Sports fans - and Patriots enthusiasts especially - will enjoy this gripping story of Brian Kinchen, a retired football player who was called back up to fill in as a long snapper for the New England team and battled extreme physical and mental stress to make it through to the Super Bowl one last time.
Pulitzer Prize winner Jeffrey Marx is a skilled reporter who deftly draws out the fears, strains, and hopes that weighed on Kinchen as he fought through this pivotal and extraordinary season, and voice actor Jeff Rechner, with his crisp, clear, clipped tones, brings the brash attitude of a sports commentator to his performance of this inspiring audiobook.
With the Patriots riding a 10-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. Brian Kinchen was a 38-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.
©2009 Jeffrey Marx; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
This could have been an engaging sports story, but it is written like a Christian rock song. Pass on this unless you are a regular at bible study.
Ever wish you had one more chance to do it over or turn back the clock from a previous experience. Jeffrey Marx gets the ultimate chance. From classroom to Super Bowl. Enjoyable story with the happiest of endings. Gives some interesting insight into life as a role player in the NFL.
A story you can just sit back and enjoy.
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