The Junction Boys: How 10 Days in Hell with Bear Bryant Forged A Champion Team at Texas A&M

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Macmillan, Sep 10, 1999 - Sports & Recreation - 290 pages
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The legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant is recognized nationwide as one of the greatest coaches ever. So why did he always cite his 1-9 A&M team of 1954 as his favorite? This is the story of a remarkable team and the beginning of the legend.

The Junction Boys tells the story of Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's legendary training camp in the small town of Junction, Texas. In a move that many consider the salvation of the Texas A&M football program, Coach Bryant put 115 players through the most grueling practices ever imagined. Only a handful of players survived the entire 10 days, but they braved the intense heat of the Texas sun and the burning passion of their coach, and turned a floundering team into one of the nation's best. The Junction Boys is more than just a story of tough practices without water breaks. An extraordinary fellowship was forged from the mind-numbing pain. The thirty-five survivors bonded together like no other team in America. They profited from the Junction experience; the knowledge they took back with them to College Station, about themselves and what they were capable of, would be used for the rest of their lives.

In vivid and powerful images reminiscent of Friday Night Lights, Hoosiers, and The Last Picture Show, these young men and their driven coach come to life. The Junction Boys contains all the hallmarks of a classic sports story, and it combines America's love of college football with an extraordinary story of perseverance and triumph.
  

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Review: The Junction Boys: How 10 Days in Hell with Bear Bryant Forged a Champion Team

User Review  - Dustin - Goodreads

Very excellent book. Recommend for everyone, not just Aggie fans. Read full review

Review: The Junction Boys: How 10 Days in Hell with Bear Bryant Forged a Champion Team

User Review  - Caleb D'aniello - Goodreads

The Junction Boys is a non-fiction book about Paul Bear Bryant and his transformation of the Texas A&M football program. Bryant took about a hundred and fifty or so players, most of which were hardly ... Read full review

Contents

BAPTISM
1
THE BOYS
19
THE JOURNEY
37
JUNCTION
49
HELL
57
WOUNDED DUCK
69
PAIN
80
QUITTER
91
AGGIES
159
FAITH
175
CHANGES
184
NEW BLOOD
192
DELIVERANCE
199
TRANSITION
218
THUNDER
227
PROPHECY
245

ESCAPE
102
DEATHS DOOR
115
WHISKEY RIVER
125
CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS
132
LAST DANCE
139
LOSERS
148
REVELATION
256
THE RING
269
EPILOGUE
283
THE JUNCTION SURVIVORS
290
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Jim Dent is the author of The Undefeated, King of the Cowboys, and You're out and You're Ugly, Too (with Durwood Merrill). He is an award-winning journalist who covered the Dallas Cowboys for eleven years and worked in the sports media for more than two decades. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.

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