The Athlete: Greatness, Grace and the Unprecedented Life of Charlie Ward
The Athlete: Greatness, Grace and the Unprecedented Life of Charlie Ward

The Athlete: Greatness, Grace and the Unprecedented Life of Charlie Ward

by Jon Finkel

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The complete, ultimate biography of Heisman Trophy winner, Florida State national champion and New York Knicks point guard Charlie Ward

It takes a once-in-a-generation athlete to win a national championship as a quarterback for Florida State, reach the Sweet Sixteen three times as a point guard for his school, and then go on to become a starting guard for the New York Knicks in an NBA Finals. Yes, Charlie Ward’s athletic accomplishments truly know no peer. Combine a twelve-year NBA career with a College Football Hall of Fame career and the portrait of a humble, magnanimous leader takes shape.

The Athlete is the first definitive biography of Charlie Ward. Culled from hundreds of articles, clippings, books and original interviews with those who know Charlie best, this story begins with a foundation of college athletic excellence laid down by his father. From there, Jon Finkel traces Ward’s background from small-town Thomasville, Georgia to football-crazed Tallahassee to basketball Mecca Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ward’s remarkable journey includes staggering setbacks—from a near career-ending leg injury in high school, to academic obstacles prior to attending Florida State, to not being drafted by an NFL team after winning the Heisman Trophy. Through it all, Charlie’s calm demeanor, high character and unshakeable faith buoyed his belief that be it basketball or football, grades or career, he was going to succeed and set a strong example along the way.

As electrifying as Charlie Ward’s highlight reel, The Athlete is a towering sports biography, epic in scope and triumphant in its portrayal of one of the greatest modern athletes the world has ever seen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998627335
Publisher: JF Publishing
Publication date: 08/20/2018
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 531,571
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Jon Finkel's books have been endorsed by everyone from Oscar-winner Spike Lee and NFL MVP Kurt Warner, to Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and founder Brett McKay.

He has published with legends who have won a combined 14 Super Bowl titles, 25 NBA Championships, 4 NBA Slam Dunk contests and two Heisman Trophies.

As a feature writer, he has written for GQ, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, The New York Times and many more. He is the Publisher at Beckett Media and co-host of the Life of Dad Sports Show.

Table of Contents


Meet the Wards


He Just Had “It”

Neighborhood Legend


A Brief Pause Before Greatness

Starting Quarterback

A Brief Basketball Interlude

Exceeding the Hype

The Recruit

Tallahassee Community College

The Punter

To Redshirt, Or Not To Redshirt

Back to Basketball

Welcome to the ACC

Almost Famous


Charlie Ward 2.0

Being Elite


The Heisman Trophy

National Champions

The NFL or the NBA?

Welcome to New York

The Back-Up

The Veteran

1999 and Beyond




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