Football Pros Lead a Bold Movement of Hope
By Chrissy Carew
(Morgan James Publishing, Paperback, 9781614480549, 300pp.)
Publication Date: October 2011
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Whether you are a parent, coach or teacher looking for a tool that can inspire and motivate, a fan interested in learning how players overcame obstacles to reach the NFL or just someone that enjoys reading poignant, inspiring stories, Insightful Player delivers.
Each Insightful Player(TM) story shows solid evidence of the immense power of the human spirit. We all need to be reminded of this, especially kids and especially now. Insightful Player(TM) brings to life how players that reached the NFL did so not only on their talent, but often because of the heroic acts they made to overcome life's obstacles.
A player's father was murdered when he was eight; he had to duck for cover in his home because bullets were flying on his street... Another player saw people shot as early as the age of five and often saw dead bodies on his street before his teens...A Hall of Fame player never had a winter coat or winter boots and didn't always have food to eat...A former player was put in classes for the mentally disabled, his father "beat the tar" out of him, his coaches wouldn't help him get into college because they said he had no talent....All of these players overcame these hardships to achieve a place in the NFL.
Each player's story provides a lesson in perseverance, values, courage and integrity. Insightful Player(TM) is a playbook for inspiring us all, especially our children. Use it to teach, inspire and learn.
"Insightful Player" shows us that good news in sports can be compelling, interesting and important. Chrissy Carew has gathered the stories of top athletes who live the right way, and we're fortunate to have them gathered all in one valuable piece of work. The players she writes about don't just mouth the old bromides; they live them. I know many of these players, and I know when Heath Evans of the Saints says, "Live your values even when times are tough,' it's true---because I know this is the way Evans has lived his life, in and out of athletics. This is a terrific addition to the bookshelves of people who live their lives right, or want to. --Peter King, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
The stories contained in "Insightful Player" fill your heart with joy and put your mind to work. Revealing moments, life changing decisions and captivating athletes take the reader on a wonderful journey as they unveil their reshaped lives. The landscape of your life can't help but be inspired by these stories. They will give you hope and perhaps provide a new compass to follow in your journey. --Kevin Harlan, CBS Sports, TNT Sports
Too much attention is paid to the misdeeds of athletes today when the REAL truth is that some of the most incredible stories are of those who are not just playing but are changing the world. "Insightful Player" shines a long overdue light on those real winners in sports. Thanks from all of us who need inspiration! --Don Yaeger, New York Times Best-Selling Author
I love the NFL and "Insightful Player" brings out the best in the league through these great stories about exceptional role models. For those who get down on how much they make, "Insightful Player" will show how much heart they have and the positive difference they are making in the world. Read this book and be inspired and share it with your kids. --Ken Blanchard, Co-Author of New York Times best-seller "The One Minute Manager" and "Everyone's a Coach"
"Insightful Player" shows us that good news in sports can be compelling, interesting and important. Chrissy Carew has gathered the stories of top athletes who live the right way, and we're fortunate to have them gathered all in one valuable piece of work. The players she writes about don't just mouth the old bromides; they live them. I know many of these players, and I know when Heath Evans of the Saints says, "Live your values even when times are tough,' it's true--because I know this is the way Evans has lived his life, in and out of athletics. This--is a terrific addition to the bookshelves of people who live their lives right, or want to. --Peter King, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
The stories contained in "Insightful Player" fill your heart with joy and put your mind to work. Revealing moments, life changing decisions and captivating athletes take the reader on a wonderful journey as they unveil their reshaped lives. The landscape of your life can't help but be inspired by these stories. They will give you hope and perhaps provide a new compass to follow in your journey. --Kevin Harlan, CBS Sports. TNT Sports
Too much attention is paid to the misdeeds of athletes today when the REAL truth is that some of the most incredible stories are of those who are not just playing but are changing the world. "Insightful Player" shines a long overdue light on those real winners in sports. Thanks from all of us who need inspiration! --Don Yaeger, New York Times Best-Selling Author www.donyaeger.com
I love the NFL and "Insightful Player" brings out the best in the league through these great stories about exceptional role models. For those who get down on how much they make, "Insightful Player" will show how much heart they have and the positive difference they are making in the world. Read this book and be inspired and share it with your kids. --Ken Blanchard, Co-Author of New York Times best-seller, "The One Minute Manager" with Spencer Johnson and "Everyone's a Coach" with Don Shula
With "Insightful Player", Chrissy Carew has assembled a dream team of NFL role-models who share their knowledge and inspiration with the rest of us. You don't need to be a sports fan to love this book--just a fan of life. It's a real gift. --Steve Farber, Author of, "The Radical Leap Re-Energized, Greater Than Yourself"
These stories are a reminder that professional athletes are powerful role models, and the ones who embrace that responsibility and project the lessons they have learned to help others have an immense capacity to do good. We used to do an annual Good Guys issue in our magazine, and these are the types of players we would salute. Readers love getting the rare chance to hear positive off-field stories and "Insightful Player" does a great job of identifying the athletes who make a difference. --Dan Graf, Former Managing Editor, Sporting News Magazine
"Insightful Player" offers their stories to inspire others. Chrissy Carew is inspired to see that the good gets as much publicity if not more than the bad. One might think the current bad-boy image NFL players are developing might cause many to flock to her cause. --Tom King, Sports Writer, Nashua Telegraph
"Insightful Player" is a crucial tool that refutes the stereotype of men, and athletes, as less than good and heroic role models. These are in fact men who have done amazing things with their lives, often against all odds. We can all take heart in their stories and the wisdom our young people can glean from reading them. --Tom Matlack, Founder, The Good Men Project
With "Insightful Player", Chrissy Carew has unlocked a treasure trove full of inspirational stories of NFL players and managed to bring them to the forefront of a media landscape that is all too often inundated with negative and exploitative headlines about professional athletes. What makes this initiative even more special is Chrissy's passion and success in using these powerful stories and lessons to bring guidance to today's youth in character building, as well as give them a roadmap on how to best achieve future success. --Matthew Allinson, Esq., Founder & CEO, Access Athletes, LLC (AccessAthletes.com)
In a word, INSPIRING. With "Insightful Player", Chrissy Carew shares remarkable and inspirational stories we never knew of football players and legends who we know very well. This is a must read for everyone from the young student-athlete to the senior executive. It will not only inspire us all, it will create a significant change in our mindset and approach to life. --Mark Beal, Managing Partner, Taylor
Chrissy Carew’s "Insightful Player" serves the world that has been starving for the positively brilliant human and inspired side of professional sports’ super heroes. Carew’s book scores the super-bowl-win-of-the-human-spirit through the play book of sharing untold inspirational stories of players who have transformed overwhelming and life-threatening odds into triumphant lives of meaning, purpose and mastery. She shares how each featured player is now giving back by sharing their valor, experience, wisdom and time to be America’s (indeed the world’s) positive role model. If you are a fan of LIFE--buy this stand-up-and-cheer book for yourself and everyone you care about. --Peter J. Reding, Founder of, The Foundation for Inspired Learning. Author of, "Positively Brilliant Self-Mastery, Reclaim Your Authentic Self Now"
"Insightful Player" is filled with amazing stories that are dramatic testimonials of how people can overcome great obstacles with hard work and a belief in oneself. All the "Insightful Players" are magnificent roles models who share intimate details of their lives to offer inspiration and hope. A must read for anyone struggling to survive life’s challenges or those in search of a deeper meaning of life. Parents, teachers and coaches should get these stories in the hands of kids right away. --Joan Herrmann, Radio Producer & Host, "Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life”. New York’s AM970, The Apple
Chrissy Carew’s ingenuity behind "Insightful Player" is a testament to her passion to incite positive change among today’s youth. She has created a timeless fusion between sports and admirers by sharing remarkable life experiences of NFL players--allowing them to learn the true meaning of integrity, faith, patience, hard work, and generosity. "Insightful Player" is a must read for all who want to be inspired to be the best they can be, inside and out. --Monica Davis, Founder, Exceptional People Magazine
"Insightful Player" offers us all hope. It provides an opportunity to gain insights and wisdom from elite NFL players who have overcome amazing odds to stay in the game. It is an examination into the depths of their inner lives, to understand how each persevered to become a great player, while building character along the way. Chrissy takes us on a journey through childhood and into maturity, revealing secrets and insights about these athletes that are seldom told. She has combed through numerous players in the NFL, and uncovered the amazing stories of players who share their painful admissions, their motivations, and their passions, for the game we ALL love so much. These are life stories, told through sports, and a great read for everyone. I am in grateful for the opportunity to partner with "Insightful Player" and for Chrissy Carew’s commitment in supporting the Kids in the Game with goals of increasing access and improving the quality of programs that inspire and engage young athletes. --John Ballantine, Founder, Trusted Sports Foundation http://www.trustedsports.org
In "Insightful Player", Chrissy has shown us the richness of very talented individuals that have a lot more to offer than is shown in their work in sports. The gold nuggets of brilliance, compassion, contribution, heart and values that these stories illustrate are deeply inspirational. These players have lived through and overcome many of the challenges that young people face. They are models of possibilities, endurance and spirit. And spirit not only in the sense we think of in sports, but in the deep connection with the soul and God force that inspires us all. This work is a gift. Share it with everyone that is important to you. . .and with anyone that could use a boost. --Pamela Richarde, Executive Coach, Past President, International Coach Federation
Chrissy Carew captured moving stories about athletes who are great human beings and magnificent role models. The world needs more of this, especially for our kids and especially now. "Insightful Player" is a wonderful book filled with inspiration and practical tools that will empower kids and adults to create a great life. Read this book now, get inspired and spread the word. --Patrick Williams, Ed.D., Master Certified Coach, Co-Author, "Becoming a Professional Life Coach"
"Insightful Player" is on stride to change the world for the better. Kids, teachers, parents and coaches need this book and they need it now. These inspiring stories should be integrated into our school's curriculum. What a great idea to showcase these incredible role models on the worldwide stage. "Insightful Player" is just in time because we are desperate for role models. Coach Carew's unwavering dedication and riveting passion to make this world a better place is remarkable. This book will evoke the very best in everyone who reads it. Buy this book for everyone you care about. --Sandy Vilas, Master Certified Coach, CEO, CoachInc.com
The power and vision of the "Insightful Player" Coach Chrissy Carew's book and teaching message can truly change the world for millions of kids and adults everywhere. With her own exceptional grace, talent and insight "Coach Carew" has interviewed football's most inspiring, exceptional players and together they show us all greater options and a new pathway for negotiating life, living on purpose and setting and winning worthy goals. Read this book, share it with family and friends and enjoy the power and effects of true inspiration! --Judy Krings, Ph.D., Professional Certified Coach, Author, "Photo Adventures in Cuba: Unlock Your Power of Positivity"
Carew's extraordinary "Insightful Player" opens locker room doors to reveal dramatic, passionate real-deal character strengths stories. Admired and respected NFL players generate tell-it-like-it-is, power-packed lasting learning legacies. Positivity perspectives with gridiron grit and gratitude for challenging life lessons learned. Big men do cry, and these men aren't afraid for you to see it. Princes of pathos and pluck, they model how to survive and thrive, no matter how many times they (or you!) drop the ball. A motivational masterpiece, this books scores. What a perfect gift! --Dianne Legro, Certified Action Coach
The "Insightful Player" model shows us that prominence and success come not from shallow conformity or adhering to a group of accepted, previously set out guidelines, but instead from always staying true to the deepest, most central parts of our own consciences, and from never, ever, giving up faith. --David Dean, Founder and Executive Director, Unity Hoops Basketball (unityhoopsbasketball.org)