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Go Long!: My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame

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Jerry Rice has been called the best pro football player ever. In spite of Rice’s legendary gridiron skills, or even his ability to transform himself into an instant ballroom-dance prodigy on ABC’s hit TV series Dancing with the Stars, the surprising fact is, a guy like Jerry Rice is made and not just born. In Go Long! Rice shares the inspirational lessons and empowering pr ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published January 16th 2007 by Ballantine Books
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David Glad
Jan 15, 2013 David Glad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: achieve, biographies
First off, kind of had mixed feelings on how the (audio)book seemed to be written in a rather simple manner. On one hand it perhaps makes for easier reading by aspiring teenagers, but also makes me realize how ghostwriters polish things up a LOT.

Nice amount of information on his childhood, such as catching bricks and essentially saying work is work for why he had worked in a cotton field (more or less saying "So what if some people think slavery connotations?"). Talked about training with what y
Ryan Gravador
Feb 15, 2014 Ryan Gravador rated it it was amazing
I read through this book in 2 days! Jerry Rice has been my childhood hero and now my mentor. His "Jerry Rice hard work" ethic has inspired me to work hard in the activities I've done growing up, going to college, working in the corporate world, and now running my own business!

It's amazing to think that Jerry really started playing football his Sophomore year in high school (when most start playing at a younger age)! What he's done all his life was work hard and harder all the time.

It's been an h
Dalton Phillips
Dalton Phillips

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Go Long!
My Journey beyond the Game and the Fame

Written by Jerry Rice with Brian Curtis

The book is an autobiography of the author’s life.
The author is writing the book to tell of his life experiences and journey of becoming a NFL football player.
The author uses two different styles in writing this book; narration and description. Telling the stages of his life and career in chronological order is how the style of narration was used by the author. This is done by th
Samuel Davis
Aug 24, 2014 Samuel Davis rated it it was amazing
Jerry Rice a 13-time All Pro wide receiver. When I was looking for a book to read and, I saw that Jerry Rice wrote a book about himself I had to read it. I was able to finish this book in a couple of days because I was so intrigued. One thing I liked about this book was how Jerry didn’t talk about just the good things in his life but about the hardships that he had growing up and when he entered the NFL. Another reason I liked this novel was because I was able to learn from this book since I pla ...more
Austin Benton
Sep 29, 2014 Austin Benton rated it it was amazing
Go Long! By Jerry Rice was an outstanding read. This book was interesting and inspiring from cover to cover! If you have any interest in learning more about the greatest football player of all time, read this book! I learned a lot that I didn't know about Jerry. The book takes you from his childhood to present day, and is an inspiring journey. i found myself not able to put down the book at some points. I just wanted to keep reading. Over all an amazing book, I would recommend it to football pla ...more
L. Silvey
May 31, 2011 L. Silvey rated it really liked it
Sundays in the fall and early winter months were all about football and with my dad, 49ers football (yes, we have a family loyalty to New England/Boston teams, but this was our West Coast team). I remember watching Montana and Rice connect on the field and it was electric. I didn't know all the rules about football-still don't- but the drive and spirit rang out loud and clear whenever those two took the field.

This autobiography lets you into a world he has pretty much kept to himself and those
Jack Friedland
My book for this month is called “Jerry Rice Go Long” written by Jerry Rice himself. It is all about his life growing up in Mississippi and catching bricks so his hands would become strong. Jerry Rice has been called the greatest player Football player of all time. He was never really into football, but when he was caught skipping class he ran so fast that his principal put him on the football team for his high school. It goes on to his great performances in college, to his legendary days as a ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Cole rated it really liked it
The book go long written by Jerry Rice. It wasn't that bad it's his autobiography of his life and the adversity he went through and the accomplishes he's achieved in his life time on and off of the football field. I really enjoyed this book because I can level with Jerry in the book being a athlete and what it takes to be a successful one at that its a lot of hard work.
Cj Reed
The book I read was Go Long.This story was about Jerry Rice trying out for the football team.He played football before,but he wasn't sure if he was going to make the football team.He went to try outs,but it took a couple of weeks of training and practice and training.After he found out if he made the football team he drove a brand new Porsche 911 home to get his wife and he had a U-Haul truck with him.He wasn't doing very good when he played in other teams,because he couldn't catch the ball.Jerr ...more
Caleb Butler
May 11, 2014 Caleb Butler rated it it was amazing

This is one of the best books i have ever read. This is also the most inspiring story i have read in a long time. The author did a good job at getting his point through to the reader. The theme of the story was to never give and always drive for success in life.
Christopher J Sparks
I had wanted to see how another perfectionist handles their affliction. This short and entertaining dive into Rice's character revolves around his work ethic and focus.
Mar 25, 2009 Ken rated it really liked it
I found this book very interesting. It is interesting to see how famous people started out. Jerry Rice tells of his days growing up and how he made it to the pros after attending Mississippi Valley State, a Division I-AA school. Jerry also tells about how the NFL is a business in addition to being a professional sport. What surprised me the most were his views about other players in the league. If you are interested in sports and want to see things from the perspective of one of the best players ...more
May 20, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michael by: Ken
Shelves: sports, autobiography
I found this book fascinating! I have always been a 49ers fan, even if the last few years have been brutal. Jerry Rice is a legend and one of the greatest wide receivers ever. Reading about where he came from and how he became what he has today was pretty cool. He is a straight laced guy and is not afraid to share his opinions. In fact, he tells it like it is when it comes to players that are lazy, but I'm sure that comes from the fact he is a true work horse. It is a very easy and fun read.
Apr 27, 2008 Brett rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Only really big Jerry Rice fans
I love Jerry Rice. He is one of my favorite athletes of all time. So I definitely was going to read his book. He's definitely no Steinbeck, but I enjoyed some of his thoughts on his playing days and some of his stories of the '9ers back then. He definitely spent a ton of time talking about Dancing with the Stars, other than seeing that he is bitter that he finished second - because he is one of the most competitive people ever, which I found useless.
Nov 16, 2008 Russell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone looking for inspiration
Jerry, you are a cool dude.

This auto-biography details the rise of a star. It weaves in tales of playing with legends: Joe Montana, Steve Young, and T.O. He also tells how he missed some of the finer things in life due to how driven he has been. He missed some things and now he is making up for it. He inspires the reader to try things outside of their comfort zone, (e.g. Dancing 'with the Stars'_).

I enjoyed it.
Nov 11, 2007 Jonathan rated it it was ok
wasn't impressed. while it's very clear Jerry Rice had a tremendous work ethic, you can't help but hear the "what about me and my money" attitude coming through in this book.
Kk Ho
Apr 01, 2011 Kk Ho rated it it was amazing
Todd Case
Oct 07, 2012 Todd Case rated it really liked it
The best athlete/team player of all time (any sport) - the book starts out with an intro by Bill Walsh.... I am off to read the next biography on him, 'Rice'.
Caesar Soledad
Feb 10, 2009 Caesar Soledad rated it liked it
my first sports star autobiography.. from it if jerry was actually wrote this book, he is a decent writer and had an interesting past and career
Jul 10, 2007 Brody rated it really liked it
Shows a different side of an professional athlete.
Daniel Williams
Jun 22, 2008 Daniel Williams rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Daniel by: Anyone
This was a good book.

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