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It was like 10 books, I think, that started off set in the future following a cybernetically enhanced football player in games where players die ends up with the same character in a swords and sorcery fantasy environment. Something about him being immortal except being stabbed in the heart because a leaf fell on his chest over his heart when he became immortal I think and a magic cape? (it's been a long time since I read it in the school library)

I was 14 when I read it and it's been over 20 years think it was only the 1st book that had the football with a solid steel ball there was a war or revolt he ended up king or commander, got married that's all I can remember. the most memorable was that the series started really sci-fi cybernetic enhancements and spaceships then changes to pure fantasy, magic no technology.

The only other thing I can remember is valiant was maybe part name of one of the books and or the main characters name

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    This sounds similar to, but probably isn't, the Apprentice Adept series by Piers Anthony. Same sci-fi to fantasy shift, same high stakes sports contestant idea, but no cybernetics, the contests are more than just football, no immortality (by leaves or other means), and no magic capes. – Arcanist Lupus Dec 5 '17 at 7:00

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