For 39 seasons at four schools, Dr. Edward N. Anderson spent autumn afternoons roaming the sidelines of college and university gridirons across America. Throughout his career,
dignity, composure and a penetrating focus were hallmarks of his sideline decorum. This biography catalogues the life of that "good doctor" who became dean of America’s college football coaches and was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame for lasting influence.
Beginning with his young life as a star player, the book relates how Anderson mastered the game as an All-American end under Notre Dame’s legendary Knute Rockne. Then, armed with a firm command of the so-called Notre Dame system of football, Anderson entered the collegiate coaching ranks in 1922 and served as a head coach for all but four of the next 43 years. Simultaneously he devoted himself to the practice of medicine and guided his teams to hundreds of victories.
Dr. Anderson is a football icon not only for the indelible impression he made on hundreds of young men who had played for him but also for his role as one of the last of an era of gentlemen coaches who had cut their teeth on football during the Rockne era. On the eve of his retirement from college football in 1964, Dr. Anderson was the game’s elder statesman, revered by players, fellow coaches, fans and members of the press. His football odyssey, during which he crossed paths with the most influential and colorful personalities of the game, is chronicled in depth.
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