ADRIAN — Two of Adrian College’s NCAA Division III football record holders will have book signings on campus this weekend as part of the college’s homecoming weekend celebrations, which begin Friday, Sept. 23, and continue through Sunday, Sept. 25.
Tavarski “Taz” Wallace and Mike Farrell will have meet-and-greets and book signings from 10 am to 1 pm Saturday, Sept. 24, inside the Caine Student Center on campus. The student center is between Valade and Mahan halls, near the intersection of Williams and South Madison streets.
Wallace authored the book “The Game That Almost Broke Me” in 2018. In July of this year, Farrell released his book, “When Perfection Isn’t Perfect.” Both of the books will be available for purchase inside the student center at the signing tables and in the Arrington Book Store, which is on the second floor of the student center. The books can also be purchased on amazon.com.
Tavarski ‘Taz’ Wallace
From growing up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to fueling his dreams of becoming a professional linebacker in the National Football League, Wallace documents a series of key relationships that shaped his education and the pursuit of his career goals in “The Game That Almost Broke Me. ”
“The book features his inspirational journey, marked by milestones of overcoming adversity, resolving struggles academically, supporting his hardworking single mother and managing the politics of professional football,” a news release from AC said.
Wallace is one of the most decorated football players to suit up for the Bulldogs. He was inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2021.
He was a two-time team captain, three-time team defensive Most Valuable Player, and a three-time team MVP. He was named to the First Team All-MIAA in three consecutive years: 2004, 2005 and 2006. He was also named an All-American by D3football.com in both 2004 and 2006 and was named an All-American by Football Gazette.
Wallace remains the all-time leading tackler in AC football history, racking up 429 total career tackles. He is also the NCAA DIII all-time leading tackler with 13.41 tackles per game.
In 2004, he was the NCAA solo tackles champion with 100 in one season, and he received multiple Team of the Week honors from D3football.com, the release said.
In 2006, he was invited to the East Coast Bowl All-Star Game and the Magnolia Bowl All-Star Game.
“When Perfection Isn’t Perfect” is a book for all of those individuals who feel as if they are broken, alone or have no hope in their future and for those who are seeking a purpose for their life, the release said.
“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 release said of Farrell’s book. “The story highlights crippling childhood anxieties and a desire by the author to end his life after believing there was no future of purpose for his life.”
Farrell, in the release, said his life took a turn for the better after a divine encounter as well as a deliberate change in his perspective to seek the positive aspects of life. His story includes an unlikely path of sports participation and an eventual perfect national collegiate football record that Farrell says stands today as a testament to the “amazing blessings God provides in life.”
A barefoot placekicker for the Bulldogs, Farrell was a three-year varsity letterman from 1983-85, the release said. He was also a three-time first team All-MIAA placekicker, a two-time All-American and a special teams player of the year for 1983 and 1985.
He led the nation in field goals made per game in 1983 and is the only player to make all point-after-touchdown attempts in DIII history, based on 80 attempts.
He is also a part of the college’s Athletics Hall of Fame, having been inducted twice, once in 2008 as a member of the 1983 football team and also in 2009 as an individual.
“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. ,” the release said.
Homecoming weekend highlights
In addition to the book signings, there are many other homecoming events planned for this weekend across Adrian College’s campus.
Registration and information about the weekend’s schedule and a map of directions for where everything is located will be available from 3 to 8 pm Friday in the main lobby of the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center, 146 S. Charles St. Tickets for the homecoming football game. can also be purchased there.
At 5:15 pm Friday, the college invites any and all to congratulate the 2022 Athletics Hall of Fame inductees with a ceremony that begins at the Caine Student Center and will proceed to the Adrian Tobias Center and Ritchie Marketplace, where the Hall of Fame banquet. will be from 5:30 to 8 pm
Saturday’s events start at 9 am with the 50th class reunion for the Class of 1972 and continues through 6:30 pm when the women’s volleyball team hosts Alma College at the Merillat Center.
Other Saturday highlights, including the homecoming football game at 3 pm between AC and Finlandia University at Docking Stadium, are:
- 11 am to noon, alumni award ceremony in the main lobby of Dawson Auditorium, congratulating the college’s 2022 alumni award recipients.
- 11 am to 3 pm, Kids Korner along the walkway of Herrick Chapel, featuring inflatables, games and a petting zoo.
- 12:30 pm, homecoming parade, which starts at the 400 block of West Maumee Street and then proceeds to South Madison Street, Michigan Avenue and then to Charles Street.
- 1 to 3 pm, class reunions and gatherings for the classes of 1982, 1992, 1997 and 2002 where classmates can get together for pregame fun and giveaways at the reunion tent in the parking lot for the Merillat Center. A young alumni tailgating event will also be in the parking lot of the Merillat Center welcoming the Class of 2012 and all other alumni from the Classes of 2002-22. Look for the Young Alumni banner.
On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Adrian College Choir will be featured during the Sunday morning homecoming church service at 11 am inside Herrick Chapel.