A collection of true stories of real men, highly respected, that leave indelible footprints in their live journey. Men who choose to live true to their core values, tried-and-true principals, with commitment to family and irrefutable courage.
Real Men Don’t Play” is a literary walk with me through a lifetime of meeting, studying and chronicling the exploits of flesh and bone examples of men that continue to represent the best practices of manhood. Along this journey you will discover that men are famous and infamous; professionals and blue collar. It will become apparent that men come in all shapes, colors, sizes and dispositions. The men profiled in this book have incredible tales of accomplishment while in
many instances weathering gale force storms during the course of their lives. The common thread is that real men accept responsibility for their actions, take care of their business and care for those that they love.
The inspiration for this book emanates from my desire to raise the bar of expectation for this and coming generations of the male species. I doubt we could or should return to the days when men where the unquestioned rulers of the household. After all, we are not perfect and women play an indisputable role in the sustenance and advancement of civilization. However it is important that men regain a measure of respect, productivity and leadership if our society is to survive and thrive in these perilous and confusing times.
So, enjoy the discovery. The men you’ll meet in this book have walked the walk and left indelible footprints.
Bobby Glanton Smith, author
The Men in the Book
Antwone Fisher… Bestselling Author (“Finding Fish: A Memoir”) and prolific screenwriter. Antwone will write the foreword in “Real Men Don’t Play!”
James Nathaniel “Jim” Brown…Arguably the greatest athlete of the 20th Century, NFL Hall of Famer and an outstanding humanitarian. Founder and President of the Amer-I-Can Foundation for Social Change.
Two-Time Emmy Award Winner and Shakespearean Actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films, including: Platoon, Dead Presidents, Vanishing Point, There’s Something About Mary, Voice of Spawn, Requiem for a Dream, Barbershop, and countless TV, Film and game character voices.
Lionel Hollins… Head Coach of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, has dedicated his life to teaching and leading men. He also played on a NBA World Championship team while playing for the Portland Trailblazers.
Sam Watson…. Concert promoter and advisor to multiple World Champion boxers (including Floyd “Money” Mayweather)
Harry Pickens… Educator at the University of Louisville, world-renowned jazz pianist. Motivational speaker and marketing consultant
Rick Perkins… Exemplary single father, newspaper publisher and virtuoso trumpet player
Julian Mendoza… Master Facilitator of the Amer-I-Can Life Skills Management Curriculum, world-renowned artist and a great humanitarian.
George D Osborne… Courageous warrior, great American, self-sufficient by the age of 10; died in combat during the Vietnam War, November 4, 1968
Jerry Anderson… Incredible college football player (Oklahoma University, National Championship team, 1975); Most feared safety who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and a hero of epic proportions – he died while saving two strangers from drowning in his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 5 years to the day that he saved two strangers from certain death in a flood in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Kevin McDowell… Vice President, AEG Worldwide, the largest sports and entertainment company in the world.
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