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The Long Snapper

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The Long Snapper Book CoverAs author Jeffrey Marx points out, most pro football players aren’t exactly comfortable expressing their feelings.  That’s especially true if those feelings include fear, panic, insecurity, and self-doubt.

Luckily, Jeffrey Marx does not profile just any pro football player for in new book, “The Long Snapper:  A Second Chance, A Super Bowl, A Lesson For Life.”

Brian Kinchen doesn’t hold back when expressing his surprise at being called for a try-out with the New England Patriots, despite being a 38 year old Bible teacher who was 3 years out of the NFL.  He doesn’t spare details when describing his personal terror just seven weeks later, when he was called on to snap the ball for a game winning field goal with just nine seconds left in Super Bowl 38.

Generally, fans don’t notice a football long snapper unless he makes a very big mistake.  In that regard, Kinchen had a very successful 13 year career in the NFL.  Hopefully, history will pay better attention to the story of his last few games.

This program aired on August 20, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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