JUSTIN TIME

WHAT IF LIFE WAS A CONSTANT FIGHT?

This memoir is written in first person from Joe Lafferty’s perspective, with eleven “Other Voices” interludes. Each is written in third person as a feature news article. Famous “Other Voices” include Dan Marino, Bucky Dent, Art Kehoe, and Rob Gronkowski, all of whom were interviewed by Jeff Schober, sharing stories of their encounters with Joe through their unique lens. From ages 8 to 37, Lafferty overcame cancer, diabetes, vision loss, a pulmonary embolism, organ failure, open heart surgery, seven minutes of death, and a double organ transplant. He did all this while working for three Division 1 college athletic departments, the Orange Bowl, and the Dallas Cowboys. Lafferty has lived a life any sports fan would envy.
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What is real inspiration?

Inspiring isn’t the word I’d use for Joe. Because inspiration can be seen as fleeting or a short burst that catches your attention. When I assumed my first command(NAS JAX) we’d known each other for 20 years. Fifty-two members of my immediate family showed for the promotion ceremony, and Joe. We’d competed against each other in high school track and football but Joe had a vision past the field. He knew the true challenge was within ourselves to be better. It took me years to figure that out but that’s the quality that connected us. Since I assumed that command Lafferty has texted inspiring quotes, memes, stories, and jokes every morning. Not a mass text but just to me. He wanted to do his part to serve our country by sharing true altruistic wisdom. I find occasions to share these messages with my wife and kids, the people I lead and the timing of these messages for me is almost eerie. He seems to know what I need to hear. Joe Lafferty’s style of inspiration is relentless, thought provoking, deep, and rough when it points out a lack of something you want for yourself. I’m blessed to have him in my corner. He has overcome it all and keeps on inspiring.

-Captain Tony Scarpino

Contributors to Justin Time

Dan Marino

Danny and “Joey”(The Kid) go back to 1986 when the many philanthropic efforts of the NFL’s greatest passer gave so much of himself to so many. Dan’s great words in the book encapsulate the giving nature of the good people of Pittsburgh and their commitment to community.

Art Kehoe

Coach “Key” and Joe connected during a recruiting trip as the “U” wooed one of Joe’s high school friends, Tirrell Greene. Coach Kehoe signed Tirrell and another famous Cane from down the PA Turnpike that year, Dwayne Johnson. Read if this Coach thinks if Joe is tougher than a Rock?

Rob Gronkowski

Robbie was just a high school junior when he met Coach Laff. The Assistant Coach was part of the faculty who’d already turned out NFL players. This football finishing school outside Pittsburgh was 220 miles from his boyhood home but a necessary stop on the road to becoming “GRONK.”

Bucky Dent

In 2000 when Joe met this New York Yankee legend it was over a potential business project. But when that part never materialized two men became “pals.” Breakfast discussions between a baseball legend and a young man working through his late 20’s questions about the true meanings of things.

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