Former Iowa star Desmond King is writing children's books with his mom
Desmond King is starting a new career.
The former Iowa All-American was selected in the fifth round by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2017 NFL draft. King will try and earn his way into the Chargers’ defensive backfield rotation after finishing a standout career in Iowa City.
But King’s got another new career venture ahead of him.
According to a story from SB Nation, King and his mother, Yvette Powell, are working together on a series of children’s books. The stories will be based on articles, awards and other real-life experiences from King’s childhood about growing up in Detroit.
What an amazing day! Working with LA Charger's Safety, Desmond King on his debut children's book! Coming this summer! pic.twitter.com/7adYgLtFgk
— Tyrus Kendrix (@TyrusKendrix) May 31, 2017
According to Black Heart Gold Pants, Powell surprised her son with the project after she had been working on it for roughly a year. The stories will have a theme of perseverance, which King — once a lightly recruited high school player — knows plenty about.
The first book is fittingly titled, “I May Be Little, But I Play Big.” King was, of course, questioned about his 5-10 frame during the pre-draft process, and many believed that was why he slipped all the way to the fifth round.
The first book is expected to be out by the end of June. Powell plans to have a website where fans can pre-order it, and she also hopes to have it available on Amazon.
King might have a nice fallback plan in the works if football doesn’t work out. But if his Iowa career was any indication, he’ll prove plenty of people wrong in the NFL.