An All-American Story of Faith, Family, Friendship, Football, and the Power of Ohio State

with a foreword by Jim Tressel

“Legendary stories about my dear friend Rex Kern abound. His heroics at Ohio State electrified crowds and inspired reverence from an entire generation of Buckeye fans.

“I was there as his competitor and teammate, confidante and friend, as well as his occasional partner in mischief. Our brotherhood was forged by a common purpose and an unforgettable championship run.

“Now Rex tells his story, and I was delighted to learn things about him that I didn’t know even after more than fifty years of close friendship. He wrote this as a gift to his sons and grandchildren—to tell in his own words what it was really like—but it is a gift to all of us. From a barbershop in Lancaster to a prayer breakfast at the White House to a College Football Hall of Fame ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria—and to the many doctor’s visits and surgeries in between—he walks us through a life always defined by humility, grace, and perseverance. His devotion to family, friendship, and faith in the midst of often debilitating pain is endlessly inspiring.

“Rex Kern is not just a football legend, he is a champion at everything that matters in life.”

—Ron Maciejowski, “Super Sub” of the “Super Sophs,” OSU 1968-69-70

The Road to the Horseshoe and Beyond: How a Small-Town Athlete Benefited from Ohio State Football to Build a Life is more than an autobiography or a memoir. It’s an illustration of what it feels like to be inside the huddle, and a must-read for Ohio State fans.

Download the preface from The Road to the Horseshoe and Beyond here!

former Ohio State basketball player and memory expert, says:

“Enjoy an inspirational story about an All-American kid who became an All-American example … ”

son of Woody and Anne Hayes, says:

“The book gives the reader a glimpse into Rex’s whole life … (H)e has always had INTEGRITY.”

business associate and friend, says:

“What an extraordinary gift!”

football analyst, ESPN, says:

“I really enjoyed this book on many levels ... ”

Buckeye and PGA Great, says:

“Rex takes us on the journey of his remarkable life. Along the way, you might learn a little about leading a life well lived and what we should appreciate and hold dear.”

General Manager, Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, says:

“Reading this book of Rex’s life experiences was a joy … ”

Ohio State football 1972-73-74-75, 1974 and 1975 Heisman Trophy winner, says:

“Rex, the race chapter was very well done. Hopefully, others will read the book and realize race issues are … about compassion and caring for your fellow man. Glad to endorse your book.”

former member of Coach Hayes’s coaching staff, then his “brain coach,” says:

“Take Woody’s advice this time—don’t PASS on this book! ... ”

President, The Ohio State University, 1990-1997, says:

“This book is an American story, forged in the heartland of this country and buttressed with compassion, steel, and common sense.”


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