I'm not a big reader, just an engineer with a long commute. I purchased the book because I enjoyed reading "Moneyball" when my daughters played softball. The knowledge from the book helped in the coaching of my daughters, but also in the way I worked with others. I hoped "Blind Side" would do the same, while telling a great story about a loving family and a child, who needed a break.
The "Blind Side" starts with an understanding of how the game of football was changed by players like Lawrence Taylor. Whether you like football or not, this is a great story of how one person affects a system or an industry. LT forced coaches to give greater consideration to their individual offensive linemen, who previously had just been known for being big and heavy. Like "Moneyball", we learn how this simply inequity in the game was discovered and exploited. The change in the game set the stage for a young Memphis kid with a bleak future to become a national prospect.
The story of Michael Oher could be it's own book (and it is, now that he wrote an autobiography). Inside that wonderful story are great supporting characters, the Tuohy family. The book is far more honest about the intentions of everybody than the movie, and for that; it's worth the time to listen. You'll see how Leigh Anne is the key to Michael Oher in many ways, but the one story as remarkable as Michael is that of Sean Tuohy. That's a story hinted at, but never told in the book. What's for certain is Sean Tuohy truly believes in paying it forward. His willingness to help others is obvious, and I suspect part of the reason of his success. Certainly, it was a major part of Michael Oher's success.
As they say, the book is better than the movie, but this one is good even after seeing the movie. Perhaps its even better to see the movie first. If you liked the movie, and you read through this review; buy the book.
Tony Dungy reads his own words is a very easy to listen style. I found myself very engaged with his style and the life stories he shares in a very compelling package of lessons learned. This is the kind of material I found to be helpful, practical and relevant.
Hearing stories from a head coach inside the NFL makes his example stories interesting and so enjoyable you almost feel as if Tony is your new best friend. I also appreciate how Tony does not down play his personal faith and followings of Jesus and the bible. Yet, it has a ring of universal truth so that even if you are not aligned to the Christian walk, I believe this book talks to most people deep down where we all want to relate to one another.
If you wish you had a pocket personal or professional coach, I recommend this book. If you aspire to be a better person, Father, Mother, Friend, Co-worker or leader I recommend this book.
I was not familiar with Tony Dungy until I listened to this book. Now I’m a fan. Tony Dungy has restored my faith in role models that can make a different in people’s life.