Beating Goliath My Story of Football and Faith

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/30/2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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Growing up in Rule, Texas, Art Briles learned at a young age the importance of hard work and faith from his parents. Soon that faith would be tested.

On their way to see him play in a college football game, Briles' parents and aunt died in a car crash. This event shaped Briles into the man he is today. His father, Dennis, left him with a series of lessons. He taught his son that the world doesn't just hand you things, you have to earn them. And he taught him the influence that faith could have in his life.

Briles put these lessons to work as a football coach, where he established his reputation for turning struggling teams into winners, from high school to the staff at Texas Tech to head coach at the University of Houston. Hired to coach Baylor in 2007, he was faced with a familiar task. Within three years, Briles led the Bears to their first bowl game in 15 years.

Today, he instills those same lessons into his young players, helping them find a reason to excel. There are plenty of excuses for failure but Briles surrounds himself with people who are fearless when it comes to chasing success. That is one of the many lessons he imparts to his readers in Beating Goliath, with chapters that include:

* God and the Teaching of Dennis Briles
* Finding Your Passion
* You Can Change Attitude, Not Talent
* Passing in the Land of Earl Campbell
* Everybody is a Captain

Filled with dramatic football stories and lessons learned, this book will inspire and entertain.

Author Biography

ART BRILES is the head coach of the Baylor Bears football team. Born and raised in Texas, Briles is acknowledged as one of the most brilliant and innovative coaches in the game today.
DON YAEGER is a former associate editor for Sports Illustrated. He is the author of more than a dozen books and coauthor of five New York Times bestsellers, including George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution; I Beat the Odds: The Autobiography of Michael Oher; Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton; and Ya Gotta Believe!: The Autobiography of Tug McGraw.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Vision
Chapter 2: The Past Is Last
Chapter 3: Adapt or Die
Chapter 4: Searching for My Purpose
Chapter 5: Growing Up
Chapter 6: From Sundown to Stephenville
Chapter 7: Going Back to College
Chapter 8: The Natural-Welker and the Search for Talent
Chapter 9: My Own Family
Chapter 10: Building a Family
Chapter 11: Kid-Saving Business
Chapter 12: Changing Behavior
Chapter 13: Faith
Chapter 14: No Playbook, No Replay
Chapter 15: Pushing Creativity
Chapter 16: The Yellow Shirt of Baylor
Chapter 17: Robert
Chapter 18: Turning Points
Chapter 19: Becoming Goliath and Staying at the Top

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