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Running Tough: Memoirs of A Football Maverick Hardcover – September 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (September 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385262485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385262484
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The second-ranking rusher in professional football history, Dorsett spent 11 years as a Dallas Cowboy and is now a Denver Bronco. With journalist Frommer ( Red on Red ; Throwing Heat ), he reviews his brilliant career at Pitt, climaxed by the winning of the Heisman Trophy, and his years in Texas, which brought plenty of cheers and not a few boos. On the gridiron, Dorsett was runner par excellence, complaining only that he was not given enough playing time; off the field, however, the young black man from western Pennsylvania had a difficult time adjusting to the racially prejudiced lifestyle of the Dallas area. He found coach Tom Landry, whom he calls a brilliant tactician, cold and unfeeling. He also writes of his teammates, referring to Roger Staubach as "Captain America," and the other great running backs he has observed. A workmanlike job. First serial to TV Guide; author tour.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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To paraphrase Churchill, Dorsett is an arrogant man, with much to be arrogant about. At Pitt, he won the Heisman Trophy. In his brilliant NFL career, he has rushed for more than 12,000 yards, and is second to Walter Payton on the all-time rushing list. In this autobiography, Dorsett describes, among other things, his tenure with the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. He had an array of problems during his 11 years with Dallas: financial difficulties; his refusal to conform to the Cowboys' rigid football system and their attempts to control his life; and some well-publicized altercations. Dorsett comments frankly on the Dallas organization, particularly the different treatment of white and black players. We do not see much of Dorsett the person, however. Dorsett wants to be remembered as "an athlete who . . . gave 100 percent all the time. . . ." For public and high school libraries.
- Sue Kamm, Los Angeles
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CRALEIGH@bridgew.edu on December 20, 1997
Format: Hardcover
One of the all time great running backs in the NFL Tony Dorsett leaves nothing to the imagination as he describes the his life from childhood, to the University of Pittsburgh, to the Dallas Cowboys and the end of his career with the Denver Broncos. A must read to learn about all the difficulties of being in the spotlight. One of the best books I have read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A very good autobiography, infact the best I have ever read. Goes through his life in detail. From Aliquippa to Pitt to Dallas and Denver and all the mishaps and action that happened in these places. It also gives good growing up details and how it was like in family. A very exquisite book.
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By COOL JEWEL on September 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
TONY DORSETT WAS GREAT RUNNING BACK FOR THE COWBOYS AND A DECENT ONE FOR THE BRONCOS. HIS STORY IS BOTH WELL WRITTEN AND QUITE INTERESTING. TONY IS AN HONEST AND OUTSPOKEN MAN AND IT HAS GOTTEN HIM IN TROUBLE OVER THE YEARS. I REALLY ENJOYED HIS INSIGHT AND OPINIONS ABOUT TOM LANDRY AND THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COWBOYS BOTH ON AND OFF THE FIELD. EVEN THOUGH LANDRY WAS A CHRISTIAN HE STILL HAD A BIG EGO AND COULD BE COLD AS ICE AND MAKE THINGS NASTY FOR SOME PEOPLE HE DIDN'T LIKE. AND LET US NOT FORGET THAT THE COWBOY HIERARCHY WAS FULL OF SUCCESS, THEMSELVES AND A FEW OTHER THINGS. TONY ADMITS HE WAS ALSO THE MAKER OF SOME OF HIS PROBLEMS. THE OTHER PARTS OF THE BOOK I LIKED WERE ABOUT DAN REEVES, STAUBACH AND THE TALES OF A YOUNG TONY AND HIS MANY BROTHERS AND SISTERS. A MUST READ FOR ALL COWBOY, UNIV OF PITTSBURGH AND BRONCO FANS.
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By Ms. Brenda J. Cammon on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I learned what I wanted about Tony Dorsett. He was one of my favorite running backs. I didn't know much about his life and his book put things in prospective. However, there were things I felt he should have elaborate on, for instance, how he met his life and his girlfriend in college. He repeated himself a lot but not with the same words, but with different words saying the same thing over and over.

Overall, if you are a Tony Dorsett fan, you have to get this book. Just learning about all of his awards is good enough! It's exciting!
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