Sidelined: Overcoming Odds through Unity, Passion, and Perseverance by Chuck Pagano with Bruce Tollner

Only three games into his rookie season as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia.  This book chronicles that way that Coach Pagano did not allow this diagnosis, treatment, and months of recovery to keep him on the sidelines.

As a Colts fan, it was amazing to see how the team, not just the players, but the owners, the office staff, and the cheerleaders rallied around him and created the #chuckstrong movement.  Coach Pagano continued to motivate and coach his players via phone calls, texts, and other means and ultimately helped to lead the team to a winning season in spite of the trauma from this dramatic situation.

As a Christian, it was great to see and read how Coach’s faith remained strong and ultimately propelled him to victory over the diagnosis that sought to end his life.  He used the platform that he was given as an NFL coach to glorify God through his actions.

This is a great read for anyone who loves football, coaching, or a great story of faith overcoming fear.

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The Real Win Delivers

The Real Win by Colt McCoy is an excellent book that challenges men to evaluate the way that they define success in life.  So many of us have looked to sports heroes, business leaders, and the world to define success for us.  We have chosen to pursue dreams and goals that, even when we achieve them, don’t bring us the fulfillment that we crave.

Colt McCoy has achieved more public success than most would ever hope to achieve.  But he has remained grounded in life because he realizes that the only success, the only win, that will ever matter is the one that is provided by living life as a devoted and faithful follower of Jesus Christ.

I would recommend this book to anyone, believer or non-believer, who wants to measure his definition of success against the real win that Jesus offers.