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I am Third by Gale Sayers
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really liked it
bookshelves: biography, black-studies, classics, film, sports-books

I Am Third by Gale Sayers (Viking Press 1970) (Biography). This is the book which was made into a TV movie which made every male in America bawl like a baby. Gale Sayers was a running back in the 1960's for the NFL's Chicago Bears. He was the best in the game, and he had a chance to become one of the all time best players. In Chicago, he became best friends and roommates with teammate Brian Piccolo who was also a Bears running back and a graduate of Wake Forest University. This is the story of their remarkable friendship which became all the more poignant when Brian Piccolo was diagnosed with a virulent form of cancer at the height of his football career. The title of the book was taken from a mantra that Sayres and Piccolo shared: "The Lord is first, my friends are second, and i am Third." It's a wonderful read. My rating: 7.5/10, finished 1971.

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Started Reading
January 1, 1971 – Finished Reading
August 28, 2014 – Shelved
August 28, 2014 – Shelved as: biography
August 28, 2014 – Shelved as: black-studies
August 28, 2014 – Shelved as: classics
August 28, 2014 – Shelved as: film
August 28, 2014 – Shelved as: sports-books

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