Los Angeles Chargers cornerback and former Iowa football player Desmond King is writing a series of children’s books with his mother, according to J.P. Scott of Black Heart Gold Pants.
King’s mother, Yvette Powell, said in an interview with Black Heart Gold Pants that the series will be based on the events of King’s childhood. King’s first book, titled I May Be Little, But I Play BIG!, is scheduled to debut this summer.
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 began working on the books slightly more than a year ago before surprising King with the project. Powell said she pulls the stories from articles and other real-life experiences while King adds the more specific details.
Powell said in the interview with Black Heart Gold Pants that the first book echoes critics calling King “undersized” despite his accomplishments on the field. At just 5-foot-10, King was one of the shortest players on the Iowa team. Powell said, however, that her son “had a big heart and felt like he was one of the biggest players on the team.”
King, a native of Detroit, played for the Hawkeyes from 2013-2016. He recorded a career-high 72 tackles during his junior year in 2015 and won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the best defensive back in college football, that season. King was drafted 151st overall by the Chargers in the 2017 NFL Draft.