So many people were so helpful during the writing of this book. As always, Pete Fierle and Saleem Choudhry at the Pro Football Hall of Fame rolled out the red carpet and gave me the run of their archives. They were terrific, too, about digging up old game tapes so I could watch, say, the Giants’ Nello Falaschi plunge his cleats into an opponent’s chest to break up the wedge on a kickoff.
Special thanks, also, to the staff at the Library of Congress. The folks in the newspaper reading room were good enough to fetch me armfuls of microfilm whenever I asked. Take it from me, the library is one of the most fabulous resources this country has.
Rob Taylor, my editor at the University of Nebraska Press, believed in this book from the start and did much to make sure it got into print. I’m grateful for his efforts, and especially for giving me the leeway to write the kind of unconventional history I wanted to write. I’m also appreciative of the fine work done by the staff at the press and of the feedback given by the two (mystery) peer reviewers who read the manuscript.
I came to Rob at the encouragement of John Schulian, who sang his praises and thought the University of Nebraska Press might be more receptive to my idea than other publishers. John’s the hidden hero in all this. If he hadn’t pointed the way, this project might still be on the drawing board.
I’m indebted as well to my volunteer copy editors — my son Danny,