Another Seasonby Gene Stallaings, Sally Cook, Sally Cook
When beloved University of Alabama football coach Gene Stallings's son was born with Down syndrome and a serious heart defect, doctors predicted he wouldn't live to see his first birthday and urged Coach Stallings and his wife to institutionalize him. But for Gene and Ruth Ann that was not an option. Johnny quickly won the hearts and adoration of the Stallings… See more details below
When beloved University of Alabama football coach Gene Stallings's son was born with Down syndrome and a serious heart defect, doctors predicted he wouldn't live to see his first birthday and urged Coach Stallings and his wife to institutionalize him. But for Gene and Ruth Ann that was not an option. Johnny quickly won the hearts and adoration of the Stallings family and everyone who took the time to know him, and, proving the doctors wrong by leading an active life, he became a vital and important part of his family, his community, and his father's career. With intimate glimpses of family life and thrilling football anecdotes, ANOTHER SEASON is brimming with poignant lessons about defying the odds and finding joy in every moment.
In a simply told tale, Stallings, who carries the honorific "Coach" proudly, chronicles his accomplishments on the gridiron with great modesty. He has, clearly, more pride in the attainments of Johnny, who, now in his 30s, has come to his own kind of manhood with the innocence and sweetness that seem characteristic badges of Down's syndrome. More a homespun family memoir than a jock's saga, this volume neglects neither homage to Coach's hero and mentor, the fabled "Bear" Bryant, nor details of his own hirings and firings, from Texas A&M to the Cowboys and, finally, as heir to the "Bear" at the University of Alabama. Inevitably, the scoreboards told Coach Stallings's fortune. Known as "Bebes" to intimates, he yearned for a son, stalwart, smart, and strapping, maybe an all- star linebacker. "A football coach needs a son who will play football," he would hear his wife say. Instead, they had three girls and Johnny, disabled and frail. Withal, Bebes and his wife came to terms with their melancholy and fears. The family and those close to them took Johnny to their hearts. With his winning personality, he became a favorite of his father's players and staff and, eventually, the fans. And Coach Bebes, seeking gridiron glory and often finding it, seems to have found something better through his exceptional son. It's an artless story, told quite prosaically. But while clearly deeply felt, it never quite catches fire.
A nice book by a nice man, nothing more; but nothing less, either, and that should not be easily dismissed.
- Little, Brown and Company
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- Product dimensions:
- 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
- Age Range:
- 13 Years
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