Saturday, November 27, 2010

CALLED TO COACH: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
CALLED TO COACH
BY BOBBY BOWDEN
with Mark Schlabach

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Coach Bobby Bowden is an icon of college football who ran his legendary, top-ranking program with a trademark southern charm. With his recent retirement, Bowden is ready to give fans and readers the behind-the-scenes story of his 55-year career and the path that helped him become one of college football's most successful coaches and patriarch of the sport's most famous coaching family.

In this book, Bowden will reveal never-before-published details of the moments and events that have defined his life, including:

* The tragic death of his grandson and son-in-law in a 2004 automobile accident.

* The details of his retirement as FSU's coach at the end of the 2009 season.

PRAISE FOR CALLED TO COACH:
"We all know about Coach Bowden's accomplishments on the field and we probably won't see that again in college football in this day and age. What people might not know about Bobby Bowden is the man that he is, the person that he is, and the number of people he impacted, influenced, and inspired. He did it with such class and dignity in every way. As coaches, you wish maybe someday to be thought of as well as he is, not only in terms of what he accomplished, but the way he did it." 
-- Nick Saban, Head Coach, University of Alabama
"When I was a young coach, Bobby Bowden was a hero to me. As I got older, he became an example. For all of us, he has been a benchmark. He did things the right way and reached out to help so many of us through the years. He left anyone who was fortunate enough to be around him with a true understanding of what it means to be a coach." 
-- Mack Brown, Head Coach, University of Texas
"When Bobby speaks, I listen. When he writes, I read. You will be grateful you read this book. Then you will know why I, and millions of people, love and respect Bobby Bowden."
-- Lou Holtz, Former Coach, College Football Analyst, ESPN
"Bobby Bowden was coach and mentor to thousands of young men throughout his remarkable 55-year career, and he took that responsibility very seriously. He provided a living example of character and integrity; nurturing not only great football players, but also fine husbands, fathers and role models for future generations. Called to Coach is a story about one of our true national treasures."
-- President Jimmy Carter
"Coach Bowden has had an enduring impact on an untold number lives for such a long period of time. Aside from my father, Coach Bowden is the most influential man in my life. I'm certain there are countless others who could say the same thing. Any success I have in the coaching business I owe mostly to Coach Bowden."
-- Mark Richt, Head Coach, University of Georgia
"Coach Bowden transcends football. He is a man who leveraged his position as a winning football coach into a living example of the Christian values he believed in. Then he shared them with his players. He personifies the ultimate father in that he inspired us to be the best that we could be, helping us build our mind, body, and spirit through the game he loved. This book will deliver his message to others who will benefit--just like I have, from the life, the wisdom, and the grace, that is, Coach Bobby Bowden."
-- Warrick Dunn
"We all know Bobby has been incredibly successful on the football field, but I believe his real success lies in how many lives he has touched as a mentor, teacher, and friend!  I know he has touched my life and I am better for it."
--Kenny Chesney 


"I've had the privilege of knowing Bobby Bowden for more than thirty years. During my years of coaching at Nebraska, between 1980 and my last year of coaching in 1997, we played Florida State eight times. We won only twice and lost six times. Many of the games were very close and the winner would win the National Championship. Through all of those years of competition, I always respected and admired Bobby Bowden greatly. He stands for the right things, is a man of principle, was always honest in recruiting and exemplifies all that a Christian person should be. Called to Coach is a very interesting narrative of life in the coaching profession spanning nearly fifty years. I recommend the book highly."
-- Tom Osborne, Athletic Director, University of Nebraska
"Where would college football be without men like Bobby Bowden? I have long been a fan of his tireless dedication to athletic excellence, but it is his work off the field that makes me admire him even more. It is impossible to count the number of lives that have been influenced for the better by this great man. His leadership of young men made them champions both on and off the field." 
-- S. Truett Cathy, CEO, Founder, Chick-fil-A, Inc

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bobby Bowden is known as much for his affable charm as he is for his championship teams. Having coached young men in seven decades, he is the second-winningest coach in major college football history. Bowden guided Florida State University to more than three hundred victories, two national championships, twelve Atlantic Coast Conference titles, finishing in the top five in the country in fourteen straight seasons, and he also led the Seminoles to Bowl Games in twenty-eight consecutive seasons during his thirty-four-year tenure. The patriarch of college football's most famous coaching family, Bowden remains heavily involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, annually awarding The National Bobby Bowden Award to a student-athlete for achievement on and off the field, including his conduct as a faith model in the community. Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He and his wife of sixty-one years, Ann, live in Tallahassee, Florida. 

MY REVIEW:
For those of you who follow my blog, you know that as an alum of Florida State University and huge college football fan, I am also a huge fan of the man to me that will always be THE Greatest Coach a team could ever ask for. You can check back at my review of his earlier book, BOWDEN, as well as my Op-ed piece that I did when he “left” his job as Coach of the Florida State Seminoles. In his latest book, CALLED TO COACH by Bobby Bowden, however, you will meet Bobby Bowden, not only the coach, but the man. The book is an honest and inspirational story just as I would expect from Coach, about his beliefs and life…the good and the bad. In CALLED TO COACH you will meet the man who is one of the winningest coaches in football history and learn about all the contributions he made both on and off the field to so many young men and all the people whose lives he has touched.  With Forewords from both Tony Dungy and Joe Paterno, you will read about the man who was an idol, mentor, teacher, and friend to so many over the years. You will also read about Bobby Bowden the father and the husband to his “coach” and #1 fan, his wife, the much loved Ann Bowden.

CALLED TO COACH weaves Coach Bowden’s personal life in with his professional life and his love, that of coaching for fifty-five years. You will meet his famous family who has its own successful coaches in it as well. The honest story of a man and his very strong faith that he instilled and shared with so many of his players over the years. An amazing and much sought speaker, Coach Bowden tells his story of what his feelings are and his position on the way he left FSU. Do not expect this man of honor to rip apart or throw anyone “under the bus” because he has too much class. This is a man who will share his personal tragedies including the loss of his young grandson and tells how his faith once again kept him going on. The list of players over the years that Coach Bowden coached on and off the field is amazing. The strategies, both in football and in life, that he instilled in them has produced some very fine and grateful men. With his great sense of humor, love of family, and his devotion to God, this is a book that everyone will value and learn from. You do not have to be a football expert or fan to appreciate and enjoy CALLED TO COACH. Thank you, Bobby Bowden, Coach Bowden, for the many years of joy and pride that you have personally given to me and my family. You are a role model that I would hope more people would emanate.

 
GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO LIBBY AT SIMON AND
SCHUSTER, I HAVE 4 COPIES OF THIS
AMAZING BOOK ABOUT ONE OF MY
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P.S. I thought it only appropriate that I present and review this book today as Florida State meets their arch rival, the University of Florida. So if you are reading this when it first posts, enjoy...I'll be screaming and cheering, and hopefully winning THE game. 
  GO 'NOLES!

131 comments:

debbie said...

I think he sounds like a really inspiring man, who was influential to a number of people.I would like to read the book.
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debbie said...

I will watch a football game every now and then.
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traveler said...

This incredible man is more than a coach.This book would be fascinating. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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sharon54220 said...

I was lucky enough to win Coach last year, and I would love to continue on his journey.

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traveler said...

I am not a football fan but I do enjoy reading about this sport and the individuals involved. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

sharon54220 said...

I love football. Green Bay Packers are my team.

I do watch college sometimes also.
GO BADGERS!!

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petite said...

This book would be ideal for my son who is into sports. The coach is someone to admire. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Football is not a sport that I normally watch. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

amandawk said...

I found it interesting that he has been married for 60 years.
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amandawk said...

I'm a big FSU fan. My husband and I are both alums.

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Steve Capell said...

I find most of time that coaches are really great leaders. They paint the canvas of life with emotional drive and bring individual players into winning teams. Football is my favorite sport and this would be a book that I would like to read so thanks so much for the opportunity.

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Colleen Turner said...

Let me start by saying that I am from Tallahassee. Born and raised there, I did not leave until I was 26 and my husband got a job opportunity in Tampa, FL.All of my family, including myself, are FSU alums. I have grown up watching and idolizing Bobby Bowden. This being said, I don't know much about his life off the field. I would love to find out!
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Colleen Turner said...

I love FSU college football! I would watch it everyday if I could. Past that, I am not a huge fan of the sport in general. My husband is addicted to it (both college and professional) and literally does watch it everyday it is on. My son actually almost got hit by Bobby Bowden at a golf course in Tallahassee when we still lived there and when Bobby got out of the car to apologize my husband couldn't be happier! He just said, "No problem coach!". His devotion definitely out stretches mine, but I don't mind!
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holdenj said...

Being from another part of the country, I don't know much about him as a coach. But, I am intrigued at how many lives he has touched, from a former president to a country star. Looks like a very insightful read.
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holdenj said...

Well, football here in MN has been a little uneven this year. Sometimes it's difficult to be a fan!
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Anonymous said...

I am an FSU alumni and my dad played college football and I would love to give him this book for christmas! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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Pamela Keener said...

I would love to win this book for my BF who is a huge fan of Bobby Bowden & then perhaps when he is finished he will permit me to read it too.
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Pamela Keener said...

I am a Penn State & Dallas Cowboy's fan. I become a screaming MeMe when watching the games that my dogs MJ & Spencer either runs and hides or stays to protect me depending on the tone of my squeels I guess though I haven't figured that out yet.
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cheryl c said...

We are huge college football fans in my family. I have long admired Coach Bowden, and this book sounds interesting and inspiring. It would make a great gift for my husband.
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We are Georgia Bulldogs fans, even though this year hasn't been great.
We are also Atlanta Falcons fans, and fortunately they are having a fantastic year!
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gcpeach17 said...

Wow! I am a HUGE fan of pro football although years ago I did watch some college games, they can be more interesting sometimes. LOL I would love to read this book and then share it. I am interested in finding out about the man behind the coach. Sounds like a good book!

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gcpeach17 said...

I have always been a football fan and really didn't enjoy having company and having to entertain the non-fans when I wanted to be right in front of the TV. Being from Baltimore, The Ravens are my #1 team now. I watched with my Dad when I was young, he was Green Bay & I the Colts. Those were the days when the players stayed with the 'team'!!

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Christa said...

As a Gator fan, well...I love the Gators. But all that aside...I would love to hear about Bobby Bowden's life. I would love to hear about how he handled life in tough circumstances and just really who he is. (This will not EVER change me being a Gator fan though, lol.)

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Christa said...

I especially love college football! The Gators are my favorite team! I also love watching the Jaguars in the NFL. I get so stressed out when my teams lose or its a close game!

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Bethie said...

My husband loves everything football and I would love to win this for him. Bowden sounds like an interesting man.

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Bethie said...

I am definately a football widow. My husband loves football.

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Tore said...

I would love to read his story behind being a coach. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

reddon30 said...

I like to read his story. It great to get inspiration from a successful man, who makes no apology for his faith. Thank you.

reddon30 said...

My favorite football team is the Philadelpia Eagles

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Christine H said...

I'm a huge Football fan, I like Notre Dame and for pro's the Rams are our hometeam and were big fans of the cowboys but we want a new quarterback for the team. And we use to be huge Cardinals fans before Kurt Warner retired.

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Shirley said...

I'm a sports widow, have been for a long time, but I'm always asking how the teams did. I'm still stuck on the Cradinals because that was are team when my Husband was alive and boy he loved his football!!

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christina said...

I was a huge football fan when I was married it was fun having someone else to root for, but since then I don't watch it at all, but I'd love to give this book to my brother.

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Anonymous said...

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susansmoaks said...

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John Ferris said...

In todays day and age, it is interesting he was married 60 years.
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mail4rosey said...

I'd like to read more on his feelings about why he left FSU.

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mail4rosey said...

We're football nuts in this house. I went to FSU for my undergrad, so I'm a Seminoles fan. I earned my Masters from MSU and hubby went there too, so we're both Spartans fans. And now I'm earning my PhD at UNL, so I'm a Huskers fan too. :)

For NFL, we both cheer on the Detroit Lions, even though it's a hopeless cause. ;)

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purango said...

I found it interesting that so many top coaches talked about how much they respect him and his character. I would love to read the book. garrettsambo@aol.com

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I'm not a football fanatic but I watch occasionally. The University of Alabama and the Kansas City Chiefs are my favorite teams. garrettsambo@aol.com

Laura H. said...

I find it amazing that he's been married to the same woman for 61 years. Not only is that an accomplishment in and of itself but throw in your mate coaching Division I ball is even more awesome.

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The fact that he coached for 55 years makes him interesting

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