The soon-to-released biography features stories from Coach Carl Madison's legendary career, season by season recaps of his playing and coaching days along with comments and quotes from former players and fellow coaches.
Below is an excerpt from the book:
From the outside looking in, there was no reason to believe the 1980 Tate football team would be anything special. They were coming off a year in which they had finished 5-5 in the regular season. Carl Madison felt that they could be special though. In fact, he thought it might be the most talented team he’d had at Tate. It was a team filled with solid seniors such as quarterback Keith Leonard, running-back Sam Brown, linebacker Jon Langston, Marvin Skipper, Tommy Wright, Joey Kite and Steve Black on either sides of the line, and safeties Rocky Colburn and Paul Brown. There were talented juniors as well in linebackers Erik Hector and Mark Sayers, defensive lineman Benny Belton and wide receiver Randy Bonner. Overall, it was a solid group.
Keith Leonard had been around the Tate football program his entire life. His father Dwight was an assistant principal there. The elder Leonard took his son to many of the practices and Keith recalled being frightened by what he saw. In pick-up games with friends he typically pretended he was Jerry Halfacre or one of the Sapp brothers. Once, when Keith was younger, Madison called him and pretended to be Auburn coach Shug Jordan, while telling him that he wanted Keith to come play quarterback at Auburn. (Leonard was an Alabama fan.) Now it was Keith Leonard’s senior year, and he was the unquestioned leader of the offense. The pressure was on.