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One Yard Short: Turning Your Defeats into Victories
Coach Les Steckel understands that life is difficult. It's marked by disappointments and defeats. But what's important is what you do with those defeats. One Yard Short is the amazing story of Les Steckel. A coach for 32 years, with 23 of those seasons coaching in the NFL, Steckel has been through his shares of ups and downs, having experienced the pain and disappointment ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 30th 2006 by Thomas Nelson
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-Sometimes it just works out better when you don’t do things perfectly. 23
-Approach your marriage as a model for your children and anyone else watching … (what) you show them will be a legacy for future generations. 56
-They don’t hand out trophies at the beginning. 75
-Tough times offer a hidden gift: they drive us to the counsel of the wise. We don’t listen nearly so well when things are going out way. But adversity begets humility. 87
-Work year to year, be flexible and available to move. 93
How would you feel being 1 yard short from one of the greatest victories ever? This book grabs your attention from page 1. The way the author deals with the conflict in this story is a great test of character and wisdom. The conflict is awesome, you'll never want to put this book down. It takes you through his life and goals. This book is great, and always keeps you guessing the next part of his life, from horrific defeats and turning them into stellar victories. Les shows you how to be a true ...more
I enjoyed collaborating with Les Steckel to tell his story for this book. Les has led a remarkable life, suffering emotional and physical abuse as a child, becoming one of the NFL's youngest head coaches, successor to an icon, without ever having played at the college level himself; coaching in two particularly memorable Super Bowls--and all of that is only the beginning. The real story here is the emotional one, of a man hitting the very bottom, questioning the very point of his life, then find ...more
I thought this book had a good message but the detailed plays detracted for me. It felt like this was mixing an inspirational piece with a football playbook primer. I also was disappointed in his "defeats". Not to subtract from the pain of losing a job but I think that is pretty much a given in College and NFL football. I'm sure he had other defeats in life and I wish he had discussed them a bit more.