From back of book:
There are some smashing reasons why this book became a nationwide bestseller and book club selection: It is one of the most moving evocations of a Depression childhood you have aver read-the story of growing up in the shaadow of the Gary steel mills with sports as the only way out.
It is the frankest treatment of college football anyone dared write-about the sponsors, the coaches, the pressure, and pain.
It is a matchless recreation of pro fottball's wildest team in its golden era-when Bobby Layne tossed bombs on the field and got bombed off it, and the Detroit Lions never stopped roaring.
But the biggest reason of all is a man who's big enough not to be afraid to laugh, to cry, to tell it all like it really was. Alex Karras.