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March 4, 2010 by Post Team 

Not Without HopeNot Without Hope | without Hope Nick Schuyler writer of ‘Not Without Hope,’ in his new book tell of the boating accident that killed three other men, including NFL players Marquis Cooper and Cory Smith

In “Not Without Hope,” out today, Schuyler writes that he hung on past endurance, haunted by the image of his mother standing over his 24-year-old corpse, laid out in a casket.

He tells of the accident in surprisingly horrific detail:
When it was time to head back to shore, the anchor wouldn’t budge. Instead of cutting it free, they tied the rope to the back of the boat and tried to yank it up by gunning the engine. The 21-foot boat lurched up, quickly took in water and flipped.

Two of the four men were NFL players, Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, 26, and Detroit Lions defensive end Corey Smith, 29. The fourth was Will Bleakley, 25, a former University of South Florida football player and Schuyler’s best friend.

Want to know more about Nick Schuyler? Watch “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at 4 p.m. today on WFLA, Channel 8, to talk about his new book, “Not Without Hope.”

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