The Fifth Down first edition available now on Kickstarter!

About The Fifth Down

Hi. My name is Grant Mattos. I'm a former NFL wide receiver, Survivor: Redemption Island contestant, yoga instructor, proud husband and father of one. If you want to understand what motivates someone to consistently sacrifice the health of their brain and body, to successfully reclaim their life by pulling out of depressed and anxious states, I openly share such raw experiences with you in this book. My journey, thus far, has taken me to some interesting extremes that I've only recently come to appreciate and understand.

The Fifth Down is for anyone who has grasped for certainty and stability through career, only to come up empty handed after decades of hard work. It's for those who have felt the sting of alcoholism, drug abuse, and broken homes. It's for those who have, or wish still, to pick themselves up while at their lowest. It's for those who have found happiness by having the courage to love themselves again.

This memoir has been written. It needs to be professionally edited and designed. I have a great team of editors and a designer waiting in the wings for this project to reach it's goal. It will ship 3 months after the completion of a successful Kickstarter Campaign

About the Author | Grant Mattos

I grew up dreaming of playing professional football. After years of training, I did it. I played with the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos, and the Tennessee Titans. 

It. Was. Awesome. 

Then I retired... Now what? 

A little partying. A little denial. A little extreme dieting courtesy of a show called "Survivor". 

A LOT of soul searching... 

Then I found yoga. Or maybe it found me. 

Either way, now? Now I'm right where I'm supposed to be.

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Praise for The Fifth Down

Read what others thought about The Fifth Down:

"Real, emotional, and inspiring! This memoir sheds light on the search for significance and ones true self and that it is possible to shed our false constructs and step into our true identity. I cried, I laughed and so enjoyed Grant's story to personal freedom."  

--Derek Mattos | Tucson, AZ

"Why would you read a book about a guy and his football journey? Because The Fifth Down is about *way* more than a guy and his football journey. This isn't a book about sports. This is a book about conquering life. If you've ever dedicated your entire heart and soul into your greatest life passion -- only to have your aspirations shattered, then this story is for you. This is a book for anyone who has taken risks to capture success, only to have it slowly ripped away.  For anyone who has stepped far beyond their zone of safety to explore their dreams. For those who have touched that sweet feeling of victory, if only for a moment.  

The Fifth Down is an account of expectations that haven't been met, and about life experiences that have far exceeded expectations. This is a memoir about the compelling amount of courage, that any one human can have, to keep moving forward, in the face of defeat. It's a life lesson in realizing that maybe, just maybe, accomplishment is actually defined more by love, and less by fame. 

If you don't know Grant Mattos yet, you will soon. An NFL football player and Survivor superstar, turned yogi. A dedicated husband, a devoted father, Grant writes from a perspective of finding ground, after years of groundlessness. His alluring descriptions of moving from life as a professional athlete, to finding the love of his life, are captivating. If you've been desperately searching the feeling of safety and peace that can only come from learning how to truly & deeply love oneself - The Fifth Down will feel like you're coming home."

 --Carla Beharry | Infinite Oceans Founder