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Growing Up Colt: A Father, a Son, a Life in Football

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You watched him vie for the Heisman and national championship, and earn a third-round NFL draft spot. Now meet Colt McCoy up-close and personal! Growing Up Colt—A Father, a Son, a Life in Football is a unique biography by both the Cleveland Browns quarterback and his father, Brad, a highly-respected football coach in his native Texas. Get a behind-the-scenes view of the fo ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Barbour Books
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Mark Holder
Dec 15, 2013 Mark Holder rated it it was amazing
Growing Up Colt by Colt McCoy is an autobiographical book about Colt and his life of football. The book goes into details about his football skills, his faith in God, his leadership, and his dedication to the people around him. Colt and his father open up about their lives and decisions that make up their family.

Colt and his father decided to write this book because they kept getting called to speak at different events. Growing Up Colt describes how the Bible has influenced his upbringing. Brad
Oct 06, 2011 Shannon rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I recently finished this book. I received it through the Goodreads First-Reads program. I was excited to receive the book because it is about football, and I really enjoy watching the sport. I thought there were some good lessons to be learned from this book, and I really appreciate the level of dedication Colt shows in every aspect of his life.

What I didn't enjoy about the book were the amount of religious references. I am not a religious person (spiritual, but not religious), and I felt like t
Hayden Bruce
May 29, 2014 Hayden Bruce rated it really liked it
Growing up Colt starts out with Colt as a young boy living in west Texas. The McCoy family quickly let readers know how important God is in their lives. Colt and his family often moved around from small town to small town because of their father's coaching jobs. Colt and his brothers, case and chance ended up playing their high school football careers in Tuscola Texas. Colt showed determination to succeed in all sports he played at a young age. When he was in middle school he stopped drinking s ...more
Amber Charles
Sep 08, 2015 Amber Charles rated it really liked it

For my second summer reading book I read "Growing Up Colt," by Colt McCoy. I read this because I grew up a Longhorn fan, and for those of you who don't know, he was the starting quarterback for the University of Texas between 2006 and 2009. I loved seeing his opinion behind some of the games and liked how he explained how his faith has impacted him. The book provided two viewpoints which allowed you to see how his Dad shaped his life and what his opinion was. You g
Toby Inman
Jan 05, 2016 Toby Inman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
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Michelle Randall
Sep 28, 2011 Michelle Randall rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE, especially PARENTS
Shelves: first-reads
If I was walking down the bookstore or library isle, this would probably not be one of the first books that I would pick, so why did I read it? Well, an easy answer would be that I love books, but in reality I discovered the Goodreads Firstreads Giveaways, and this book was listed and so I entered and actually won the book. YEAH! There is nothing in the world I like more than a free book.

So I thought it ight be good, and I do enjoy football, and I knew who Colt McCoy was, but I hadn't watched hi
Karen & Gerard
I am a Cleveland Browns fan so when I heard our Quarterback is a Christian and wrote a book about his life, I wanted to read it. I was surprised to find that his dad wrote some of it as well. This was an interesting read because Colt and his dad share very personal experiences from Colt's childhood and also how his training growing up helped him to become the leader and the role model that he is today. Brad, his dad, shared four main principles of parenting while balancing discipline and love:

Michael Brown
Jun 30, 2011 Michael Brown rated it it was amazing
Every Dad struggles to raise a great son. Every son struggles to grow up into a great man. That is the way of life. Now, how can we do it – and do it right?

That’s the question Brad and Colt McCoy kept getting asked when they spoke across the country about life on and off the football field.

Growing up Colt, by father and son team Brad and Colt McCoy, is all about raising a son the best way you know how as well as learning how to be a son a dad can be proud of. Now, if you don’t know who Colt McCo
Oct 10, 2012 Daulton rated it it was amazing
This book is written from Colt and his dads point of view. They write about their lives and how colt was growing up. They also talk about his walk with God growing up. The theme of the book is to always be a leader and work hard at everything you do, no mattter how hard or the setting. The narrator was trying to say how God can do magic things to those who walk his path and listen to him. This story is a narration written from the people in the book. In my opinion this is a great book and if you ...more
Taylor C
Jan 08, 2012 Taylor C rated it really liked it
Colt McCoy is a great person. This book tells you how he trusted himself to the lord and not to a coach, or a human master. Colt is a very brave person. He loves to take chances and risks. He is never afraid to try something new. I hope I am like Colt when I grow up because he is a leader, and not a follower. I love how Colt tries his hardest in every game, and will NEVER give up. One game I remember is when he was playing his first start, at the Pittsburg Steelers (a really talented football te ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Sherman rated it really liked it
A native Texan I have followed Colt McCoy through his high school years and 'friday night lights' we have here in Texas. Followed him again through his UT years and always thought he was one of the best. This book proves what a great kid he has always been, coming from a dedicated father who was a high school football coach and a very religious family upbringing. Anyone who can go to UT and not take one drink that whole time has to be a top-notch person! He has a natural talent and it looks like ...more
Jasmin Bridges
Sep 16, 2011 Jasmin Bridges rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Let me start by saying that it was so nice to read that there are truly some genuine God loving people in the world. Colt McCoy's story about his love of football is really an inspiring story. Although he loves football he knows that God's decision is the ultimate decision and the only one that matters. He was not your typical "jock". Brad McCoy, Colt's father, was a great Godly role model for his family and his players. This was a wonderful book about a young man's dreams of becoming a pro foot ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Cami rated it really liked it
Is it a surprise that I liked this book? Not only do I admire Colt as an athlete, but as a Christian, and overall person. He grew up in a small town like mine, not too far from us (I remember Grape Creek often got slaughtered by Jim Ned) and went to UT ... Hitting close to home for me. His dad almost brought tears to my eyes because I know what it's like to have high expectations for yourself when your parents do.. And what a blessing it is! All of the glory that he gives to God for his gifts is ...more
Sharon Jenni
Sep 19, 2011 Sharon Jenni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, first-reads
A great example of faith, family, and keeping priorities in proper perspective. I wish this book had been around when I was raising my children, 40 years ago. The main theme of the book is putting God first. This does not mean that every other goal set will be accomplished or that problems will not come. However, life's trials will be more easily managed knowing God lives and loves us, knowing we have an eternal path not a mortal path. "I realized in the grand scheme of things, I'm a nobody. I n ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Jason rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Quick, easy read. Fun little stories if you're a fan of Colt McCoy. As a Longhorn and Christian, of course I love McCoy. This book is pretty generic and bland though. A little too obviously ghost written. Fun read.
Sep 17, 2011 Nathan rated it really liked it
Thank you, First Reads! This is a clean, simple enjoyable read with a powerful story. Colt McCoy is a great example of what solid values, faith and good parenting can do for a kid. I recommend this to UT fans, football fans, or readers looking for a positive, uplifting biography that also is a light read. This book may have real appeal for middle school and high school boys who love football and who need to be exposed to a prominent sports figure who has a positive message to deliver. I thorough ...more
Jim Trela
Nov 18, 2015 Jim Trela rated it really liked it
Good read. Good family.
David Webb
Feb 11, 2012 David Webb rated it it was amazing
Colt McCoy has been my favorite longhorn since day one. This book he wrote only makes me admire him more. The fact that he and his father would write a book about parenting and not be afraid to be un-P.C. is amazing! Belting is a wonderful strategy, and I'm a young adult! What Colt says about the Lord and how he hasn't backed down in his faith is wonderful. Talking about almost every struggle shows how the McCoy family knows they aren't perfect, but in the Lord's strength they are strong. Go Col ...more
Jeffrey Weir
Jan 28, 2013 Jeffrey Weir rated it it was amazing
I'm not huge on autobiographies, but the combined perspective of Colt and his father Brad in this book make it a unique read for me. I was already a big fan of Colt, but after reading about his humble heart and the way he's seeking God in all he does just really makes me hope and pray that he gets a chance to be a franchise quarterback someday, hopefully for my team! An excellent and quick read, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his Texas life in small towns and his moments on the big stage.
Londa Kever
Aug 11, 2012 Londa Kever rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
NONFICTION MEMOIR. Inspirational. Like Ty Murray's King of the Cowboys, this book shows what you can achieve when you work hard, have self-discipline, and believe in yourself. I thought McCoy was a breath of fresh air. Some chapters are written by Colt McCoy and some by his father Brad McCoy. That confuses some readers at first,but it broadens the picture readers get of Colt. Approximately 256 pages.
Mary Beth
Sep 20, 2011 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
Thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book. First and foremost this is a Christian book that champions a Christ-centered life. I really appreciated the closeness of the McCoy family and their core values. These are sorely lacking in most of the sports world. Very refreshing.
Carolyn Sill
Aug 10, 2011 Carolyn Sill rated it it was amazing
I'm such a huge fan of Colt McCoy. I really enjoyed reading about his childhood and young adult life. I recommend it to all parents with boys, for the boys to read when they are old enough. The life lessons are nicely done here, with a strong emphasis on character and leadership.
Sep 25, 2011 Gail rated it it was amazing
I entered this giveaway to win the book for my husband Dennis to read. I will write a review about it after he finsihes the book.

I won this book in a first read giveaway for my husband. I am not into sports. My husband loved the book and said it was amazing.
Jan 01, 2015 Tami rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
An excellent book detailing the importance of faith, family, fellowship, and football. Colt and Brad McCoy provide descriptive accounts of events that molded Colt into the Christian, husband, and leader he is today. An excellent book I found hard to put down.
Sep 22, 2011 Tara rated it it was amazing
Really good book about a boy from our area... Im certainly not a Browns fan, so hopefully he will go somewhere else but glad to see him succeed... He has a good head on his shoulders and came from a nice family, I dont think he will have any problems..
Nov 11, 2012 Sean is currently reading it
This book is about Colt McCoy and his family when he's growing up. His family is very holy, and were very good parents to Colt. Once he grows up he is in college, and the NFL playing football.

I don't know how to change my pages read in book.
Patsy Hall
Jul 20, 2011 Patsy Hall rated it it was amazing
Excellent! I taught school with the father, Brad, so I enjoyed the book even more, but it's planned and written well. It's an interesting read and should be inspiring to young athletes, coaches, and just anyone. Good Job, Guys!
Oct 04, 2012 Cali rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! It is about Colt's life, his relationship with Christ, his family and of course football. I talks about having a journey with Christ and his journey. I highly recommend this book!
Alana McKinney
Feb 19, 2013 Alana McKinney rated it it was amazing
I loved the stories of faith, family, and football. I like that Colt accurately describes how much his faith has influenced him for the good throughout his entire life.
This is a must read!
Susan (The Book Bag)
Great book if you are a follower of college football. It was nice to read about a nice guy from a nice family and how he was able to get where he is today.
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