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From the legendary Oklahoma coach, a deeply reflective and incredibly candid memoir that explores the overwhelming pressures and extraordinary joys of leading one of our most storied football institutions

As a son of a high school football coach in Youngstown, Ohio, Bob Stoops's life was shaped by the gridiron from day one. At home, his father, who literally gave his life to the sport after dying on the sidelines during a game, would shut off the kitchen lights and watch film projected on to the family's refrigerator over home-cooked meals. But despite the preparation, Stoops, an undersized and under-recruited player, didn't have much hope for football stardom. That all changed however after a lucky break and a lot of hard work. He fought his way on to the starting line up at the University of Iowa where he would go on to win a Rose Bowl as a ferocious defensive back. 

In Stoops's journey from player to struggling graduate assistant to legendary head coach, it becomes clear that his dedication to football is about far more than the sport itself. Big Game Bob, as he is known by adorning Sooners, made a name for himself not only by rebuilding the OU football program and leading the team to multiple conference championships but also by adhering to a strong set of principles at a time when corruption was rampant across the NCAA. 

From his first win as an assistant at Kansas State, breaking a 31 game losing streak, to standing with his players in protest of a racist incident on OU's campus, Stoops emerges as an upstanding, dedicated, and inspirational leader. His tireless though unsustainable work ethic - which was always clear to his players, colleagues, and family - became evident to the legion of Sooner fans when Stoops decided to step down as head coach, seemingly at his prime, in 2017 in order to leave the team in the best position for success. Now a household name in Big 12 country, Stoops's story promises to become one of the most engaging and eye-opening football memoirs to emerge in generations.

©2019 Bob Stoops (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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if you read like a middle school student get a pro

it was a good book with a good story but the narration is poor. it sounds like a middle schooler reading a book report in front of the class

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What a Story!

I have always liked the way Bob Stoops handled himself and the Sooners! This story was compelling and in places brought tears to my eyes. I am and always will be a Sooner fan. This story is a good road map to show young coaches how it should be. Barry Switzer, Bob Stoops and Lincoln Riley have brought the Sooners and kept them in an elite group of college coaches. But these three did it with HEART! BOOMER!!!!

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Use professional reader

This story and book would have been great all-around if read by a pro...a lot of useful information about my favorite team

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A TRUE WINNER!

I call myself fortunate because I’ve met Bobby and was introduced to him by Barry Switzer. His sons were playing high school ball with our grandsons. What can a man say to sit in the stands watching our kids play and having two of the greatest living coaches talking about it. Bob Stoops is the man of the book; straight forward and honest. Take the time to learn the real Bob Stoops the man his players knew and that thousands of Oklahomans love.

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Great book!

Growing up a OU fan it was great to get a inside look of the program as well as a insight of Bod Stoops before he was the head coach at IU

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BOOMER SOONER BABY OU ROLLING

loved it I love listening to the stories made me remember some of the games that I've been two of the best games of all time the Texas Tech OU game the catch from Sam Bradford to Johnson the one-handed beautiful. after that touchdown they play The Jump Around song I I jumped up I elbowed the gentleman next to me and kick the lady in the front of me and then jumped on the seat and started dancing I felt so bad but it was the best game ever

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A must read for any true Fan!

A must read for any true Oklahoma sooner fan! glad I have it in my library and will be re reading it! the back story's and the true life of Bob stoops before oklahomas is worth the read alone will recommend to all other OU fans I know!

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Excellent Reading Listening

Great book show’s by Surrounding yourself with good people, Hard-work , and making good decisions propelled Bobby to the very top of College Football Coaching .
Bob tells a great story , loved the book .

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Great listen

If you like football and/or coaching, this is the book for you! I am now a BIG Bob Stoops fan!

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Another self serving account of an overpaid coach. The book goes downhill after he leaves Iowa