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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Truly inspiring

This was a really great and heartfelt novel. I loved hearing the author tell his own story using his own words. It makes the experience more relateable. During this book you laugh with Richie, you cry with Richie and ultimately you keep rooting for him to succeed. I'm inspired by his story and I'm inspired by his tenacity. If you are feeling a little down, and need a pep talk for life, take a listen. Even if your not like biggest football fan, like myself, you'll still feel pumped by Richie after listening to this . His never ending enthusiasm and his will to succeed are infectious and motivating to all.

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Inspiring read! A true underdog story.

Where does In Spite of the Odds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd rank it within the top 10% of audio books I've listened to on Audible.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, Richie Contartesi, as the book really profiles his journey from under-sized walk on to SEC slot receiver.

What does Richie Contartesi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I think the book title would work well for a film, so wouldn't change anything.

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Great Read! !!

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!

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This book is a page turner!

Where does In Spite of the Odds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Richie is my favorite character because of his 'must win' attitude. He just never stops!!!

What does Richie Contartesi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Richie brings a touch to the story that is only possible by him because you can feel his excitement as he recalls his journey.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Cant' stop won't Stop

Any additional comments?

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.