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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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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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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,625,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rick Shaq Goldstein on November 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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
Format: Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. F. Flick on March 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 Brett Rhoades on November 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Warrick Dunn is admirable man who endured much adversity. I look up to him and admire him as not only a football player, but as a person in general. I cannot believe what it was like to go through what he did growing up. If I could, I would ask him a few questions like, "How did it feel to be recruited in high school by Bobby Bowden and Florida State?" or "What feelings did you have toward your mothers killer?" or even "What was it like to grow up having to take care of your five siblings without your mom around?" I could never imagine having to become a father figure to 5 kids as a senior in high school. He overcame so much in his life, became a successful star in the NFL, and provided so much for his family. It also gave me chills to think that Bobby Bowden found out about Warrick's mom and continued to take him under his wing, protect him, and help him and his family as much as possible. This book brought out a lot of emotion in me because if my mother were killed, I would feel so much hate towards the killer. I'm not sure what I would do or how I would handle it, but I probably wouldn't be able to compose myself the way that Warrick was able to do.
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By Katie Leone on November 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought this book used in Tampa. I am a huge Buccaneer fan and a bigger fan of Warrick Dunn. I learned a lot of his life, especially the tragedy involving his mother and what he had to do to overcome.

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.
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By K. Bennett on January 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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