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Mike Flynt, the 59-year-old 'Senior' helps team win after 37-year football layoff

October 9, 2008


TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Don Yaeger, a four-time New York Times best selling author, saw his 15th book released nationally this week. "The Senior," written by Mike Flynt and Yaeger, details the inspirational story of Flynt's return to play college football after four decades.


At 59 years old, Flynt was supposed to be slowing down. Instead, he was determined to mend an old wound and inspire others. In the summer of 2007, Mike, accompanied by his wife Eileen, packed their belongings and returned to Sul Ross State University in West Texas for his senior season, 37 years after he was kicked out of school and off the Lobos' football team.


"I was personally inspired by Mike's courage and faith. He proved that the past does not have to define a person's future," Yaeger said.


Flynt was eight years older than his head coach and competed against players younger than two of his children.


"With every opportunity I now have, I stress to people that it's never too late to tackle your dreams," Flynt said.


NBA superstar LeBron James penned the foreword from "The Senior," published by Thomas Nelson. "Mike never gave up that dream, even at age fifty-nine," James wrote. "He never allowed anyone to take away that dream, no matter how old he was or what he went through, and that's why I was so inspired by his determination." ESPN's Jim Rome has called it "one of the best sports stories I have ever seen. An all-timer."


The book is available on and in bookstores.


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