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Growing Up Colt: A Father, a Son, a Life in Football Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 1, 2011
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Whether you like sports, football, or the University of Texas, Growing Up Colt is a great read a behind-the-scenes look at the biggest milestones in the life of one of the game's bright young stars. But don t let that fool you. This is more than a typical sports book, and its author is more than your average NFL quarterback. Colt McCoy is the real deal, a Christ-centered young man committed to living with integrity, pursuing excellence, and bringing glory to God. In this book, Colt and his father Brad invite you into their lives and share the key principles and big decision that have defined their family things like high expectations, hard work, and doing what's right. A powerful tribute to Christ, family, and football, we highly recommend Growing Up Colt for all ages. --Alex and Brett Harris, Authors of Do Hard Things
Colt and Brad McCoy have plenty to say about football, Texas, and family.ÃÂ They have even more to say about faith.ÃÂ What they have to say is worth hearing: it could change the way you parent your kids, love your spouse, and live your life. --Max Lucado, Pastor and bestselling author
I love Colt McCoy s football skills, but I also love his intangibles his faith, his leadership, his commitment to the people around him. Now you can find out exactly how thisÃÂ Cleveland BrownsÃÂ quarterback went from a small Texas high schoolÃÂ and reached the highest levelÃÂ of the NFL. --Roger Staubach, Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
Colt and Brad McCoy have plenty to say about football, Texas, and family.Â They have even more to say about faith.Â What they have to say is worth hearing: it could change the way you parent your kids, love your spouse, and live your life. --Max Lucado, Pastor and bestselling author
I love Colt McCoy s football skills, but I also love his intangibles his faith, his leadership, his commitment to the people around him. Now you can find out exactly how thisÂ Cleveland BrownsÂ quarterback went from a small Texas high schoolÂ and reached the highest levelÂ of the NFL. --Roger Staubach, Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
He vied for the Heisman and the national championship, then earned a third-round NFL draft spot. Now, Colt McCoy offers an up-close and personal view of his life, covering football, family, and faith. A unique dual-perspective biography, by Colt and his father, Brad, Growing Up Colt promises inspiration for fans of all ages.
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Let me explain: it's about a nice, normal hard-workin', supportive family, and a boy that wouldn't give up. I actually read it because I'm turning 27 and about to start having kids, and I'm fascinated by what it's like growing up with a supportive family (for bg info on this review, my parents were Colts' antithesis in every single way) and how to be supportive to my kids when I have them. I wanted tips on how to raise good, hard-working kids. So, I was thinking, "I want my kid to be like THAT guy. Clean nosed, good morals, stand-up Christian, strong leader, well-spoken. Yay, a book about it! Let's see how it can be done!"
Alright, on that front, it did me no good. I'm not that lucky. You can't just mold a Colt out of whatever material you have, you have to actually give birth to one. Sure, they talk a lot in the book about "preparing your kids for the road"... But most kids have trouble walking that road without falling on their butt a lot. Colt walked the straight and narrow because he was seemingly raised with a God-given `I can do it, I can beat them' competitive attitude that you can't just teach. That's gotta come from God, or your soul, or your gut... His parents seemed pretty in-awe about him while growing up and didn't take too much credit for how he turned out, really. Brad seemed to write pretty magnanimous on the whole, although I DID like how they tried to make it clear from an early age that the boys' responsibilities included becoming a leader, and they did stress discipline. But there was always the knowledge that Colt was going to be good at whatever Colt CHOSE to be good at, because he was born to strive for perfection, and his parents suggested methods on how to be good.
If your kid looks like he's willing to be only mediocre at something, you've already lost the battle. You're not gonna raise Colt. It doesn't matter what you do. You can't turn hamburger into filet mignon. So, there goes star one--and try not to compare yourself to Colt, either, or else you too will be depressed. He's like a Stepford child. They say in the book 'Oh, [Colt] wasn't perfect..." I think, "Really? You mean he's human? How so?" You're not gonna get the 'how so'. You're not going to hear the word "regret" here very much (actually--not once, I did a search), and I don't know about you, but I can think of fifteen things I've regretted since breakfast. I like to think they can think of a few things to regret in an entire 25 year existence. But they really don't--it's like they admit that you can't improve upon perfection.
I digress... I learned a lot about football when reading this. And if you have a kid who wants to play college ball one day, I don't know why you're going to finish reading my review. Just click `buy', already. Just do it. Your welcome. It gives great advice because Colt came from boonies and he STILL was able to make sure people saw his talent and got himself a scholarship. In fact, if your first-grader is already looking longingly at the football games and talking about wanting to play one day... Pick up the book now. Start on the right foot. They talk all about camps, and timing, and the importance of skill and training and teaching and learning to win and loose and all that.
It also talks about the struggles of being a successful athlete in college like UT. It's hard. It's horrible. But he didn't say exactly how horrible, which is why I took away ANOTHER star.
You see, the book was written like something you'd write for your gram-gram. You know--there really wasn't very good emotional detail; there wasn't much complaining or the slightest negativity. That's because I'm sure the McCoys didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. In fact--I've never read a book where so much careful attention was paid not to step on a single solitary toe or to raise a single eyebrow. If Colt struggled with his faith at any point, for example, or got really angry about something... He wasn't going to divulge it, because too many people he knew and cared about were reading this. It's apparent, and I respect him for that. I wish I had the same ability not to put my foot in my mouth. But I was hoping for a little angst, I suppose. I know he's a passionate guy with actual emotions, but you really just get to hear about the emotions which were ironed up for GranJan. I left the book thinking this guy was too good, too perfect to be actually human... He might be a robot. HOWEVER--it is a very safe, family read, which is what he intended... I just think a little more... depth would have been cool.
But again, it was a very, very fast fun read. I don't regret buying it.
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