Last week, Q and I received a copy of “The Little Linebacker”, a new children’s book by NFL linebacker Stephen Tulloch and Marie Dismondy. We are a huge football family, and Q played football when he was 5 (before he was recruited to competitive gymnastics), so I was quite excited to read this book. I think we can all, as kids and adults, relate to what it feels like to have a dream, and also what it feels like to be told you aren’t good enough.
Q loved the book, and wanted to tell you about it in his own words:
This is the story of the Little Linebacker. It’s a story of determination, of how you never give up, and how your friends and family help you. This boy named Stephen wanted to play football every day but his coach said the team could only practice once per week. Every day after school Stephen and his friends played football. Stephen was even picked last for a football team in his gym class. His fried John old him, though, to never give up. His dream was to be a great player in the NFL, so he kept playing football even though he was picked last.
A few years later, Stephen was playing football for a college team. After a big win, he overheard his coach say that he would not make it to the big leagues because he was too small. But he didn’t quit. A few years later, he makes a big touchdown to win the game for his team in the NFL. He made it! This is a story of how you never give up and you have to believe in yourself.
I thought that it was cool because I like football and it taught me how to never give up even when things are very hard. He would also like to say “Thank you for the story Stephen! I’d love to see you play in a game someday.”
Q did a great job giving you an overview of the book, I think. He has read it several times since it arrived a few days ago. I really liked it because it was honest about having to work hard to achieve your goals, no matter what kind of adversity you face along the way, something I know I can certainly relate to, as can everyone else, I’m sure. Itching it’s important for kids to know that they can achieve their dreams, but that they won’t come easily and that anything worth doing is also worth working for. I also think that our kids need to know that they aren’t defined by other people’s opinions of them, and that even if someone else says you can’t, it’s not up to them to decide.
About the authors:
Stephen Tulloch is an 11 year NFL Veteran, Middle Linebacker that has played for the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans. Tulloch was drafted in the 4th round of the NFL draft out of North Carolina State University. He launched the Stephen Tulloch Foundation in 2009 and has helped thousands of people through his community outreach and generous giving. Tulloch was named as one of the top 100 players in the NFL in 2012 & 2013, has been selected as a team captain of the Detroit lions by his teammates and has been awarded multiple awards nationally and locally for his efforts off the field including the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, The Robert Porche Man of the Year Award, the Grid Iron Great Award along with the NFLPA PULSE award and being a finalist for the Byron “Whizzer” White Award which recognizes the top foundations in the NFL. Stephen was born and raised in Miami where he still resides in the off-season with his dogs, Nash & Mia.
Maria Dismondy is an award-winning author, specializing in books about challenges children face. A topic close to her heart, Maria’s own childhood experience inspired her first book, Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun. Six books later, Maria’s commitment to empowering children with courage and confidence has reached new heights, touching the hearts and hands of children the world over. Maria’s latest book, The Little Linebacker, drives home the important message that hard work and dedication can pay off. Dreams really can come true! As a sought-after speaker, Maria spreads her message by presenting at schools and conferences across the country. She holds degrees in education and child development. Maria lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband, Dave, and their three book-loving children.
Now comes the fun part. We loved this book so much that we are excited to give away a copy to one of our readers too. Just leave a comment and tell me your favourite life lesson or bit of advice. Then click on the Rafflecopter form to record your entry, and you’re done. As always, there are bonus entries too. The giveaway is open to readers in Canada and the US and the winner will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email or another winner will be chosen. One Crazy Kid is not responsible for prize shipment. Good luck!
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