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Growing Up Colt: A Father, a Son, a Life in Football Hardcover – July 1, 2011

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"Whether you like sports, football, or the University of Texas, Growing Up Colt is a great read—a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest milestones in the life of one of the game's bright young stars. But don’t let that fool you. This is more than a typical sports book, and its author is more than your average NFL quarterback. Colt McCoy is the real deal, a Christ-centered young man committed to living with integrity, pursuing excellence, and bringing glory to God. In this book, Colt and his father Brad invite you into their lives and share the key principles and big decision that have defined their family—things like high expectations, hard work, and doing what's right. A powerful tribute to Christ, family, and football, we highly recommend Growing Up Colt for all ages." 
 

Alex and Brett Harris
Authors of Do Hard Things


"Colt and Brad McCoy have plenty to say about football, Texas, and family.  They have even more to say about faith.  What they have to say is worth hearing: it could change the way you parent your kids, love your spouse, and live your life."


 Max Lucado
 Pastor and bestselling author



"I love Colt McCoy’s football skills, but I also love his intangibles—his faith, his leadership, his commitment to the people around him. Now you can find out exactly how this Cleveland Browns quarterback went from a small Texas high school and reached the highest level of the NFL."

Roger Staubach
Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys


Handing off the narrative to each other as they march downfield, McCoy and his father Brad offer a glimpse into how a small-town Texan was able to realize his big-league ambitions in this intimate look at how one football-obsessed family has successfully navigated their way to the NFL. Sure, it helped that Brad was a respected high-school football coach, but his 24-year-old Evangelical Christian son would have readers believe that it was the Almighty who really pushed him across the goal line. That fact should be understood at the outset-the fiercely devout McCoys are on a mission and proselytizing. The younger McCoy never misses an opportunity to sling a Bible verse at readers.

 

If that kind of thing turns you off, look elsewhere. But if you're down with the program, or just want to know more about the new hope of the Cleveland Browns offense, then this conversational account of Colt's rise to the top should suffice.

(Kirkus Reviews 2011-07-01)

I highly recommend Growing Up Colt for football fans everywhere, but especially for those who follow the Browns' team.  And I recommend the book for its parental principles.  For anyone seeking to live a strong Christian faith, Growing Up Colt might just be the inspirational book a reader has been searching for.
(Marijane Troyer The Budget 2011-07-13)

Book Description

He vied for the Heisman and the national championship, then earned a third-round NFL draft spot. Now, Colt McCoy offers an up-close and personal view of his life, covering football, family, and faith. A unique dual-perspective biography, by Colt and his father, Brad, Growing Up Colt promises inspiration for fans of all ages.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616266597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616266592
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every Dad struggles to raise a great son. Every son struggles to grow up into a great man. That is the way of life. Now, how can we do it - and do it right?

That's the question Brad and Colt McCoy kept getting asked when they spoke across the country about life on and off the football field.

Growing up Colt, by father and son team Brad and Colt McCoy, is all about raising a son the best way you know how as well as learning how to be a son a dad can be proud of. Now, if you don't know who Colt McCoy is, he was the star quarterback at the University of Texas and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy multiple times. He now plays for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. His dad was a high school football coach. And this is their story...

The structure of the book is built upon 4 basic principles:

1. Prepare your children for the path, not the path for your children.

2. Prepare your children to do their best.

3. Prepare your children to be leaders.

4. Prepare your children for open and closed doors.

Not surprisingly, most of the stories that flesh out these principles are football related. Don't worry; they take time to explain the different terms of football in case someone doesn't know what they mean.

As a high school football coach, Brad witnessed so many parents wanting to smooth out the path for their kids instead of preparing them to deal with what they will encounter as they travel the path. Throughout the book we read how Brad and Colt deal with the wins and losses (not that there were many), and even an unforeseen injury.
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I'm a huge Texas football fan and a fan of Colt McCoy, so when I picked up my book, I expected to get some great insight into Colt's four years as quarterback. And I did get that. But what I didn't expect was the amazing insight I got as to how to be a parent. In reading this, I got some great ideas on how to teach leadership skills to my kids and how to raise kids who are servant leaders. This is a great book for parents and teachers!
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I love God, sports, and being a parent. This book combines three of my top loves and is very interesting, filled with good insights and advice related to the most important relationships in life. I still have two of five children living at home and appreciated some of the insights and reminders that are so important in preparing our children to be independent in their work and I highly recommend it for young and middle-aged men, athletes, dads, future dads, moms, and future moms, and for anyone who loves God, sports, and family. I found this book to be motivational, encouraging, uplifting, and helpful.
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I'm glad I read this, I really am. But one of the reasons I'm giving it three stars is because the book actually made me feel slightly depressed.

Let me explain: it's about a nice, normal hard-workin', supportive family, and a boy that wouldn't give up. I actually read it because I'm turning 27 and about to start having kids, and I'm fascinated by what it's like growing up with a supportive family (for bg info on this review, my parents were Colts' antithesis in every single way) and how to be supportive to my kids when I have them. I wanted tips on how to raise good, hard-working kids. So, I was thinking, "I want my kid to be like THAT guy. Clean nosed, good morals, stand-up Christian, strong leader, well-spoken. Yay, a book about it! Let's see how it can be done!"

Alright, on that front, it did me no good. I'm not that lucky. You can't just mold a Colt out of whatever material you have, you have to actually give birth to one. Sure, they talk a lot in the book about "preparing your kids for the road"... But most kids have trouble walking that road without falling on their butt a lot. Colt walked the straight and narrow because he was seemingly raised with a God-given `I can do it, I can beat them' competitive attitude that you can't just teach. That's gotta come from God, or your soul, or your gut... His parents seemed pretty in-awe about him while growing up and didn't take too much credit for how he turned out, really. Brad seemed to write pretty magnanimous on the whole, although I DID like how they tried to make it clear from an early age that the boys' responsibilities included becoming a leader, and they did stress discipline.
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Colt shares his beliefs, stories and thoughts on being a Christian, a leader and an athlete that will practice as long as it takes to prove he belongs. It was great to hear his side of all the moments in a Texas uniform and stories from his childhood. This book was a pleasure to read.
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Colt's parents raised him so that he'd be prepared to follow his path. They didn't prepare his path for him. I'd never thought of this before but see too many parents making life too easy for their kids. Colt will succeed in whatever he does and it won't be because he's a good football player. It will because of the Rock his life is built upon.
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