40 Days of Direction: Life Lessons from the Talented Ten

by Dr. Derrick L. Gragg (Author), Dr. Renford Reese (Foreword)
Paperback – October 16, 2015

Eleven young men met over 25 years ago on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. They were football players who ventured to Vanderbilt to fulfill their dreams by competing in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

This group of men – collectively known as “DaFellaz” – often reminisce about their days as defeated “gladiators,” African-American males who survived on a predominately white, wealthy campus; their roles in today’s society as fathers and husbands; and their futures, collectively and individually.

This “do’s and don’ts” book is comprised of many of the life lessons they have learned over the years past. The primary target audience is young males from junior high school through college along with their parents, grandparents, coaches, teachers and anyone is influential in their lives.

This is a blueprint not only for the young men who seek to become college athletes, but for all young men who aspire to become successful no matter what path they take in life. Each chapter ends with the opportunity for the reader to reflect on his own life and follow up on the issued challenge.

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