to one's eyes. It is more about what is expected in the "game of life" and playing football is secondary. These young men learn how to get along with one another and Tom helps them prepare for life when their collegiate career ends. I no longer live in Nebraska but I will always be a Cornhusker fan - Go Big Red and thank you Dr. Tom.
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By B Bob on June 27, 2013
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The problem with this book is that after reading the first three chapters there is nothing new from that point on. It could have been a small pamphlet.
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By Nathan Luther on December 21, 2013
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I really enjoy reading books by and about coaches and this one was very disappointing. While you can tease out the basics of Coach Osborne's coaching philosophy, overall it is not very instructive. It is more like getting a letter from your old friend Tom telling you what he's been up to the last few years.
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More About the Author

TOM OSBORNE was the head coach of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team for 25 years. He was named "coach of the decade" by ESPN in 1999 and in 2007 was voted the "greatest college football coach of all time" in an online EPSN poll. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999 and is the recipient of the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award and the Tuss McLaughry Award for distinction in service to others. Tom was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000 and served in Congress for 6 years. He is now the Athletic Director at the University of Nebraska.

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