When Merril Hoge talked about his dream of playing in the NFL, he was con- stantly told it was impossible and he’d nev- er beat the odds, but he refused to be dis- couraged. As a twelve-year-old, inspired to overcome the challenges ahead, he wrote,‘Find a Way’ and put it on the wall as a constant reminder of his goals. This man- tra would become a life-long philosophy that helped him cope with the near loss of his hand as a you boy, the untimely death of his mother, being diagnosed with and defeating cancer, and ultimately achieve his dream of playing in the NFL.
In this Second Edition of Find a Way, Hoge candidly discusses the obstacles he has faced and how he has consistently found a way to move forward. This up- dated edition includes three new chapters with information on where Hoge is now, and how he continues to ‘Find a Way’ a decade after the original release.
In this book, Merril Hoge shows the same drive and determination that were his trade- marks as an NFL player. In his life today as a broadcaster and businessman, Merril exudes enthusiasm, energy, and tenacity. No matter what the obstacle or the goal, he ALWAYS finds a way. . . and you will find this an inspirational read!
I had the pleasure of being one of Merril’s coaches at Idaho State and with the Pittsburgh Steelers. On and off the field Merril was always determined to “find a way.” After reading this book, I’m confident you will be just as motivated and determined as he has always been. It’s a testimonial to overcoming the odds no matter what the circumstances.
I’ve covered sports for 40 years, half of them with ESPN, the NFL for more than a quarter-century, and Merril Hoge first got my attention when he was a player. Actually, Merril demanded my attention because he was one of those truth-is-better-than fiction stories.There’s an old adage that in every one of us, there is a good book. In Merril Hoge’s story, there is a great book and it is Find A Way. Merril’s story is a unique profile of courage and inspiration, written in the only manner my friend and colleague knows how to tell a story—head-on— with transparency and with a heart that is immeasurable. I’ve learned plenty of football from Merril; I have learned more about life in Find A Way.