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What I Learned About Life from Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry

by Pat Summerall Author · Michael Levin Other


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One the greatest NFL broadcasters distills the wisdom of two of the greatest coaches

As both a tight end and a place kicker for the 1958 Giants (back when special teams were part of the defense), Pat Summerall was the only person to be coached by both Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry, the team's offensive and defensive coaches, respectively. In telling the story of that legendary season, which ended with the Giants losing to the Colts in the NFL championship game, Summerall explores the wisdom that was passed along to him that made him a better player, and later a better broadcaster and better a man.

  • The wide range of lessons covers personal behavior (react like a football player; training doesn't end in training camp; don't dwell on your success), work relationships (the boss keeps time, they can get somebody who wants to play) and winning (believe in your heart that you'll win, try to win every game, but focus on one game at a time)
  • The book also lays out the Lombardi Code (Speak Confidently, and Prepare) and the Landry Code (Faith, Family and Football)
  • Summerall tells vivid and inspirational stories about the game on and off the field that bring the lessons to life

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John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Pat Summerall (Author)

Pat Summerall, considered by most critics and fans alike to be the premier play-by-play man for network coverage of the NFL, has been broadcasting since 1962. His partnership with John Madden began in 1981 and became one of the most well known eve...

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