NCAA RECORD HOLDER TOM THOMPSON CELEBRATES AUSTIN COLLEGE HOMECOMING WITH BOOK SIGNING

Author/Professor/Motivator Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II Shares Stories From His Inspirational Book, Kick Start, with Students and Alumni at Austin College, Where He Entered NCAA Record Books

Author, speaker and NCAA record holder, Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, recently appeared at a book signing during Homecoming Week at his alma mater, Austin College, to discuss and sign copies of his inspiring autobiography, Kick Start. Pictured: Tom Thomspon (front row) with several members of the Austin College bookstore staff. (Tom Thompson photo)

Author, speaker and NCAA record holder, Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, recently appeared at a book signing during Homecoming Week at his alma mater, Austin College, to discuss and sign copies of his inspiring autobiography, Kick Start. Pictured: Tom Thomspon (front row) with several members of the Austin College bookstore staff. (Tom Thompson photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 11, 2016) - Author, speaker and NCAA football record holder Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II kicked his way into the record books when, at age 61, he became the oldest football player in NCAA history and the oldest NCAA football player to score a point when he kicked the PAT (Point After Touchdown) in the second quarter of the game between Austin College and Trinity University on November 14, 2009. Thompson, who is a football coach at Austin College,recently took time out from his coaching duties to celebrate the school's Homecoming weekend, to share stories with the school's alumni, and to sign copies of his inspirational, autobiographical and motivational book, Kick Start. Thompson details his remarkable accomplishment in the expanded second edition of Kick Start, which is slated for a January 2017 release through Clovercroft Publishing.

"I always enjoy having the opportunity to spend time visiting with the Austin College alums that attend the book signing during homecoming weekend," says Thompson.

"Each day approximately 6,000 Americans turn 65, the traditional age at which people clean out their desk, accept a gold watch from the company and head for the rocking chair," Thompson says. "But we are witnessing a movement that is changing the face of the nation, and ultimately the world. The boomer generation that is approaching retirement age is more well-educated, healthier, and more motivated than any previous generation in American history. They have a tremendous amount of work experience and life skills that can provide a multitude of opportunities. If my story says anything, it is that it is never too late to re-imagine what you want your life to be."

At an age when most people are contemplating retirement, Thompson earned the first of numerous academic degrees. Through the process of earning a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and ultimately a doctorate, Thompson realized the power of setting goals and striving to reach them. But he also recognized that not all goals are created equal.

"Have you ever achieved a goal, but then didn't experience that long-term sense of fulfillment you were expecting?" Thompson asks. "That happens when you set a goal that is not tied to a core value. When you set a goal that is tied to a core value, you have a greater chance of gaining lasting fulfillment, and it has the added benefit of affecting a whole lot more people than just yourself."

Thompson wrote his inspirational and motivational autobiography, Kick Start, to encourage older adults who are approaching their golden years, as well as anyone seeking a career change, to seize their future with both hands.   

To learn more about Dr. Thompson and Kick Start, visit 91kick.com


About Tom Thompson and Kick Start:

Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II is currently readying the expanded second edition of Kick Start for an early 2017 release. (Roark Photography photo)

Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II is currently readying the expanded second edition of Kick Start for an early 2017 release. (Roark Photography photo)

Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, D.S.L., M.S., M.A., entered the health and fitness industry after a 20-year career in commercial real estate. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from LeTourneau University, a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, and a Doctor of Strategic Leadership Degree from Regent University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from Austin College. 

Dr. Thompson is an active researcher with numerous co-authored articles in peer reviewed academic journals. He has co-authored the booksFit To Lead (St. Martin's Press) and

Kick Start (Carpenter's Son Publishing). In addition to his writing, Dr. Thompson also lectures to both lay and academic groups. 

A former Board of Advisors member of the American Council on Martial Arts, Dr. Thompson is an American-born Tae Kwon Do grandmaster, holding the rank of 9th degree black belt.  


On November 14, 2009, he became the oldest football player in NCAA history and the oldest NCAA football player to score a point in a game.

To learn more about Dr. Thompson and Kick Start, visit 91kick.com.

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