LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Former Kentucky wide receiver and NFL draft prospect Josh Ali can now add a published author to his lengthy resume.
He has published the first book in his “Young Joshua’s Big Adventures” series titled “Fishing is Fun for Everyone” which is inspired by his childhood adventures.
Nicole: What inspired you to write a children’s book?
Josh: “During COVID, I had time to sit down and think about all the things I did as a kid because we couldn’t go out so much. I used to watch my little brother play video games all the time, and it reminded me of everything I did as a kid. I stayed active outdoors, and that’s when I wanted to write a children’s book about my childhood.
Nicole: COVID was a time when people weren’t as productive. People were going out partying, hanging out all day, why was it important for you to write a book of all things?
Josh: “I just knew I had to be productive. My grandmother has a school in Opa-locka, Florida, so all my life I have always been surrounded by children. I appreciate. I helped her every summer. I also have three little brothers, and I thought about them a lot when I decided to write the book. Being around kids and being that role model also helps build rapport with your parents, in my opinion. My dad and I are very close and have spent a lot of time together fishing.
Nicole: You have just published the first book in the series called “Fishing is Fun for Everyone” which shares those memories of you and your dad. How important was this relationship growing up?
Josh: “It was very important. My father started caring for me when I was five years old. It was just me and him until I went to college. Fishing was a big part of what we did together. After little league practice, if the sun was up, we would go out and catch some fish. Sometimes we put them back or sometimes we took them home and ate them for dinner. It built our relationship, it built up patience, and I loved being able to sit down and talk about things that we normally wouldn’t get to talk about at another time.
Nicole: What is your favorite childhood memory of you and your father fishing?
Josh: Catching my first. I was ten and I think it was my birthday. We went out in the morning, walked around and when I caught my first one, the look on his face was priceless. He looked like a proud dad and that’s something I will never forget.
Nicole: After you had a car accident, you were able to finish the book. There are so many athletes who use the fact that they play a sport as a crutch not to use the time they have for something positive, and while that’s not the circumstance you wish you were in to finish your book, you did it again. What message can you share with other athletes about using their extra time for something positive?
Josh: “Football doesn’t last forever. Sometimes you have to find things to fall back on. At the time of the accident, I was sitting on the sofa wondering if I wanted to play football. However, I knew I didn’t want to give up on something I love because I’ve been playing for so long. I just knew that this book could be something good to add to what I accomplished on the football field.
The book can be purchased on its website.
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