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Praise for Steve Rom and Rod Payne's Centered by a Miracle:
"Stephen Rom and Rod Payne are the literary version of Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside, Montana and Rice, Manning and Harrison, Belichick and Sweatshirts, Parcells and Sansabelt. ...After reading the poignant and playful Centered by a Miracle, I'm convinced the real miracle will occur if the reader is actually able to put the book down. ...I know I couldn't."
-Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times Sports Columnist and ESPN's Around the Horn Panelist
"Centered by a Miracle is an invigorating ref lection of sacrificial love that revokes the hypocrisy of religiosity."
-Bernard King Sr., Associate Pastor, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
"This book will put a Super Bowl champion in every cancer patient's hospital room, a much-needed teammate for anyone battling such a severe opponent. …It cannot lose!"
-Peter King, Sports Illustrated
"Steve Rom's journey back to health is the miracle that we've all been waiting for. He proves that anything can happen with the love and support of those around you. After reading Centered by a Miracle, we all will be inspired to team up with friends and family to overcome any obstacle-no matter how menacing it may appear."
-Bill Walton, NBA Hall-of-Famer and ESPN and ABC commentator
"This is an uplifting account that shows how we - with the help of special individuals who strengthen us when tough times hit - can overcome life's most difficult obstacles. A man of tremendous character and self lessness, Rod Payne demonstrates why professional athletes can be more than just inspirations on the field."
-Brian Billick, Baltimore Ravens head coach
"This powerful story of an unlikely friendship is an inspiring cross between Brian's Song and Tuesdays With Morrie, but with a happier ending."
-David Shapiro, Honolulu Advertiser
"This inspirational story transcends occupation, culture and lifestyle. As Steve and Rod's ordeal shows, it is invaluable to have a teammate beside you when battling adversity."
-Norm Nixon, Los Angeles Lakers' 1980s NBA championship dynasty
"Steve Rom's bravery is unique. Faced with life-threatening circumstances, he focused his determination and spirit to defeat an unbeatable disease. Steve's story is an inspiration to all."
-Fred Dryer, NFL Pro-Bowler, star of TV series Hunter
"Stories like this are all too rare in the world. …After finishing this book, readers are going to call up their best friends for a good, long talk and, probably, a good, long cry."
-Mary Schmitt Boyer, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Steve Rom inspires us the way that Rod Payne inspired him. Steve's story shows how friendship, resilience and faith can allow us to take on anything that life sends our way."
-John Lowe, Detroit Free Press
"We need more heartwarming stories like these."
-John Canzano, The Oregonian
"Steve Rom's story is powerful and uplifting. He addresses his illness and his friendship with Rod Payne in an honest, moving way."
-Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle
"Steve Rom is an engaging, witty, no-holds-barred writer, someone who sprinkles in his personal experiences to give a story-especially this unforgettable story about him and Rod Payne-substance and soul. In short, he's one of my favorites."
-Ed Odeven, The Japan Times
"Steve is a young man with a powerful story to tell about friendship and survival, and how the two go hand-in-hand."
-Bob Sansevere, sports columnist, Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.)
"Steve's positive outlook about life in general is a true testimony to his faith and the tenacity needed to fight his disease. His story will be a definite inspiration to those who are fighting through their own times of difficulty. God is the only one in control of all this, but Steve and Rod are fighters for Him and they are spreading that message valiantly."
-Jim Burnett, Senior Pastor, Northland Christian Assembly (Flagstaff, Arizona)
"A miracle story from two miraculous human beings. …Thank you, Steve and Rod, for inspiring us all!"
-Ron Feingold, Comedian A Cappella
"This book will surely be an inspiration to the reader. It is a reminder of the value of true friendship and its relationship to our physical and mental health. A must read for anyone interested in life, living and health."
-Percy Bates, education advisor, University of Michigan football team
"Steve is a terrific writer. And the story (about him and Rod) is fantastically interesting. Steve has endured two cancers in his young life and has shown me a courage and fortitude needed to beat such demons."
-Anthony F. Daly, Jr., M.D., head physician Los Angeles Clippers and 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic hockey team
"Reading this story a second time was even sweet er than the first. … An inspiring story of friendship, pain, and the desire not only to survive, but live. …This incredible blend of life lessons, the power of love, and the will to overcome insurmountable obstacles are sure to be treasured by readers for years to come."
-Katherine Pryor, author of "50 Ways"
"Inspirational … great story of a sportswriter's battle and the inspiration from an unorthodox source."
-Dave Ammenheuser, sports editor, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)
"A true story of heroism. …You never know what angels are in your life until something like this happens."
-Nick Iarussi, behavioral consultant for Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator
Inspiration Rod Payne Quote
“I am not a fan; a fan does not believe—he hopes. I am a teammate, the one who has put in the time for the team and knows what it means to give of himself and his time, and whatever else is of value to man, that he may live and die, no matter what happens, as part of the team. That I am: a teammate.”
—Rod Payne, July 2004