Growing Up On the Gridiron

“A vital story to know and share widely.”
Dave Zirin, sports editor, The Nation

Long before the dangers of concussions among NFL players made headlines, a 9-year-old redhead named Owen Thomas ran onto the field. Growing Up On The Gridiron is his story – a tale of friendship, the love of football and a landmark case in football’s concussion crisis. Read more about the book here.

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About the Author

A passion for telling true stories is at the heart of Vicki's work as a journalist, content writer and university magazine editor.

Owen Thomas is seen in profile on the sidelines

About the Book

Award-winning journalist Vicki Mayk raises a critical question for football players and their communities: does loving a sport justify risking your life?

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Whether you want to capture your family history, write a publishable memoir or tell your company’s authentic story – Vicki can help.

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