My First Coach: Inspiring Stories of NFL Quarterbacks and Their Dads

My First Coach: Inspiring Stories of NFL Quarterbacks and Their Dads

by Gary Myers


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From the New York Times bestselling author of Brady vs. Manning and dean of football writers - a book that explores the many interesting facets to NFL quarterbacks and their relationships with their fathers.

Tom Brady's father is an estate planner. Jim Harbaugh's father had a long career as a college coach. Archie Manning played fourteen years in the NFL and never made the playoffs, but his sons Peyton and Eli won a combined four Super Bowls. Joe Montana is considered by many to be the greatest quarterback of all time, but his two sons bounced around college football with limited success. Jameis Winston's father supported his family working overnight highway construction in Alabama. Derek Carr's father moved the family to Houston after Derek's older brother, David, was drafted by the Texans.

MY FIRST COACH goes behind the scenes to explore the unique relationship between these and other quarterbacks and their fathers, as well as investigate various approaches to parenting through their stories. Can young athletes overcome helicopter parents? How did the kids with NFL aspirations deal with their fathers who'd already made it? What kind of pressure did they have to overcome? What kind of pressure did the father who succeeded put on his son to be an athlete? Would the expectations be lower and the results greater if the father was an attorney or doctor? Was it better for the fathers to be overbearing, or borderline disinterested?

MY FIRST COACH tells the compelling, real-life stories of some of the country's most famous quarterbacks and how they took advantage of or overcame their relationships with their fathers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455598489
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,174,093
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gary Myers is the NFL columnist for the New York Daily News. He has authored three books: The Catch, a look at the iconic 1981 NFC Championship Game between the Cowboys and 49ers; Coaching Confidential, which details the pressures of being an NFL head coach; and the New York Times bestseller Brady vs. Manning, an inside look at the greatest rivalry in NFL history. Myers has been covering the NFL since 1978. He was a member of the cast of HBO's Inside The NFL and the YES Network's This Week in Football. Currently the host of WFAN's "Chalk Talk," he is a voter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a former adjunct professor at Syracuse University. His own experiences coaching and watching his three kids play sports was the inspiration for My First Coach.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Who's Got It Better Than Us? Jim Harbaugh 13

The First Family of Football Eli Manning 47

Jaboo and Ant Jameis Winston 81

This One's for Dad John Elway 100

A Flashy New Carr Derek Carr 131

The Harvard Man Ryan Fitzpatrick 156

Getting His Phil of Football Phil Simms 180

Taking No Flack Joe Flacco 207

Joe Cool Dad Joe Montana 231

Acknowledgments 257

Index 267

About the Author 279

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