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Ray Anderson, Senior Vice President of Football Operations, NFL

Life is full of opportunity. Sometimes one opportunity gets you ready for the next. The key is to be ready. By reading and applying the principles in The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan, you can help your child not only be ready when opportunity knocks, but to actually create some of those opportunities.

Ray Anderson, Senior Vice President of Football Operations, NFL

 

I have known Bruce for some time; he has unique insight on what it takes to be successful. He was raised in a football family, and representing as many quality football players as he does gives him a real perspective on the rules of successful living.

Jerry Angelo, General Manager, Chicago Bears

 

As vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-89, I had the opportunity to discover and work with a lot of young players from small schools as well as those from well-known football powerhouses as they developed into major contributors on the field. The one constant was that we had a development plan in place for each player. The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan will help you develop a plan for your child's success in life just as we did for the Dallas Cowboys. I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares enough about a child to help him or her succeed in the greatest game of all—the game of life.

Gil Brandt, Legendary Vice President of Player Personnel, Dallas Cowboys

 

If you are a little league parent, the parent of a child who competes in sports, or just a parent, then the wise words in this book may serve as a compass to help you along the proper course.

Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune

 

Growing up in a football family, Bruce Tollner learned a game plan for life from his father, Ted, a brilliant offensive mind with more than forty years of coaching experience. Bruce breaks down the Xs and Os for parents in his new book, The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan. As an agent and attorney, Tollner has associated himself with special players and people such as Ben Roethlisberger, Trent Edwards, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, and others who break down some of their positive experiences growing up. These stories will move you like a game-winning Roethlisberger touchdown drive.

John Clayton, ESPN

 

As a children’s author and father of eight, I’ve discovered that parents need all the help they can get in their efforts to raise good kids. The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan is a practical and inspiring book that will help you develop an appropriate winning game plan for your child. That winning game plan could very well be the defining component in the development of your child. I highly recommend this book!

Sean Covey, New York Times best-selling author of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, and The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens 

 

My wife, Linda, and I started the Jack Del Rio Foundation to help improve the lives of children in northeast Florida. As we all know, today’s children are tomorrow’s parents, leaders, health-care providers, and so on. Soon, we will need them; right now, they need us. Investing in our children is an investment in our future. At the Foundation, we recognize the need to be a part of “something greater than self.” Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and to encourage others to get involved. The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan is a way to get involved and do “something greater than self.” Read this book and apply its principles. It is an investment that will pay huge dividends in the future.

Jack Del Rio Jr., Head Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars

 

The intention to win always precedes winning. If you intend for your child to win in life, you will want to read and apply what is written in The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan. For every winning team and every person who wins in the game of life, there was a great game plan, and now you can develop one for your child. This books lays out the framework, the rest is up to you.

Billy Devaney, General Manager, St. Louis Rams

 

I grew up around football. My dad, Tom Dimitroff, helped me learn the facets of the game. His hard-nosed old-school approach taught me how to listen and learn. The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan offers old-school results with fresh ideas to help you help children be successful in life.

Thomas Dimitroff, General Manager, Atlanta Falcons

 

I grew up in an athletic family with my parents and siblings playing sports. My parents came to my games and encouraged me all the way. My interest in football started when I was in the ninth grade with a visit from my little league baseball coach. At the time he was coaching football at my high school. He visited my family home to recruit me to play football and said he thought I could be really good at it. I told him I would give it a try, and today I am playing quarterback in the NFL. You never know how the little things you do for a child can pay off big for that child in the future. Read The C.H.I.LD. Game Plan, use it to help you develop a winning game plan for your child, and get ready for some pretty cool, and sometimes surprising, results.

Trent Edwards, NFL Quarterback, Buffalo Bills

 

They say there's no instruction guide to becoming a parent, but this one comes close. Bruce Tollner pulls back the curtains and shows us the people behind the people, and he does so with the kind of grace, style, and tender expertise that would make his own folks proud.

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times

 

The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan is a critical guide for the most important challenge in life—successfully raising a child who will reach his or her full potential. Inspiring and practical, the book also provides a clear path to help parents implement the plans they create with their children.

Quentin Fleming, Professor, author-Keeping the Family Baggage Out of the Family Business
 

As a head coach in the NFL, I interact every day with men who are champions. Sometimes it's hard to realize that these NFL players were once little boys. However, I know that each man is the man he is today because someone else—a parent, a grandparent, a coach, or a friend—took time to have a positive impact in his life. What child's life can you positively impact? This book can be your playbook to do just that.

John Fox, Head Coach, Carolina Panthers

 

As a retired USMCR colonel and career federal prosecutor, I’ve spent a lot of time in the courtroom prosecuting drug traffickers. Most recently in 2008, I served under General David H. Petraeus as the director of the Law and Order Task Force tasked with the responsibility of restoring the rule of law to Iraq. Both were daunting challenges, and both required a clear vision of the desired outcome if any semblance of success was to be achieved. Whether in war, in the courtroom, or on the football field, for success to be possible, having a plan is essential—if not imperative. A good plan in place doesn’t always guarantee success, but it makes it more likely to be achieved than without one. Hoping and wishing for a favorable outcome is not an acceptable course of action. The same is true in raising a child, especially today. Today’s children face challenges and influences unthinkable when we were kids. Constant vigilance and a well-devised plan are absolutely critical to give our children the best chance at success and being productive citizens. To help prepare your child for these challenges I strongly recommend The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan!

William Gallo, Retired USMCR Colonel and Career Federal Prosecutor

 

There is a detailed game plan for every game we play. Everything is considered and nothing is left uncovered. The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan will help you do the same for your child. As a dad, I highly recommend that you read this book and apply the suggestions given.

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Franchise Leader in Quarterback Sacks, Green Bay Packers

 

The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan is engaging, interesting, and powerful! This is an easy-to-understand book that can help you develop a plan for your child, and it is full of interesting stories. The book has many positive, inspirational, and motivational strategies to help parents help their child live up to his or her potential.    

Bill Habermehl, Orange County Superintendent of Schools

 

The potential for sports participation to have a positive impact on the development and character building of youth is tremendous. Coaches, parents, and guardians play a key role in how a child athlete will incorporate important lessons such as teamwork, honesty, emotional intelligence, and persistence into their lives. Because this is not an easy task, a guide such as The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan can serve as a valuable resource to parents and guardians in assisting them with how to best support their child's sports experience. I commend any efforts that are being made to provide early education for athletes to make better decisions and have a plan.

Sara Hickmann, Ph.D., Director, NFL Player Assistance Services

 

There is no challenge more profound than trying to be the best parent and role model possible, and Bruce Tollner's research and insight provide a tangible blueprint for helping you achieve that goal. The examples set forth through the sports paradigm are easy to grasp and apply. I recommend it highly.

Jason La Canfora, NFL Network

 

If you already have a game plan for your child, use this book to make it even better. If you don't have a game plan for your child, this book is an excellent resource to help you build it.

Sharon Lamb, Mother of Three, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Playing in the Superdome has allowed us the luxury of not having to worry about the weather; that is, until hurricane Katrina. Within a short period of time we had to move our entire football operations out of New Orleans. Although that was not part of our overall plan, we had to make adjustments. Life offers many surprises—some good, some very challenging. The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan will serve as a guide to help your child be ready for the good and sometimes very challenging surprises of life.

Mickey Loomis, General Manager, New Orleans Saints

 

I have been associated with sports almost all my life as a player, as a coach, and now with the NFL Network. Something I have noticed about successful people is that they lived according to a winning game plan. They had someone in their life who cared enough to help them develop that plan and stick to it in good times and bad. I was very fortunate to have great parents. I highly recommend The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan because it will help you be that person in a child's life.  

Steve Mariucci, NFL Network

 

I have always wanted to see how I could match up against the best—in high school, college, and professional football. Although I always heard what other people were saying about my talent and ability, I always wanted to put myself in a position to compete at the highest level and prove what I believed to be true. You can help your child compete at the highest level in any endeavor in life by reading and applying the principles in The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan. This book is full of examples and wise counsel that you can use to help your child succeed in life.

Warren Moon, Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback

 

As president of the Indianapolis Colts, I am involved in a lot of decisions involving people on and off the field. There is little margin for error in the selection process. We must have the right people at the right place at the right time. Whether I am involved in the decision to hire someone for the front office, hire a coach, or select a player for the team, I want someone who exhibits the principles taught in The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan. By reading and applying the principles in this book, you can give a child the opportunity to excel far beyond the limits that can be reached by natural talent alone.

Bill Polian, President, Indianapolis Colts

 

As a father of three, I know firsthand that all parents need a little direction and guidance from time to time. Bruce Tollner’s book is a great source of that because his plan is crafted not only from parenting experts but from great achievers in athletics who explain what their parents did to help them get where they are.

Dan Pompei, Sporting News and Chicago Tribune

 

As a quarterback, I have played on some championship teams—and I have experienced some painful losses. Regardless of the outcome of any one game, my dad has been there to cheer me on. Whether I throw a winning touchdown pass or an interception, I know my dad is there to say, "Good job, Son, I am proud of you!" My parents have had a major influence on the way I live life, as well as the way I play football. Because of their influence, and that of my coaches and others, I am blessed to be able to live out a childhood dream to play professional football. The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan can help you to help your child live out their childhood dreams. Read this book, and put together a winning game plan for your child.

Ben Roethlisberger, Two-time Super Bowl Champion Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

 

In 1933, my dad, Art Rooney, purchased an NFL team. Today, the Pittsburgh Steelers organization is not just a family-owned NFL franchise that has won six Super Bowls—we are a family! That is just one of the values given to me by my father that continues to have a positive impact on my life. Just as my dad passed on a wonderful set of values to me, I hope that the treasures found in The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan help pass something special on to your children.

Dan Rooney, Owner, Pittsburgh Steelers
 

 

Someone has to make little children into professional stars. Who's better at dispensing advice on that matter than the parents who did it? This book can help turn good parents into All-Pros.

Adam Schefter, ESPN

 

The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan is powerful! There are valuable action steps in this book for everyone, especially parents. As a father of four spanning from grade school to high school, I found that many points Bruce emphasizes can be applied immediately to each child's phase of development. This book is also full of great stories from professional athletes and coaches.    

Don Schneider, Author, Making the Right Choices for a Great Life 
 

 

Those who aspire to be good parents never stop searching for ways to be better guides, confidants, and role models for our children. When we receive good counsel, we must be humble enough to accept it and apply it accordingly. Well, here you go. Read this collection of advice, grow in your wisdom as a parent—and watch your children benefit as a result!

Michael  Smith, ESPN
 

Take it from a guy who started working for a bookstore at a very early age... this book is a WINNER! Memories are made every day with kids. When I was young, we didn't have a TV so my dad and I walked to the TV store just to watch the Redskins. Who would have thought that I would actually own the team some day? Buy this book, read it, and make some memories with your child.

Dan Snyder, Owner, Washington Redskins

 

As a sports agent who has done deals for some of the NFL's top players, Bruce Tollner knows the importance of having a well-thought-out game plan for contract negotiations. In The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan, he reminds us that it's even more critical to have a reasoned approach to raising children. Tollner's passion and commitment make this a must-read for mothers and fathers seeking to formulate a successful game plan for being an effective parent.

Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated
 

 

As a head coach in the NFL, I always want my team playing its best football in December—and beyond. In 2008, we became the first team in NFL history to make the play-offs after starting the season with a 4-8 record. It was never our goal to start the season with a 4-8 record; it was, however, our goal to be in the playoffs. In part, that turnaround can be contributed to things we were doing in August before the season started. The funny thing about life is that some things pay off quick, while some are slower. The same is true in the life of a child. I highly recommend The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan because it will help you lay the foundation for your child to play his or her best through every season of the most important game of all—the game of life.

Norv Turner, Head Coach, San Diego Chargers
 

 

A lot of demands are placed on student athletes today. They must balance the rigors of coursework, practice, personal time, and the events of game day. A breakdown in any one of those areas could spell disaster on and off the field. At Utah, we not only have a game plan for specific games during the season, we have a game plan for the overall success of Utah Football. The game plan for overall success in the program includes off-the-field activities that will help our student athletes continue to grow into healthy, productive, and happy young men. The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan is an excellent resource to help you prepare your child for a healthy, productive, and happy life.

Kyle Whittingham, Head Coach, University of Utah
 

When I made the transition from the Jacksonville Jaguars to become the head coach at Yale, I needed a winning game plan. Children need a winning game plan, too. The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan will help you not only to develop a winning game plan for your child, but to see it through to fruition.

Tom Williams, Head Coach, Yale University