TAMING THE BULL

THE JOHN BRAMLETT STORY

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John “Bull” Bramlett was considered the meanest man in professional sports.

Featuring Joe Namath, Tony Dungy, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Bowden, Larry Csonka, and others, Taming the Bull: The John Bramlett Story is a captivating film about a man who gained the world, and in the process risked losing his soul.

Taming the Bull: The John Bramlett Story is an unforgettable message of hope for every marriage that seems beyond repair, every parent ready to give up, every addict struggling to break free, every person who is searching for significance.

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John “Bull” Bramlett was born July 7, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee. As a two-time NFL All-Pro Linebacker, his career spanned over seven years (1965 thru 1971) with four different teams:

the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Boston Patriots, and Atlanta Falcons.

Bramlett was a two-sport athlete at Humes High School in Memphis, TN. John won All City, All-State and All-American honors in football and All City and All State honors in baseball. Bramlett signed a scholarship at Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) to play football and baseball. At Memphis State he was named an honorable mention All-American his senior year and also played in the Senior Bowl in 1962. After leading Memphis state in hitting for four straight years, Bramlett signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1963. John earned the nickname “Bull” while playing baseball in Winnipeg, Canada. During a game, Bramlett ran through a wooden fence after catching a foul ball down the third base lines. He played in that organization for 2 years until he was handed a lifetime ban from professional baseball after seriously injuring a man during an altercation at a bar in Homestead, FL. Bramlett then signed a contract with the Denver Broncos and was named runner-up AFL Rookie of the year behind Joe Namath in 1965.

Bramlett lasted two seasons with the Broncos, making one appearance in the Pro Bowl in 1966 before being traded to the Miami Dolphins for a fourth round pick in the 1968 NFL Draft. He played two seasons with Miami, making another Pro Bowl appearance in 1968, before being traded to the Patriots along with quarterback Kim Hammond in exchange for Nick Buoniconti in 1969.

While playing for the Patriots, Bramlett was named the Most Valuable Player for the team in 1970. Because of Bramlett’s on the field aggressiveness and off the field antics, he was nicknamed the “Meanest Man in Football.” Bramlett was then released and played one more season with the Atlanta Falcons before retiring from the NFL in 1972.

Today, Bramlett is a lay evangelist after experiencing a conversion to Christianity in 1973. He has spoken to hundreds of churches, schools, prisons, conventions as well as NFL and MLB chapel services for the past 40 years.

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Taming the Bull: The John Bramlett Story

Taming the Bull: The John Bramlett Story

An unforgettable message of hope... for every person who is searching for significance.
“Always Too Soon To Quit”

Always Too Soon To Quit

A story of perseverance and faith, written by Nancy Bramlett (with Tula Jeffries).
"Taming the Bull"

Taming the Bull

The complete John “Bull” Bramlett story. A must read. Written by John Bramlett (with Tula Jeffries).
In my rookie year of football, John Bramlett took me under his wing, which was not the safest place to be. One night I was with him in Miami when a guy pulled a gun on him. ‘Bull’ didn’t back off an inch. ‘You go ahead and shoot,’ he said. ‘But you better get me with the first shot because if you don’t, I’ll kill you.’ ‘Bull’ was always ready for a fight.
Jim Klick Former Star Running Back, Miami Dolphins
You don’t forget a great football player like John Bramlett. His intensity was amazing. He was tough and aggressive, with absolutely no regard for his body. Every time you played against him, you expected to be hit, and hit hard.
Len Dawson NFL Hall of Famer & Former Star Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
John’s story is one everyone should read. It is one of the most inspirational turnarounds in a person’s life. I know John personally and you will too, after you read this book.
Larry Mize PGA Masters Champion
I have known John and Nancy Bramlett for one-quarter of a century. My love and respect for them continues to grow. John Bramlett is bold as a lion, gentle as a dove, and in his own way as wise as a serpent. He has the ability to capture the attention of people that I personally could never reach. I wholeheartedly commend the ministry of this fantastic couple.
Dr. Adrian Rogers Pastor Emeritus, Bellevue Baptist Church (Memphis, TN) & Former President, Southern Baptist Convention