Former NFL Player Releases Autobiography

Former NFL Player Releases Autobiography

Former NFL Player Releases Autobiography on Tackling Obstacles to Achieve Success

Jovan Haye tells his story on how he conquered dyslexia to play in the NFL and graduate from Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN You might not expect a boy who became an NFL defensive tackle to ever have struggled with bullying, but you would be wrong.

Jamaican-born Jovan Haye battled that challenge and many more in his painful and poignant upbringing before he discovered his talent for greatness as a football player in his junior year at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In his recently released memoir Bigger Than Me: How a Boy Conquered Dyslexia to Play in the NFL, Haye chronicles the multiple hurdles he overcame in the hopes that his story will inspire others to follow his lead and rely on hard work, determination, and the talents they do have to achieve their goals.

Throughout Bigger Than Me, Haye relays how he achieved the nearly impossible dream of playing for the NFL. Born into poverty and living in violent, low-income neighborhoods, he suffered abuse at home and significant challenges at school because of severe undiagnosed dyslexia. Yet his natural athletic ability, eventual success in team sports, and what he calls his "pure love of football" gave him the confidence to face the other obstacles before him.

Tellingly, Haye went on to address his crippling dyslexia and attended Vanderbilt University, where he earned his bachelor's degree, before being drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2005 as a defensive tackle. His career in the NFL didn't end there; among other teams, he went on to play for the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, the Tennessee Titans, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though challenges continued to come his way, Haye's faith, character, and critical relationships remained solid.

Haye says, "Being a former pro athlete, people often see only the surface. My book offers an inside look at who I really am and how I battled and overcame my biggest challenges. I want people to understand that they are not alone. We all have challenges, but with faith, forgiveness, determination, and perseverance, success is inevitable!"

Haye hasn't stop competing after football. He is a named inventor on a U.S. patent and the proud owner of several successful businesses based on innovation.

Haye is using his company and other outlets to tell his inspiring tale of success and the inside story of how he overcame bullying, extreme poverty, and dyslexia.

Press Contact: jovanhaye(at)yahoo(dot)com and 615-430-1459

Book Information: Bigger Than Me: How a Boy Conquered Dyslexia to Play in the NFL by Jovan Haye; Haye Publishing; Nonfiction; Autobiography/Memoir; 978-0615898797; $19.95

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Author: Jovan Haye is an American football defensive tackle who is currently retired from the National Football League. Haye, who was born in Jamaica on June 21, 1982, attended Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he earned first-team all-state honors as offensive guard as a junior and senior on the football team. Today, after seven years in the NFL, he is the owner of a successful business and a proud husband and father.