FROM READERS: Former Missouri quarterback publishes book

Former Missouri quarterback Alex Demczak published his book "Thrive U," a survey of the experiences of more than 100 athletes.

Alex Demczak was a member of the Missouri football team from 2011-2015. At MU, Demczak majored in communications and was involved with organizations including Coach's Corner and MU Courtesy Carts. Now a football coach, Demczak recently penned the book "Thrive U," a survey of athletes who are thriving in their respective sports.

Two years ago it hit me that a lot of athletes in today's culture fail to use their platform for good and throw away the gifts that they have been blessed with.

I also realized that there are a small percentage of college and professional athletes who maximize their platform and strive to leave a meaningful legacy.

For the past two years I have been interviewing and reaching out to athletes across the country who are "thriving" in all areas of life and are making an impact where they are at.

Some of the athletes in this book are Super Bowl champions and some are former walk-ons like myself. But they all play for a bigger purpose.

Athletic careers are short lived and many athletes look back after they are done playing and realize that the applause of the crowd does eventually end.

I hope this devotional can be a great resource for athletes of all ages who want to leave a legacy. More than 100 athletes are featured in this book including many former Mizzou athletes! 

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Makenzie Koch

Recommended for you

Join the conversation

When posting comments, please follow our community guidelines:
• Login with a social account on WorldTable.
• Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language or engage in personal attacks.
• Stay on topic. Don’t hijack a forum to talk about something else or to post spam.
• Abuse of the community could result in being banned.
• Comments on our website and social media may be published in our newspaper or on our website.