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The Sportsman: Unexpected Lessons from an Around-the-World Sports Odyssey Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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About the Author
DHANI JONES is defensive captain for the Cincinnati Bengals and the host of his own show, Dhani Tackles the Globe, on the Travel Channel. He also hosts In the Zone with Dhani Jones, a regular TV segment for WKRC, Cincinnati's local CBS affiliate.
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Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. I pulled out some good quotes and ideas from Dhani Jones as he discusses his life as a professional football player and also pursuing his other passions in life. He is trying to make a statement that there is more to him than just football.
What I liked best about the book is that many different sports were introduced from the countries that he traveled to for the show. In the end, Dhani was able to take away a new respect for the sports and also realizing that his training for football was not undermined. This was important because I think that young players need to realize that lifting weights is not the only way to strengthen the body and mind. It is very important, but working on strength through the vigors of working the core by try different things can be just as beneficial.
I have not seen is show, but I do have the season on hold at my library to check out. I have started to follow him on Twitter and I also plan to start wearing bow ties.
In the end I found this more of an entertaining sports read than anything else. I enjoyed each chapter. I walked away with the idea that the journey is far more important than the destination which is a great reminder for anyone who is striving to accomplish a goal in their life.
This book did not dissapoint. If anything it gives an even more complete view by revealing his internal voice and motivations. I especially liked the quotes from the important people in his life. Here is hoping he gets another show or writes another book. My husband daughters and I will gladly tune in.
thank you, jackie bates lexington, ky
Dhani Jones, NFL linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals, was host of the Travel Channel show "Dhani Tackles the Globe," in which he would travel to a country and not only learn and compete in that country's national sport, but also explore the culture of the country. With sports ranging from Muay Thai kickboxing in Bangkok, to cycling in the Italian Alps, to Scottish Highland Games, to attempting to climb Mt. Everest in Nepal, Dhani would have one week to learn a new sport and compete at a high level. (Technically, Mt. Everest took more than a week).
This book presents lessons Dhani learned from his globe-hopping experiences, not only about the countries visited, but about how his own life was impacted both personally and professionally. Told in a chronological order, the book follows Dhani's football career and challenges, as well as how he managed to juggle an NFL career and host his show.
The book is a very thoughtful and insightful tale of self-examination as well as an inspiring journey. It is well written and engaging. Viewers of the show will note that the prose is very similar to Dhani on the show, and will be able to hear Dhani's voice as if he is speaking to them. People who have never seen the show will want to.
Dhani's intelligent journey is very relateable, and it's nice to read a story about a human who happens to be a pro athlete, rather than just an athlete wrapped up in his own stardom and importance. Once you read this, you will not only be ready to travel to a new location, you will look forward to exploring the cultures and people who call that place home.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far I have been impressed with the quality of writing and, even more so, with Dhani himself. This man is an amazing human being and I cannot wait to read more about his... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lisa Kronenburg
A great book about broadening your horizons and learning valuable lessons
in unexpected circumstances.
Great book. I loved Dhani's story. It tought me a good lesson on personal branding and perseverance. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Justin McClelland
What an adventure. I really enjoyed reading Dhani's honest and interesting account of engaging with people around the world through sport. It is well written and very inspiring. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Luluslist
Great book. Interesting read. Dhani's story is intriguing. I especially like the fitness insights he shares... Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Mojo
I ordered this as a fan of Dhani Tackles the Globe. In The Sportsman, you get deeper insights into Dhani's mindset and how he approaches life from a much more cerebral place than... Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by The Former DJ
Helped me change my ideas and fitness plans by incorporating different training styles from various sports, similar to what Dhani went through that made him a better all around... Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Debbie M.
I don't know how I came across this book, probably browsing on Amazon. The book follows up on his exploits from his television show and details the cultures and prodominant sport... Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by L. Charles Wimer III
I enjoyed this book, it was an inside look at his show Dhani Tackles the Globe; as well as an inside peek into Dhani's attitude and accomplishments in the professional sports... Read morePublished on June 27, 2012 by juell