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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, andquot;I tackle.andquot;

He tackled so well at Rockport-Fulton (Texas) High School that he earned a scholarship to Texas AandM University, becoming the first Vietnamese American football player in school history. As part of the storied andquot;Wrecking Crew,andquot; Nguyen's tackling earned him All-American honors and led the Aggies to their first Big 12 title. And, even though he was once deemed too small to play middle linebacker in the NFL, he has earned All-Pro recognition with the Dallas Cowboys.

For Dat Nguyen, though, tackling the various obstacles of lifeandmdash;not just running backsandmdash;gives him the most pride. He learned how to tackle life 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, a true story of the American dream lived out, 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, where a community of Vietnamese shrimpers established an economic livelihood using skills brought from the old country. He describes the racism his family encountered while he was growing up and how the friendship of one young Caucasian boy and his family overcame prejudice through an invitation to participate in sports.

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. His stories offer excitement, romance (as he pursues his college sweetheart, now his wife), faith, fatherhood, and humor.

Dat is a lively, engaging story of growing up in a refugee family, of big-time football, and of human struggle and success.

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Dat Nguyen stands as the first player of Vietnamese descent ever to play in the NFL. If asked for his job description, he would probably answer simply, "I tackle." Nguyen learned how to tackle life from his parents, who narrowly escaped from the North Vietnamese Army in 1975.

About the Author

Dat Nguyen, the leading tackler in the history of Texas A&M University, is now the starting middle linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys. He is the first Vietnamese American to play in the NFL. Born in a refugee camp in Arkansas, he grew up in Rockport, Texas, and has played his entire high school, college, and pro career in the Lone Star State.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585444724
With:
Burson, Rusty
Foreword:
Woodson, Darren
With:
Burson, Rusty
Foreword by:
Woodson, Darren
Foreword:
Woodson, Darren
Author:
Nguyen, DAT
Author:
Burson, Rusty
Author:
Woodson, Darren
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sports - Football
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Football - Professional
Subject:
Football players
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Football players -- United States.
Subject:
Asian American football players
Subject:
History
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
49 bandw photos. Index.
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.35 lb

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