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Running for My Life: My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond Paperback – Bargain Price, September 8, 2009
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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
Top Customer Reviews
**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.Read more ›
I think at times, he spent a little bit too much covering his homes for the holidays program (which might be the most awesome thing a pro-athlete has ever done) and not enough time talking about the emotions of his mother's murder and talking to her killer. I can understand the detachment, but since the book opened up with him going to visit the killer in jail, I thought more would've been spent of the emotional aspects of his mother not being in her life.
I can say this though, unlike most sports books, this isn't a self-congratulatory pat on the back.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not worth reading, which is unfortunate considering the heroic performance and the sad story. Written in almost juvenile language. Tedious and difficult to read.Published 13 months ago by Fabrizio
This was a light and interesting read. If you are a big Warrick Dunn or FSU fan you will like it a lot. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Big Steve
I definitely would recommend anyone to read this book as it was very inspirational to me! Warrick Dunn is royalty! Thanks for sharing your story with the world!Published on July 26, 2013 by Reginald Vance
This book is a tear-jerker and very well written. Warrick Dunn has not had an easy life, but he is a great man and really gives back to the community. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by EC