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Get a Kick Out of Life

Written by Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, D.S.L. and Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D., with Alice Sullivan

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Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II grew up feeling as though he couldn't catch a break. With obstacles and setbacks from a very early age, he struggled to find meaning and purpose. However, by the second half of life, he found his faith, his purpose, and his soulmate.

“If my story says anything, it is that it is never too late to re-imagine what you want your life to be," says the author, speaker, and NCAA football record holder.

Divided into three sections―Body, Mind, and Soul―Get a Kick Out of Life: Expect the Best of Your Body, Mind and Soul at Any Age, includes tips on goal setting and intentionality, physical fitness and nutrition, finding your purpose, developing deeper relationships with family and friends, and offers suggestions on ditching the “bucket list” for something even better.

With degrees in Business Management, Kinesiology, Organizational Leadership, Strategic Leadership, and Teaching, Dr. Thompson’s purpose is to encourage people of all ages to live healthy and fulfilled lives, and to develop a deeper faith in the process.

Along with co-authors Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D., a recognized authority on management and self leadership, with Alice Sullivan, Thompson empowers readers to discover and reach their full potential.

  The Kick Heard 'Round The World - November 14, 2009

The Kick Heard 'Round The World - November 14, 2009

“On the road to greatness, there are always hurdles and roadblocks,” says Superbowl XLVI champion, former New York Giants wide receiver Isaiah Stanback. “Champions stay the course while others turn around. Get a Kick Out of Life teaches you how to create and live up to your greatest potential. Decide to be great or decide to be average—the choice is yours.”

Thompson, an active researcher in the fields of motivation and change, has co-authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as several books, including Fit To Lead: The Proven 8-week Solution for Shaping Up Your Body, Your Mind, and Your Career (St. Martin's Press), which he co-authored with Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D., and Charles C. Manz, Ph.D. (respected pioneers in the field of self leadership), Tedd L. Mitchell, MD. (president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, former CEO of the Cooper Clinic, and former health editor for USA Weekend), and Janet Tournelli-Mitchell, MD. Thompson also co-authored his motivational autobiography, Kick Start, with Alice Sullivan.

Thompson, who lectures to both lay and academic groups, is an American-born 9th degree black belt Tae Kwon Do grandmaster. In addition, on November 14, 2009, at age 61, he became the oldest football player in NCAA history and the oldest NCAA football player to score a PAT (point after touchdown).

Get a Kick Out of Life is slated to hit shelves on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from Clovercroft Publishing, and is being distributed to the trade by Ingram Content Group, the world's largest distributor of printed content.

To learn more about Thompson and Get a Kick Out of Life, visit 91kick.com or like him on Facebook at facebook.com/91kick or on Twitter (@91Kick) at twitter.com/91kick.


Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II

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On November 14, 2009, Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson kicked his way into the record books. At age 61, he became the oldest football player in NCAA history and the oldest NCAA football player to score a PAT (point after touchdown). In addition to the notoriety that came with his accomplishment, he has become a standard-bearer for a generation that is redefining the entire concept of “retirement age.”

Tom’s late-in-life college football career earned him worldwide media coverage, but this unprecedented accomplishment was neither the beginning nor the end of his claim to fame. During his remarkable life, Tom (a 9th degree black belt Tae Kwon Do grandmaster) has worked out with Chuck Norris, partied with Elvis, borrowed money from the mob (and lived to tell about it), married a beauty queen and had a personal encounter with God. While he has earned his share of success and accolades, Tom is the first to admit that he’s experienced more than his share of spectacular failures along the way—professionally, financially and personally.

Born into an affluent and privileged, yet dysfunctional family, Tom was married and divorced four times before meeting and marrying Teresa, to whom he has been happily married for more than 25 years.

Then, at age 45, he had an epiphany. Having already made and lost several fortunes in the volatile Texas real estate market and the physical fitness industry, the serial entrepreneur found himself restless and in need of a change. Heeding the advice of some wise mentors, Thompson headed back to school to complete the undergraduate degree he had abandoned as a young man. To his surprise and delight, he discovered that by consistently setting and reaching small achievable goals, he was able to create great momentum for larger, more challenging goals.

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The result: Thompson not only completed his undergraduate studies, but at an age when most people are contemplating retirement, he joined a college football team and made sports history; he also went on to earn multiple advanced degrees, including his doctorate and two master's degrees, in Kinesiology, Organizational Leadership, Strategic Leadership, and Teaching. He now lectures to both lay and academic groups, has co-authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, and is the author of several books, including his new motivational book, Get a Kick Out of Life: Expect the Best of Your Body, Mind and Soul at Any Age, co-written with Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D., a respected pioneer in the field of self leadership (Mastering Self Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence) and Alice Sullivan (co-author of Thompson's autobiography, Kick Start).

The new book, which is slated to release in October 2017 from Clovercroft Publishing, builds on Thompson’s background and reputation as an NCAA football record holder, physical fitness expert, and academic researcher, and expands on his research in the fields of motivation and change to deliver its potent, life-affirming message.

"It's never too late to live your best life," Thompson declares in Get a Kick Out of Life. "You can harness the power of the body, mind, and soul to live your most fulfilling life yet!"

Thompson believes his purpose in life is to encourage people of all ages to live healthy and fulfilled lives, to discover and reach their full potential, and to develop a deeper faith in the process.

“The boomer generation that is approaching retirement age is more well educated, healthier, and motivated than any previous generation in American history,” says Thompson. “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.”

Thompson’s other books include Fit To Lead: The Proven 8-week Solution for Shaping Up Your Body, Your Mind, and Your Career (St. Martin's Press), which he co-authored with Christopher P. Neck, Ph.D., and Charles C. Manz, Ph.D.,  (respected pioneers in the field of self leadership, and co-authors of Mastering Self Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence), Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D. (president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, former CEO of the Cooper Clinic and former health editor for USA Weekend),  and Janet Tornelli-Mitchell, M.D. Thompson co-authored his inspirational and motivational autobiography, Kick Start, with Alice Sullivan.

Thompson is an author, businessman, motivational speaker, assistant football coach, adjunct professor at Austin College, and a respected researcher in the fields of motivation and change. He recently joined the team at Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce as Brand Ambassador for the tasty Texas condiment. Tom and his wife, Teresa, reside in Coppell, Texas, and have three children—Eric, Rachel and Jon Rawles.

To learn more about Thompson and Get a Kick Out of Life, visit 91kick.com or like him on Facebook at facebook.com/91kick or on Twitter (@91Kick) at twitter.com/91kick.