The Junction Boys: How Ten Days in Hell with Bear Bryant Forged a Champion Team (Paperback)

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The Junction Boy is now a television movie produced by ESPN, starring Tom Berenger as Bryant.

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.

About the Author

Jim Dent, a longtime award-winning journalist who covered the Dallas Cowboys for eleven years in Fort Worth and Dallas, including a stint at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has written several books, including The Junction Boys, the New York Times bestseller that was the basis for an ESPN movie and remains a fan favorite, as well as Twelve Mighty Orphans, adapted to film in 2021 starring Luke Wilson. Dent lives in Texas.

Praise For…

“It's the best sports book I've ever read.” —Pat Summerall, Fox Sports

“I heard the story of the Junction Boys from gene Stallings when he was on my staff with the Cowboys. Those guys were some of the toughest to ever play the game. Jim Dent has really brough the story to life in a book any football fan would like to read.” —Tom Landry, former coach of the Dallas Cowboys

“...the best book on a sports topic I've read in years.” —Furman Bisher, The Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Engaging.” —Sports Illustrated

“You'll want to laugh, you might even want to cry, but you'll know what legends are made of by the time you finish this book. They'll be talking about this book for a long time.” —Texas Aggie Magazine

“...highly readable...Dent manages to celebrate the myth and recreate the mystique of the Bear while not glossing over the consequences of the coach's uncompromising drive to win.” —The Birmingham News

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312267551
ISBN-10: 031226755X
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: September 9th, 2000
Pages: 312
Language: English