What do Tim Tebow, Nick Saban and the former seat of the Ottoman Empire have in common? More than you think. Though Turkey is known for its soccer, Islam and burgeoning economic and political influence, a small band of young Turks are turning to a surprising venue to find fun, friendship and even social advancement—American football. In "Run Like a Stallion," author Rhett Burns draws upon his two-year stint coaching the Istanbul-based Koc Stallions to introduce readers to modern Turkey—its culture and contradictions and characters—through the peculiar lens of an obscure sport.
Rhett Burns is a teacher, coach and writer living in Turkey since 2010. He is the author of Run Like a Stallion: How American Football Explains Turkey and is a contributor to the ongoing project Neighbor Love:Turkey. Prior to moving to Turkey, Rhett coached high school football and basketball, worked in intercollegiate athletic administration and freelanced for local newspaper and magazine publications in Greenville, SC. He and his wife, Shannon, have two children.