Ben Redd has football in his blood. With his two older all-star brothers and their NFL dad being football royalty, it was only natural that sixth-grade quarterback Ben follow in their footsteps. Gifted with speed and a rocket arm, Ben has his sights set on the NFL. And his chance to shine is on the horizon, especially with the championship game against the tough rival team, Penn Yan.
But when his dad receives awful news—that he has an incurable disease called ALS, no doubt triggered by those hard hits he took on the field—the whole family is turned upside down. Now Ben’s mom is determined to get Ben to quit football for good.
Ben isn’t playing just for himself, though. This might be his dad’s last time ever as a coach. And Ben’s lively teammates, including the new girl on the team, Thea, need a quarterback who can lead them to a victory. He can’t—he won’t—give up. But as Ben struggles on the field from the pressures of winning, and as he watches the heavy toll ALS is taking on his dad, he begins to question if this will truly be his final season.
Drawing from his own experiences, both with the NFL and with his ALS diagnosis, New York Times bestselling author and former Atlanta Falcon’s player Tim Green highlights the importance of family, community, and love of football while also cautioning against the risks of the beloved sport.
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