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Heart of a Student Athlete: All-Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families Paperback – 2009
Top Customer Reviews
We all struggle to raise our children to become happy, healthy, successful adults. We want them to do better, and have a better life, than ours. Sometimes we press to hard in trying to do the best by our children. This book gives a fresh perspective to our efforts.
Once you've read this book, give it to your child. You both will benefit.
I enjoyed his stories during his football days and how each instance has helped develop him to who he was and is today.
My expertise is in the world of football, so obviously the book hit home for me with respect to the challenges that young people face, persevering through adversity, goal-setting, etc.
The current climate for college football recruiting is glorified and magnified by the coverage placed on it through the local and national media, fan websites and message boards, magazines, etc. Meanwhile, Karl's path by starting at a lower level program is actually the norm, not the exception for the vast majority of football players. There are 848 colleges and universities that play football in the U.S., yet only 120 or so of those are Division 1 programs. That means the vast majority of kids who are thinking about playing college ball are faced with many of the same decisions and obstacles that Karl dealt with during those formative years.
His story is unique yet powerful. The book flows, and it's not full of inconsistent behaviors and ideologies. It is a blue-print for success, and I am adamant that coaches, parents, and athletes take the time to read it. They'll walk away inspired, enlightened, and challenged.
Pro Football Writers of America
Mecklenburg's advice is succinct, pragmatic, and very engaging. From one story to the next, he's able to weave in his perspective on what it takes to be successful - teamwork, courage, honesty & forgiveness, dedication, desire, along with goal setting. These are his "six keys to success"; they certainly worked for him; they can also work for you or your loved ones; especially those up and coming student athletes trying to maximize their potential, while staying grounded in good, fundamental, family values.
If it sounds a little corny; big deal. This is the kind of wholesome advice kids of all ages need to follow. Mecklenburg's been through much triumph and travail over the years; his advice is quite relevent and inspiring. I'd encourage anyone to read this wonderful book and follow the instructions very closely.
You'll be glad you did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good student athletic career is the start of a good career of life. "Heart of a Student Athlete: All-Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families" is a guide advocating the... Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
Karl Mecklenburg shares his inspirational message of family foundation, faith and his keys to success as he became an all-time great defensive player in the National Football... Read morePublished on December 6, 2009 by Jeffrey E. Erager
This book is very relevant for student athletes and their parents. I truly wish I would have had information like this to read when I was a student athlete. Read morePublished on November 21, 2009 by James A. Hinkle