Former OU defensive end Eric Thunander will visit the Pioneer Library System hometown libraries in Pottawatomie County to discuss his recently released autobiography “Silent Thunder.” He  will speak at the Shawnee Public Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, Monday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m.; at the McLoud Public Library, 133 N. Main, Monday, July 14, at 2 p.m.; and at the Tecumseh Public Library, 114 N. Broadway, Tuesday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m.


Former OU defensive end Eric Thunander will visit the Pioneer Library System hometown libraries in Pottawatomie County to discuss his recently released autobiography “Silent Thunder.” He  will speak at the Shawnee Public Library, 101 N. Philadelphia, Monday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m.; at the McLoud Public Library, 133 N. Main, Monday, July 14, at 2 p.m.; and at the Tecumseh Public Library, 114 N. Broadway, Tuesday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m.
 Thunander, a member of the 2000 National Championship team, was one of only a few deaf athletes to play at the Division I level at the time. “Silent Thunder” chronicles the path that took him from a childhood of chronic abuse, unimaginable tragedy, and foster care to find acceptance and a family at the University of Oklahoma.
Although football helped Thunander realize his personal dreams, it ultimately contributed to the lowest point of his life when a head injury ended his career. Depressed and broken, Thunander left OU and began a downward spiral to a nearly fatal low. Through perseverance, determination, forgiveness, and the timely intervention of OU coaching staff and campus friends, Thunander climbed his way back up to pursue a new set of dreams.
In a forward to the book, Bob Stoops calls the work “a compelling story of a man faced with many trials, none of which could extinguish his dream.”
At the library presentation, Thunander will speak and sign to share his personal insights on the topic, “What It Takes to Be a Champion.” He will also have advance copies of “Silent Thunder” available for purchase and autographing.
 “This is a particularly powerful program for members and families of the deaf community,” said Gary Kramer, Public Information Officer for Pioneer Library System.
Thunander graduated from OU with a degree in communications. His academic achievements include being listed in the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Who’s Who of American Colleges. He now makes his home in Norman and travels around the country as a motivational speaker.
For more information about Thunander and “Silent Thunder,” visit www.silentthunder.net.