Cory and his best friend, Liam, have always loved football. Even though they live in a rough neighborhood, where opportunities don’t come very often, their passion for the game has carried them through. So when Liam is offered a scholarship to HBS, an elite private school, to play football, Cory couldn’t be happier for him.
But then a tragic injury on the field knocks Liam out of the game—and out of the HBS football family. The HBS coach still needs a player, and when Cory takes over at Liam’s spot, he rips off several impressive touchdowns. It’s the chance of a lifetime when Cory is offered Liam’s scholarship—and the nickname Touchdown Kid. Cory knows football could be his ticket out, but he soon discovers he will need to do more than play the game—he’ll have to fit in in a world where most people look at him and just see a scholarship kid from the wrong side of town. Cory knows that if he can fight hard enough, both on and off the field, he may just be able to build a future that looks very different from his past. But will he be able to maintain his Touchdown Kid status, or will it all fall apart just short of the endzone?
In another action-packed and heartfelt story, New York Times bestselling author and former NFL defensive end Tim Green explores the opportunities given by playing football and having a “football family” at your back, which can equal the playing field for any kid, as long as they have the skills to compete.