Author(s): Carson Tinker & Tommy Ford
Report Published: 13th September 2016
Quake Magnitude: 3.0
A Season to Remember, co-written by Jacksonville Jaguars long snapper Carson Tinker, is both a heart-rendering and heart-warming account of a life shattered and re-built by the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado of the 27th April 2011, which threw him and those closest to him up in the air and crashing back down again.
Given that the events of the tornado and its aftermath are told through the perspective of a college football player’s eyes, those who are not American football fans or tied to the Tuscaloosa community may struggle through the book. That said, and for all those young people looking towards college and a professional sports contract, this book is an excellent guide, if not an absolute must read, on how one might obtain non-material success through a strong commitment to discipline, brother/sisterhood and faith. It really is full of inspirational quotes and sound advice that most 9 to 15 years old really need to hear.
Finally, A Season to Remember is an extremely touching celebration of community spirit and resilience, and with all book sale proceeds going to the Be a Blessing Foundation, it is also a most fitting tribute to Carson’s girlfriend Ashley Harrison who sadly perished in the storm.
“Opportunities aren’t lost; they’re just given away to someone else”.
“Potential means nothing. All things come only from sacrifice, not potential.”
“So for three hours a day, four days a week, for twenty weeks, I mastered the heart of long snapping.”
I am not ashamed to say that this book bought me very close to tears. It also made me smile. Tinker certainly has wisdom beyond his years, which meant that I was able to look past what at times became tedious.
This book sets out to do what it achieves: to be a blessing. I certainly feel more hopeful after reading it and I was reminded throughout how that even in the greatest of tragedies we still have a role to play and a choice to make.
I look forward to buying and wearing the #46 shirt in the stands when I watch Jaguars play Oakland in October. I have waited half my life to visit the Jags stadium and I will be a very proud man indeed to cheer on the newly elected special team’s captain!