Review of The Point After: How One Resilient Kicker Learned There Was More to Life Than the NFL
Since it’s Fall and we are into football season I thought this would be a great time to share this book. Thank you to the author and @lyonspress for my free review copy.
Conley's story is an interesting tale of determination in his quest to be a player in the NFL. Where his story differs from the thousands of other kids that have tried to make the NFL, is that Conley never played organized football at any age before college. Lucky for him he was trying to make it as a kicker, a position unique in that it requires one repetitive skill, with very little chance of physical contact.
Through sheer determination and a no-quit attitude, Conley was able to play Division 1 college football and pre-season games for a few NFL teams. His dream didn't quite become the reality that he hoped for, but to see what he went through to make it come true against very difficult odds is truly inspiring. Teenage athletes in particular would benefit from reading this book and seeing the work that goes into a professional sports career. And to know that even if they don't make it, just battling and trying is victory in itself. After football Conley went on to follow other pursuits that became very important to his overall happiness and life.