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Heart of a Student Athlete: All-Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families Paperback – 2009

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Karl Mecklenburg is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished award. --Mom's Choice Awards

About the Author

A former Denver Broncos captain and All-Pro, Karl Mecklenburg rose from being a college walk-on and a 12th round draft pick to a pro career that included six Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl appearances. Considered the NFL's most versatile player, Karl played all seven defensive front positions. There were many games where Mecklenburg played all seven positions in the course of a single game. Since retiring from pro football in 1995, Karl divides his time between family, motivational speaking, and his ongoing charity involvements.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Bernard Publishing (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984147500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984147502
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Peterson on October 8, 2009
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Mr. Mecklenburg writes as a family man, with a strong spiritual base, who also happens to be an All-Pro linebacker. While sports fans, and the parents of student athletes, will certainly enjoy "Heart of a Student Athlete, every parent will come away with inspiration and new insights

We all struggle to raise our children to become happy, healthy, successful adults. We want them to do better, and have a better life, than ours. Sometimes we press to hard in trying to do the best by our children. This book gives a fresh perspective to our efforts.

Once you've read this book, give it to your child. You both will benefit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Warren McCarty on February 1, 2010
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Heart of a Student Athlete should be required reading for any young athlete who is even thinking of competing at the next level.

My expertise is in the world of football, so obviously the book hit home for me with respect to the challenges that young people face, persevering through adversity, goal-setting, etc.

The current climate for college football recruiting is glorified and magnified by the coverage placed on it through the local and national media, fan websites and message boards, magazines, etc. Meanwhile, Karl's path by starting at a lower level program is actually the norm, not the exception for the vast majority of football players. There are 848 colleges and universities that play football in the U.S., yet only 120 or so of those are Division 1 programs. That means the vast majority of kids who are thinking about playing college ball are faced with many of the same decisions and obstacles that Karl dealt with during those formative years.

His story is unique yet powerful. The book flows, and it's not full of inconsistent behaviors and ideologies. It is a blue-print for success, and I am adamant that coaches, parents, and athletes take the time to read it. They'll walk away inspired, enlightened, and challenged.

Warren McCarty
ESPN Radio
Pro Football Writers of America
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on July 17, 2010
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For anyone seeking success in any activity - from the boardroom to the playing field - this book is filled with great advice from a guy who has had his share of glory, playing a superb brand of football for the Denver Broncos over a Hall of Fame career - Karl Mecklenburg.

Mecklenburg's advice is succinct, pragmatic, and very engaging. From one story to the next, he's able to weave in his perspective on what it takes to be successful - teamwork, courage, honesty & forgiveness, dedication, desire, along with goal setting. These are his "six keys to success"; they certainly worked for him; they can also work for you or your loved ones; especially those up and coming student athletes trying to maximize their potential, while staying grounded in good, fundamental, family values.

If it sounds a little corny; big deal. This is the kind of wholesome advice kids of all ages need to follow. Mecklenburg's been through much triumph and travail over the years; his advice is quite relevent and inspiring. I'd encourage anyone to read this wonderful book and follow the instructions very closely.

You'll be glad you did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey E. Erager on December 6, 2009
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Karl Mecklenburg shares his inspirational message of family foundation, faith and his keys to success as he became an all-time great defensive player in the National Football League.

Karl's journey from a student athlete in Minnesota to his ultimate success as an All Pro Linebacker with the Denver Broncos was not without challenges and struggles. But by sticking to his plan and the support of family and his faith, he got there.

In Heart of a Student Athlete, Karl captures what it takes for Adults to be better leaders and role models. He discusses the importance of character. And ultimately, he asks us to share this with our (children) youth to allow them recognize their passions and catch their dreams.

This is a great book for any parent, coach, teacher or leader of youth trying to inspire, motivate and promote success. Then, share the book with those you lead!
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