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Play Like You Mean It: Passion, Laughs, and Leadership in the World's Most Beautiful Game Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385534442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385534444
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Rex Ryan has extended his general approach—open, blunt, direct . . . from the spoken word to the written one.”
     —The New York Times

“Typical Rex: no-holds-barred and thoroughly entertaining.”
     —WFAN/CBS Radio

About the Author

REX RYAN is head coach of the National Football League’s New York Jets. He is the son of former Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals head coach Buddy Ryan and the twin brother of Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns.

Don Yaeger is a former associate editor for Sports Illustrated. He is the bestselling author of seventeen books, including Never Die Easy: The Auto biography of Walter Payton.

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The book is entertaining and of easy read.
H. D. Espinosa
How often do you see good decent and probably talented people just going through the motions.
MG
I recommend all football fans read this great book.
J.S.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By H. D. Espinosa on May 3, 2011
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Being a football fan, and given the almost superstar notoriety - for better or worse - of Rex Ryan as he will start his third year as the head coach of the New York Jets, I thought I should give this book a shot and I am so glad I did it.

Don't expect an autobiography based on personal life, recent "scandals" (involving home made foot-fetish video by his wife) and other issues, except for two short passages on family and dyslexia. All of the themes revolve around football, more football and his passion for the game and the team currently under his command. Through the good and the bad, the easy and the difficult, a win and a loss, the book reveals the backstage of important moments (including recent 2010 season highlights, such as the ugly Monday Night defeat in New England and the table-turning performance of the playoffs against the same team at the same stadium months later) and what's inside the mind of today's most outspoken and cockiest head coach in sports. When planning and developing the season or each key game in individual, Rex offers every detail going through his mind, from options to decision. He takes every victory or defeat on a personal level and shows it.

Other highlights include the Hard Knocks season and his thoughts on Bill Belichick, Peyton Manning and other peers on the field.

The book is entertaining and of easy read. Specially great if you are a football fan - not necessarily a Jets fan.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ConcreteResurfacer on May 5, 2011
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I'll admit up front, that I am a Jets fan, and my review is a best effort to keep my personal feelings and associations to the team aside.

Love or hate Rex, he can't be ignored. It is definitely a football book. Very easy to read, light heated, and fun. I think the most intriguing part was the stories about his father. Rex did a good job of clearing things up behind the stories about Buddy and some of the issues he dealt with. Albeit, its obviously skewed to save face for Buddy, I think it reveals a lot about the behind the scenes that the Media didn't portray or write about. Rex gave a lot of props to guys that were "at odds" with Buddy such as Ditka, Gilbride, and Jaworsky to name a few.

Rex give a lot of people the credit they deserve (Bill Belichick, Brady, Manning, et al) and after this book is more widely read, he should get some back. He has a true fire and passion for the game and he just happens to wear his heart on his sleeve. Any football fan can read this and think that this is what is going on in the mind of their own team's head coach. Rex just happens to spice it up with his usual colorful language and he isn't afraid to put it our there instead of keeping it behind closed doors.

Great info about the Ravens and his time there. I enjoyed the history lessons about other teams and how he worked with those guys. Great stories about Tony "Goose" Siragusa too.

Jets fans will absolutely love this book but ALL football fans will definitely enjoy reading this inside edition of Rex and might gain a better understanding of what every coach in the NFL has gone, is, or will go through.

I highly recommend it to everyone that is a fan of the most beautiful game in the world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.S. on May 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Honestly, not a Jets fan but I like the bravado Rex brings to the Jets. In Play Like You Mean It, Rex talks about everything from his time as kid with dyslexia to being with the Ravens for 10 years, to how he became the Jets head coach. I recommend all football fans read this great book. You truly will enjoy the insights and stories Rex shares.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MG on May 12, 2011
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I'll start out by saying I've been a Jets fan since 1963, so you have to know I'd probably love any book by Rex Ryan even if the pages were filled with random characters. Actually, though, there are genuine reasons for others to appreciate what Rex has to say.

For football fans in general and Jets fans in particular, you certainly get what you'd expect: an inside look at the personal and professional life of one of the most charismatic coaches to ever stand on a sideline, one who boasts one of the most intriguing pedigrees (son of Buddy Ryan), and also one of the smartest; one whose players (the Baltimore defensive squad) dubbed the "Mad Scientist." That alone justifies buying and reading the book.

Beyond that, the book amounts to a fascinating character study that's relevant way beyond football. Speaking for myself, I work in finance and over the years have often been very disappointed in the quality of many people employed by the companies for which I've worked. They were smart. But what the heck, this was New York City in the late 20th and early 21srt centuries. Smart people were and are a dime a dozen. Shake a tree and besides pigeon poop, smart people will come tumbling down. What was often missing, however, was what I referred to as "will," or what Rex refers to as passion. Look at your own situation; companies with which you work, or with which you deal as a customer or client. How often do you see good decent and probably talented people just going through the motions. And I'm not only talking about those at the lower rungs of the organization. I'm talking about those at all levels, including many at or near the top. (Compare Apple under John Sculley vs Steve Jobs, for example. Jobs is brilliant but so, too, was Sculley.
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