Heart of a Student Athlete: All-Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families

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The game of football teaches lessons of success that are applicable in almost every aspect of life. In Heart of a Student Athlete, Karl Mecklenburg-former All-Pro captain of the Denver Broncos-offers young athletes and their families inspirational advice about how to dream, achieve, and overcome obstacles on their way to success. Mecklenburg's candid, anecdotal counsel will motivate student athletes to aim high, work hard, and meet challenges with strength and courage-including pressure to perform in the game, ...

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Overview

The game of football teaches lessons of success that are applicable in almost every aspect of life. In Heart of a Student Athlete, Karl Mecklenburg-former All-Pro captain of the Denver Broncos-offers young athletes and their families inspirational advice about how to dream, achieve, and overcome obstacles on their way to success. Mecklenburg's candid, anecdotal counsel will motivate student athletes to aim high, work hard, and meet challenges with strength and courage-including pressure to perform in the game, emphasis on sport over study, and the temptation of illegal drugs.

In addition to sharing the incredible story of his unlikely rise from amateur athlete to Super Bowl Championship competitor, Mecklenburg outlines his template for success and reveals its six key components: teamwork, courage, honesty and forgiveness, desire, dedication, and goal setting. Accessible and brimming with enthusiasm, Heart of a Student Athlete explains these keys and empowers athletes, parents, and coaches with the tools they need to achieve success and foster it in the young athletes in their lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984147502
  • Publisher: Bernard Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 946,605
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii

Heroes 1

NFL Hall of Fame Successes 4

1983 Broncos 6

NFL Diversity 11

Six Keys to Success 13

Desire 17

Dan Reeves 18

Training Camp 19

Toys "R" Us 21

Value of a Dream 22

Goal Setting 25

Self-determination 25

Preparation Goal Setting 26

Complacency 28

The Courage to Try New Things 31

First Speech 31

Linebacker? 33

Uncle Carl 35

Talent 37

The Courage to be Decisive 39

Take the First Step Now 39

First Preseason Game 41

O'Toole's 42

The Zone 43

Dedication 47

Refusing to Quit 47

Constant Learning 50

Education 51

My History, Early Years 53

High School 54

Augustana College 60

University of Minnesota 62

Pro Football Drafts 69

Big Games 73

The Drive 73

What I Learned from Three Super Bowl Losses 77

Super Bowl, the Game 79

Parcells' Courage 80

Redskins, Drugs, and Sports 82

San Francisco 86

Dennis Smith 89

Rick Upchurch 91

Shannon Sharpe 91

Hockey 93

Honesty and forgiveness 95

NFL Film 95

Turkey 97

Testimony 101

Teamwork 107

Kent Denver 108

Bronco Teamwork 109

Seesaw 111

Leadership 111

Gary Zimmerman 112

Pat Bowlen 114

John Elway 115

Conclusion 117

About the Author 119

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    So I had the chance to see Karl Mecklenburg give one of his moti

    So I had the chance to see Karl Mecklenburg give one of his motivational speeches before I read this and in my opinion it has heightened the benefits this book provides. Without the speech though this book is a great read for any kids trying to excel in team sports, especially football. For those reading this for his six key elements it still is a good read, but lacks that drive that the speech helps inspire. 




    I enjoyed his stories during his football days and how each instance has helped develop him to who he was and is today.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Heart of a Student Athlete is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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