A Spartan Game: The Life and Loss of Don Holleder
In November 1955, Colonel Earl "Red" Blaik, the head football coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point, told his team he did not relish the prospect of crossing the field the next day in front of one hundred thousand fans tocongratulate the arch rival Navy coach on a victory. Then a player announced, "Colonel, you're not going to take that walk tomorrow." His quarterback, Don Holleder, had served notice that he was about to lead his team to the greatest win in Army football history.
In the first authoritative biography of of Don Holleder, former sportscaster Terry Tibbetts shares the inspirational story of how Don overcame limitedacademic skills to attend West Point; grew to be an All-American football end; volunteered to becomequarterback when the coach needed leadership; and sacrificed his football career to serve his country in Vietnam. Along with remembrances from Don's daughters, his West Point roommates, fellow players, and Army colleagues, Tibbetts presents a candid glimpse into the journey of a man whose life was not just about winning, but also about finding the courage and perseverance to overcome great obstacles.
The inspiring story of Don Holleder is a model for anyone willing to work hard to achieve, win, and most of all, place the team above self.