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Giants: What I Learned about Life from Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry

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One the greatest NFL broadcasters distills the wisdom of two of the greatest coaches

As both a tight end and a place kicker for the 1958 Giants (back when special teams were part of the defense), Pat Summerall was the only person to be coached by both Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry, the team's offensive and defensive coaches, respectively. In telling the story of that legendary season, which ended with the Giants losing to the Colts in the NFL championship game, Summerall ...

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Overview

One the greatest NFL broadcasters distills the wisdom of two of the greatest coaches

As both a tight end and a place kicker for the 1958 Giants (back when special teams were part of the defense), Pat Summerall was the only person to be coached by both Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry, the team's offensive and defensive coaches, respectively. In telling the story of that legendary season, which ended with the Giants losing to the Colts in the NFL championship game, Summerall explores the wisdom that was passed along to him that made him a better player, and later a better broadcaster and better a man.

  • The wide range of lessons covers personal behavior (react like a football player; training doesn't end in training camp; don't dwell on your success), work relationships (the boss keeps time, they can get somebody who wants to play) and winning (believe in your heart that you'll win, try to win every game, but focus on one game at a time)
  • The book also lays out the Lombardi Code (Speak Confidently, and Prepare) and the Landry Code (Faith, Family and Football)
  • Summerall tells vivid and inspirational stories about the game on and off the field that bring the lessons to life
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470611593
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Summerall

Pat Summerall, considered by most critics and fans alike to be the premier play-by-play man for network coverage of the NFL, has been broadcasting since 1962. His partnership with John Madden began in 1981 and became one of the most well known ever. He has also anchored coverage at Wimbledon, the Masters, and other leading sporting events. Prior to that, Summerall was a star kicker and tight end for the New York Giants teams of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

New York Times bestselling author Michael Levin has also written with Dave Winfield, NFL star Chad Hennings, NBA star Doug Christie, Fox Sports's Chris Myers, and many other celebrities and broadcasters.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The Cardinals: Not the Way Football Is Supposed to be 7

2 The Bigger the Dream, the Bigger the Backup Plan 25

3 "React Like a Football Player" 35

4 "Try to Win Every Game" 49

5 "Training Doesn't End with Training Camp" 69

6 The Boss Keeps Time 87

7 They Can Get Somebody in Here Who Wants to Play 99

8 "Believe in Your Heart That You'll Win" 113

9 Treat Everyone the Same 127

10 "Focus on One Game at a Time" 141

11 Consistency Can be a Blessing or a Curse 155

12 Good Teachers Make You Want to Teach 169

13 Don't Dwell on Your Success 183

14 The Landry Code: Faith, Family, and Football 205

15 The Lombardi Code: Speak Confidently and Prepare 219

Index 233

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