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NFL boating tragedy survivor Nick Schuyler shares his story Thursday on "Oprah"



Nick-schuyler-1-284x160 One year ago today, Nick Schuyler was plucked from a capsized boat in the Gulf of Mexico, the sole survivor of a boating accident which claimed the lives of three friends, two of whom just happened to be professional football players.

And in those 12 months since -- following an explosion of media attention and clumsy reporting efforts -- the former football player-turned personal trainer has talked to HBO's Real Sports and written a book with sportswriter Jere Longman, Not Without Hope.

Nick-schuyler-book  Now Schuyler, 24, who avoided the media spotlight for a long while after the accident, is going to share his story with the Queen of All Media. On Thursday, the Tampa resident will be shown talking with Oprah Winfrey, presumably about his new book and what happened to him, fellow former University of South Florida football player Will Bleakley, 25, and NFL players Marquis Cooper, 26, and Corey Smith, 29.

(The book was released today, on the one-year anniversary of both Schuyler's rescue and the date on Bleakley's death certificate)

Schuyler has also agreed to give his first print interview to People magazine, providing a focused and high-powered launch for the book.

It's quite a change for Schuyler, who seemed initially overwhelmed by the intense media attention sparked by their ordeal -- which resulted in reporters from across the world descending on the area and several media outlets mistakenly reporting that other members of his party had been rescued.

We have reported on some controversies surrounding the book -- including criticism from Cooper's wife over how her husband was depicted in its pages. Will Schuyler address those criticisms on Thursday?

In the promos, Winfrey is shown asking Schuyler about each of his friends. The episode airs at 4 p.m. Thursday on WFLA-Ch. 8.

As they say, stay tuned.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:06pm]


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