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Marist Football: Inside the War Eagle Tradition (Sports) Paperback – September 25, 2012
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Marist Football: Inside the War Eagle Tradition by author Franklin Cox is a classic. He has captured the highly successful Marist High School program and how it became a champion of champions. This is an extraordinary manuscript.
--Homer Rice, Former Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach and Director of Athletics at Georgia Tech
From the dog days of August practices to the elation of fourth-quarter victories, Cox gives each reader an Eagle's-eye view into the heart of the tradition-rich program that is Marist War Eagle Football.
--Alan Chadwick, Head Coach, Marist War Eagles
About the Author
Franklin Cox is a retired Marine and Vietnam Veteran. He is the author of Lullabies for Lieutenants (McFarland & Co.) which was recently awarded the 2011 Silver Medal for Non-fiction Memoir by the Military Writers Society of America. His articles have been published in Human Events, Vietnam, and Dispatches magazines. He is a graduate of Marist High in Atlanta, GA.
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Author Franklin Cox is one of them. A superb writer, Cox spent three years embedded with the players and coaches, and "Marist Football" is the result; a window into one of the most successful football programs in the United States. His simple yet elegant style brings the reader onto the practice field, into the coaches meetings, and on game day, into the minds of the young players. Having played both offense and defense in his day, Cox translates football acronyms and verbiage into terms the non-football player can easily understand.
Most people don't see high school football as preparation for life, but most people haven't played football at Marist. The coaches aren't just preparing for the season, Cox explains, but preparing their young charges for how to approach life. A private Catholic School that emphasizes college-level academics, Marist is one of the Georgia's smaller high schools - yet as Cox explains, many of the students who could improve them athletically can't be accepted academically. The scholar-athlete who plays for Marist needs to understand he must out-work and out-hustle his opponents on a weekly basis.
But this is the sort of challenge that motivates these young men; the challenge of being part of something bigger than oneself, or as Cox, who fought as a Marines in Vietnam, shares with the reader as he explains "It's about boys becoming men...his parents and mentors lead him to the realization that through courage, character, sacrifice, and discipline, all his dreams can be fulfilled."
But that's what makes Marist so unique, Cox writes; a Division AA school playing successfully in Div AAAA where they're two-time state champions and this year qualified for the playoffs for the 31st consecutive year. No team would dare lose and dishonor such a tradition; it's "Marist Football" where willpower and effort trumps talent.