A chance tackle on the football field and distinguished service for the U.S. Army earned one Dublin native a place in the recently released nonfiction book, "All American."

A chance tackle on the football field and distinguished service for the U.S. Army earned one Dublin native a place in the recently released nonfiction book, "All American."

Chad Jenkins, a 1997 Coffman High School graduate, quarterbacked the 2001 Army-Navy football game and had four deployments in Iraq, earning ink in Steve Eubank's "All American."

Eubanks, who was inspired by a book about two other "gutsy" athletes that fought in World War II, found out about the Dublin native through the Army Sports Association.

"I was in the FBI when I was first contacted in 2011," Jenkins said, adding that he told Eubanks he was willing to ask his FBI superiors, but fully expected a "no" answer.

"I thought it was a long shot," Jenkins said.

"The FBI said go ahead as long as they can look over it.

"Steve was a good guy just trying to capture the story of two men who played college football and went off to defend our country. My plan backfired on me."

With approval, Jenkins told his story to Eubanks through over-the-phone and in-person interviews, starting out with growing up in Dublin.

"I loved my upbringing in Dublin. It's a great community," Jenkins said from his home in Jupiter, Fla.

"It's the Dublin of Florida. It's nice to be in an environment like that with a young family atmosphere and great community values."

After high school graduation, Jenkins went to a New Jersey prep school to raise his grades for West Point, where he went the following year and played for the Army football team.

"Three games prior to the Army-Navy game my senior year I tore the TCL in my right knee," he said.

"I ended up having surgery my senior year so I wasn't ready to go into infantry officer basic training after I graduated."

Instead, Jenkins worked as a graduate assistant football coach until January 2003 when he went to Fort Benning, Ga., for infantry officer and ranger training.

Once that education as completed, he returned to Dublin and started dating a 1998 Coffman graduate.

"Emily's more of a hometown superstar," he said.

"She was homecoming queen, class president and cheerleading captain ... . We kept running into each other and she finally agreed to go on a date with me."

His first deployment to Iraq kept Jenkins from proposing to Emily, but not for long. The couple married in 2004.

Jenkins soon joined the 75th Ranger Regiment and served three more deployments in Iraq.

"I wanted to make sure I was giving as much justice as I could to the guys I was serving with," he said, of telling Eubanks about his army experiences.

"No matter how long the book could be, it could never give enough credit to the men I was fortunate to serve with.

"Half the book is my story, but it's such a small snapshot. It doesn't describe how grateful I was to have these people in my life."

After his army service, Jenkins spent a little time learning the family business, RPM Supply Corp, and worked for the FBI for four years.

In May, Jenkins left the FBI to return to the family business and established a national security company.

Although Jenkins calls Florida home, his family has roots in Dublin with his parents and siblings still in town.

Jenkins, his wife and two kids try to make it up at least twice a year.

"My mom and dad both graduated from Dublin High School in 1965," he said.

"They graduated from the 1919 building."

With the November release of "All American," Jenkins has had more attention than he's used to.

"It's a little bit weird," he said. "There's too much of me in the book and not enough of everybody else in my opinion."

But a look at his life has given Jenkins perspective.

"God has blessed me through my entire life even when I didn't have him as my No. 1 priority," he said.

"He has ultimately blessed my life and graced me with so much, especially when I was overseas and what I put my wife through."