Fearless Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
How does an underdog become a champion? One of the most innovative, gutsy, and dynamic head coaches in the NFL reveals the strategies behind building the Eagles team that shocked the world by winning the Super Bowl.
Doug Pederson is the very definition of an underdog. He was an undrafted rookie free agent who would go on to play 14 years in the NFL as a backup quarterback. He was cut five times, yet kept getting back up and into the fray. He would win one Super Bowl, with the Green Bay Packers. When he retired, he decided to coach, but not at the pro level. Instead, he was head coach of Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. After a successful four-year stint there, he returned to the NFL as an assistant coach under Andy Reid with the Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs, where he was instrumental in the development of quarterback Alex Smith and his string of 3,000-plus-yard seasons of passing.
When he was offered the job as head coach of the Eagles, he jumped at it, though few thought he would succeed. In the first season, a year of rebuilding, they finished 7-9. Some doubted his abilities, and before the 2017 season, one "expert" called Pederson the least qualified coach in 30 years. Plagued by the sidelining of seasoned players and devastated by quarterback Carson Wentz's season-ending knee injury, the Eagles managed a 13-3 record and home-field advantage in the playoffs. Yet they were still the underdogs in every single game, including the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, one of the greatest dynasties in the history of the NFL. It wasn't until they stunned the Patriots that people finally believed in Pederson and his team.
In Fearless, Pederson reveals the principles that guided him through the ups and downs and tough times of his career and what it took to become a champion. Through it all, Pederson sustained himself with his faith and the support of his family. He shares the defining stories of his life and career, growing up with his disciplinarian Air Force dad and his tenderhearted mom, developing friendships with Dan Marino and Brett Favre, and learning from mentors such as Don Shula, Mike Holmgren, and Andy Reid who helped mold him into the man and coach he is today.
Fearless captures Pederson's coaching and leadership philosophies and reveals the brilliant mind and indomitable spirit of a man who has entered the pantheon of great coaches.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 58 minutes|
|Author||Doug Pederson, Dan Pompei - contributor|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 21, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #112,958 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Instead, I actually found it to be refreshing. Pederson doesn’t mince words on how he got to this point. He’s more than happy to explain his journey, giving both the highs and the lows that helped him get to a point of raising the Lombardi Trophy in triumph. In addition, he came from a strong Christian background, and Faith is very important to him. He’s not even remotely squeamish about discussing his faith, and touches on it quite often throughout the book.
If you think that Faith and Football don't mix, don't bother with this one.
He's also quite blunt about Football only being part of his life, not the entirety of his life, and he specifically discusses that very notion near the end of the book. While Pederson's body of work has yet to even approach theirs, I couldn't help but conclude that he's echoing a philosophy that was quite similar to the likes of Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll and Bill Parcells, in that while their particular area of expertise was Football, the sport of Football was only a part of their Life's Work. I believe that espousing that particular philosophy played a large part in driving the latter three to the ridiculous success they achieved.
The book is straight-forward, getting to the point. There’s no flowery speech to be found. Pederson doesn’t use 25 words when 10 will do. I’d imagine that if we were to encounter Doug Pederson behind closed doors, what is written wouldn’t be too different from what we’d experience.
I highly recommend it.
This book won't teach you that. It just emphasizes why it's important.
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It's delivered in a strange way - jumping about all over the place rather than being chronologically delivered. But, after I sussed this out, I realised that it was more akin to sitting down with Doug in a pub or something and just listening to him talk about things as they popped into his head. I do admit to knowing little about him personally when he got the Eagles job - I'm a late bloomer to the NFL and still playing catch-up - but I do know, mostly from Jason Kelce's Mummers speech (the best thing I have ever seen in sport) that he was considered grossly under qualified for the role as head coach. Well, he sure showed them, didn't he!
As well as the football stuff, he also talks about his religion. He's a Christian and he takes this side of things very seriously. But, don't worry, it isn't rammed down your throat at every page turn. But it is mentioned several times along the way, and why not? It's his book about him and his faith is extremely important to him, as are his family who are also mentioned throughout. It also has some very interesting coaching techniques included. Some of which translate to all walks of life, not just sport. I highlighted so many things along the way to ponder on and consider further. The main thing I took from it was the fact that he never gives up and even though it may not always be the smartest move, being ballsy can, and often does pay off.
Not the best written book by any means but it really spoke from the heart and Doug's passion oozed from every single page. Yes I cried and I am not ashamed to admit that!
Oh and if anyone is interested I also won the Superbowl in my Fantasy league same year. First and, so far, only time for me too. #FlyEaglesFly!