In Spite of the Odds

  • by Richie Contartesi
  • Narrated by Richie Contartesi
  • 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Standing a stellar five feet, seven inches and weighing in at a magnificent 150 pounds, you wouldn't think Richie would be much of a football player. Instead he looks more like a chess player.
Richie Contartesi is a small-town kid who dreamt his entire life of playing big-time college football in the SEC. He had the heart, passion, tenacity, and love for the game, but there was a nagging problem that haunted him from youth football through college: his size. He was never the biggest, fastest, most talented, or strongest wide receiver on the team.
Richie's journey chronicles the trials and tribulations of a boy with a dream and the realities of Division I college football at Ole Miss - an inspirational story of hope, determination, and success that will fuel your inner desire to be the best you can be and defy the naysayers and odds to reach your dreams. What happens next shocks the world and will most definitely shock you, too.


What the Critics Say

"Richie's story and book lit a fire within me. His drive, passion, and relentless will to succeed was reminiscent of my time at Notre Dame. At 5'7" and 155 pounds, Richie overcame the obstacles and the naysayers to earn a full SEC scholarship and a place in Ole Miss tradition." (Rudy Ruettiger)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Inspiring read! A true underdog story.

Where does In Spite of the Odds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd rank it within the top 10% of audio books I've listened to on Audible.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, Richie Contartesi, as the book really profiles his journey from under-sized walk on to SEC slot receiver.

What does Richie Contartesi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His passion and energy. Richie's enthusiasm really tells the story itself, and lends credibility to the persistence and dedication that marked his incredible journey.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I think the book title would work well for a film, so wouldn't change anything.

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- Joseph N Okleberry

Great Read! !!

Very inspiring story of resilience and hard work! Great whether a fan of football or not. Must read for my children. Thanks for your example and attitude Richie!
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2016
  • Publisher: Defy The Odds Publishing