Athlete Likens the Game of Football to the Game of Life

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Author Ambrose P. Murtagh compares the values of life to the values he learned in sandlot football in his previously published book

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Ambrose P. Murtagh studied the game, learned the rules, at times lost, but, ultimately, he emerged victorious. “Win or lose, I never lost my fierce determination to give it my best. The way I applied myself to every game I played as a youth, I applied to challenges I faced later in life,” Murtagh shares in his book, Life is a Game: This is How I Played It, published in April 2010.

“Many coaches have said there are many things you can learn on a football field that you won’t learn in the classroom. On the football field, you learn discipline, perseverance, and teamwork,” the book begins. Murtagh applied these principles in dealing with the most turbulent times of his young life. He practiced these ideals to help him overcome the crippling affects of polio at a time when the disease frequently spelled death or disability. He used them to build himself up and to become an athlete.

He grew up during the Great Depression and had to quit high school to help support his family, and while working full time, he completed high school, college, and graduate school at night. For him, defeat was never a consideration; determination to win, pride, and, sometimes, hoping for the occasional “fourth quarter miracle” were the driving forces.

Deeply inspiring and highly moving, Life is a Game: This is How I Played It is one man’s reflection of what he experienced in the world of sports. It is a striking memoir that will hook readers with its honesty and poignant anecdotes about the toughest game of all, LIFE.

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About the Author
Born in 1918, Ambrose Murtagh was inflicted with polio in his right shoulder when he was eighteen months old. As a youth, through exercise and perseverance, he regained full use of his arm. He spent eight years playing sandlot football, eight years in the ring, six years whitewater canoeing, and five years exploring caves. He has a BA in Marketing and an MBA in Finance from Baruch College. Since retiring at seventy-seven, he serves as a SCORE business counselor and continues to lead an active and productive life. He lives in New York City.

Life is a Game * by Ambrose P. Murtagh
This is How I Played It
Publication Date: April 09, 2010
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