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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600782531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600782534
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fran Tarkenton played quarterback for the University of Georgia Bulldogs and played for 18 years in the National Football League as quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame and is recognized as one of the greatest players of all time. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Jim Bruton is the author of The Big House and A Tradition of Purple. He was a member of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team in 1965 and 1966 and signed professional football contracts with the Minnesota Vikings in 1967 and 1971 and with the Dallas Cowboys in 1968. Roger Staubach is a Heisman Trophy winner and a legendary Hall of Fame quarterback who played for the Dallas Cowboys.

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Fran Tarkenton (born February 3, 1940) is a former professional football player, TV personality and small business entrepreneur. He is best known for playing with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. As one of the NFL's all time great competitors, he was inducted into the National Football League and Collegiate Football Halls of Fame. He was an All-American quarterback at the University of Georgia, and led the Vikings to the Super Bowl after the 1973, 1974, and 1976 seasons. He set the all-time NFL passing records for the most touchdowns (342), the most yards passing (47,003), and the most completions--records that stood for 17 years.

Both during and after his football career, Fran has been a hands-on, serial entrepreneur. His companies are the result of his ideas and his direct day-to-day involvement. He funds the start-ups, develops the business plans, and executes the strategies to build thriving businesses. Fran has launched 20 companies over the last 25 years, the largest one reaching revenues of $142 million. He was a founding board member of Coca-Cola Enterprises, and has also served on the Board of Directors of Sterling Software, Blimpie International, and Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.

Since 1996, Fran's mission has been to be the trusted spokesperson for Small Business in America. His many businesses are geared toward providing services and applications for small business owners to help them succeed.

Fran's latest book, titled "One More Customer," was co-authored with fellow entrepreneur Scott Miller and deals with the entrepreneurial mindset. It sets out straight-forward messaging about the way to achieve success in today's economy.

At age 72, Fran continues to advice and counsel businesses. He helps identify new opportunities in fast-changing environments and develop innovative channels of distribution. Above all, he believes his work should embody his vision, values, and passion. His philosophy is that there is only one reason for a business to exist: to provide products and services that enhance and improve the quality of life of its customers.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By norseman on May 11, 2010
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There is much to admire about the life and football career of Francis Tarkenton. He is bright, articulate and surprisingly honest for someone who has lived his life in public. This book offers some insights into his personal history. Some of the anecdotes are revealing. However, the general tone of the book is too self-congratulatory for my tastes. Fran doesn't need to brag; his accomplishments speak for themselves so that tone left me disappointed. Further, the book offers simple bromides that are repeated again and again as though saying them often somehow gives them validity. Yet most are offered without context and without acknowledgement that circumstances dictate how to apply each bit of advice. For example, Fran says he is adept at looking "for signs" - signs that a prospective employee will make a good addition to his team, for example. But this talent is never operationalized. What signs? Where are they found? How does one interpret these "signs"? I expected more when I saw that one of my football heroes had written a book. Maybe I expected too much?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tark's Vikes on August 12, 2009
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What an unbelievable story; finally. I have been a fan of Fran Tarkenton since that game against the Dallas Cowboys in 1975; when I was 9 years old. After reading this book I now know what it took to accomplish all the things that he did.
You will not be able to put this book down. This book is great for all people. I just ordered another one for my 9 Year old son. Fran is not only a Hall Of Famer in College and the NFL, but also in our household.

I wish I had the opportunity to read this when I was a young boy growing up. Fran is truely an inspiration for all, both on and off the field. He never gave up and always rose to the challenges he had.

This is a must read for all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mark on August 13, 2009
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Loved reading this book, I was a fan of Fran Tarkington during his football career, but also enjoyed the life after football business stories. Books like this give you the inspiration to live your dream, even when others try to tell you you can't do it. A lot of similarities between business and sports, and as with other highly successful people you learn from them to never quit. The Bud Grant stories and quotes are great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Blitch on October 1, 2009
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This book was so great to read! It's nice to get a look at the man behind the legend, and how he got there!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Finestone on October 1, 2009
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Much more than a book about football, this work tells us about the man behind the #10. I think it is fascinating look at the person who is a jock yes, but a certainly not a dumb jock. It tells us wonderful anecdotes about Fran's career on and off the field.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phoenix Golfer on July 24, 2009
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Every Day is Game Day tells an excellent story about someone who was a sports star, has a career now as a businessman and most importantly, someone with a wonderful philosophy of life.
Lots of good stories about Bud Grant and other players and coaches.
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