Rescheduled: Author Jeff Benedict at Pequot Library March 5

Meet New York Times bestselling author, Jeff Benedict, on the rescheduled date of Sunday, March 5, from 4-6 p.m., at the Pequot Library in Fairfield. Benedict will talk about his latest book QB: My Life Behind the Spiral, the autobiography of Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young (Houghton Mifflin/October 2016). This free event includes his 30-40 minute author talk, Q & A, book sales, and signing. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served.

Jeff Benedict is a special features writer for Sports Illustrated, a television and film producer, and is 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. 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 including violence against women, a deadly E. coli outbreak and the discovery of a 10,000-year-old skeleton in North America.

Benedick’s book The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football is being developed into a television drama by Starz. He is a producer and writer for the series, as well as an executive producer on the forthcoming motion picture film Little Pink House, starring Catherine Keener and Jeanne Tripplehorn. The movie is based on Benedict’s book by the same title. He has also written numerous autobiographies including My Name Used to be Muhammad — the autobiography of a Muslim-turned-Christian — which was a Book of the Year finalist in 2013.

Book synopsis of QB: My Life Behind the Spiral provided by Amazon.com “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, Benedict gives readers the sense of being inside Young’s helmet while he runs through opponents both on and off the field.”

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