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Called to Coach: Reflections on Life, Faith, and Football Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 24, 2010
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— Nick Saban, Head Coach, University of Alabama
“When I was a young coach, Bobby Bowden was a hero to me. As I got older, he became an example. For all of us, he has been a benchmark. He did things the right way and reached out to help so many of us through the years. He left anyone who was fortunate enough to be around him with a true understanding of what it means to be a coach.”
— Mack Brown, Head Coach, University of Texas
“When Bobby speaks, I listen. When he writes, I read. You will be grateful you read this book. Then you will know why I, and millions of people, love and respect Bobby Bowden.”
— Lou Holtz, Former Coach, College Football Analyst, ESPN
“Bobby Bowden was coach and mentor to thousands of young men throughout his remarkable 55-year career, and he took that responsibility very seriously. He provided a living example of character and integrity; nurturing not only great football players, but also fine husbands, fathers and role models for future generations. Called to Coach is a story about one of our true national treasures.”
— President Jimmy Carter
“Coach Bowden has had an enduring impact on an untold number lives for such a long period of time. Aside from my father, Coach Bowden is the most influential man in my life. I’m certain there are countless others who could say the same thing. Any success I have in the coaching business I owe mostly to Coach Bowden.”
— Mark Richt, Head Coach, University of Georgia
“Coach Bowden transcends football. He is a man who leveraged his position as a winning football coach into a living example of the Christian values he believed in. Then he shared them with his players. He personifies the ultimate father in that he inspired us to be the best that we could be, helping us build our mind, body, and spirit through the game he loved. This book will deliver his message to others who will benefit—just like I have, from the life, the wisdom, and the grace, that is, Coach Bobby Bowden.”
— Warrick Dunn
"We all know Bobby has been incredibly successful on the football field, but I believe his real success lies in how many lives he has touched as a mentor, teacher, and friend! I know he has touched my life and I am better for it."
— Kenny Chesney
“I’ve had the privilege of knowing Bobby Bowden for more than thirty years. During my years of coaching at Nebraska, between 1980 and my last year of coaching in 1997, we played Florida State eight times. We won only twice and lost six times. Many of the games were very close and the winner would win the National Championship. Through all of those years of competition, I always respected and admired Bobby Bowden greatly. He stands for the right things, is a man of principle, was always honest in recruiting and exemplifies all that a Christian person should be. Called to Coach is a very interesting narrative of life in the coaching profession spanning nearly fifty years. I recommend the book highly.”
— Tom Osborne, Athletic Director, University of Nebraska
"Where would college football be without men like Bobby Bowden? I have long been a fan of his tireless dedication to athletic excellence, but it is his work off the field that makes me admire him even more. It is impossible to count the number of lives that have been influenced for the better by this great man. His leadership of young men made them champions both on and off the field."
— S. Truett Cathy, CEO, Founder, Chick-fil-A, Inc.
About the Author
Mark Schlabach is a national college football columnist for ESPN.com and is a regular guest on television programs on the ESPN platform. A former staff writer for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Washington Post, Schlabach has covered college football for nearly two decades. A 1996 graduate of the University of Georgia, Schlabach and his wife, Heather, live with their three children in Madison, Georgia.
Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren Dungy are active members of a number of family, faith, and community-based organizations including All Pro Dad, iMom, Fellowship of Chrstian Athletes, Mentors for Life, Family First, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Tony is a former NFL player and retired head coach of the 2006 Superbowl Champions, the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.
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Top Customer Reviews
As former President Jimmy Carter so eloquently wrote on the back of Called to Coach, Bobby Bowden is a true American treasure. Whether your a Florida State fan, college football fan, parent, coach, mentor or Christian, you will find a plethora of inspirational stories from the life story of Bobby Bowden. Coach Bowden was not only one of college football's greatest coaches, but he also was one of our countries greatest leaders. The most inspiring part of this book was reading the stories, testimonials and parables from the pregame speeches Bowden delivered to his teams.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about faith, values, and teaching our children to live their lives the right way.
This book is filled with behind-the-scenes stories from from Bowden's long and illustrious coaching career, including his time at West Virginia and coaching against his sons as well as Bowden's early life in Birmingham and as a fledgling coach and husband.
This is not just a book for football fans, but for anyone interested in truly inspirational leaders of our time.
In all seriousness, it was always hard not to like Bobby Bowden. He was the epitome of class on the sidelines, and he graciously handled his termination from FSU (he has more wins than any other major college football coach, and he coached on a field that was named after him; how can you fire a living legend?).
A few years ago Georgia coach Mark Richt told me about his salvation; he confirmed the rumor that I had heard. A football player at FSU was murdered during a bye week, and Bowden took the opportunity to tell his players that they needed to be right with God because their moment could come any minute. Richt, who was an assistant at FSU at the time, went into Bowden's office and gave his heart to Christ.
Coach Bowden will be preaching for us here in January, so I read his book Called to Coach to see what he is really about. I have to say, even as a Gator, I am very impressed. Throughout his coaching career Bowden would have devotions with his team on the night before each game. Here is how he described them:
"I would talk to them about how to become a Christian and how you become saved. Some may say I didn't have the right to do it, but I would much rather be spiritually correct than politically correct."
He went on to say that if he were told to stop talking about Christ in front of his players then he would have gone "underground" and done it anyway.Read more ›
His story will be of great help to children and grandchildren as they approach the adulthood of their lives. His account of the death of his grandson and son-in-law will give the reader help in dealing with life's tragic moments. He show us how to come Out of the Night.
Out Of The Night: The Spiritual Journey of Vietnam Vets
Bobby was quite frank about his faith in the book - making no apologies for the fact that he is a Christian and that he believes his career was a calling to lead young men to Christ through coaching. That was refreshing to read and good to know that no matter when the chips were up or down he wasn't willing to back away from professing his faith.
Bobby also talks about a lot of the flack he got over the years for giving a lot of his players second chances after they got into trouble but if you read the book you will get a good perspective as to why he did this. He makes the point that though they were football players playing on a national stage they were still kids - in a part of life where they were still developing character and trying to find out what was right and what was wrong - a stage of life where we all are prone to make mistakes - and also a part of life where most of us get a second a chance.
Not being alumni at FSU - it was bittersweet reading this book because for me - so much of being an FSU fan was being a Bobby Bowden fan. I grew up watching him on the sidelines. Like everyone else I was frustrated by how poorly his teams performed toward the end of his career but seeing him go was still tough.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book! Wonderful insights from a tremendous coach, father and leader!Published 8 months ago by Timothy A Jennings
I have never been a Seminole or Bowden fan but have to say I am now after reading about him.Published 8 months ago by Brad Taylor
Great read! I enjoyed hearing Coach Bowden's perspective of certain events that took place during his time as coach.Published 12 months ago by Michelle
What else do you buy the Bobby Bowden fan in your life? My wife grew up in Florida where you rooted for the Noles or the Gators. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Darwin
This is a very good book, even if you don't like football.
Bobby was reared in a sweet and loving family. He got is
deep faith in the Lord from his early life. Read more