Book excerpt: 'Courage Beyond The Game'

August, 19, 2011
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Jim Dent, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of "The Junction Boys," returns with a powerful Texas story which transcends college football, displaying the courage and determination of one of the game’s most valiant players.

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Thomas Dunne Books Jim Dent's latest book tells the story of Texas legend Freddie Steinmark.
No one expected the wishbone in its infancy to inflict such damage on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Street opened the scoring with a 60-yard touchdown pass to Cotton Speyrer to build a 10-0 halftime lead. Fans could not believe what they were seeing from Street, once considered the worst passer of all the Texas quarterbacks. Street was operating the offense as if he had known it all his life.

Early in the third quarter, Royal turned Worster loose on OSU -- He gained gained 73 yards on 10 carries in the second half alone. Worster scored on a 2- yard run and Bill Bradley proved his career was not over. He caught a 4-yard scoring pass from Street in the fourth quarter, and Mike Perrin returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown as the Longhorns rolled 31-3.

The following Monday, coach Mike Campbell was walking across the practice field, past the offensive drills, when he spotted an idle Bradley, listed as a fifth-string wide receiver, sitting on his helmet. He grabbed Bradley by the jersey and yanked him to his feet.

"Hey, Coach Royal," Campbell yelled, "if you don't need Bill Bradley anymore, I sure could use him on defense. Whatdaya say?"

"He's all yours," Royal said.

Bradley followed Campbell to the other end of the field, where the defense was running through drills. He would never return.

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