By Ali Benjamin, Tim Howard
In the summertime of 2014, Tim Howard turned an in a single day sensation after greater than ten years as considered one of America's major specialist football avid gamers. His record-breaking 15 saves for the us nationwide group opposed to Belgium on the planet Cup electrified a kingdom that had just recently woken as much as the attractive video game after many years of hibernation.
An anticipated television viewers of 21 million audience within the U.S.—larger than these of the NBA and NHL finals—watched Howard's heroic functionality opposed to the seriously favoured Belgians during which he repelled pictures together with his fingers, toes, legs, knees, or even his signature lengthy beard.
Suddenly an athlete who had toiled in relative anonymity for a lot of his profession grew to become the big name of his personal net meme ("Things Tim Howard may well Save": from Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" to the Titanic), and fielded own calls from the likes of President Barack Obama ("You men did us proud. . . . I don't know the way you will live on the mobs should you get back domestic, guy. You'll need to shave your beard so that they don't comprehend who you are").
In this inspiring and candid memoir, the liked U.S. and Everton goalkeeper ultimately permits himself to do anything that he could by no means do at the box: he drops his protect. Howard opens up for the 1st time approximately how a hyperactive child from New Jersey with Tourette Syndrome defied the chances to turn into one of many maximum American keepers in heritage. He remembers his youth, being raised by means of a unmarried mom who instilled in him a love of all sports—he used to be additionally a standout highschool basketball player—and a religious religion that helped him do something about a illness that manifested itself with speech and facial tics, compulsive behaviour, and severe sensitivity to gentle, noise, and touch.
The Keeper is usually a chronicle of the non-public sacrifices he's made for his occupation, together with the last word dissolution of Howard's marriage—a casualty of what he calls his "addiction to winning"—and its such a lot painful end result: his separation from his children.
A deal with for football lovers, The Keeper may also captivate readers who're surprising with the game yet need to know what makes a world-class athlete diversified from the remainder of us—and the place that distinction offers option to universal flooring.
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