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Standing Tall
Standing Tall

Standing Tall

The Kevin Everett Story
By Sam Carchidi

SPORTS & RECREATION

216 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $17.95)

ISBN 9781600781414

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Jan 2008)

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Overview

As a powerfully built, third-year tight end with the Buffalo Bills, Kevin Everett had it all: a promising NFL future, a beautiful girlfriend whom he planned to marry, and an engaging personality that made him one of his team's most popular players. He also had a wonderful family that included his devoted mother and his three adoring younger sisters, for whom he had recently purchased a home in suburban Houston, Texas. And then, in a fraction of a second, his life was changed forever when he was paralyzed while making a tackle against the Denver Broncos in the 2007 season opener.

Author Biography

Sam Carchidi has been a sportswriter and columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1984. He has written for several national publications, and he was one of The Philadelphia Inquirer reporters who contributed to the books Worst to First: The Story of the 1993 Phillies. In 2001, he and Scott Brown coauthored the nationally acclaimed Miracle in the Making: The Adam Taliaferro Story. Carchidi wrote Bill Campbell: The Voice of Philadelphia Sports in 2006.  Kevin Everett was born on February 5, 1982, the son of Patricia Dugas. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas, where he earned honors such as the Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100, Dallas Morning News Texas Top 100 and Texas Football Top 20 tight end honors. After high school, Kevin Everett moved on to Kilgore (Texas) College, where he was a two-time First Team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference pick, ranked the second-best junior college player in the nation by Allen Wallace's Super Prep. After transferring to the University of Miami, Everett was a tight end for the Hurricanes and became the 86th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Everett made his first career start in 2006.

Book Signings

Past Events


May
18
Sam Carchidi at the Philadelphia Book Festival ›
Philadelphia, PA
11:00am
Apr
05
Kevin Everett signing "Standing Tall" ›
Houston, TX
2:00pm
Mar
22
Kevin Everett signing "Standing Tall" ›
Beaumont, TX
2:00pm
Feb
28
Kevin Everett signing "Standing Tall" ›
Amherst, NY
7:00pm

Press Releases

It was opening weekend of the NFL season, which was a time when all teams and players had reasons to be optimistic. For Kevin Everett, it was a far different story.

On September 9, 2007, while making his fifth career start, the Buffalo Bills TE lay paralyzed on the turf of Ralph Wilson Stadium. After making a hit on a kick return against the Denver Broncos, Everett suffered a catastrophic and life-threatening injury that caused a fracture to the cervical spine. Everett was diagnosed a quadriplegic by team physicians right there on the playing field and it wasn’t believed he would regain the ability to move ever again.

Everett is now telling his remarkable story in a brand-new book titled:

Standing Tall: The Kevin Everett Story, where he describes a challenge far greater than any NFL player has ever had to face – recovering from an injury that left him completely motionless. Standing Tall hits on emotional and contentious points, such as:

  • The controversial medical procedure used on Everett
  • Specific entries from the personal journal of his fiancé Wiande Moore
  • Detailed accounts from his rigorous rehabilitation the past four months
  • The distinct thoughts he experienced immediately after being hit

Four months later and after months of grueling rehabilitation, Everett has miraculously regained his ability to walk.His incredible recovery was the result of a very controversial medical technique where his doctor, Dr. Andrew Cappuccino, induced hypothermia to reduce the effects of the trauma to the injured spinal cord. In Standing Tall: The Kevin Everett Story, Everett takes the reader inside one of the most traumatic injuries and dramatic recoveries in sports history.

About the Authors:

Kevin Everett was born on February 5, 1982, the son of Patricia Dugas. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas, where he earned honors such as the Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100, Dallas Morning News Texas Top 100 and Texas Football Top 20 tight end honors. After high school, Kevin Everett moved on to Kilgore (Texas) College, where he was a two-time First Team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference pick, ranked the second-best junior college player in the nation by Allen Wallace\'s Super Prep. After transferring to the University of Miami, Everett was a tight end for the Hurricanes and became the 86th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Everett made his first career start in 2006.

Sam Carchidi has been a sportswriter and columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1984. He has written for several national publications, and he was one of The Philadelphia Inquirer reporters who contributed to the books Worst to First: The Story of the 1993 Phillies. In 2001, he and Scott Brown coauthored the nationally acclaimed Miracle in the Making: The Adam Taliaferro Story. Carchidi wrote Bill Campbell: The Voice of Philadelphia Sports in 2006.
 
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