THE FIFTH DOWN
THE FIFTH DOWN
One NFL player's journey through fame & expectation in professional sport. A memoir about rebuilding & finding self love through yoga.
One NFL player's journey through fame & expectation in professional sport. A memoir about rebuilding & finding self love through yoga. Read more
Hi. My name is Grant Mattos. I spent five years of my life as a wide receiver in the NFL. I was a contestant on Survivor: Redemption Island. I'm a yoga instructor, proud husband, and father of one. My journey through the NFL - playing for the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, and Tennessee Titans - was filled with adrenaline-charged highs and anxiously-depressive lows. I consistently sacrificed the health of my brain and body to acquire these highs - until I was let go from the NFL and made the excruciating journey to rebuild, found yoga, and learned what it meant to actually love myself. This is my raw story. This is my account of what motivates someone to continue grasping for extreme experiences. And, conversely, finding the path to reclaiming a balanced life.
The Fifth Down is for anyone who has reached for certainty and stability through career, only to come up empty handed after decades of hard work. It's for those who have felt the sting of alcoholism, drug abuse, and broken homes. It's for those who have, or wish still, to pick themselves up while at their lowest. It's for those who have found happiness by having the courage to love themselves again.
This memoir has been written and is in the process of being edited and designed. It will ship within 2 months after the completion of a successful campaign.
With your help, I'd like to offer a whole lot more!
MEXICO CITY AND PUERTO RICO SUPPORT
10% of the $21K goal raised is being donated to support the relief efforts underway in Mexico City and Puerto Rico. Proceeds will benefit the United Way Mexico and United for Puerto Rico and their ongoing efforts to help individuals and families recover from this catastrophic event.
STRETCH GOALS! (Once we hit our minimum $21k goal)
$35K I'll donate 5k to United Way Mexico and United for Puerto Rico.
1. EARLY BIRD EDITION
Your name on The Fifth Down website Thank You page. And a silent thank you from me, with a smile.
2. THE FIFTH DOWN KINDLE EDITION
3. THE FIFTH DOWN SOFTBACK PRINT EDITION
A compelling story about life as an NFL athlete and what waits for the majority of players when the game ends.
But it's not just for former athletes. It's for anyone who feels (or has felt):
Strangled by fear.
Uncertain about their purpose in life.
Unsure of how to handle death.
And yet, at the same time, in the midst of these sometimes confusing emotions, its for those who:
Have the courage to press on, still.
Wish to breakthrough these limiting beliefs.
Want to learn how to love themselves again.
I wanted to create a story that was accessible for everyone, regardless of occupation or status. Something that might nudge you to explore your own journey in this life. Check out excerpts and table of contents here.
- A sturdy soft-back matte cover with perfect binding.
- The trim size is a convenient 5.25" x 8", perfect for taking with you on the go or cuddling up with in front of the fire.
- A comprehensive 264+ pages, beautifully laid out with 74k+ words, all custom interior and exterior design.
The softcover edition will be printed by our friends at Creatspace, using a high speed digital press for an on-demand and eco-friendly process. 60# cream paper will be used for the books interior that is made from 30% post consumer waste recycled material.
4. AUTOGRAPH SOFTBACK PRINT ADDITION
An autographed copy of the softback edition, with a personal message, shipped to you anywhere in the world (shipping costs already included). Plus the Kindle edition and your name on the thank you page.
5. YOGA CLASS EDITION
Exclusive 60-minute yoga class with me. I will lead you through an invigorating all levels class connecting breath and movement to calm the mind and work the body. Plus 3 copies of The Fifth Down and Kindle Edition.
6. EARLY BIRD EDITION
Five softback print copies THE FIFTH DOWN (one for you and four to share with friends). Plus early access to the digital edition.
7. WEBINAR EDITION
Invitation to a live video webinar with me, limited to 10 people per webinar, where you can ask live questions about the book, the NFL, Survivor, Yoga, Fitness, etc.
8. CORPORATE EDITION
I will speak at your private event or conference. Airfare and accomodations will need to be included along with pledge amount. (Note: one speech from 20-60 minutes, depending on your preference. Plus 10 print books, Kindle edition, and your name on the thank you page.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
I am asking for $21k which will cover:
$10k Editing and Review
$6.5k Video Production & Photography Licensing (Book Cover)
$1.5k Kickstarter/Amazon Fees
September Kickstarter Campaign
October Book edits, design, and review + Kickstarter funds released
November The Fifth Down ready to ship (just in time for Christmas)
All patrons are listed on The Fifth Down site.
I grew up dreaming of playing professional football. After years of training, I did it. I played with the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos, and the Tennessee Titans.
It. Was. Awesome.
Then I retired... Now what?
A little partying. A little denial. A little extreme dieting courtesy of a show called "Survivor".
A LOT of soul searching...
Then I found yoga. Or maybe it found me.
Either way, now? Now I'm right where I'm supposed to be.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
"Why would you read a book about a guy and his football journey? Because The Fifth Down is about *way* more than a guy and his football journey. This isn't a book about sports. This is a book about conquering life. If you've ever dedicated your entire heart and soul into your greatest life passion -- only to have your aspirations shattered, then this story is for you. This is a book for anyone who has taken risks to capture success, only to have it slowly ripped away. For anyone who has stepped far beyond their zone of safety to explore their dreams. For those who have touched that sweet feeling of victory, if only for a moment.
The Fifth Down is an account of expectations that haven't been met, and about life experiences that have far exceeded expectations. This is a memoir about the compelling amount of courage, that any one human can have, to keep moving forward, in the face of defeat. It's a life lesson in realizing that maybe, just maybe, accomplishment is actually defined more by love, and less by fame.
If you don't know Grant Mattos yet, you will soon. An NFL football player and Survivor superstar, turned yogi. A dedicated husband, a devoted father, Grant writes from a perspective of finding ground, after years of groundlessness. His alluring descriptions of moving from life as a professional athlete, to finding the love of his life, are captivating. If you've been desperately searching the feeling of safety and peace that can only come from learning how to truly & deeply love oneself - The Fifth Down will feel like you're coming home."
--Carla Beharry | Infinite Oceans Founder
"...a powerfully emotional experience that I know a lot of people will benefit from."
--Andrew Moore | Impact Basketball PC & DPD
"Real, emotional, and inspiring! This memoir sheds light on the search for significance and ones true self and that it is possible to shed our false constructs and step into our true identity. I cried, I laughed and so enjoyed Grant's story to personal freedom."
--Derek Mattos | Tucson, AZ
Christina Cox My beautiful wife, without you this book doesn't exist
Jeremy S & Janina G For your support and love, two creative geniuses
Kimberlee Soo Editing master, thank you for uncovering the story within
Derek Mattos My brother, thank you for always taking the time to listen
Carla Beharry Your vision and support through this process, thank you
Risks and challenges
I'm confident this book will be printed, but there are a few risks and challenges to note:
1. Possible delays from the printer—I don't foresee this being an issue, as I'm using one of the best printing companies in North America.
2. Shipping delays—Again, I don't see this being an issue. I'll be using the same company for fulfillment as I am for printing. They do it all. And are really, really good at it. They'll print and ship the books once they're ready. There's always the possibility for delays, though, and like a visit to the the doctors, I have to tell you this so I'm covered if it does end up happening. So we'll all have to breathe if there are any delays.
3. Technical glitches — I'll be publishing this book in a few digital editions (Kindle and PDF), so there is always the possibility of technical glitches that delay things. One last time, I really don't see this being an issue either.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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