Proverb G. Jacobs, Jr. debuts new book about his life as a professional football player, coach, educator and family man

OAKLAND, Calif. (PRWEB) October 27, 2015

Advice from retired NFL player Proverb G. Jacobs, Jr: “Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do.”

The Jacobs family moved from the segregated South to Oakland in 1936 to provide opportunity for the children, and oldest son Proverb G. Jacobs, Jr. took full advantage. He now holds three professional degrees, played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Titans (now the Jets), the New York Giants, and the Oakland Raiders in the late 50s/early 60s, and was instrumental in obtaining a women’s track program for Laney College in Oakland.

Jacobs Jr’s new memoir, “Autobiography of an Unknown Football Player,” tells the story of a professional football player, coach, educator, and family man who prevailed against all odds and made a good life for himself and his family.

“Because of my parents’ hard work and sacrifice, and my God-given talent, I was given the opportunity to play college and pro football, earn multiple degrees including a doctorate, and have a rewarding career as a teacher and mentor to students and athletes,” Jacobs Jr. said.

Readers get an inside look into the sounds, the sites, and the smells of the world of college and professional football, with intimate portraits and anecdotes that will bring the major characters alive.

“Autobiography of an Unknown Football Player: A Message to My Grandchildren”
By Proverb G. Jacobs, Jr.
Hardcover, $36.99
Paperback, $29.95
e-Book, $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-48176-404-9
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About the author
Proverb Jacobs, Jr. holds an associates degree from Modesto Junior College, a master’s degree in physical education from CSU San Francisco, and a Doctor in Education from UC Berkley. He played professional football for the AFL/NFL for six years. His teaching career started in 1966 at Garfield Junior High School in Berkeley, Calif. He then went on to teach at Laney College in Oakland, Calif. from 1968 to 2005. There he was Director of Men’s Physical Education from 1970 to 1971, head Track and Field coach from 1975 to 1978, and served a stint as Basic Arithmetic teacher in 1982, which he continued to do until his retirement. From 1977 to 1985 he founded the Inner City Athletic Club, with James Robinson being its principle runner. He joined the San Francisco Forty Niners as a scout for the seasons between 1979 and 1985. His final goal as a coach was to starts a women’s track and field program at Laney College, which he did in 2003. He lives with his wife in Oakland and has three grandchildren, whom inspired the writing of his new autobiography.

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