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Illinois State Redbirds Football
“The long and storied history of Illinois State football is captured in fascinating detail in Dan Verdun’s new book. The tales of the exploits of players such as Dennis Nelson, Mike Prior, Boomer Grigsby, and Marshaun Coprich transport us through the years of Redbird football.” —Randy Reinhardt, Pantagraph beat writer and ISU alumnus
This first-ever history of the Illinois State University football program chronicles Redbird legends and lore, from the 1880s team to today’s Missouri Valley Football Conference powerhouse. Dan Verdun covers the early years (1887 to World War II) and the post-war era (late 1940s to 1950s) before delving into a decade-by-decade examination of the program. The 1950 Corn Bowl team, playoff appearances, NFL draft picks, and the 2014 team’s second-place finish in the FCS National Championship are all included.
November 2016, 250 pp., 110 illus., 8.5x11
Dan Verdun is a sports historian/journalist based in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Northern Illinois Huskies Football and Eastern Illinois Panthers Football, both published by NIU Press.
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