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Reis, fathers pen book 'Recovery of a Lifetime'
by Chase Wallace
cwallace@neighbornewspapers.com
January 02, 2013 12:05 AM | 2891 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo -- Chris Reis, a former Roswell Hornet, Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket and New Orleans Saints football player, wrote a book with his father Mike (left) entitled ‘Recovery of a Lifetime.’ The book tells an inspirational story of how a son’s triumph, on and off the football field, inspired his father to win his battle against a lifetime of addictions.
Special Photo -- Chris Reis, a former Roswell Hornet, Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket and New Orleans Saints football player, wrote a book with his father Mike (left) entitled ‘Recovery of a Lifetime.’ The book tells an inspirational story of how a son’s triumph, on and off the football field, inspired his father to win his battle against a lifetime of addictions.
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Thanks to one defining moment in Super Bowl XLIV, Chris Reis’ name will forever be tied to the word recovery in the minds of football fans.

But to Reis and his father Mike, the word recovery takes on a much bigger meaning — a meaning that the two spent the last two years detailing in their book “Recovery of a Lifetime”.

“The idea for a book came right after Super Bowl XLIV. It was such a big moment that I kind of felt like I had to do something with it,” said Chris Reis, a former All-State receiver at Roswell High School that went on to star at linebacker at Georgia Tech, played five seasons with the New Orleans Saints and made the improbably recovery of an “ambush” onside kick to open the second half of Super Bowl XLIV— a play that swung the momentum in the Saints favor and eventually led to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory.

The game, and recovery, became a pivotal moment in both his and his father’s life. Inspired by Chris’s success on the football field and as a Christian role model, Mike Reis felt it was time to address his destructive behaviors —including addiction to alcohol and sex.

“Right after the Super Bowl my dad told me he had a drinking problem and he was getting help. I asked him if he minded if I put that in the book I was thinking about and a few years later we started collaborating on our vision for the book,” Chris said.

“It’s a play on words with the word recovery relating to the Super Bowl, but the majority of the story is about a father and a son, chronicling the struggles my dad battled and the journey we took to get through it all together.”

Opening with the recovery in the Super Bowl, chapter one ends with Mike Reis landing in jail two weeks after the big game then confronting his problems with the help of his son before finding his own path to recovery.

Mike, who now works as a speaker and master-certified addiction recovery coach, said the book cover 40 hours of interviews with a collaborator and countless hours of crying and bonding with his son.

“We learned a lot about each other and as a father I don’t know too many parents that disclose everything in their life to their children,” he said.

“But the true recovery for me was the recovery of a relationship between father and son.”

“Recovery of a Lifetime” will be released the week of this year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans and is available for pre-order at www.recoveryofalifetime.com.

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