Book about football players lost at sea

I just found out about the book Not Without Hope by Nick Schuyler, which was published in March 2010. Schuyler was the sole survivor of a tragic accident off the coast of Florida that claimed the lives of his friends Marquis Cooper, Corey Smith and William Bleakley. The three men’s bodies were never found, hence their profiles on the Charley Project.

From the product description:

Schulyer shares the full story of the accident for the first time. Recounting the events that led up to the fateful day and the four lives that became inextricably intertwined, he relives those intense 45 traumatic hours and probes the psychological and physiological depths he endured to survive. In addition, he tells the remarkable tale of the search and rescue mission that saved him. An incredible tale of courage, grief, strength, and love, “Not Without Hope” is an unforgettable true story of one man’s incredible survival and a moving tribute to the friends he lost-and will never forget.

The accident got more press attention than most, because Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith were both professional football players. Marquis played with the Oakland Raiders and Corey with the Detroit Lions. William Bleakley had played football in college, but not professionally.

My library has the book. I’ll have to see about reading it and mining it for information to put on Charley.

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One thought on “Book about football players lost at sea

  1. Kim February 10, 2012 / 2:33 am

    This was a big story out here in AZ because Marquis’s father, Bruce Cooper, is a well known television sports anchor.

    Bruce, along with Marquis’s widow Rebekah do not believe that Nick is being 100% truthful in telling what exactly happened. His version of what went down apparantly changed a few times perhaps in an effort to make him sound more heroic, and to save it for a book. Some things that Nick said just do not make sense. Nick was the only survivor so there is obviously nobody that can really dispute or confirm what really happened. I am kind of curious about the book though. But I do admit Bruce and Rebekah’s comments have tainted my interest in it.

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