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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P2VBS0
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Warrick Dunn was only eighteen when his mother, a Baton Rouge police officer, was shot and killed. Yet somehow he managed to enroll at Florida State University and help his team to a national championship during his freshman year—while also caring for his five brothers and sisters. Despite his modest size, Dunn went on to a storied NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons, becoming one of only twenty-three running backs in NFL history to exceed the 10,000-yard career rushing mark. Off the field, he created the Warrick Dunn Foundation and its Homes for the Holidays program, helping single parents achieve first-time home ownership. But in his drive to help others, the one person Dunn neglected was himself, as the pain of his mother's loss led to a spiraling depression that went untreated for years.

Running for My Life details Dunn's struggle to confront his past and face the grief that consumed him for far too long. Thought-provoking and uplifting, it is the story of an exceptional athlete's secret torment and inspiring courage.

About the Author

Warrick Dunn is a former first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his professional accomplishments include five 1,000-yard rushing seasons, three Pro Bowl selections, and the longest touchdown run in Atlanta Falcons history. Dunn also became the Falcons' fifth all-time rushing leader.



DON YAEGER’s career spans more than two decades. As an author, his books have sold more than 2 million copies and have appeared on The New York Times bestseller list seven times. Yaeger has been engaged as a media trainer to countless high-profile athletes, business leaders and elected officials.

Visit him online at donyaeger.com
Follow him on twitter: @DonYaeger


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Customer Reviews

Warrick Dunn is royalty!
Reginald Vance
Anyway, if you are a fan of Warrick or a fan of FSU football, you have to read this book.
T. Coyle
I also felt the storyline jumped back and forth too much.
GP

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rick Shaq Goldstein on November 18, 2008
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When the first page of the first chapter of a book takes the reader on a trip to *DEATH-ROW-AT-ANGOLA-STATE-PRISON-IN-LOUISIANA* you can be sure you're not at the beginning of a typical sports book! The author Warrick Dunn is assuredly a star football player in the NFL... and a former college All-American at Florida State University... and a first round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers... and the twenty-second player in NFL history to rush for ten-thousand-yards in his career... and the owner of many more enviable statistics...

**BUT**... more than anything else in the world... Warrick is his Mother's son... and there is nothing in his lifetime that he's prouder of! Warrick's Mother was much more than a Mother to him... they were also best friends. Part of the dedication in the front of the book is to his Mom and other special individuals... but... the story that unfolds as the author shares the innermost secrets... hopes... dreams... and pain of his very soul... are all a testament of the impact that his loved and idolized Mother... had on Warrick... and through him... on the world.

Betty Dunn Smothers was a Baton Rouge police officer and a single Mother with six children. In addition to working fulltime as a police officer she also took on after hours security work at department stores, convenience stores, and football games, in order to survive as a single Mother of six. On January 7, 1993 while working an extra-duty security job at a Piggly Wiggly grocery store she was taking an employee to make a night deposit at the bank... and she was ambushed and shot and killed. Officer Smothers was Warrick's Mother. Warrick would never be the same. A senior in high school, Warrick had to become the Parent of his five brothers and sisters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debbie F. Barr on June 7, 2009
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This book I will say has been one of the best I have read for a long time. Mr Dunn has been a hero of mine on and off the field for a long time too. The book was well written, for it repeating itself, I do not agree with that. I call it refreshing everyones memory. It was a very emotional book to read, I was crying and cheering as I read it. Even if you are not a NFL fan, it is a great book on life and makes you think why things happen for a reason. Before i read this book I knew Dunn on the field more then off. Now I can say one of the best running backs is also a genuine down to earth person. The one quote by Frederick Douglass, that was included in this book made me really think that was "It is easier to build strong children then to repair broken men. That is what America needs now a days and Warrick Dunn has proved that it can be done in this book and he has done it in his life. I will be buying many copies for gifts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GP on December 5, 2012
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Great man,very inspiring story. I couldn't wait to read the book. I agree with the other reviews about there being too much repetition. I also felt the storyline jumped back and forth too much. That being said, it was Warrick' s way of sharing his life story and I am glad he did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Litz on January 13, 2009
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While I had a hard time putting the book down because I'm such an avid Warrick Dunn fan and supporter, the author spent way too much time repeating parts of the story, almost verbatim. This book can be read in half the time because so much has already been said that it can be skipped over in the coming chapters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. F. Flick on March 18, 2009
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Warrick Dunn is an amazing human being as well as one of the best running backs of all time. He is my favorite player in the NFL. The flow of the story is a little back and forth at times, but is a very good read and an amazing and inspiring story!
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By K. Bennett on January 23, 2009
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for the coaches that devote and dedicate their time and talents to our children. Warrick Dunn repeatedly gives his successes to the coaches that helped him to become who he is today. His dedication to his family, before and after the tragedy, are not only inspirational, but make him a hero among heroes. I read, I cried, I read some more, I cried some more.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a 'feel good' story, I bought this book for my son who is a middle and high school coach to see how inspiring he may be to his athletes. A true role model not only as a son, but as a sibling, a team player and as a community advocate.
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By Barner on December 14, 2008
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This was Really Awesome. I couldn't put the book down and finished it in just a few days. It was well written and really spoke to the heart of family, tradgey, love and the pain that you must overcome to survive. Warrick is and always has been a Hero of mine and this book just made it even more so. Thank you SO MUCH for carrying this book and getting it to me so rapidly. I bought some for gifts and believe they will enjoy the book as much as I did.
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I enjoyed this book and learned quite a bit about a guy I always admired. When you watch football games you don't know all this kind of detail about a player. I never knew how much the death of Warrick Dunn's mom affected him and his family. My favorite two players in the NFL are Warrick and Brett Farvre. Now it looks like they are both out of the NFL.
Anyway, if you are a fan of Warrick or a fan of FSU football, you have to read this book.
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