The Game That Almost Broke Me is the inspirational story of Tavarski Wallace, an ambitious player in the game of achieving a spot in the NFL, and a resilient player in the turbulent, challenging, and sometimes unfair game of life. The intriguing evolution of “Taz” Wallace is remarkable in this book-long journey, which is marked by milestones of overcoming adversity – from resolving struggles academically, supporting his hard-working single mother, to ultimately managing the unforgiving politics of professional football. From modest beginnings in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Taz documents a series of key relationships which shaped him as an individual and helped fuel his dreams of becoming a linebacker in the NFL. With unrelenting persistence every step of the way, the experiences, failures, and surprising successes of Taz in The Game That Almost Broke Me prove how the American Dream can dramatically transform with time, and may even become something entirely different in the end.
Taz Wallace ended his Adrian College career as the most prolific defensive player in NCAA Division III history. His career average of 13.41 tackles-per-game is a Division III record and ranks second all-time in any division. His school record 429 career stops eclipsed the previous mark by 140 tackles. He served as a team captain and was the squad’s most valuable player three times, while earning multiple All-American honors, All-MIAA honors and additional national recognition.