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The POINT AFTER

PRO SPORTS CAN MAKE FOR STRANGE CAREERS, BUT NONE ARE MORE BIZARRE THAN THE UNSTABLE EXISTENCE OF AN NFL PLACEKICKER.

It is hands down the most insecure role in football if not all sports. Macho teammates think kickers are weak wannabe athletes in undersized pads, head coaches consider them an inconvenience all too prone to failure, and most legitimate agents don’t deem the position worthy of representation. Even a kicker’s own mind can undercut him, with one wrong thought sending him into a career-ending case of the “yips,” leaving him unable to ever kick straight again. 

The inevitably frustrating and disturbingly funny lot of a placekicker is brought to vividly witty light in THE POINT AFTER: How One Obsessive Kicker Learned there was More to Life than the NFL by Sean Conley. Conley doggedly chased the unicorn dream of being a pro kicker as it repeatedly turned into a nightmare. His pursuit saw him pinball through three NFL teams, discovering that just getting the chance to show off his talent was a daunting challenge. Along the way, he hired and fired a slick Brooklyn agent who favored gold chains and shiny pink tracksuits, fought through a string of “almost there” moments with contracts dangled and then yanked away, and did time in the NFL purgatory of the European League. His season spent kicking for the Scottish Claymores was the final straw, leading him to hang up his mismatched cleats. 

On the back of his savage disappointments, Conley discovered the pure, simple joy of family, and found a new passion and career in teaching yoga. A uniquely humorous and human story, THE POINT AFTER is ultimately a tale of personal redemption.

Coming soon.


Amazing Yoga

A Practical Guide to Strength, Wellness, and Spirit

Sean and Karen Conley, the owners of the Amazing Yoga! studios in Pittsburgh, have put together a beautiful and practical guide for the student of Yoga. Beginning with an account of their personal journeys -- Sean was a professional football player, Karen a student of Yoga -- the book describes the philosophy and practice of this spiritual path.

When the student is ready, this book will appear. Sean and Karen’s inspiring journey from the National Football League to parenthood to opening a yoga studio is both practical and whimsical. In this tale of unintended consequences and everyday epiphanies, their lives become yoga, even as yoga becomes their lives. Yours will too.
— Dave Stringer, Grammy-nominated record producer, singer and composer
A delight! In this accessible and congenial book, Karen and Sean draw from a variety of sources to give readers a practical and hands- on understanding of yoga, sharing its potential as a tool for greater self-knowledge and happiness in all areas of life.
— Natasha Rizopoulos - Yoga Journal Instructor
Wow, Karen and Sean did it! Clear, simple, positive, just wonderful. I truly enjoyed reading this book.
— Bryan Kest, Founder of Power Yoga
Sean and Karen light it up with an inspiring read that makes the connection from yoga on the mat to yoga as a way of life!”
— Baron Baptiste