The Long Snapper: A Second Chance, a Super Bowl, a Lesson for Life

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The Long Snapper: A Second Chance, a Super Bowl, a Lesson for Life

Format:  Hardcover,

250 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Sep 2009

ISBN-13: 9780061691393

ISBN-10: 0061691399

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Brian Kinchen was a thirty-eight-year-old husband, father of four, and seventh-grade Bible teacher whose professional football career had been over for three years when the New England Patriots called on December 15, 2003. With the Patriots riding a ten-game winning streak and the playoffs only a few weeks away, they needed a fill-in for the obscure but vital job of snapping the ball for their punter and kicker--a long snapper. Brian had received similar invitations to tryouts that yielded only disappointment--the teams always went with a younger guy. But could he really turn away from the chance of a lifetime?

The Long Snapper chronicles Brian's remarkable journey as he and the Patriots seek the ultimate trophy. Unfortunately, the dream come true turns into a personal nightmare as Brian struggles both on and off the field, and the pressure to perform on the biggest stage in professional sports nearly causes him to walk away. Seven weeks after leaving the classroom, however, Brian overcomes his greatest fear and snaps the ball on the historic game-winning field goal with only seconds left in the Super Bowl.

As told by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Marx, The Long Snapper is the story of a man who finally achieves the success he has always wanted. Brian Kinchen's championship ring is a powerful status symbol for all to see. But his journey forces him to reexamine what really matters, and he realizes the true measure of a man has nothing to do with status: life is not about prestige; it is about passion and purpose. It is about impacting the lives of others.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Sep 2009
ISBN-13: 9780061691393
ISBN-10: 0061691399
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 250
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.78
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.84 x 0.91 x 8.46

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Biography of Marx, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Marx was born in Rye Brook, New York. He graduated from Northwestern University. He became the youngest-ever recipriant of the Pulitzer Prize for journalism when he was 23. His Pulitzer was awarded for a series of articles about cheating in college basketball, which he wrote while working for the Lexington (Kentucky). Herald-Leader. He is the author of four books as well. More than anything else, though, he enjoys taking the most powerful messages of his work and sharing them with live audiences.

That is how he became such an inspirational public speaker. In the last few years alone, Marx has been the featured speaker for more than 100 events hosted by schools, corporations, community groups, and faith-based organizations. Marx is also the co-founder and director of the non-profit Wendy Marx Foundation for Organ Donor Awareness (established in 1990). The foundation is named for his sister, a liver transplant recipient who transformed her own health challenges into a powerful message of hope for others. Wendy died, at the age of 36, in 2003. This foundation will always continue her important work.

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Brian Kinchen was a thirty-eight-year-old husband, father of four, and seventh-grade Bible teacher whose professional football career had been over for three years when the New England Patriots called on December 15, 2003. With the Patriots riding a ten-game winning streak and the playoffs only a few weeks away, they needed a fill-in for the obscure but vital job of snapping the ball for their punter and kicker—a long snapper. Brian had received similar invitations to tryouts that yielded only disappointment—the teams always went with a younger guy. But could he really turn away from the chance of a lifetime?

The Long Snapper chronicles Brian's remarkable journey as he and the Patriots seek the ultimate trophy. Unfortunately, the dream come true turns into a personal nightmare as Brian struggles both on and off the field, and the pressure to perform on the biggest stage in professional sports nearly causes him to walk away. Seven weeks after leaving the classroom, however, Brian overcomes his greatest fear and snaps the ball on the historic game-winning field goal with only seconds left in the Super Bowl.

As told by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Marx, The Long Snapper is the story of a man who finally achieves the success he has always wanted. Brian Kinchen's championship ring is a powerful status symbol for all to see. But his journey forces him to reexamine what really matters, and he realizes the true measure of a man has nothing to do with status: life is not about prestige; it is about passion and purpose. It is about impacting the lives of others.

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