Whether rediscovering the best team moments, or initiating into the histories and traditions of Ducks fandom, this book about the University of Oregon football team is both a useful resource and cherishable memorabilia. Packed with anecdotes of the players, explanations about the beginnings of rivalries and traditions, detailed histories about the greatest players and moments in the school’s history, lists of the most successful seasons, recaps of the most exciting games ever played, and year-by-year statistics, this collectible book is the primary source for anyone eager to be an expert regarding anything about the Ducks. The book captures the essence of what it means to be a true Oregon fan: Autzen Stadium, the swoosh, crossing the Willamette River via the Autzen Footbridge, All-Americans, the uniforms, and the one and only Donald Duck.
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"To have Game Day Oregon Football on my bookshelf affords me the chance to remember the glory days of Van Brocklin, Renfro, Berry, Wilcox, Harrington, Brooks, Bellotti, and so many others. But most importantly, it reminds me of how thankful I am for having been given the shot at playing football for the place that always feels like home to me--the University of Oregon. GO DUCKS!" --Oregon legend and NFL Hall of Famer Dan Fouts, from the forewordFrom the Inside Flap:
The numbers are impressive: 20 bowl game appearances. Dozens of All-Americans. Five members of the College Football Hall of Fame. Countless statistical milestones.
But the numbers alone don't do justice to the impact that Oregon football has had, and continues to have, on its legion of fans. What takes place within the storied confines of Autzen Stadium is more than simply a game--it's a way of life.
Oregon has become synonymous with college football excellence--and that excellence shows no signs of diminishing. From the fabled exploits of the Flying Dutchman, Norm Van Brocklin, to the quarterback legacy re-established by Chris Miller and Bill Musgrave and sustained by Joey Harrington, to the ferocious play of defenders like Haloti Ngata and Peter Sirmon, the Ducks have given their fans countless cherished memories. Today's great players continue to be attracted to Eugene by the unique image that Oregon football projects, ensuring that the tradition established by the Duck legends of yesterday will live on.
Coach Mike Bellotti described the Oregon football tradition this way after the Ducks' 35-30 win over Texas in the 2000 Holiday Bowl: "These kids, I don't know how many times I can say it, but the whole really is greater than the sum of the parts. That right there, that's what Oregon football is all about."
Game Day Oregon Football is a celebration of the pride that all Duck players and fans share, and of the decades of gridiron excellence that have inspired it.
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