College Football Hall of Famer Joe Romig to join me May 7 at Boulder Book Store

Thanks to the National Football Foundation for including this item in its latest newsletter, Down and Distance: "College Football Hall of Famer Joe Romig (Colorado) will sign copies of a new book, The Right Thing to Do, The True Pioneers of College Football Integration in the 1960s by author Tom Shanahan, at the Boulder Book Store in Boulder, Colorado, May 7. The book retells the story about Colorado's 1961 football team and their efforts to address the Jim Crow laws in Miami that threatened to exclude…

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The NFF MacArthur Bowl’s proudest moment

PHOTO: Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty (L) and Notre Dame's Ara Parseghian share the MacArthur Bowl as co-national champions. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Georgia won its second straight football national title a week ago today, beating TCU. A day later the Bulldogs were officially awarded the MacArthur Bowl, the National Football Foundation trophy annually presented to the national title team. You might be thinking, of course. Who else gets the trophy? Well, most college football…

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Football took Joe Salavea from American Samoa to the White House

My 2016 story for the National Football Foundation's Football Matters section. Joe Salavea was named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019. He is now coaching at Oregon as an associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator/run game. By Tom Shanahan Football lore is filled with Horatio Alger-like stories of athletes from humble beginnings. Joe Salave’a’s special journey lifted him from American Samoa to a White House ceremony and into college coaching. White House invitations for athletes are…

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