The Bookshelf – Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx

Have you ever wondered what the elite coaches read each month?

My friend, Dr. Paul Schempp, at the Sport Instruction Research Laboratory at the University of Georgia, recently polled the top expert coaches in their sport and asked them to send in the most influential reads in their lives. This list is amazing and with each blog I will personally share with you a book from the shelf of the great coaches and teachers of all time.

Season of Life:  a football star, a boy, a journey to manhood by Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize-winning author; Simon & Schuster (August 24, 2004)

More than a quarter-century after they first knew each other as a professional football star and a ballboy for the Baltimore Colts, Joe Ehrmann and Jeffrey Marx once again crossed paths. The outcome was a remarkable journey through the greatest football season of all. It was really a season of life more than anything else.

Joe was now a white-haired minister who also coached high school football and ran a program called Building Men for Others. He was changing lives by teaching boys how to be men of substance and impact by focusing on relationships and a cause beyond themselves.

Jeffrey quickly realized there was much to learn from his old friend. But he never could have foreseen the gift of his own transformative experience. He never could have imagined that Joe would ultimately help him open doors to his own dad.


“Jeffrey Marx has used the most violent of American games to show how men and boys should dare not be afraid to look for love. I was tremendously touched by Season of Life.” 
     — Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated

“This is not a book you are just going to read and then forget about. You’re probably going to read it again sometime. And you’ll definitely want to tell family and friends about it. By sharing Season of Life with others, you will be helping to make this a better world.” 
     — Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall of Famer

“Season of Life should be required reading for all of us blessed with the responsibility of coaching young people. It has made a difference for our coaches and players at Ohio State, and we will continue to suggest it as a terrific resource for everyone in our football family.”
     — Jim Tressel, Head Coach, Ohio State football

“Great book. I highly recommend it.”
     — John McEnroe, tennis star

“Excellent! I enjoyed every page! I’ve shared Season of Life with our staff, our players, my family, and my friends. In fact, I keep ordering more copies and giving them out as gifts.”
     — Kirk Ferentz, Head Coach, University of Iowa football