“To tell you the truth, I never really looked at Lewis as having a disability. When he was the punter on our Auburn teams in the early 1980s, he never talked about having a handicap. I didn’t even know it at the time.” —From the Foreword by Coach Pat Dye.
And that’s exactly the way Lewis Colbert wanted it.
Born into a family with a long history of hardship, Lewis also had a badly deformed lower right leg—in essence, he was born without a foot. Unable to walk as a child, Lewis willed himself through hard work and determination to overcome obstacles that would leave most people bitter and defeated. Teased and humiliated at school, Lewis also endured a turbulent home life. Wherever he went, whatever he did, he worked to hide his physical and emotional burdens from others.
Now, in this uplifting life story, Lewis Colbert explores head-on how we can overcome adversity and live life to the fullest regardless of where we start out. Despite crippling barriers along the way, Lewis became an All-American punter—setting school records that continue to stand—during one of the most inspiring periods of Auburn football history. He punted in the NFL, and triumphed over new and equally harsh challenges in his professional life after football.
This isn’t a story about an individual’s accomplishments, but of pursuing a life of desire and openness to opportunity, and the importance of becoming part of something larger and more important than just ourselves.
Full of little-known scenes and stories from Auburn football, insights into famous players and coaches, and a difficult and heartfelt journey to confront unsettled issues from his family’s past, Lewis Colbert: The Unlikeliest Auburn Tiger shows readers that there is greatness all around us.
“This world is a place of wide wonder if you can just open your eyes and your heart to it,” writes Lewis Colbert. “Believe in yourself or no one else will. And no matter what else you do, keep your head and your heart in the right direction, and you will never have to worry about your feet.”