Book chronicles famous Crossroads resident's life

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 23, 2010 at 3:23 a.m.

We are proud to have Gabe Semenza among our staff. He partnered with famous NFL coach Bum Phillips to record Phillip's life journey in the autobiography, "Bum Phillips: Coach, Cowboy, Christian."

The autobiography by Bum Phillips with Semenza, chronicles Phillips' passage from trying to enter the oil business, coaching that led to the NFL head coach of the Houston Oilers. The book follows Phillips in later life to a prison where he decided to follow Jesus Christ at the behest of Mike Barber, a former Houston Oiler, who played tight end.

More can be found in this great read: behind the scenes stories from Phillips' favorite NFL games; how Phillips, a small-town man, ascended the ranks of secondary school, university and professional football; narrative accounts of Phillips' World War II experiences; the problems he encountered balancing family and NFL demands; and finally that trip to a prison that sent Phillips on the Christian path.

We also are proud to have Phillips as a resident of the Crossroads, having his 250-acre ranch in nearby Goliad County. We are happy to have Phillips as part of our community.

Now the book can be ordered online at or Soon, the book will be on the shelves of your local bookstore.

The book is $21.75 (tax included). Phillips has said that after expenses, the money generated from his part in the book will be donated to various charities.

The Advocate, too, will feature this book beginning Wednesday with a seven-part series ending Aug. 31 with an event at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., where Phillips will speak and sign his book. Books will be available at the event.

We must say again that we are proud of this book, Phillips and Semenza. Read this great autobiography. You will enjoy every minute of Phillips' journey.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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