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

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

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

Brian Kinchen was a thirty-eight-year-old father of four and seventh-grade Bible teacher whose professional football career had been over for three years when he received the call of a lifetime. The New England Patriots needed him to fill in for their injured long snapper for the remainder of the 2003 season and the playoffs. In the hands of Pulitzer Prize–winner Jeffrey Marx, Brian’s remarkable true story becomes a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit. For all lovers of the game of football, The Long Snapper reveals the grit and glory of America’s favorite sport.

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ISBN-13: 9780594171553
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/18/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Marx is the New York Times bestselling author of Season of Life and recipient of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

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The Long Snapper: A Second Chance, a Super Bowl, a Lesson for Life 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ConniePA More than 1 year ago
This book takes you into the life of a football player and makes you understand what feelings they get when they are traded and finally when they are no longer picked up by any team in the NFL. Marx lays the emotions of this player out there. I definitely recommend this book for true enlightenment on the life of an athlete. I must say I was happy with the way the story ended, too.
anonymousNC More than 1 year ago
Great story for anyone who spends Sundays in front of the TV watching NFL action. Lots of insight, a sweet story with an interesting twist.
pieman More than 1 year ago
The Long Snapper was exceptional. Another great book by Jeffrey Marx. I have read his first book, "Season of Life" at least 3 times in preparation each year as I coach a girl's soccer team. It is a primer in how to love the moment and use each moment to teach. The Long Snapper is also instructive in that it teaches how to face our fears, determine our real purpose, and helps us to push forward feeling blessed for having done our best. I am grateful for "The Long Snapper".
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I've read a lot of sports novels over the years and as a sports crazed junkie, I found myself somewhat hesitant to first buy this book. With the media coverage over sports already, I personally felt I knew most of the really inspiring stories over the years, but regardless I bought it for its 50% off price. After first picking up the book, I was amazed at how compelling the story is. So compelling that I simply couldn't put it down. It's a relatively short read with about 200 pages or so, but the meaning behind the story really appeals to the soul. As the cliche goes, everyone deserves a second chance in life, and the long snapper really lives through the cliche. Brian, the protagonist goes through numerous struggles throughout his life just to play in the NFL, only to be discarded cruelly as some tool. Years later and at 38, he receives a call to play again, and with it came his invitation at redemption. A walk through faith and dedication mark his path, and readers of all genres will be pleased by this heart-warming and inspiring story.
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The book was really a sports book and the cover led you to believe it told of tremendous faith to accomplish the football goals. I perceived the book as somewhat faith based but more about his football journey. I still enjoyed the book but I would not recommend it as a motivating book based on this mans faith. To me it showed he was a little fanatic about his abilities.