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When beloved Alabama football coach Gene Stallings's son was born with Down syndrome and a serious heart defect, doctors predicted he wouldn't live to see his first birthday and urged Coach Stallings and his wife to institutionalize him.
But for Gene and Ruth Ann that was not an option. Johnny quickly won the hearts and adoration of the Stallings family and everyone who took the time to know him, and, proving the doctors wrong by living a full life, he has become a vital and important part of his father's life and career.
With intimate glimpses of family life and thrilling football anecdotes, Another Season is brimming with poignant lessons about defying the odds and finding joy in every moment.
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"Another Season rises to the level of grand autobiography."
--Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump
"Gene Stallings writes about the trials and the joys of raising a 'special' child, and he does so with honesty, perception, and compassion. It is a warmhearted story of a family that faced tough odds--and won."
--General Colin Powell
"Most people associate [Gene Stallings] with his fantastic accomplishments in football, but I think of him as a loving, caring person of exemplary character. His concerns and effective leadership in the Down syndrome area are fine examples for us all."
--President George Bush
"Heartbreaking and gut-wrenching . . . inspirational . . . one of the richest and fullest literary experiences I've encountered. I heartily recommend it to anyone with a heart and soul. An extraordinary book."
As coach of the University of Alabama's powerhouse Crimson Tide football team, Gene Stallings encountered plenty of tough situations on the field. But in 1962, as a young protege and assistant under Alabama's legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, Stallings was handed one of the greatest challenges of his life: his newborn son, John Mark, was diagnosed with Down syndrome - a genetic condition that causes mental retardation - and a serious heart defect. Doctors said he probably wouldn't live to see his first birthday. At a time when many families were ashamed of having children who were "different", doctors and friends urged the Stallingses to institutionalize Johnny so he would not be a burden. But for Gene Stallings, putting Johnny in an institution was just not an option: Johnny would always be part of the family, no matter what. And despite the doctors' predictions, Johnny - now thirty-five - leads a full life with his family and friends. Wherever Stallings coached - at Texas A&M, with the Dallas Cowboys, or with the St. Louis and Phoenix Cardinals - Johnny was an integral part of the team, whether chatting with the linebackers in the locker room or cheering them on from the sidelines. When Stallings took over as head coach for Alabama, the Crimson Tide took Johnny to heart, and he has become a familiar figure to the legions of Alabama fans. As a coach, Stallings always lived for the next game, the next season, and the season after that. But Johnny's precarious health has taught Stallings to appreciate every day they have together, and to reach out to other families with disabled children.
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Book Description Broadway, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110767902556
Book Description Broadway. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0767902556 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1268243