The Iron Indians Rene A. Henry

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Published: August 16th 2011

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100 pages


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The Iron Indians  by  Rene A. Henry

The Iron Indians by Rene A. Henry
August 16th 2011 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 100 pages | ISBN: | 3.75 Mb

This is the amazing story of the remarkable 1953 William & Mary football team that had only 24 players and 15 scholarships and lost only once in its first 6 games. Decimated by an Honor Code violation, the players beat Wake Forest, N.C. State,MoreThis is the amazing story of the remarkable 1953 William & Mary football team that had only 24 players and 15 scholarships and lost only once in its first 6 games. Decimated by an Honor Code violation, the players beat Wake Forest, N.C.

State, Virginia Teach, Richmond and George Washington and tied Navy, then nationally-ranked. Nicknamed The Iron Indians, injuries finally took their toll and the team lost 3 of its last 4 games. Only 14 players were physically able to play in the last game. This team contrasts with the millions spent on college football teams today with 125 players on a team and 85 scholarships.

It exemplifies the need to return to sport and football the way it was intended to be.There are career profiles on all of the players and coaches and a recap of all of the games.The 24 players were all remarkable young men. All were outstanding athletes. Many were campus leaders. Most excelled in the classroom. One was Phi Beta Kappa and elected to Omicron Delta Kappa. Several were Deans List. Two were pre-season Academic all-Americans. Several grew up in small Pennsylvania coal mine towns. All went on to successful careers. Five were returning from active military duty in Korea or the South Pacific.

Most went into one of the armed forces after graduation, some having their professional careers either interrupted or put on hold for two years.Three became prominent attorneys. Six of the players were drafted by or signed professional contracts with National Football League teams. Two had outstanding careers in the NFL and one on the Canadian professional league.The book captures the drama, comedy and romance on campus of the players, their friends and classmates during the Fabulous Fifties.All are role models for athletes today.The book is motivational.It should be a must read for anyone involved in college sports today and a model to bring greed, corruption and skyrocketing costs of football under control.



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