Football, Football, Football!!

It’s finally here! Football season is underway and the Library has some great titles to help get you in the football spirit! Check out the books below and get caught up in the excitment!!

The Missing Ring : How Bear Bryant and the 1966 Alabama Crimson Tide were Denied College Football’s Most Elusive Prize
By Keith Dunnavant

During the turbulent battles over issues such as civil rights and Vietnam in the mid-1960s, the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide football team, led by legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, had its own cause becoming the first team in modern college history to win the national championship for three straight years. In this solid if somewhat overlong study of the Tide’s quest, Dunnavant expands upon his earlier Bryant biography, Coach, to explore how national politics and collegiate sports inevitably collided. While the bulk of the book delivers insightful profiles of the team’s working-class players and fast-paced looks at the team’s unbeaten season, it also convincingly argues that Alabama’s image as reflecting “establishment America” was skewed by “the poisonous climate” of Gov. George Wallace’s segregationist policies.


Notre Dame and the Game that Changed Football: How Jesse Harper Made the Forward Pass a Weapon and Knute Rockne a Legend
By Frank P. Maggio

It’s hard for modern fans to imagine football without passing. And, frankly, without the invention of the forward pass early in the twentieth century, it’s unlikely the game would have survived. At least 325 deaths were recorded in college football between 1880 and 1905. The pass was effectively introduced to open the game up and reduce the number of calamitous hits, but it wasn’t until Jesse Harper, head coach at Notre Dame in 1913, developed an efficient throwing technique that it became a viable offensive weapon. Assisting him were two star players, Knute Rockne and Gus Dorais. The trio worked together in 1913, and later, when the Fighting Irish upset highly favored Army 35-13, the pass—and Notre Dame—secured their places in football history. Maggio researched his subject carefully, uncovering heretofore unseen correspondence between Harper and Rockne. The result is a compellingly readable and informative examination of a seldom discussed cornerstone of football history.


A Tiger Walk Through History : the Complete Story of Auburn Football from 1892 to the Tuberville Era
By Paul Hemphill

In this lively and fascinating book, noted writer and Auburn alum Paul Hemphill tells the story of the progress of Auburn from that first game – coached by Auburn legend George Petrie – through the team’s growth and development into the national force it is today. Hemphill records the many highs and occasional lows, and the heartbreak and jubilation each caused, noting the standouts great and small on the way.”A Tiger Walk through History” contains 172 photographs, many of them rare and surprising. The text and photos capture the many great players and coaches in the Auburn football experience: Auburn’s first bowl appearance in 1936; coaching eras of innovative football genius John Heisman, after whom the Heisman trophy is named; ‘Iron Mike’ Donahue; Ralph ‘Shug’ Jordan, who brought Auburn its first national championship; Pat Dye, Terry Bowden, and coach Tommy Tuberville; Auburn’s two Heisman trophy winners Pat Sullivan and Bo Jackson; and victories over rivals Alabama and Georgia.


Quiet Strength : A Memoir
By Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy’s words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach–especially a football coach–to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and reflective memoir, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family–and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed.