Review – Woodlawn

1118067 - 2Title: Woodlawn
Author: Todd Gerelds
Series: N/A
Genre: Nonfiction – biography, sports
Number of Pages: 190

My Rating: ★★☆☆


In the 1960s and 1970s, in Birmingham, Alabama, Woodlawn High School was a racial battleground. Violence and hatred were rampant.

Then one day, everything changed. Forgiveness was freely given, wounds healed, friendships developed.

This is the biography of the football coach who not only witnessed these changes, but was changed himself. It’s also the story of a running back who had accepted that he could never be successful because of his skin color, but who then rose to greatness and earned the name Touchdown Tony Nathan.


Woodlawn was an interesting book, but I liked the movie better

In this case, the movie wasn’t based on the book. The book was written to tell the true story behind the movie.

I really liked the movie and thought it would be great to read the book and learn more. The book does expand on the story and gives more detail, and that’s what I like about it.

Woodlawn is not a great biography, but it is an interesting one because of the extraordinary events it portrays. Amazing things happened at Woodlawn High School, and they point to the solution to the racial tensions we face today.

This biography of Tandy Geralds, the head football coach at Woodlawn at that time, was written by his son Todd. His inside perspective on his dad added a lot of interest to the book.

I recommend seeing the movie. If you really love it, consider reading the book to learn about the true story.

I recommend this to:

  • Football fans.


• The gravity of moments in our lives is often lost at the time. Years of joys, pains, victories, defeats, and living life are what bring us perspective.

• “There are going to be times when the people you are competing against are more physically gifted than you are. You can’t control that. But what you can control is your own preparation. If you outwork them, sometimes it doesn’t matter if they’re more talented. Through hard work, discipline, and execution you can and will beat superior talent. Don’t let the thing you have control over be the thing that beats you. Always outwork your competition.”

Have you read the book or seen the movie? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!


2 thoughts on “Review – Woodlawn

  1. Yes, I saw the movie and thought it was very good. It’s interesting that you thought the movie was better than the book because it seems like a book is usually better than the movie. The quotes you chose are great! They are so true!

    1. Yes, often a book is better than its movie. But In those cases, the movie was based on the book. In this case, the book and movie were produced concurrently. I’m glad you liked the quotes!

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