Detroit, MI: Detroit Lions Safety Don Carey is not just an NFL special teams ace, he is also an author. Carey will be previewing his new book "It's Not Because I'm Better Than You!", at the 1st Annual Detroit Festival of Books on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Eastern Market's Shed #6.
Carey's new book, scheduled for release October 15, is designed to help young people, and adults, attain success by providing them with examples from his own life.
"I wrote this book because my wife and I travel around the country and speak to youth in the off-season," said Carey. "We were shocked at how many people have a goal or dream, but can't see any practical way to make it happen. I've faced a lot of challenges in my life...things I know young people can relate to. So I wanted to share the situations I faced and the things that I did that helped me accomplish my goals. Hopefully a kid, or an adult, can read a chapter and think 'OK, maybe if I just do that'…or maybe a chapter can help them see something in a different light, or encourage them to keep going and believe in themselves. If I can help one person, whether with this book or personally, I'm happy."
Carey's story is one of faith, perseverance and character in the face adversity, throughout much of his life. He grew up on Grand Rapids' southeast side with a single mother, and three sisters. There was barely enough money for food, let alone new clothes, and Carey was often bullied at school. Through his struggles, he found a way to succeed in the classroom, and excel on the football field, enough so to be drafted into the NFL in 2009, as the only player from his college to make it to the NFL draft since 1996.
As an NFL pro, Carey started The Don Carey REECH Foundation to provide students the opportunity of academic achievement and exposure to diverse arenas, to ultimately be inspired to reach their maximum potential and become significant contributors to society. That mission, is one he hopes his new book will help young people achieve.