Bestselling Author • Award-Winning Speaker, Commentator, Teacher, and Coach
John U. Bacon has worked more than two decades as a writer, speaker, radio commentator, college lecturer, and hockey coach, winning awards for all five.
Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope
Da Capo Press, August 8, 2017
During his three decades on ESPN and ABC, John Saunders became one of the nation's most respected and beloved sportscasters. In this moving, jarring, and ultimately inspiring memoir, written with New York Times Bestselling author, John U. Bacon, Saunders discusses his troubled childhood, the traumatic brain injury he suffered in 2011, and the severe depression that nearly cost him his life.
Bacon provides weekly sports commentary for Michigan Radio and occassionally NPR, which awarded him the PRNDI prize for nation's best commentary in 2014. Subscribe to his blog today so you can get this fresh slice of Bacon each week.
Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes – Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership
“Absolutely wonderful. I hear my old friend in these pages, and his advice is just as direct as he was. Read it – and pay attention!”
George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist – Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football
“John U. Bacon’s report on the weird world of college football is eye-opening, and occasionally jaw-dropping.”
David Shuster, Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist – Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football
“One of the most riveting nonfiction works I’ve read in years, in any genre. The eyewitness details from the locker room, the sidelines, and the most powerful offices on a college campus are breathtaking….John U. Bacon is one of the best reporters of my generation.”
John Saunders, Emmy-nominated studio host of ESPN and ABC College Football
“John U. Bacon went deep inside the world of college football, penetrating the locker room doors to meet some players you won’t forget and, most amazingly, learn the secrets coaches protect more fiercely than the CIA. By getting so close to the heart of the sport, Bacon reminds us what we love about our greatest game.”
Christine Brennan, USA Today – Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football
“No one knows the Big Ten better than John U. Bacon, so it’s no surprise he picked the perfect football season to chronicle in his groundbreaking book, Fourth and Long. Bacon has written a riveting portrait of a watershed season in the most venerable college conference in the nation. The Big Ten is at the vortex of so many issues in college sports, and Bacon expertly covers them all.”
Joe Schad, ESPN College Football Insider – Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football
“No person is more qualified to tell the story of the milestones and missteps in Michigan’s football programs than John Bacon, who has the sources, relationships and storytelling mastery to pull back the curtain at an institution where the curtain is thick. ENDZONE provides a fascinating view into a powerful and successful program that, for a while, lost its way.”
Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider – Endzone: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football
“Jim Harbaugh always has been one of the most intriguing figures in all of football, the NFL or college. ENDZONE brings them together, helping to understand what motivated Harbaugh to leave the successful San Francisco 49ers for the struggling Michigan Wolverines, and why Michigan fans have received him as their savior.”
Frank Tecumseh, Vice President, Human Resources, FireKeepers Casino Hotel – Speaking Event
“John, thanks again for presenting at our program. Your presentation was excellent and it definitely was a hit with our team. I’ve heard nothing but positive comments!”