This behind-the-scenes look at the greatest winning streak in sports history is timed to coincide with the release of a major motion picture. Fans of the movie, football buffs, and anyone inspired by personal accounts of sportsmanship, community, and the human spirit will be interested in this book.
NEIL HAYES was a sportswriter at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, California, and the Chicago Sun-Times during a 26-year newspaper career. He wrote the script for the ESPN documentary 151- The Greatest Streak, which was inspired by this book. He was also part of the creative team and an on-set consultant during the filming of the major motion picture based on this book.
"Some guys are just coaches. Bob is one of those guys. He's like
John Wooden, Joe Torre, or Bill Walsh. They can coach any sport at
--John Madden, broadcaster and Hall of Fame coach
"Neil Hayes has given us a riveting chronicle of the greatest
high school football program in history. Emotional, inspiring,
dramatic, and action-packed."
--Thomas Carter, director of When The Game Stands Tall "Exceptional. A story about brotherhood and the endless fight to achieve greatness in all aspects of life."
--Alexander Ludwig "Coach Bob Ladouceur's ability to communicate, teach, relate is unparalleled. He strikes a nerve with me every time I hear him speak."
--Jon Gruden, Monday Night Football analyst and former coach of the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers "A timeless and universal story about character, hard work, and love."
--Steve Bersch, President, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions "Neil Hayes beautifully captures the essence of Bob Ladouceur and his style of coaching ... As a parent, I learned more from this than any other book, especially in the areas of listening and compassion."
--Laura Dern "I've never seen a better coached team at any level. I watch De La Salle play and I can't believe it's a high school football game. Bob is as fine a coach as the game has ever seen."
--Bill Walsh, Hall of Famer and former coach of the San Francisco 49ers "Winning was merely a byproduct of Bob Ladouceur's teachings and philosophy, and his team won more games in a row than any other team, in any sport...ever. Clearly Bob has something to teach us all."
--Michael Chiklis "Human vulnerability gets equal time with athletic invincibility throughout Hayes's book."
--San Francisco Chronicle "This book will be extremely useful to anybody who coaches young men or women. Bob's an amazing man. De La Salle is an amazing program. A story we need to read."
--Tony La Russa, former manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals "A road map for developing great teams and great young men. A must read for any coach or parent who wants to help kids reach their true potential."--David Zelon, producer of When the Game Stands Tall "Remarkable."
--Pro Football Weekly
"De La Salle is the ultimate high school football program in this country, there's no doubt about that. It's unbelievable how they keep winning."
--Steve Mariucci, NFL network analyst and former coach of the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers