Standing a stellar five feet, seven inches and weighing in at a magnificent 150 pounds, you wouldn't think Richie would be much of a football player. Instead he looks more like a chess player.
Richie Contartesi is a small-town kid who dreamt his entire life of playing big-time college football in the SEC. He had the heart, passion, tenacity, and love for the game, but there was a nagging problem that haunted him from youth football through college: his size. He was never the biggest, fastest, most talented, or strongest wide receiver on the team.
Richie's journey chronicles the trials and tribulations of a boy with a dream and the realities of Division I college football at Ole Miss - an inspirational story of hope, determination, and success that will fuel your inner desire to be the best you can be and defy the naysayers and odds to reach your dreams. What happens next shocks the world and will most definitely shock you, too.
©2015 Richie Contartesi (P)2015 Richie Contartesi
"Richie's story and book lit a fire within me. His drive, passion, and relentless will to succeed was reminiscent of my time at Notre Dame. At 5'7" and 155 pounds, Richie overcame the obstacles and the naysayers to earn a full SEC scholarship and a place in Ole Miss tradition." (Rudy Ruettiger)
I'd rank it within the top 10% of audio books I've listened to on Audible.
The main character, Richie Contartesi, as the book really profiles his journey from under-sized walk on to SEC slot receiver.
His passion and energy. Richie's enthusiasm really tells the story itself, and lends credibility to the persistence and dedication that marked his incredible journey.
I think the book title would work well for a film, so wouldn't change anything.
Very inspiring story of resilience and hard work! Great whether a fan of football or not. Must read for my children. Thanks for your example and attitude Richie!
In Spite of the Odds is a great book in so many ways. Richie overcomes obstacle after obstacle, showing his hard work ethic and positive attitude, while telling a heart felt story that has you wanting more.
Richie is my favorite character because of his 'must win' attitude. He just never stops!!!
Richie brings a touch to the story that is only possible by him because you can feel his excitement as he recalls his journey.
Cant' stop won't Stop
In addition, I want to say that if you have ever had any doubts in your life about accomplishing anything difficult then this is a must read. Richie shows by example what it means to truly pursue your dreams. It is a concept we hear and read a lot about, but Richie does it (and is still doing it), and that isn't something you find everyday. This book will make you reflect on your own efforts toward life and if you incorporate even the littlest bit of Richie's attitude and/or work ethic, you will find yourself succeeding that much more.
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