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Season of Life - Jeffrey Marx

Season of Life

By Jeffrey Marx

  • Release Date: 2007-11-01
  • Genre: Coaching
Score: 4.5
From 145 Ratings


The bestselling inspirational book in which the author reunites with a childhood football hero, now a minister and coach, and witnesses a revelatory demonstration of the true meaning of manhood—Season of Life is a book that “should be required reading for every high school student in America and every parent as well” (Carl Lewis, Olympic champion).

Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL football star and volunteer coach for the Gilman high school football team, teaches his players the keys to successful defense: penetrate, pursue, punish, love. Love? A former captain of the Baltimore Colts and now an ordained minister, Ehrmann is serious about the game of football but even more serious about the purpose of life. Season of Life is his inspirational story as told by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jeffrey Marx, who was a ballboy for the Colts when he first met Ehrmann.

Ehrmann now devotes his life to teaching young men a whole new meaning of masculinity. He teaches the boys at Gilman the precepts of his Building Men for Others program: Being a man means emphasizing relationships and having a cause bigger than yourself. It means accepting responsibility and leading courageously. It means that empathy, integrity, and living a life of service to others are more important than points on a scoreboard.

Decades after he first met Ehrmann, Jeffrey Marx renewed their friendship and watched his childhood hero putting his principles into action. While chronicling a season with the Gilman Greyhounds, Marx witnessed the most extraordinary sports program he’d ever seen, where players say “I love you” to each other and coaches profess their love for their players. Off the field Marx sat with Ehrmann and absorbed life lessons that led him to reexamine his own unresolved relationship with his father.

Season of Life is a book about what it means to be a man of substance and impact. It is a moving story that will resonate with athletes, coaches, parents—anyone struggling to make the right choices in life.


  • For every man

    By tominglima
    I have been a high school teacher and football coach for 25 years and this is my second time reading this great work. I used these exact same principles to run my own football program for five years. My own two sons played for me in the program I set up using the Build Men for Others principle. I was proud of what we built and watching my sons and all the young men who we coached blossom into servants of others. This is BY FAR the best book for all teacher/coaches. The BONUS is how the messages helped my own relationship with my dad. We are closer now than ever before and I can honestly say my 80 year old Dad is my best friend now! Thank you Joe, Biff and Jeffery to showing us that Loving is the way.
  • Excellent

    By Bo-hunni1817
    As a teen it's a create book many boys should read to understand the meaning of getting older and becoming a man
  • Great Book!

    By EnterpriseCycling
    As a high school football coach I found this book to be truly inspirational. Coaching is so much more than wins and losses. It's about teaching kids about life and this book puts coaching in the right perspective.
  • A good book

    By Dorsini97
    This book was a nice book to. Read but in the beginning was hard to continue read as there wasn't much a story grabber, but later in the book and near the end the book kept making me come back over and over, I have to say that in the beginning I would rate this book a 3 out of 5 but at the end I would rate a 4.5 out of 5 the book showed how being a man isn't about how much money you made or how strong you where it's all about relationships, and at the end of the book it shows just how important relationships truly are to people.
  • Life

    By Devon Lopez
    This book is a great way for a athlete to relate sports to his personal life. Never quit , once you fall get back up.
  • Excellent

    By GageMcGary
    Great book for anyone who wants a heartwarming feeling and loves the game of football! 10/10