Tommie Harris Jr
by Tommie Harris Jr
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Playing Through Life’s Hardest Hits
As an eight-year NFL defensive tackle, Tommie Harris knew how to take a hit better than anyone: clamp your jaw shut and walk it off. It’s what the fans wanted and it’s how you kept the opposing line in check. Shake it off, pretend you’re fine, and bury the pain until it goes away.
But what Tommie wasn’t prepared for was when life starts throwing its hardest hits. How do you respond not only to pain, but to injuries in your soul that continue to worsen the longer you ignore them? How do you recover when the hit doesn’t come in the form of a 300-lb. lineman’s shoulder on a football field, but in the form of losing your newlywed wife?
In Endure, Tommie Harris teaches that when someone is bleeding and gasping for air on the ground, they don’t need someone to stand over them and give advice—but instead to match their posture and hold them close. That’s what Endure is all about. Tommie uses his own story of loss to get down on his knees with you, to share your pain, and to take your hand. He lends his own story through life’s trials and the lessons he’s learned along the way to help you discover hope again in the midst of your darkest moments, whatever they may be.
Tommie Harris Jr. is a former American football defensive tackle who played eight seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Oklahoma and was recognized as a consensus All-American twice. The Chicago Bears chose him in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He was a three-time perennial Pro Bowler. After undergoing a long season of personal loss and grief in the years following his time in the NFL, Tommie now pursues his passion of helping others through life’s trials as a speaker, author, and music artist.
“Few stories have inspires me as much as Tommie Harris’s. You’re about to meet a powerhouse of passion, wisdom, and humor like no one else!”
International motivational speaker, author of Life Without Limits
“Tommie Harris was one of the greatest players I’ve ever had the honor to coach. Hard-nosed, unbelievably talented, a leader, and a joy to be around! Successful in all realms of his life, that is Tommie Harris. However, things are not always as they appear. In this book, Tommie tells the story of his unfathomable tragedy and the long road to peace and recovery that followed. Endure will build your faith in God, strengthen you in the face of your own loss and pain, and inspire you to keep going no matter what!”
Former head football coach at the University of Oklahoma
“I watched Tommie walk onto the field at Oklahoma University ready to start as a college freshman. He was scary good. Then, I watched him go on to get drafted as a first-round-pick by the Chicago Bears. Since his days in football, he’s had to endure many difficult life challenges. This book is an uplifting testimony of those obstacles and how a Christian heart handles life’s struggles. Godspeed.”
Country music singer and songwriter
“Tommie Harris is an amazing storyteller. He’ll have you hanging onto every word! I experienced this first hand back in the Bears locker room with my locker being right next to his. He has a way of putting you right into the action. Tommie has a very powerful mind. I’m blessed to know him, and you will be too after reading this book!”
Actor, comedian, former NFL defensive tackle
“Tommie certainly tells it like it is! Winning when everything is going right is easy, but winning when everything in life goes wrong? That will test you to your core. This book is riveting and a game changer for any and all who reads Tommie’s courageous spiritual journey to the truth: that God’s love is the real treasure chest in life.”
—Bill & Tani Austin,
Starkey Hearing Technology
“I have known Tommie Harris the All Pro NFL football player for many years and have always admired his strength, tenacity, and will to be one of the best in the game, but his story is far deeper than that. This is a story of reconnecting with God through some of life’s hardest trials. Blind faith in the Lord is what we need in our deepest, darkest moments, and this book will strengthen your faith like nothing else!”
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, former WNBA player
“Tommie’s book shows us how circumstances never ultimately define you as a person, your responses do. Tommie’s faith and story will inspire you to recognize your true potential and the lessons he’s learned will empower you to keep going no matter what you may be going through. A must read!”
—Dr. Fab Mancini,
International bestselling author/speaker and media personality
“Tommie challenges us in this book to learn, ‘It’s okay not to be okay.’ I truly believe that every person at some point will need to hear that. I know I did. I too have experienced the grief of losing a spouse, and I found myself in the pages of Tommie’s story as he weaves together the pieces of his professional career and personal life. This book will change your life.”
— Regina Tisdale,
Founder of The Wayman Tisdale Foundation