Two players on that football team, both all-state tackles (one an Eagle Scout and honor student, the other a poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks) would die in Vietnam. One would die by a sniper?s bullet, the other in a plane crash during a bombing mission.
The other characters are strong: identical twin ends; a coach who constantly chomped on antacids, which caused him to foam at the mouth when he ranted; a black sheep who spent time in the state reformatory as a youth and in a correctional facility as an adult; the girls/women who loved these guys. The narrator is a player who quit the team before they achieved immortality and later became a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.
The book is fiction, but it is based on events that happened in Evansville and globally during the fall of 1961. Names have been changed. Events have been changed. Nonetheless, the story is an attempt to examine who we were and who we have become and to inventory what we have lost and what we have kept over the last fifty years.