Jackson, MS (PRWEB) October 19, 2007
Gridiron Gold, subtitled Inspiring Stories of Legendary Mississippi High School Coaches: Guardians of the Greatest Football Talent in America, was written by X.M. Frascogna, Jr. and his two sons, Mike and Marty, to explore the many reasons for the significance of high school football in the Magnolia State. The book includes endorsements from Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and NFL Greats Brett Favre, Jerry Rice and Steve McNair.
In 2006, USA Football, a charitable foundation of the NFL in conjunction with the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, issued the results of an extensive study regarding the status of high school football in America--and Mississippi was awarded the top spot. Through over one hundred interviews with many of the legendary coaches in Mississippi, the authors reveal a fascinating complexity of influences that have cultivated the growth of Mississippi high school football and have led to its top ranking.
Driven by its small towns under the heavy influence of the Bible Belt, a ministry of coaches, the impact of integration in the late '60s and early '70s, coupled with its blue collar work ethic and old-fashioned ways, the juco system, legacies heralded by proud citizens and under the protection of the guardians of the gold, Mississippi high school football is truly a unique slice of Americana. All of these topics lead the reader down a path of historical perspective, resulting in an overwhelming sense of pride in Mississippi's football heritage and culture.
Gridiron Gold delves into the forgotten history of the black high schools of the pre-integration era. The chapter titled "One Play Changed Everything" will make readers stand up and cheer for Roy Lee Creighton, Tommy Monsour, and all the coaches who brought black and white teenagers together through the game of football. As these heroic coaches defied racial prejudice in building their teams, their leadership helped to change the attitudes of not only their players, but of entire communities.
The mysterious effect of the many gridiron legacies spanning more than a century, along with the unexplainable sense of defense of the Mississippi football reputation, further engages the readers' curiosity. The chapter titled "JUCOs" clearly sets Mississippi's football system apart from the rest of the nation.
The book concludes with a series of stories--some funny, some sad, and others heartwarming and inspiring--all of which portray a common theme of Mississippians' love of their high school football. There are reasons why Mississippi was selected as the number one high school football state in America. Gridiron Gold sets forth all the indisputable facts, together with the additional reasons supporting Mississippi's number one ranking and why its coaches are the Guardians of the Greatest Football Talent in America.
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