Dat: Tackling Life and the NFL

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"In a quintessentially American game, for an organization often called America's Team, Dat Nguyen stands as the first player of Vietnamese descent ever to play in the NFL. yet if asked for his job description, he would probably answer simply, "I tackle."" Nguyen offers the story of his faith, his family, and his career, a true story of the American dream lived out, as an inspiration to others. His look into the life of a big-time football player offers first-hand glimpses of the personalities and playing (or coaching) styles of many celebrated
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Overview

"In a quintessentially American game, for an organization often called America's Team, Dat Nguyen stands as the first player of Vietnamese descent ever to play in the NFL. yet if asked for his job description, he would probably answer simply, "I tackle."" Nguyen offers the story of his faith, his family, and his career, a true story of the American dream lived out, as an inspiration to others. His look into the life of a big-time football player offers first-hand glimpses of the personalities and playing (or coaching) styles of many celebrated stars of college football and the NFL. His stories offer excitement, romance (as he pursues his college sweetheart, now his wife), faith, fatherhood, and humor.
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Editorial Reviews

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“In the wake of the baseball steroid scandal, there is a definite need for an uplifting, inspirational sports story. Dat Nguyen has that story to tell . . . Setting the book apart from its competition is Nguyen’s account of his family’s early years in Rockport, Texas. . . A good football book with the added bonus of a little social history.”—Booklist

“It is a compelling story of survival, both on and off the football field . . . . For fans of stories in which the human spirit and a deep religious faith triumph over obstacles and adversity, the book is an inspiration . . . . takes you behind the locker room door into the workings of the franchise over the past six years. . . . a must-read.”—San Antonio Express-News

“ . . . a compelling story . . . The sports story is well told, lively, and interesting. . . I believe the strength of the book is Dat’s willingness to share his innermost feelings about his experiences as a player and the courtship of his wife, which comes off with humor and even some suspense.”—Houston Chronicle

“ . . . worth it for its love story alone.”—Southern Living

MySA.com
"It is a compelling story of survival, both on and off the football field...For fans of stories in which the human spirit and a deep religious faith triumph over obstacles and adversity, the book is an inspiration...takes you behind the locker room door into the workings of the franchise over the past six years...For Aggies, the book is a must-read."
Texas Living
This book, Dat: Tackling Life and the NFL, is worth it for its love story alone.
Booklist

“In the wake of the baseball steroid scandal, there is a definite need for an uplifting, inspirational sports story. Dat Nguyen has that story to tell . . . Setting the book apart from its competition is Nguyen’s account of his family’s early years in Rockport, Texas . . . A good football book with the added bonus of a little social history.”--Booklist
MySA.com

“It is a compelling story of survival, both on and off the football field . . . . For fans of stories in which the human spirit and a deep religious faith triumph over obstacles and adversity, the book is an inspiration . . . . takes you behind the locker room door into the workings of the franchise over the past six years . . . . a must-read.”--San Antonio Express-News
Southern Living

“ . . . worth it for its love story alone.”--Southern Living
Houston Chronicle - Mickey Herskowitz

“ . . . a compelling story . . . The sports story is well told, lively, and interesting . . . I believe the strength of the book is Dat’s willingness to share his innermost feelings about his experiences as a player and the courtship of his wife, which comes off with humor and even some suspense.”--Houston Chronicle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585444724
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author


DAT NGUYEN, the leading tackler in the history of Texas A&M University and a former assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Aggies, is now co-host of The Blitz, a San Antonio-based sports talk show on KZDC-AM 1250, an ESPN affiliate. Born in a refugee camp in Arkansas, he grew up in Rockport, Texas, and played his entire high school, college, and seven-year pro career in the Lone Star State. He was the first Vietnamese American to play in the NFL. RUSTY BURSON is a sportswriter for 12th Man Magazine and a former newspaper reporter and feature writer. He and his wife, Vanessa, are coauthors of Reveille: First Lady of Texas A&M.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2007

    Loved It

    I just wanted to mention to whomever should actually read these things that I just finished reading Dat's book and thought it was great! I have been a fan of Dat's for awhile now, and after reading his book, I'm even more of a fan knowing that he's as down to earth as I initially thought with God in his life. I'm excited for him taking the first steps towards coaching in the NFL and wish him the best of luck! I would recommend this book to not only fans of Dat Nguyen, but also to people who just need to be inspired. All is possible through hard work, common sense, and 'The Man' Thanks, Dat, and good luck to you with your coaching career!

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