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For John Croyle, the clock continues to tick. Whether on the football field or in the life of a child, the seconds slip away until the outcome is clear.
Playing on championship teams for legendary University of Alabama head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, the former All-American defensive end knows the value of every moment in a game. But mistakes are magnified when the clock starts winding down, which inspired the title of his book “The Two-Minute Drill to Manhood: A Proven Game Plan for Raising Sons.”
Football games often are determined in the final two minutes of a game and, often with teenagers, parents are coming down to their two-minute drill, Croyle said.
“Before our sons leave our home, they have to know how to be a good man, a good husband and a good father,” he said.
In addition to raising two biological children, Croyle has been a father figure to nearly 2,000 children at Big Oak Ranch. Croyle began the boys’ ranch 40 years ago for abused, neglected and abandoned children. Big Oak Ranch, which has since added a girls’ ranch and a Christian school, will receive 100 percent of the author proceeds from “The Two-Minute Drill.”
The lessons learned from the hurting hearts of those who come to stay with “Mr. John,” along with experiences with his son and daughter, served as the foundation for the parenting book from B&H Publishing.
The book has garnered endorsements from sports legend Bo Jackson, Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban and other prominent men in sports and entertainment.
Years ago, in preparing for a trip with his then-13-year-old son Brodie, who would later become a quarterback at Alabama and in the NFL, Croyle felt God impress on his heart one question: “What do you want to teach your son about manhood?” The question inspired Croyle’s seven life principles based on the acrostic M-A-N-H-O-O-D.
Aaron Earls writes for LifeWay Christian Resources.