The Seven Secrets of the Silver Shoes: Principles for Success On and Off the Field by Joe Washington
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Few college players in history have created the expectations and high level of excitement like Joe Dan Washington, Jr., forever known in Oklahoma Sooner football history as "Little Joe." When he donned the silver shoes as a freshman, he electrified Oklahoma fans. Barry Switzer, said, "From the moment he ran the ball in practice we knew he would be special. I had never seen and still haven't seen anyone who could bring an entire crowd to its feet, leaving them awe-struck. Even while gaining just a handful of yards his runs were absolutely spectacular. I mean every time he touched the ball, we expected it to be showtime. He found seams to run that no one else saw, darted away from towering linemen and stutter-stepped his way down the field, but it was his ability to hurdle and leap over opponents that made us all hold our breath." Joe Washington was one of the biggest reasons for two back-to-back National Championships for the Sooners in 1974 and 1975. He made every All-American team including the UPI, AP Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News, and the NEA list. He came in 3rd for the Heisman Trophy behind Archie Griffin from Ohio State and USC's Anthony Davis, finishing his college career with 4,071 rushing yards, 39 touchdowns to his credit and 19 plus games of 100 yards. "That is even more incredible," says Switzer, "because Little Joe only played half of every game; we were usually that far ahead by half-time." A first round draft pick (#4) in 1976, Joe Washington went on to have a stellar career in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins in 1982. This book is a glimpse into Washington's simple take on life; a home-spun philosophy and genuine humility that has served him well through the years and still impacts young athletes and all privileged to know one of the great Sooner legends of all time.