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Publisher's Summary

Athens City, Alabama has fallen on hard times. The town's leading employer struggles for survival. The Athens City Crusaders, once a powerhouse high school football team, are in disarray - as is the school itself, targeted for closing. When an old, familiar figure returns to Athens City after a twelve-year absence, everything begins to change. Former football coach Buster Schuler, who left town following a tragedy during a championship game in 1988, has returned for one last chance to lead the Crusaders to glory. But he soon discovers the challenge is overwhelming. Outmanned and outsized, the Crusaders enter a make-or-break season, and other lives are caught up in the their quest.
As the Crusaders head for a final confrontation with their most powerful rival, this last drive for victory mirrors the struggles of everyone in Athens City to recapture the heart and soul of their town.
©2001 by Jerry B. Jenkins (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks
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Critic Reviews

"A homey, feel-good story." (Publishers Weekly)
"His characters have flaws. Their lives are not easy. Yet they show resourcefulness that serves as an inspiration." (Sports Illustrated)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-20-15


I've loved this book for so long. Its more than just football, it reflects life from different perspectives. The characters are not perfect little Christians, but are flawed. The way Jenkins portrays the way they need one another, each turning to God.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Chute53 on 01-14-12

Give it all or go home - jock

Where does Hometown Legend rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 15 percent

What other book might you compare Hometown Legend to and why?

Comanchie Moon - both have superb storytelling by a true storytelling legend

Which scene was your favorite?

Orphaned brother and sister reunited

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Football in your face - in Athens

Any additional comments?

Turf, love, and sacrifice

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