On February 7, 2010, trailing 10-6 to the Indianapolis Colts at halftime of Super Bowl XLIV, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton made one of the gutsiest calls in Super Bowl history when they started the second half with an onside kick called Ambush.
Chris Reis, a back-up safety and special teams player, wasn't supposed to recover the onside kick, but when the squiggling ball bounced off the chest of a Colts player, Chris pounced on the ball--and held on for everything he was worth.
His recovery changed the tenor of the game and propelled the Saints to their first Super Bowl victory--and gave their Hurricane Katrina-weary fans something to cheer about.
Watching the Super Bowl game that day in Miami was Chris' father, Mike. He needed his own recovery--a recovery from his addiction to alcohol, sex, and a life filled with bad choices and poor decisions.
Mike Reis grew up on the working class streets of Chicago, the son of a boozing father and a teenage mother who struggled with life. Sexually abused and terrorized by his grandmother, Mike and his family moved during his teen years to Atlanta, where he discovered sex at an early age and numbed his emotional pain with alcohol.
An early marriage to a high school sweetheart and the subsequent birth of two sons failed to tame his desire for sexual trysts and all-night drinking escapades. An affair led to the destruction of his first marriage and left two preschool-aged sons without a father in the home.
The younger son was Chris Reis, a two-year-old who didn't understand why his father had abandoned him, and the distance between father and son remained a chasm as wide as the Grand Canyon during the boy's younger years.
After his playing days at Georgia Tech, Chris won a spot on the New Orleans Saints roster. After his recovery of the onside kick in Super Bowl XLIV, there was one more recovery that needed to be made in Chris' family--his father.
Recovery of a Lifetime is a gripping father-and-son tale of recovery and redemption. You won't be able to put it down.
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