Tackling Life and the NFL
6 x 9, 232 pp.
2 b&w photos. Index.
Pub Date: 11/15/2017
Swaim-Paup Sports Series, sponsored by James C. '74 & Debra Parchman Swaim and T. Edgar '74 & Nancy Paup
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Tackling Life and the NFL

By Dat Nguyen and Rusty Burson
Foreword by Darren Woodson

In a quintessentially American game, for an organization often called America’s Team, Dat Nguyen stands as the first player of Vietnamese descent ever to play in the NFL. Yet if asked for his job description, he would probably answer simply, “I tackle.”

He earned a scholarship to Texas A&M University, becoming the first Vietnamese American football player in school history. As part of the storied “Wrecking Crew,” Nguyen’s tackling earned him All-American honors and led the Aggies to their first Big 12 title. He went on to earn All-Pro recognition with the Dallas Cowboys.

For Nguyen, tackling the various obstacles of life gives him the most pride, a skill he learned from his parents, who narrowly escaped from the North Vietnamese Army in 1975. Nguyen offers the story of his faith, his family, and his career as an inspiration to others. He recounts his father’s decision to flee Vietnam, the boat trip that took his family to freedom, and their eventual settling in Rockport, Texas. He describes the racism his family encountered while he was growing up and how one friendship and an invitation to participate in sports helped overcome prejudice.

Nguyen’s insightful look into the life of a big-time football player offers first-hand glimpses of the personalities and playing (or coaching) styles of many celebrated stars of college football and the NFL.

This special edition, published in commemoration of Nguyen’s induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, features a new afterword in which Dat reflects on his life since leaving professional football and on the continuing inspiration he derives from his family, his work, and his opportunity to make a difference.

DAT NGUYEN, the leading tackler in Aggie history and a starting middle linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, now owns and operates West 7th Chick-Fil-A in Fort Worth. RUSTY BURSON, a former sports writer for 12th Man Magazine, now serves as director of membership and communications at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Dat’s worth watching. And, from my standpoint, he’s required reading.” --Darren Woodson

“. . . I root for the real good guys, and Dat is definitely one of those people.” --Zach Thomas, All-Pro linebacker, Miami Dolphins

“In the wake of the baseball steroid scandal, there is a definite need for an uplifting, inspirational sports story. Dat Nguyen has that story to tell . . . Setting the book apart from its competition is Nguyen’s account of his family’s early years in Rockport, Texas . . . A good football book with the added bonus of a little social history.”--Booklist

“It is a compelling story of survival, both on and off the football field . . . . For fans of stories in which the human spirit and a deep religious faith triumph over obstacles and adversity, the book is an inspiration . . . . takes you behind the locker room door into the workings of the franchise over the past six years . . . . a must-read.”--San Antonio Express-News

“ . . . worth it for its love story alone.”--Southern Living

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