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Tue, Sep 08


Zoom Book Launch

NFL Football Legend Reggie Williams Virtual Book Launch!

NFL Football legend Reggie Williams will be virtually visiting Bookstore1Sarasote for a Zoom Community Conversation and Book Launch for his new memoir, Resilient by Nature." Reggie will by joined by his collaborator on the book, NFL columnist Jarrett Bell. Bookstore1’s Elsie Souza will facilitate.

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NFL Football Legend Reggie Williams Virtual Book Launch!

Time & Location

Sep 08, 2020, 7:00 PM EDT

Zoom Book Launch

About the event

This amazing memoir follows the story of Reggie Williams—ex-NFL linebacker, former Disney executive, renaissance man, and the epitome of determination in the face of extreme challenges.

The event is free, but registration is needed for participation. The Zoom link will be sent one day prior to the event. 

Resilient by Nature is being published on September 8th. We will have signed copies of Resilient by Nature available for PURCHASE for curbside pickup or sent by mail after the event. CLICK HERE TO PREORDER A COPY. 

In so many ways, Reggie Williams has had the type of life that people dream of: he starred as an athlete, excelled with an Ivy League education, built a sports empire as part of an iconic corporate brand, achieved global impact as a public servant, and won major honors for his community work. Along the way, Williams glowed on the biggest stages alongside celebrities, business leaders, and social icons.

Yet Williams’s life has also presented a nightmare—and a determined mission to score another victory—with the battle to save his right leg from amputation. The residual effects of a fourteen-year career as an NFL linebacker has challenged Williams—who has undergone twenty-eight surgeries for football injuries, including multiple knee replacement operations—to draw on the resilience that has been at the foundation of his rise from the beginning.

In Resilient by Nature, Williams provides an intimate account of his remarkable journey while also sharing his unique perspectives on a wide variety of issues.

Reggie Williams is a former NFL linebacker and College Football Hall of Famer who was instrumental in building a sports-themed empire during his tenure as a Disney executive. During his fourteen years with the Cincinnati Bengals, Williams was honored as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his community service, and later served on the Cincinnati city council—while active as a pro athlete. He also had stints as GM for the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football and as an NFL executive who established the first NFL Youth Education Town. A native of Flint, Michigan, he attended Southwestern High and Dartmouth College. Williams resides in Sarasota, Florida.

Collaborator NFL columnist Jarrett Bell has covered pro football for USA Today sports since 1993. Since 1997, Bell has been a member of the selection committee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was also part of the blue ribbon panel that chose the NFL’s 100-year anniversary team. Previously, he also served as a  contributor at ESPN for four years (2013–2017), primarily featured as a panelist on NFL Insiders and SportsCenter. A father of two, he resides in Northern Virginia.

In addition to winning dozens of in-house awards for USA Today, he has received multiple writing awards from the Pro Football Writers of America. He has been a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee since 1997, and since that year, has also served on the media panel that selects the Super Bowl MVP. He also serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University.

Among hundreds of radio and TV interviews, he has appeared on programming for CBS (Face The Nation), CNBC, ESPN, CNN, NFL Films, The NFL Network, Fox Sports, MSNBC, Headline News, Comcast, ESPN Radio, NBC Sports Radio, ABC Radio, Rogers Sportsnet, Sirius Satellite Radio, Pro Football Talk, and WUSA-TV. He was featured in documentaries, The Forgotten Four and Minister of Defense: The Reggie White Story. He also had a cameo role in the feature film, Invincible.

Elsie Souza is passionate about sports and politics especially anything that has BOSTON in the title. She now follows the Tampa Bay teams and has stars in her eyes because Tom Brady and Gronk will play there. In the interest of full disclosure Cincinnati holds a dark space in her heart because of the Reds defeating the Red Sox in 1975. Elsie is particularly proud of having a significant role in bringing the Orioles to Sarasota for Spring training. Lobster and chowder anyone!

Resilient by Nature is being published on September 8th. We will have signed copies of Resilient by Nature available for PURCHASE for curbside pickup or sent by mail after the event. CLICK HERE TO PREORDER A COPY.

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