Vikings punter Chris Kluweâ€™s offseason plans include writing an offbeat book.
By FS NORTH STAFFFS North
Chris Kluwe punts, Chris Kluwe tweets, Chris Kluwe is in a band, Chris Kluwe even takes frequent stances on politically charged topics such as same-sex marriage. So it only seems natural that the next step in his evolution from
Minnesota Vikings special teamer to multimedia sensation is to write a book.
Not surprisingly, Kluwe let his Twitter audience know on Friday that "Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies" will hit bookstores, June 25 and will be published by Little, Brown and Company.
The Amazon book description seems to have matched Kluwe's art for self-promotion:
"From Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe comes this uproarious, uncensored take on empathy, personal responsibility, and what it means to be human.
"Chris Kluwe came to prominence when his blistering and urgent letter defending free speech to a Maryland state politician went viral.
"Now, the extraordinarily clever, punishingly funny, sharp-tongued blogosphere star, NFL player, husband and father, one-time violin prodigy, voracious lifetime reader, obsessive gamer, and fearless champion of personal freedom takes on everyone and everything else in BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE SPARKLEPONIES. In this collection of rousing, uncensored personal essays, Kluwe unleashes against intolerance, the misinterpretation of religion, guns, athletes' salaries, and the Pope while also considering time travel, kids growing up in the 20-teens, the pay-per-view future of in-helmet cameras, and the end of the world."
Kluwe, who at times irritated his coaches this season with his outside interests, said on Twitter the book will be "a collection of uncensored essays and stories about whatever I feel like."
The title comes from a Mother Jones article that called Kluwe "a glimmering sparklepony of candor."
Back at his day job, Kluwe is coming off a season in which he averaged 45.0 yards per punt, the third-highest total of his eight-year career. He is, though, facing offseason surgery on his knee.