Beating Goliath: My Story of Football and Faith

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Beating Goliath: My Story of Football and Faith

by Art Briles, Don Yaeger

St. Martin's Press | July 15, 2014 | Hardcover

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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, 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.51 × 6.23 × 0.98 in

Published: July 15, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250057779

ISBN - 13: 9781250057778

Found in: Sports and Fitness

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Beating Goliath: My Story of Football and Faith

Beating Goliath: My Story of Football and Faith

by Art Briles, Don Yaeger

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.51 × 6.23 × 0.98 in

Published: July 15, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250057779

ISBN - 13: 9781250057778

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1.A VISION What used to be T-shirts and hats has become a stadium, a new training facility, and now a nutrition center for athletes.That’s part of what I like to call changing a culture visually. When you talk about having success and doing great things, it can’t just be talk. Everybody talks about having success, but that doesn’t mean they know how to have success. They don’t understand what goes into it.The point is this: If you want to visualize yourself as a champion, if you want to picture yourself being something great, if you want to have a place that top student-athletes consider a destination, you have to have something that is a symbol.So when I got to Stephenville High School, one of my early ideas was to have all the fans—whether they were parents, administration, students, or just people from town—get T-shirts and hats to wear for the games. I wanted our players to look in the stands and see a band of people behind them cheering for them. It was a sign of unity and power for our players, and that was going to mean something to them.Eventually, other folks in town came up with the idea of tin cans filled with nuts and bolts that they would shake during games to help create noise. It was partly for fun and eventually got to the point that it was even a little intimidating. The “Can Fans” became known around Texas, and the cans were our calling card. Now, I understand full well that the cans and the T-shirts and the hats and whatever else wouldn’t mean anything if
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Table of Contents

Forward
Introduction
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

From the Publisher

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, 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.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

If you're looking for a great book centered on the love for pig-skin, Beating Goliath will keep you captivated. Or if you're looking for a book to inspire - this book is for you too! Coach Briles football strategies go beyond the field and can easily change a life.