Meet the Author: Jeff Benedict
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Jeff Benedict is a New York Times bestselling author, a special features writer for Sports Illustrated, and a television and film producer. He has also written for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and his stories have been the basis for segments on 60 Minutes, 20/20, 48 Hours, Good Morning America,CBS Sunday Morning, the NFL Network, HBO Real Sports and the Discovery Channel. He has written fifteen books on topics ranging from violence against women to a deadly E. coli outbreak to the discovery of a 10,000-year-old skeleton in North America.
Jeff’s book The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football is being developed into a television drama by Starz. Jeff is a producer and writer for the series. Jeff is also an executive producer on the forthcoming motion picture film Little Pink House, starring Catherine Keener and Jeanne Tripplehorn. The movie is based on Jeff’s book by the same title.
Jeff has also written numerous autobiographies. My Name Used to be Muhammad – the autobiography of a Muslim-turned-Christian – was a Book of the Year finalist in 2013.
Jeff's latest book QB: My Life Behind the Spiral, is the autobiography of Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young (Houghton Mifflin/October 2016). He is also a writer and creative consultant for NFL Films on Steve Young: A Football Life, which aired on the NFL Network in the Fall of 2016.
Currently, Jeff is writing a biography on Tiger Woods for Simon & Schuster. His popular blog is at www.jeffbenedict.com.
QB: My Life Behind the Spiral
"Steve Young produced some of the most memorable moments in NFL history. “The Run” – his electrifying 49-yard game-winning touchdown against Minnesota. “The Catch II” – his last-second touchdown strike to Terrell Owens to beat Green Bay in the playoffs. Then there was his record-setting, six touchdown passes in Super Bowl XXIX.
"But Young’s most impressive victories were personal ones that were won off the field when no one was watching. QB is a remarkably revealing memoir of an athletically gifted Mormon boy with a 4.0 GPA, a photographic memory, and a severe case of childhood separation anxiety. At the same time, Young was absolutely fearless – and unstoppable -- whenever he had a ball in his hands.
"As an eighth string quarterback at BYU, Young persevered through homesickness and a coach who said he’d never make it as a quarterback because he was a lefty who couldn’t throw. Determined to prove his coach wrong, Young became an All-American, finished second in the Heisman voting, and was the top draft choice coming out of college. After signing the largest contract in sports history, he was so overwhelmed by impossible expectations that he nearly walked away from football to become a lawyer. Instead, he ended up in San Francisco, pitted against Joe Montana in what became the greatest quarterback controversy in league history.
"Young’s quest – both in football and in life – was always more about grit than anything. His “get it done” mentality brought MVP awards and Super Bowl championships to San Francisco. As an author, he gives readers the sense of being inside his helmet while he runs through opponents both on and off the field."
-Synopsis provided by Amazon.com
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