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Publisher's Summary

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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Outstanding

If you are a football fan/player/coach or if you want to believe in your dreams. Read this book.

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Love Bob Stoops

Bob is excellent in this book about his life. I really enjoyed this Audiobook.

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Great Read about Leadership and Values

I enjoy reading books from great sports coaches because managing and leading a successful program over a long time is the epitome of leadership. As a Sooner fan, I naturally gravitated to 'our coach,' and was blown away by the display of his values, intentionality of his actions and display of a winning spirit. Similar to the book "Playing to Win," Stoops had a desire to beat the competition and put things in place that accomplished that. I highly recommend this book!

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BOOMER

Great listen. Great book! Great man! Great Coach! I loved the honesty and the truth in his words. #BOOMER

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Must read for life and leadership.

So many life and leadership nuggets are found in this book. I truly enjoyed the book from beginning to the end. Thanks Coach “Big Game Bob” Stoops.

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Bob Stoops is a national treasure. Great bio … and well read. The Youngstown years and his work with local children’s hospitals was particularly touching.

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The game of life in 4 quarters

I'm grateful that coach Stoops would open his life and vulnerability up to us. I've always admired who he is as a man and grower of young men. Everyone is a critic but I can truly say, "the Bob Stoops' of the world are rare, and Oklahoma could not have found a better ambassador or champion to lead that program!" His love, integrity, and conviction to excellence and work ethic are inspiring. Your story has helped me and grown me coach...thank you.

Jeff

BOOOOOOOOOMER!