By Jim Dent,Mack Brown

A Kirkus Reviews most sensible Nonfiction of 2011 identify
Jim Dent, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling writer of The Junction Boys, returns with a strong Texas tale which transcends university soccer, exhibiting the braveness and resolution of 1 of the game's such a lot valiant players.

Freddie Steinmark was once an under-sized yet scrappy younger guy whilst he arrived in Austin as a freshman on the collage of Texas in 1967. regardless of the pronouncement through many coaches that he was once too small to play soccer on the collage point, Freddie was once a tenacious competitor who vowed to begin each online game as a varsity Longhorn.

By the beginning of the 1969 season, Freddie was once making his mark at the collage gridiron and nationwide degree as UT's megastar protection, yet he'd additionally built a crippling soreness in his thigh that frightened his highschool sweetheart, Linda. regardless of the more and more debilitating ache, Freddie persevered to play through the season, aiding the Longhorns to tear via rivals like pulpwood. His ultimate online game used to be for the nationwide championship on the finish of 1969, while the Longhorns rallied to overcome Arkansas in a mythical online game that has develop into referred to as "the online game of the Century."

Tragically, bone melanoma took Freddie off the sphere whilst not anything else may. yet not anything may perhaps extinguish his irrepressible spirit or continue him clear of the sport. even though his fight with melanoma will be short-lived, Freddie's struggle could motivate the kingdom in addition to hundreds of thousands of melanoma sufferers, incomes him a unique quotation from President Richard Nixon. this day, a photograph of Freddie hangs within the tunnel at Darrell okay. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the place avid gamers contact it ahead of video games en path to the sector. With this relocating tale, a Brian's Song for faculty soccer, Jim Dent once more brings readers to cheers and tears with a very American story of solution and bravado within the face of the worst odds.

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