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Publisher releasing book by ex-NFL running back
Best known for his moves on the football field and the dance floor, an athlete wants to use his platform to make an impact on the lives of others.
Grand Rapids-based Zondervan is publishing a book by Rashad Jennings, “The If in Life: How to Get Off Life’s Sidelines and Become Your Best Self.”
The book is available to pre-order now, but it will not be on store shelves or online until May, 8.
Jennings played running back in the NFL from 2009-2016. He played for the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.
He was also the champion on season 24 of the TV competition “Dancing with the Stars.”
The book gives a glimpse into Jennings’ childhood.
Jennings had health problems. He struggled with his weight, vision and suffered from debilitating asthma. He also encountered educational setbacks, with his G.P.A. going as low as 0.6.
Nevertheless, the book reveals that Jennings still aspired to play in the NFL. With the sacrifice of his role models, such as his brother, coaches and mentors, who invested their time in him, he became a successful running back in the NFL.
"Whether you realize it or not, certain moments in life, no matter how significant or small they seem, can change your path and have a positive impact on where you go and how successful you become," Jennings said. "’The If in Life’ is about those ‘if’ moments that have shaped the man I've become and brought about the realization of my dreams. My hope for this book is that it brings motivation and inspires young people to become their best self."
The book notes that Jennings started a foundation, called the Rashad Jennings Foundation, which is focused on helping with academics and their health choices.
In 2017, the Rashad Jennings Foundation helped more than 30,000 students read more than 167,655 books.
"Rashad's contagious spirit will inspire countless people to take notice of the 'if' moments in their lives that can help lead them down a path to becoming the best they can possibly be," said Annette Bourland, SVP and group publisher, Zondervan. "We are honored to be working with Rashad to share his message.”