Safran Foer grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended Princeton University, where he won the Creative Writing Thesis prize four years in a row. Stefan LeFors was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended the University of Louisville, where he was named first team All-Conference USA his junior year.
Stefan LeFors was the quarterback of the Louisville Cardinals. Safran Foer edited A Convergence of Birds, an anthology of new fiction and poetry inspired by Joseph Cornell's bird boxes.
Safran Foer has never thrown for 2,596 yards with 20 touchdowns in a single season. Stefan LeFors has never written a 368-page novel.
Safran Foer’s newest book is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Stefan LeFors parents and older brother are deaf. The cover of Safran Foer’s book features a hand decorated with words. Stefan LeFors uses his hands to communicate with his family.
Safran Foer on writing a bestseller: “I was a half a degree from never publishing my book. I just got a great ride. I got really lucky. I kind of hit the lottery.” Stefan LeFors on being selected by the Carolina Panthers: "I never have any questions in my mind at all. I have full confidence. It's all mental."
In December 2004 Stefan LeFors fumbled a snap in the Orange Bowl that led to a Miami score and, ultimately, a loss for the Cardinals, ending of a perfect season. On February 27, 2005, Safran Foer was featured in a New York Times profile penned by Deborah Solomon. Neither gaffe appears to have negatively impacted their careers.