Freddie Steinmark started at safety for the undefeated University of Texas Longhorns in 1969. In the thrilling “Game of the Century,” a come-from-behind victory against Arkansas that ensured Texas the national championship, Steinmark played with pain in his left leg. Two days later, X-rays revealed a bone tumor so large that it seemed a miracle Steinmark could walk, let alone play football. Within a week of the Arkansas game, his leg was amputated.
A gritty, undersized player, Steinmark had quickly become a fan favorite at Texas. What he endured during the Longhorns’ memorable 1969 season, and what he encountered afterward, captivated not only Texans but the country at large. Americans watched closely as Steinmark confronted life’s ultimate challenge, and his openness during his battle against savage odds helped reframe the national conversation surrounding cancer and the ongoing race for a cure.
Written with unfettered access to the Steinmark family and archives, Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football is the exploration of a brief but full life, one that began humbly but ended on a grand stage. It is a fitting tribute to a legendary Longhorn whose photograph, emblazoned with the word “Heart,” flashes on the Freddie Steinmark Scoreboard’s Jumbotron prior to each home football game in UT’s Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium at Joe Jamail Field.
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About the Author
Thomas J. Cryan is a media executive, attorney, and author of two previous books, The Next Paradigm and 3 Principles.
Table of ContentsAuthors' Note
Part One: 1929–1967
Chapter 1: The All-American Boy
Chapter 2: Rough Riders and Farmers
Chapter 3: He's My Brother
Chapter 4: The Most Important Game of Our Lives
Part Two: 1967–1969
Chapter 5: The Silent Heart
Chapter 6: You Have No Friends on the Field
Chapter 7: Nobody Does It Better
Chapter 8: Worlds Collide
Part Three: 1969–1970
Chapter 9: Running His Own Ship
Chapter 10: Like Parachuting into Russia
Chapter 11: The Game of the Century
Chapter 12: The Game Changer
Part Four: 1970–1971
Chapter 13: No Time to Lose
Chapter 14: The Greatest Day
Chapter 15: On the Road Again
Chapter 16: The Rainbow
Chapter 17: This Endless Life
Epilogue: September 1, 2012
Appendix: The Fred Steinmark Award
What People are Saying About This
"On and off the field, Freddie always lit it up."
"Freddie Steinmark was an inspiration not just to the players on his team, but to anybody who knew his story. An incredible person, one of the most courageous people ever to put on a football uniform."
"The 1969 Champion Texas Longhorns were a special team for many reasons, but the biggest one was the remarkable, unforgettable relationship between Coach Royal and his All-American, Safety Freddie Steinmark."
"When we measure the life of Freddie Steinmark with the unyielding definition of a calendar, his time was short. But his story is nonetheless timeless. When we measure by the passion and purpose displayed on the pages of this book, the story of Freddie Steinmark will never go away."
"A universal journey of hope and heart, Freddie’s story transcends the game."
"So few athletes have a lasting legacy, and even fewer leave the world a better place than they found it. Now, in the hands of born storytellers, Bower Yousse and Thomas Cryan, the legend of Freddie Steinmark will continue to do his good work."
"Bower Yousse and Thomas Cryan tell Freddie Steinmark’s story so wellfaith, family, football, and the incredible impact of courage."