Encyclopedia Of Armed Forces Football
by John Daye
Foreword by Charlie Trippi
Over a period of twenty-five years, the author has researched game programs and videos, along with a vast number of local and service newspapers, some better than other sources, to identify the players and coaches from the three major eras of service football. In doing so, he has also compiled a history of the development of physical education training in the pre-WWI period. Using the game programs to determine the persons seen in the videos has been a great help for some games, but with constant changes and redeployments, some players are still unknown. However, the great and small teams are here: Great Lakes, Mare Island, Iowa Pre-Flight, Second Air Force, Fleet City, Camp Lejeune, Fort Ord, Bainbridge, Quantico, Georgia Pre-Flight, and so many others. The early pioneers of the National Football League (including George Halas, Paddy Driscoll, Jimmy Conzelman and many others) were some of the stars of the early era of service football. Here, too, are the many men from high school and college teams who played service football and then returned to civilian life or college coaching after the war. Some didn’t return – and it is to their memories that this book is dedicated.
Listen to John’s interview with Barbara Dooley; the wife of college football coaching legend, Vince Dooley:
JOHN DAYE is a retired high school football coach who has co-written Glory On The Gridiron, a history of college football in South Carolina with Fritz Hamer. He also has written articles for the College Football Historical Society newsletter and is a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association, as well as a long-time member of the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame.