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About Faith in the Game

As head coach of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers for twenty-five years, Tom Osborne had one of the most impressive records in college football. Before retiring in 1997, he took his team to a bowl game every year, won three national championships in the last four years he coached, and ended his career boasting an almost unheard of 84 percent winning record. But while these numbers testify to an undeniable accomplishment, it has been another, more powerful force that has shaped Tom's life: his faith.

In Faith in the Game, this legendary coach shares the philosophy he used to create not only a champion football team but also a meaningful life. Both a memoir of Osborne's career with the Cornhuskers and an inspirational guide to making the most out of life by cultivating core values like honesty, courage, and loyalty, Faith in the Game presents the traits Osborne helped to instill in his team--traits that helped the Cornhuskers achieve their spectacular level of success. Osborne focuses on the aspects of character that he has emphasized in his work on and off the field, illustrated with compelling behind-the-scenes stories of the Nebraska football team. Conveyed with his own captivating integrity, Osborne's message reveals the value of hard work, the importance of finding a balance between our professional and personal obligations, and, above all, the importance of bringing faith into our lives to help us through times of crisis.

Tom Osborne is beloved not only for his outstanding record but also for the commitment and dedication he has always shown to his players and coaching staff as a mentor, coach, and friend. His ability to motivate a team has come not with last-minute pep talks but through a focus on consistency and strength of character. "Winning," as he writes in Faith in the Game, "is a by-product of sound preparation."

For those seeking a spiritually centered approach to living and working, this candid account of Tom Osborne's faith and strength is a warm and authentic book from which all of us can learn.


"The numbers tell you that Tom Osborne was one of the most extraordinarily successful coaches in the history of college football.  When you just sit down and look at everything he accomplished, your first thought is, 'It can't be done.'"
--Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association

"He's one of the game's giants.  His shadow casts as far as anybody's."
--Barry Switzer, former coach of the University of Oklahoma Sooners.

"I don't doubt if there has ever been a better representative for college football than Tom Osborne.  And he was a winner."
--Bobby Bowden, coach of the Florida State Seminoles

About Tom Osborne

Blending stories of the author's stint as head coach of the Cornhuskers with a strong coaching philosophy and view of life firmly rooted in Christian principles, Faith in the Game explores the reasons for the Cornhuskers' amazing achievements as a team - and the faith in God that has been the source of Osborne's strength. In over thirty-seven years of coaching one of the nation's leading college football teams, Osborne has learned much about motivating a team to win - both on and off the field. In his new book, he applies these invaluable lessons and values to life.
Both a memoir and a motivational guide, Faith in the Game reveals all the traits required for successful life management and teamwork - such as loyalty, perseverance, integrity, strategy, character, faith, and old-fashioned "sweat equity." And it tackles illuminating subjects such as his controversial 1995 season and his team's phenomenally successful Unity Council approach, in which representatives from each part of the team form problem-solving units. And he explains how these strategies can be put to work successfully in other areas of life.
Conveyed in his own captivating, trademark tone, Osborne's inspiring and motivational words will be cheered by readers from all walks of life.

Product Details

176 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Sep 26, 2000

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24