northwestern football history
Northwestern Wildcat Football (Arcadia Publishing, 2005)-- Defying nearly all expectations, the Northwestern University Wildcats experienced a rebirth in 1995 and have been surprising the college football world since. Northwestern Wildcat Football describes in detail the team's first games in the nineteenth century, the Wildcats' title runs in the 1930s, the career of NU legend Otto Graham, the 1949 Rose Bowl championship, the woes of the 1970s and '80s, and Northwestern's return football prominence in the '90s.
Northwestern Wildcat Football features over 100 photographs of the Wildcats, including many from the university archives and some that have not been seen by the public for decades.
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--Patrick Quinn, Northwestern University Archivist
". . . Takes the reader through the entire history of the NU football program. LaTourette recounts every season with the historical facts and some great anecdotes. Many 'Cat fans are unaware of the rich history that is NU football, but this book teaches them otherwise."
--Amazon.com Reader Reviews
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Watch my appearance on the Big Ten Network's show Big Ten Icons, discussing NFL and college football hall of fame member Otto Graham:
For the last twenty years, I've used HailToPurple.com to share research into Northwestern University history and to offer offbeat or little-known aspects of the school's story.
Here are links to a few of these original articles:
"Bring the Noyes": Northwestern faces off against Michigan for the first time in 1892
"Jimmy Johnson": The Strange and Surprising Story of an NU Hall of Famer
"The First Modern Helmet": Northwestern's role in football helmets switching from leather to modern plastic headgear