I Am Third: The Inspiration for Brian's Song: Third Edition

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"Gale Sayers' book I Am Third, with Al Silverman, is a stirring, painfully honest account of his struggle to become the greatest running back in history and that agonizing moment between immortality and becoming a cripple." —The New York Times Book Review

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Overview

"Gale Sayers' book I Am Third, with Al Silverman, is a stirring, painfully honest account of his struggle to become the greatest running back in history and that agonizing moment between immortality and becoming a cripple." —The New York Times Book Review

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Rex Lardner
Gale Sayers' book I Am Third, with Al Silverman, is a stirring, painfully honest account of his struggle to become the greatest running back in history and that agonizing moment between immortality and becoming a cripple.
The New York Times Book Review
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Sayers's 1970 autobiography serves double duty: it is the story of how he catapulted himself out of an Omaha ghetto to become one of the greatest running backs in National Football League history and the tale of his friendship with Chicago Bears teammate Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer. Sayers's memoir was the basis for the film Brian's Song, a remake of which will air soon. A solid title for both sports and black history collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142000755
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 148,769
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    An Inspiring Book

    Gale Sayers is known as one of the greatest running backs of all time, leading the Chicago Bears to many victories. In his autobiography, I Am Third, Gale Sayers talks about the main events that shaped his life. He discusses his struggles being an African American in the National Football League and in life, opening up about his unfair treatment by players and coaches because of his race. Sayers also tells of his great friendship with teammate Brian Piccolo, and the loss he suffered when Piccalo dies of cancer. I Am Third is an enjoyable, inspiring story of the challenges faced by Gale Sayers on and off the football field. I Am Third demonstrated what it is like to be an African American in the 1960¿s. Even though Sayers was a famous star football player, he still experienced racism and was treated badly by whites. Often time¿s players purposely ignored him or would tease him by saying mean, racist jokes. This reminds me of a movie I recently saw called, ¿Glory Road.¿ The movie is about how a group of basketball players were treated in the 1960¿s. They were not allowed to play on the team because of their race. The players were often ignored and were forced to take a separate bus to the games. His friendship with Brian Piccolo also caused problems. This was the most inspiring part of the book for me. The coaches and staff did not approve of such a close relationship between an African American and a white person. Sayers remembers a particular instance that caused people to be upset when he and Piccolo shared a room together. It was the first time that an African American and a white player shared the same hotel room in the NFL. Even though Sayers and Piccolo were given a hard time at first, they continued to be friends. In I Am Third Sayers talks about how important his friendship with Piccolo was to him. They relied on each other for support in football and in life. When Sayers suffered a serious injury that threatened his football career, Piccolo helped him through it. When Piccolo was diagnosed with cancer and put in the hospital, Sayers was by his side every day. Sayers discusses how he handled the death of his best friend. He tells of his struggle in losing one of the most important people in his life, and how he learned to move on in his life. This book reminded me how people of different races were treated in the 1960¿s. It is easy to forget the hardships players faced in that era. In today¿s society sports players are treated as if they are royalty instead of being ignored and discriminated against. The relationship between Sayers and Piccolo also helped me realize how important it is to bypass stereotypes and try to understand other people. Gale Sayers is an inspiring person, who demonstrates how he perseveres through many difficult situations in his life.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    I read this book back in the 8th grade..1980. It was one of the

    I read this book back in the 8th grade..1980. It was one of the best books I have ever read and I was never a reader back then. I read plenty now and I am looking forward to buying and reading this again..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2005

    One of the most insperational books ever written

    I bought and read this book back when it first came out and many times since. Gail was truely one of the greatest players to ever play the game of football. His dedication to the game his famiy and friends is truely an insperation to everyone. The chapter on Brian Piccolo will make you laugh and cry.They had afriendship that is hard to find anywhere at any time.This is a must read for anyone sports fan or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2005

    Outstanding

    Best autobiography I have read. This book is emotional,compassionate,exciting, and sometimes comic. This book is about friendship between Gale Sayers and Brian Piccollo,who both are famous players for the Chicago Bears. Gale Sayers was a 'great running back on the field and a great friend off the field' Sayers and Piccolo become roommates and best friends. Sayers suffers a knee injury,it is Piccolo who helps and inspires him to work toward a complete recovery. Then Brian Piccolo becomes very ill with cancer and the constant support and friendship of Gale Sayers plays an important role in Piccolo heroic fight agianst the disease. Gale Sayers concludes,' The Lord is first, my friends are second, and I am Third.' I reccommend this book for any young football player who has Big Dreams. I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2003

    An Inspiration for everyone

    I read I AM THIRD as a high school freshman and have been inspired by it since. I have a 15 year old son and this book is #1 on my reading list for him of books to read. I would recommend it to anyone, but most particularly, to young aspiring athletes. I AM THIRD illustrates that no matter how great you physical attributres, you must still rely on God, your family and your mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    I AM THIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I AM THIRD is the companion book to Brian's Song. It is also a really good book. I am really enjoying reading it. It tells more about Brian's Song and it was also the inspiration for Brian's Song. I would recommend it to anyone as would I recommend Brian's Song to anyone.

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