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Do You Love Football?! [NOOK Book]

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When Jon Gruden asks his Tampa Bay Bucs, "Do you love football?!" it's to remind them why they pull on their shoulder pads every Sunday morning. It's not about the money or the fame; it's about their passion for what they do.

And passion is something that has fueled Gruden's entire career. From his college playing days and his climb through the coaching ranks -- from college to assistant coaching jobs with the NFL's elite teams, to his first head coach job with the Oakland ...

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Overview

When Jon Gruden asks his Tampa Bay Bucs, "Do you love football?!" it's to remind them why they pull on their shoulder pads every Sunday morning. It's not about the money or the fame; it's about their passion for what they do.

And passion is something that has fueled Gruden's entire career. From his college playing days and his climb through the coaching ranks -- from college to assistant coaching jobs with the NFL's elite teams, to his first head coach job with the Oakland Raiders, and finally, with the Tampa Bay Bucs -- his meteoric rise is unparalleled. Underneath it all, though, he's just a humble, hardworking, no-nonsense guy who has no hobbies: "I'm not a scratch golfer. I don't know how to bowl. I can't read the stock market. Hell, I have a hard time remembering my wife's cell phone number. But I can call 'Flip Right Double X Jet 36 Counter Naked Waggle at 7 X Quarter' in my sleep."

Now, in this motivational memoir, Gruden provides insight into what makes him tick. Do You Love Football?! is an intimate look at his life as a player, coach, and head coach, as well as the principles that have made him the hottest coach in the NFL.

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Gruden traces his transformation from pigskin letdown as a player to gridiron triumph as a Super Bowl-winning coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He avoids charges of nepotism (his father was a successful coach and trainer in his own right) simply by chronicling his own determination. He devotes a good deal of space to the importance of assembling highlight reels for the team to study-and captures all the wacky vocabulary of offensive and defensive plays, "Waggle Right Double Out Waggle Right Drag Hook" being just one of many. Gruden gleans wisdom from the colorful likes of Bobby Knight, Bill Walsh and other legendary coaches with whom he has worked. Players, too, are sketched vividly and personally-from Steve Young and Joe Montana to Randall Cunningham and Ricky Watters. It's not often that one reads about what it's like for a gifted QB like Young to have to just cheer on while another gifted QB like Montana leads a team to glory. But it's Gruden's own portrait that emerges most sharply: he's the scrappy private who almost imperceptibly becomes field commander. An insomniac who has the face of "Chucky," he's also funny and self-deprecating, telling such stories as George Seifert balling him out for sharpening the famed 49ers coach's playwriting pencils. The point of it all is that football isn't about winning, but about learning how to win. B&w photos. (Sept.) Forecast: The timing with the beginning of the football season couldn't be better. How his team performs before and during the book's rollout may also have an impact. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061743405
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 186,396
  • File size: 408 KB

Meet the Author

Jon Gruden lives with his wife and three sons in Tampa, Florida.

Vic Carucci is the national editor of NFL.com and the coauthor of a number of bestsellers, including Do You Love Football?! with Jon Gruden and Sunday Morning Quarterback with Phil Simms. He lives in East Amherst, New York.

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Table of Contents

1 "Do You Love Football?" 1
2 Doing It the Knight Way 15
3 Notre Dame, Dan Devine, and the Best and Worst of Witnessing Greatness from the Inside 25
4 If You Can't Throw the Perfect Pass, Draw the Perfect Circle 39
5 Whether You're Cutting Film or Cutting a Rug, You Can't Volunteer Too Much for Knowlege 55
6 Finding Harvard in San Francisco 81
7 When Opportunity Calls, You Answer on the First Ring 107
8 "Boy Wonder or Boy Blunder?" 137
9 If the Head Coaching Jacket Fits, Wear It 165
10 Who's Chucky? 177
11 Changing Teams Doesn't Mean Changing Expectations 197
12 Validation 217
Acknowledgments 245
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First Chapter

Do You Love Football?!
Winning with Heart, Passion, and Not Much Sleep

Chapter One

"Do You Love Football?"

As far back as I can remember, I've lived and died on every game day. I don't think I can ever recall a time when football -- in one form or another -- didn't have a major influence on everything I thought, everything I said, everything I did.

High school. College. Pro. Our family was moving around with each coaching job my dad held at all three levels. Or I was playing quarterback in high school. Or I was hoping to see the field as a college quarterback. Or I was changing coaching jobs myself in a never-ending quest for knowledge and improvement.

Football really is all I know. Other than going to the beach once in a while and watching the waves, it's really the only interest I have outside of my wife and our three boys. I'm not a scratch golfer. I don't know how to bowl. I can't read the stock market. Hell, I have a hard time remembering my wife's cell phone number. But I can call, "Flip Right Double X Jet 36 Counter Naked Waggle at 7 X Quarter" in my sleep.

I love the competition of the game. I love the players who play it. I love the strategy, the variables. I love the smell of the grass, the sound of the stadium. I love the thrill of victory. I like to see how we respond to the adversity that a loss brings and to the sudden changes that we have to deal with, whether it's a fumble, an interception, a fifteen-yard penalty, or something worse, like our right tackle suffering a broken ankle. What's the weather going to be like? What kind of crowd will we have?

Football is the ultimate team game. There are just so many people who play a role. There are trainers, managers, coaches, players, fans, media. It's just so exciting. I consider myself fortunate to have been able to see it at such close range for so long.

The game day experience is what really gets me juiced. I'm up at 3:17 A.M. most days, and that includes the morning of a game. Home or away, we stay at a hotel the night before, and I'm always waiting for the newspaper guy to make his delivery to my room at five-thirty. At breakfast I'm waiting for the eggs to come out, even though I don't eat very much. If we're on the road I'm waiting for the first bus to the stadium to arrive at the hotel (for home games I usually catch a ride with Bill Muir, our offensive coordinator and line coach).

Once I'm at the stadium I sit at my locker and for the next three, four or five hours before kickoff I go over my sideline sheet, which contains the offensive game plan, minus the diagrams. We probably carry about 125 passes and maybe 30 runs into each game, but the typeface on the sideline sheet has been reduced small enough so that they all fit on both sides of an eight-and-a-half-by-eighteen-inch piece of paper that I laminate and can refer to while I'm calling the plays from the sideline.

I have columns for different situations -- first-and-ten, first-and-fifteen, second-and-one-to-five, second-and-six-to-nine, second-and- ten-plus, third-and-short (one to three yards), third-and-medium (four to six yards), third-and-long (seven to ten yards), third-and-extra (beyond ten yards) -- and the calls I can make in each of them. I have columns for different spots on the field, such as the "red zone," which I break down into plus-five, plus-ten, plus-fifteen and plus-twenty, with five or ten runs and passes in each. I have columns for goal line, short yardage, play passes, nickel passes, nickel runs, nickel blitzes, Cover Nine (our term for two-deep zone). I might even have a Keyshawn Johnson column, and at some point I'll look down at it and say, "I've got to get him involved. I've got to get him going." Okay, okay, I've got to get him the damn ball.

I prioritize the calls that I've gone over with the staff and the quarterbacks the night before the game, but when I get to the stadium I say to myself, Okay, what if I use number one? What if I use number two? Do I really like number three? What if they start playing a lot of Cover Nine? Do I have enough Cover Nine throws in the game plan? I'll make notes to myself on the sideline sheet, which also has the first names and numbers of each of the officials (just in case I have any reason to have a nice chat with them during the game) and the names of three of the most important people in my life -- my sons, Deuce, Michael and Jayson. I'm usually feeling pretty guilty late in the week when I'm at the office working on the game plan instead of being home with those guys and my wife, Cindy. Seeing their names helps me to maintain a little sense of balance when I need it the most, such as in the middle of a game when the running battle between your head and your heart can easily tilt you too much in one direction or another.

I take different colored Sharpie fine-point pens -- red, blue, green and black -- and use certain colors to highlight sections of the sideline sheet and to write notes. Using these colors is the only thing I'm superstitious about. I'll say, "Ah, the green pen's in a slump; I'm getting it out of here. I'm using black and red this week." If we kick somebody's ass, if we play a really good game, I'll say, "I'm going to stay with red for the next couple of games. Red's hot." It's silly, I know, but you don't want to mess with the mojo.

Do You Love Football?!
Winning with Heart, Passion, and Not Much Sleep
. Copyright © by Jon Gruden. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2004

    What a excitement

    This whole book is a big joyride. This book was fun to read, intriguing, and useful. I could see the knowledge working instantly when I applied to simple daily situations.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    A book you just can't put down.

    This is the most amazing book I have read. As a football coach I was really just looking for a great summer read, but I couldn't put it down and with-in a week or two I was finished. This book will change your view on coaching forever. I have begun to use some of the ideas and theories that Gruden has about coaching, even though I am not at the NFL level and in just a few short weeks I have seen a change in my atheltes and coaching staff, all for the better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2006

    Bucs Rule

    When i first saw this book i thought that i was only going to be reading it because Jon Gruden is the coach of the Bucs, and the Bucs are my fav team. Now after reading the book, i found out alot more about jon then just him being the Bucs coach. Great Book, i insist that u read it. GO BUCS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Riveting!!!

    This book is full of constant action and usfull advice given by John Gruden. His experiences are amazing. His mentors such as Bob Knight and George Seifert are incomparable. This book is simply riveting. It's worth your time and your money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    You want inside the workings of the NFL today? get this book!

    If you are even a slight football fan, this book will be awfully hard to put down. It takes you inside the game, inside a top coach's mind and organization. And it takes you there fast with no wasted motion. Like the West Coast Offense, this is a fast, enjoyable experience that wins in every way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Noooooooo

    I SPILLED MY coffe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Great insight

    This was written right after the Bucs won the Super Bowl. While its dated, it gives great insjght on the behind the scenes life as an NFL coach. And with Gruden, theres a good mix of humor.

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  • Posted June 11, 2009

    AWESOME

    being and fan of football and a high school offensive coordinator I really enjoyed the book. It was amazing on how much he went thru to become what he is today. I love th stories of him being a low man in all the nfl organizations and then getting his chance. Excellent read and really enjoyed the book. All football coahces or any coach should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    A review for 'Do You Love Football?'

    This book was about Jon Gruden's life. It is a biography written by Vic Carucci. Gruden is a coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an NFL football team. As a child, Jon's father was in the NFL coaching business. This forced his family to move quite frequently. He started playing football seriously as a quarterback for Dayton University. He calls himself a 'Ham and Eggs' quarterback in the book. This means like way down the depth chart. His dream of playing in the NFL was unreachable, so he started looking for other ways to become involved with professional football personnel. This was cut short when he realized he was still too young to coach in the NFL. He became an assistant to Walt Harris, who was the coach for the Tennessee Volunteers. Some of his duties were watching Harris' children, caring for his lawn, and any house duties that needed to be done. Jon coached at many other locations before getting his first head coaching shot in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles. From there he went to the Oakland Raiders then to Tampa Bay. He is the youngest coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. He was 39 when he accomplished this. This book is more about Gruden's life and how he had to work to get to the NFL. This book made me realize how hard he has worked. I would recommend this book to all football fans because it is not just a biography, it has a few game situations. I thought of the book 'Every Down, Every Distance' after I read this one. That one is also written by Vic Carucci. I would give this book a 9 out of 10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2005

    Chucky rules!!

    Awsome book! tells you everything you want to know about his life and coaching football. If you want to know how hard it is to get thru the NFL coaching deals, the 'luck' that comes with the job and the time and dedication that has to be put in to the team and job, then this is your book. Gruden tells you how he started and stared in football and how he got started in coaching. this is one heck of a book for any sports fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2003

    what it takes to win

    this is a very fasinating book to me because it is a way to get to know the real jon gruden.what does it feel like to become coach of the bucs? what does it feel like to win a super bowl? how does he inspire players?whean your reading this book you feel like your at your own private press conference. even more impressive is reading about all of the influences in his life that make him great. this book truly makes a wonderful christmas present.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2003

    Worth It!

    This book is an execptional look at a great coaches journey to an Super Bowl win. He talks about mentors, college, pros and more. This book is defintely worth it.

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