Another Season: A Coach's Story of Raising an Exceptional Son

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St. Martin's Press, Aug 11, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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As coach of the University of Alabama's powerhouse Crimson Tide football team, Gene Stallings encountered plenty of tough situations on the field. But in 1962, as a young protege and assistant under Alabama's legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, Stallings was handed one of the greatest challenges of his life: his newborn son, John Mark, was diagnosed with Down syndrome - a genetic condition that causes mental retardation - and a serious heart defect. Doctors said he probably wouldn't live to see his first birthday. At a time when many families were ashamed of having children who were "different, " doctors and friends urged the Stallingses to institutionalize Johnny so he would not be a burden. But for Gene Stallings, putting Johnny in an institution was just not an option: Johnny would always be part of the family, no matter what. And despite the doctors' predictions, Johnny - now thirty-five - leads a full life with his family and friends. Wherever Stallings coached - at Texas A&M, with the Dallas Cowboys, or with the St. Louis and Phoenix Cardinals - Johnny was an integral part of the team, whether chatting with the linebackers in the locker room or cheering them on from the sidelines. When Stallings took over as head coach for Alabama, the Crimson Tide took Johnny to heart, and he has become a familiar figure to the legions of Alabama fans. As a coach, Stallings always lived for the next game, the next season, and the season after that. But Johnny's precarious health has taught Stallings to appreciate every day they have together, and to reach out to other families with disabled children.

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ANOTHER SEASON: A Coach's Story of Raising an Exceptional Son

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Famed football coach Stallings, aided by journalist Cook, combines a short history of his tough professional career with the affectionate story of his son, Johnny, who is burdened with Down's syndrome ... Read full review

Another season: a coach's story of raising an exceptional son

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Stallings made the University of Alabama football team one of the nation's best, but far more significant is the love and support he has given his son Johnny, born in 1962 with Down syndrome and now a thriving member of the Stallings family. Read full review


Johnnys Birth
College Station
Tough Times
Big Wins Little Victories
Discovering the Pros
School Days
Cardinal Years
Transformed in Tuscaloosa
A Dream Fulfilled

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About the author (1997)

Began his football coaching career with the University of Alabama as an assistant coach to the legendary Coach "Bear" Bryant.

James Charlton is the author or editor of more than three dozen books. He splits his time between New York City and Connecticut.

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