Running for My Life: My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond

Running for My Life: My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond

by Warrick Dunn, Don Yaeger
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Running for My Life: My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond by Warrick Dunn, Don Yaeger

Warrick Dunn was only eighteen when his mother, a Baton Rouge police officer, was shot and killed. Yet somehow he managed to enroll at Florida State University and help his team to a national championship during his freshman year—while also caring for his five brothers and sisters. Despite his modest size, Dunn went on to a storied NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons, becoming one of only twenty-three running backs in NFL history to exceed the 10,000-yard career rushing mark. Off the field, he created the Warrick Dunn Foundation and its Homes for the Holidays program, helping single parents achieve first-time home ownership. But in his drive to help others, the one person Dunn neglected was himself, as the pain of his mother's loss led to a spiraling depression that went untreated for years.

Running for My Life details Dunn's struggle to confront his past and face the grief that consumed him for far too long. Thought-provoking and uplifting, it is the story of an exceptional athlete's secret torment and inspiring courage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061980435
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 770,100
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Warrick Dunn is a former first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his professional accomplishments include five 1,000-yard rushing seasons, three Pro Bowl selections, and the longest touchdown run in Atlanta Falcons history. Dunn also became the Falcons' fifth all-time rushing leader.


Don Yaeger is an eight-time New York Times best-selling author, longtime associate editor at Sports Illustrated, and award-winning inspirational speaker. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, son, and daughter.

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Running for My Life: My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Tonya_in_Duluth More than 1 year ago
His name means "Warrier" - destined for battle, yet destined for Victory! This book is a must-read for all. As the captivating scenarios take you back in time, you'll literally feel the rush- the energy of the ingeniously described events that shaped and changed Warrick's life forever. Be prepared to ride an emotional rollercoater. - Unless you're a cold fish, you'll need to keep the tissues handy - and read the book in bits and pieces as you regroup and pull yourself together - as I did.
I am looking forward to seeing Dunn go the to next level and take this book to the big screen!!
And now to Dunn:
Like God fashioned David, an ordinary man, he has also made you King - and with rare humility, you wear your crown well!! Hence, I support you in all that you do....May the 'Peace, protection, and love of God' be with you and your family; now and forever.

Hugs and Kisses!!
Tonya in Duluth, GA
annette_marie More than 1 year ago
Even if you are not a Bucs fan, or a Falcons fan...this is a must read. Warrick Dunn has a really touching and inspiring story about his struggle to deal with his mother's death and having to raise his brothers and sisters. Dunn is a down to earth guy who believes in doing good for others since he has the ability to currently. It has great flow, and I think you would love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short Review: With the purchase of "Running for my Life," you may very well find yourself back in line purchasing extra copies and checking off a few names on your Christmas or Birthday shopping list.

Long Review: My apologies for going on and on, but I have never ever read an autobiography that has touched me in so many ways as "Running for my Life." Bored one Sunday afternoon, I stumbled across "Quiet Strength" by Coach Tony Dungy where I first learned about Warrick's work both on and off the field. Around this time, I also learned that Warrick's autobiography would be coming out in a month. Woohoo! To be honest, I wasn't expecting RFML to be as engaging of a read as "Quiet Strength," but Warrick put his heart and magic on paper, and I could not put RFML down!!!

I have to say for as much as Warrick's mom, the great Betty Smother's death is tragic and so incredibly heart-wrenching as detailed by Warrick and Mr. Yaeger in RFML, both Warrick's and his mother's life prove to be even greater in grace and beauty. Everlasting. After reading this book, you may very well find yourself wishing that there was a store to buy SMILES, STRENGTH, HAPPINESS, and NOTES TO HEAVEN to send to Warrick and to his siblings. You may also find yourself feeling grateful toward Betty Smothers, Warrick's siblings, Warrick's grandmother, Choo-Choo, Coach Bowden, Charlie Ward, Coach Dungy, and the Baton Rouge community, at large, for creating and shaping such an inspiring person in Warrick Dunn, one of Betty Smother's great legacies.

RFML should be made into a movie--perhaps a documentary. So very touching...Think along the lines of "Brian's Song" and those tear drops that most of us shed for Brian Piccolo and for Gale Sayers. Wah.
Ms_CG More than 1 year ago
This was a very heartfelt story. It was educational, warm and inspirational. I felt as I was involved in his life. Everyone should read this book!
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Running For My Life By Warrick Dunn and Don Yaeger Warrick Dunn is a great man and great football player.Not only does he run through defenses and also supports his community.This book is a story how Warrick Dunn had his life turned around by the devastation of his mother's death . He had to get a job to support his sibilings . This heart warming book tells how he managed to be successful in life . This book is a great story of a great man and a great football player.I liked this book and I highly recomend it , to football fans and non-football fans alike.
MexApache More than 1 year ago
Plain and simple....If you don't tear up reading this WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL book, you don't have a heart. Warrick keeps his mother's memory alive in 'Running for My Life'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dunn has been my favorite running back since his debut at Florida State University. I was not surprised to have confirmed that his determination, work ethic, and generosity apply both on and off the field. A more honest and poignant story was never told. I was disappointed in the number of editorial errors within the book, but I could easily forgive those because of the personal and therapeutic nature of the narrative. It was as if Warrick Dunn himself were speaking as a friend directly to me. What a great guy!
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BDunc-n-Tally More than 1 year ago
I passed over this book and went back to purchase it because something about the title kept drawing me to it. As a previous reviewer stated" You can not put it DOWN!" RFML evoked much more than W. Dunn ever thought could come from someone. Each portion of his testimony touches a part of the reader and forces you to face the unveiled realization of whats hidden.

Thank you and continue with what God has in store for you! (Stay true which is refreshing) and I am sure this book will reach the peak just as your yardage did!
"Truly a MUST READ!!!"
stormsTC More than 1 year ago
running for my life is a very special book that is not only a football book but it has many life lessons that the arthur shares with his readers .warrick dunn gives you the ups and downs of his life and tells you how he delt with his hurtful things in his life like the death of his mother. this is a special book cause he tells you how he deals with his situations and how he made his life better as a result. plus he gives you an insiders account of the nfl and the tampa bay buccaneers and his life in football. this book can be very helpful. great gift for a friend or family member.
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