Two of Adrian College’s NCAA Division III football record holders, Tavarski “Taz” Wallace and Mike Farrell, will hold meet-and-greet book signings as part of the Bulldogs’ homecoming festivities in the Caine Student Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Wallace authored “The Game That Almost Broke Me” in 2018. The book features his inspirational journey, marked by milestones of overcoming adversity, resolving struggles academically, supporting his hard-working single mother, and managing the politics of professional football.
From modest beginnings in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wallace documents a series of key relationships which shaped him as an individual and helped fuel his dreams of becoming a professional linebacker in the National Football League.
On the field for the Bulldogs, Wallace was a two-time team captain, three-time team defensive Most Valuable Player (MVP), and three-time team MVP. Wallace was named to the First Team All-MIAA in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He was named All-American by D3football.com in 2004 and 2006, and was named All-American by Football Gazette. Wallace is the all-time leading tackler in Adrian College football history (429) and the NCAA DIII all-time leading tackler per game (13.41). He was the 2004 NCAA Season Solo Tackles Champion (100) and received multiple D3football.com Team of the Week honors. In 2006 he was invited to the East Coast Bowl All-Star Game and the Magnolia Bowl All-Star Game. Wallace was inducted into Adrian College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2021.
In July, Farrell released “When Perfection Isn’t Perfect” for all who feel they are broken, alone, have no hope in their future, and those who seek a true purpose for their life. This true story reveals a life guided by God, and includes detours due to a human desire to choose the direction of the journey. The story highlights crippling childhood anxieties, and a desire by the author to end his life after believing there was no future or purpose for his life.
Farrell says his life took a positive route after a divine encounter, and a deliberate change in his perspective to seek the positive aspects of life. His life story includes an unlikely path of sports participation and an eventual perfect national collegiate football record that he says stands today as a testament to the amazing blessings God provides in life.
This story demonstrates the tools that Farrell employed to get his life back on track with the “Farrell 15” — the core traits of empathy, support, humility, selfless service to others, and a strong belief in God’s power to overcome any obstacle in life.
Farrell, a barefoot placekicker for the Bulldogs, was a three-year varsity letterman (1983-85), three-time first team All-MIAA Placekicker, two-time All-American Placekicker (1983,1985), and Special Teams Player of the Year (1983, 1985). Farrell led the nation in field goals made per game in 1983 and is the only player to make all point after touchdown (PAT) attempts in NCAA DIII history, based on 80 attempts. He was inducted into Adrian College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 (1983 football team induction) and 2009 (individually).
Both books are available for purchase in the Arrington Book Store, on Amazon.com, or can be purchased at the signing table the day of the event.
For more information, contact Jenny Carlson, Adrian College Alumni Relations Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.