Kennedy: Finding your way in America

Jesse Drennen's novel about football.

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Jesse Drennen, a former football stand-out at Ringgold High School, was one of those young men you hear about who leave high school and drift.

Now on the doorstep of 30, Drennen says he still hasn't completely found his way in the modern American economy, which he thinks is designed for people with college degrees.

Drennen, 29, says candidly that he has a history of substance abuse and has been through a series of on-and-off relationships with women. Just now, he says, he is getting some traction in his life as a primary caretaker of two sons, ages 6 and 7. He also is a fledgling writer with a self-published novel who believes his best days are ahead.