Panther fans will recognize the names of Mike Shanahan, Darrell Mudra, Jeff Gossett, Sean Payton, Bob Spoo and Tony Romo, and many others. Dan Verdun tells these men's stories from extensive research and personal interviews. Find out fascinating details about key players and coaches - how they arrived at EIU, what they accomplished in their time wearing the blue and gray, as well as the paths their lives took once they played their last game and graduation day arrived.
The greatest moments in EIU Panther football glory are recounted with fresh new insight. Read about the legendary days of quarterback Bill Glenn, who found success in the NFL of the 1940s. Relive the dominance and get the inside stories of the greatest teams in EIU football history. They're all here: the 1978 NCAA Division-II national champions, the 1980 runner-ups, the quarterfinalist 1982, 1986, 1989, and 2013 teams along with the 1995 and 2001 conference champions and playoff qualifiers.
With far-ranging appeal, Eastern Illinois Panthers Football will interest those who identify as Panthers as well as sports fans who want to discover the merits of this fine football program. Focused on team members and their coaches over the entire history of EIU football, this book will inform and entertain all age groups.
|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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"Winning my first Super Bowl was incredibly exciting. Believe me when I say I was just as excited when the 1978 Panther team won the National Championship!"
"EIU has become a top notch college program while doing things the right way and this book does an unbelievable job of capturing that journey."
"Eastern Illinois football has risen from near extinction to national prominence and Dan Verdun captures that rise."
"My job is to know about Eastern Illinois football, but I learned plenty I didn't know from Dan Verdun's book. Plus, the stories I already knew were fun to relive and will be for EIU fans as well."
"The history of Eastern Illinois football is well captured by Dan Verdun's book. I have many great memories and have developed numerous relationships that I still maintain today from my time at Eastern Illinois. This book brings that history and those memories back to life for me."
"What Eastern has done is amazing. They are the lost cousin out there. What they've produced over the years down there in Charleston is really incredible."
"Eastern Illinois football has produced some of the most compelling figures in sports, with very little fanfare nationally. This book can help correct that. It's a better story than people realize. Also: Like everyone, I can't stop saying 'Bob Spoo.'"
"Dan Verdun has written a remarkable book in bringing to life the unbelievable rise of EIU football to the national stage."