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“Compelling, interesting and important” true stories of hard work, perseverance and success from some of the greatest football players in NFL history (Peter King, Sports Illustrated). To play in the National Football League, you have to have something special. A special drive, a special heart—and a special desire to win. And in this inspiring collection of true life stories from legendary players such as Roger Staubach, Jericho Cotchery, Rashied Davis and many more, you will learn how they overcame incredible obstacles to reach the NFL. One player’s father was murdered when he was eight, while another witnessed gun violence as early as the age of five. A Hall of Fame player never had a winter coat or winter boots and didn't always have food to eat, and yet another was put in classes for the mentally disabled, abused by his father, and ignored by his coaches because they said he had no talent. All of these players overcame these hardships to achieve a place in the NFL. Each story in Insightful Player demonstrates the immense power of the human spirit, and shows how players reached greatness not only with their talent, but with the heroism and strength of character they showed in their everyday lives. It is their perseverance that makes this a perfect playbook for inspiring anyone, especially children, to realize that they can be anything they want to be.