Go Long!: My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame

Go Long!: My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame

by Jerry Rice
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Go Long!: My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame by Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice has been called the best pro football player ever. In spite of Rice’s legendary gridiron skills, or even his ability to transform himself into an instant ballroom-dance prodigy on ABC’s hit TV series Dancing with the Stars, the surprising fact is, a guy like Jerry Rice is made and not just born. In Go Long! Rice shares the inspirational lessons and empowering practices that have helped him attain success, both on the football field and off. Through the ups and downs of Rice’s life and incomparable career, we discover how self-motivation, determination, and humility are the keys to achievement and true fulfillment.

It’s been a long journey for Jerry Rice, from his childhood in Starkville, Mississippi, to a certain berth in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As a kid, he was always working toward something, even if he wasn’t sure what it was. Rice honed his hand-eye coordination by catching airborne bricks tossed by his siblings while on the job with their bricklayer father, and he ran–everywhere. From these humble beginnings, Rice blazed a path to greatness in college and the NFL–a trip that was fueled by tireless effort and belief in a few simple principles, among them that achievement is a voyage, not a destination; that modesty and perseverance, not talent, are what determine how far you will go; and that everyone should strive to be a role model. Rice even demonstrates these rules in action, breaking down the greatest games from his stellar career.

Go Long! is an inspiring book by a living sports legend. More than that, however, it is the story of how Jerry Rice awakened the champion within, illustration how we can unlock the greatness within ourselves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345497086
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/16/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 242,568
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jerry Rice attended the Mississippi Valley State University and was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 1985 NFL draft. In his twenty-year football career, he was elected Rookie of the Year (1985), was selected to the Pro Bowl thirteen times, won three Super Bowl rings (and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXIII), and was chosen for the NFL’s 75th Anniversary and All-Time teams. Now a broadcast personality and commentator, he lives in California with his wife and their three children.

Brian Curtis is the author of Every Week a Season and The Men of March, as well as the co-author with Nick Saban of How Good Do You Want to Be? A former reporter for FOX Sports, he is a host and analyst on College Sports Television. He lives in New York with his wife, Tamara, and daughter, Emily.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Go Long!: My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
matt123 More than 1 year ago
I read this book and I was blown away. Jerry Rice was born in Mississippi to Joe and Eddie B. Rice, two native Mississippians. He liked to run in the late afternoons, when the temperatures were still over one-hundred degrees. One day, he decided to play hooky with a couple of friends during school. The principal saw him and Jerry took off running, eventually getting caught by the principal. The principal realized how fast Jerry was and told him he should play football, and thats when young Jerry Rice got started with football. He got recruited by schools like UCLA, USC, and LSU, but decided to go to Mississippi Valley State. What impressed Jerry about that school was the throw- happy offense and the scout that came to watch him play. His senior year, he caught 112 catches for 1,845 yards and 28 touchdowns, setting 18 I-AA records along the way. That enabled him to get drafted in the first round by the San-Francisco 49'ers. There Jerry Rice would end up being one of the best to ever play the game. He ended up catching 1,549 passes for 22,985 yards, and set an NFL record with 195 touchdown catches. In 19 seasons playing in the NFL, he lost only 10 fumbles. If you want to find a book that really inspires you, read this one. It takes you through his whole life, from laying bricks with his dad in the hot Mississippi sun to laying down NFL records. He also teaches you about playing with courage and respect. During his first couple years as a 49'er, everybody doubted him because he was too small and he came from a division 2 school with no competition. He didn't give up though, and he proved the media all wrong. Also he worked profusely at training for Dancing with the Stars, as much as 8 hours a day! Everybody said he couldn't dance at first, but he proved them wrong too by finishing in third place. I would recommend this book to all sports fans, and people wanting to be inspired by a role model.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
     Go Long! the beginning of this book Jerry rice tell about his child hood life, he broke everything down in to great detail he was very open about his life in the book.  I felt as a reader that knew him personally after reading the first 20 pages. The first couple of paragraph’s I felt like jerry rice had a lot of random things he talked about  that didn’t have anything to do with he was accreting to the sentences before. The conclusion of the book didn’t really surprise me like I thought it would that’s something that I really dislike, because I always like a shocking ending.       Jerry rice was a very kind person in the book, and he always gives reader new level of success at really sky rocket pace. I wish he could show a lot more emotion when he was talking about his accomplishment. To me as the reader he never really took pride in what he accomplished as pro athletic.     I really learned a big learn after reading this book, because I also play football even those Jerry Rice was a great player. He still suffered some of the some stuff all football players around county suffered   
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This book is a gret book amd it is pretty good for kids to
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As a life-long 49ers fan I was ecstatic to see that Jerry Rice had finally penned an autobiography. However, although I enjoyed reliving Rice's golden moments of 49er lore and was touched by the descriptions of his wife's near-death experience while giving birth to one of his children, I was not that impressed with his writing style. I know it's a biography, and I know it's about him, but there are moments when I grew tired of his grid iron ego trips as in how some of his teammates from the dynasty era didn't give their all just like he did or didn't have the drive to be the best like he did. Oh, yes, and we all know he's still fuming from coming in second in 'Dancing with the Stars' because he's such the competitor. Is Rice the greatest receiver to play the game? In my book, the answer is an undeniable, yes. But sadly those talents didn't necessarily translate to a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fun and enjoyable. If you like the number 80 as a player and as a person this is your book. It's always great to hear a GREAT players biography.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be enjoyable reading, especially his stories outside of football 'since I was familiar with the on-field events'. I would recommend it to any true fan of #80!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remember the boring biography of that popular athlete you read before? Here it is again. In the latest incarnation of the superstar athlete biographies, here is the one about Jerry Rice. This book is more propaganda than anything else. After halfway through it, I decided my time was better left for watching paint dry than finish this collection of sports book cliches. I'm glad I had my receipt to return it. This paints him as Mr. Funloving, which is true when the camera is on. You see the real Jerry if you ask him for an autograph with nobody else around. I guess he is still upset that fans did not choose him to win Dancing With the Stars. What a jerk he turned out to be. For a lifelong fan, I'm glad I saw his true colors. No more #80 stuff in my house. For a guy who makes a living on fans, it was remarkable to see a guy who obviously forgot that. It's too bad I'll never get back the time I spent reading the first half of this book. I hope it does not happen to you.