Game Changers: NYT Mike Lupica Bases New Book on Doug Flutie

Game Changers by Mike Lupica –  For Kids, Parents, Coaches, and Sports Fans – New York Times’ best selling author Mike Lupica has written a book to inspire young athletes, “Game Changers,” which is sure to be a big hit!

Lupica’s main protoganist was inspired by Boston College alum Doug Flutie who as Lupica points out, was never expected to be a major football star or to have a 20 year career in the NFL, based on his size.

Size and speed are the hallmarks of football greats and the obsession of school coaches across the country.

Inspired by Boston's Doug Flutie

Inspired by Boston great Doug Flutie

Many an aspiring athlete has had their dreams disintegrate when their physical size didn’t match up to to traditional standards.  Yet for those who had the opportunity to persevere, many went on to achieve greatness.

And no one exemplifies that better than former Natick High School star Doug Flutie who went on to play for Boston College and chronicled a noteworthy career in the NFL.

Flutie was an extraordinary player.  His career highlights are legendary.

Parents looking for role models for their kids who participate in sports, need look no further than the man who during his college years made headlines for his famous ‘Hail Mary Pass,’  but continues to be not just a media sensation following his outstanding pro football years, but a sensational community member in Natick and greater Boston, championing local causes as well as his beloved Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation highlighting autism awareness.

Football greats may be taller and beefier, but none of them are greater, especially for those who have seen Flutie’s agility on the field as well as his dedication to his family, hometown, and the causes he believes in.

The man has values and he lives by them.

Lupica has created a good read, aimed at the middle school sports set, which is the first book in a planned series.

Game Changers by Mike Lupica: Ben McBain is every football team’s dream player. He’s a jack-of-all-trades guy that can handle almost any position. When the game is on the line, Ben’s number is the one being called for the final play. But Ben wants to be the starting quarterback and the one thing standing in his way is the coach’s son.

Shawn O’Brien looks the part. He has been groomed by his father, a former professional quarterback. But despite his size and arm strength, Shawn is struggling.

Ben is torn between being a good teammate and going after his own dream. As Ben finds out, Shawn isn’t the easiest person to help. And when Ben gets an unexpected opportunity, the entire game will change for the both of them.


Best-selling author Mike Lupica kicks off a winning new series about sports and friendship that will captivate readers.

Some athletes are born with natural talent, but dedication, practice, and teamwork can also turn an athlete into a champion. Author Mike Lupica  chats with the TODAY team about his new book for middle schoolers, “Game Changers,” featuring an ambitious young football player inspired by real-life quarterback Doug Flutie.

– Today Show

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