Running for My Life: My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond

Running for My Life: My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond

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NFL running back Warrick Dunn is truly one of the good guys in the world of sports. And in this revealing autobiography, written with New York Times bestselling author Don Yaeger, Dunn tells his incredibly moving, inspirational story of courage and determination in the face of devastating loss, a story that makes his achievements on the football field that much more amazing. Warrick Dunn and his five brothers and sisters all idolized their mother, Baton Rouge police officer Betty Smothers. As the oldest, Dunn was the closest to her, and the man of the house. On January 7, 1993, while the single mother worked a second job as a supermarket security guard, Betty Smothers was ambushed, shot, and killed while making a bank deposit. Dunn - then a high school senior just weeks away from choosing among his college football scholarship offers - was devastated. Dunn was only eighteen when circumstances changed and he had to look after his five siblings, but somehow he managed to enroll at Florida State and, in only his freshman year, help their team quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and roommate Charlie Ward, win the National Championship for the 1993 - 94 season. And this was just the beginning of Dunn's successful career as a student athlete, which resulted in his selection to the FSU Hall of Fame. But there was one person Dunn neglected in his drive to help others - himself. He spent all of his emotional energy on his siblings and their pain, and never focused on his own. His only solace was the football field, where he truly was running for his life. It wasn't until a Falcon's teammate suggested psychological counseling that Dunn began to battle the demons still haunting him from his mother's death Uplifting and thought-provoking, Running for My Life is the story of an athlete's drive to help his family and ensure that his mother's legacy and values continue - the story of what it really takes to be a man.

ISBN: 9780061432651

Published Date: September 1, 2009

Publisher: Harper Collins

Language: English

Page Count: 274

Size: 8.10" l x 5.19" w x 0.88" h