Monster of the Midway: Bronko Nagurski, the 1943 Chicago Bears, and the Greatest Comeback Ever

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Jim Dent's Monster of the Midway is the story of football's fiercest competitor, the legendary Bronko Nagurski. From his discovery in the middle of a Minnesota field to his 1943 comeback season at Wrigley, from the University of Minnesota to the Hall of Fame, Bronko Nagurksi's life is a story of grit, hard work, passion, and, above all, an unstoppable drive to win.

Monster of the Midway recounts Nagurski's unparalleled triumphs during the 1930s and '40s, when the Chicago Bears ...

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Overview

Jim Dent's Monster of the Midway is the story of football's fiercest competitor, the legendary Bronko Nagurski. From his discovery in the middle of a Minnesota field to his 1943 comeback season at Wrigley, from the University of Minnesota to the Hall of Fame, Bronko Nagurksi's life is a story of grit, hard work, passion, and, above all, an unstoppable drive to win.

Monster of the Midway recounts Nagurski's unparalleled triumphs during the 1930s and '40s, when the Chicago Bears were the kings of professional football. From 1930, the Bronk's first year, through 1943, his last, the Bears won five NFL titles and played in four other NFL Championship Games. Focusing on Nagurski's 1943 comeback season, and how he miraculously led the Bears to their fourth NFL championship against the backdrop of World War II era Chicago, Jim Dent uncovers the riveting drama of Nagurski's playing days. His efforts were the stuff of legend, and his success in 1943 accomplished in spite of a battered frame, worn-out knees, multiple cracked ribs, and a broken bone in his lower back.

While chronicling the drama of the '43 championship chase, Dent also tells of both the Bears' colorful early years and Bronko's improbable rise to fame from the backwoods of northern Minnesota. Woven into the narrative are the sights and smells and sounds of one of the most romantic, flavorful eras of the twentieth century. And laced through it all are stories of legend: Bronko rubbing shoulders with colorful characters like George Halas, Red Grange, Sid Luckman, and Sammy Baugh; Bronko running into (and breaking) the brick wall at Wrigley Field; Bronko winning All-American spots for two positions; Bronko knocking scores of opponents unconscious; and Bronko reaching the heights of football glory and, with rare grace, turning his back on the game after winning his last championship.

Rich in unforgettable stories and scenes, this is Jim Dent's account of Bronko Nagurski-arguably the greatest football player who ever lived-and his teammates, the roughest, toughest, rowdiest group of players ever to don leather helmets, and the original Monsters of the Midway.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312308681
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 362,035
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Dent

Jim Dent is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Junction Boys, which became an acclaimed ESPN original movie. He has written three other books: The Undefeated, King of the Cowboys, and You're Out and You're Ugly, Too (with Durwood Merrill). Dent is an award-winning journalist who covered the Dallas Cowboys for eleven years and worked in the sports media for more than two decades. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
1. Old Man 1
2. International Falls 10
3. Minnesota Gopher 22
4. Chicago 43
5. Wall Banger 57
6. The Ghost 69
7. Contenders 79
8. Stormy, Husky, Brawling 85
9. The Circus 97
10. Brave New League 107
11. Revenge 111
12. Bunyan 125
13. Sneakers 142
14. Crossroads 173
15. Showtime 186
16. Farewell 196
17. Hunk 216
18. The Return 232
19. Season of Change 246
20. Rock of Ages 264
21. Champions Again 281
22. Beyond the Game 288
Bibliography 297
Index 299
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

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    AS the NFL has risen to such great heights, it is hard to believe it's rather humble, unorganized roots. The story of Bronko is in itself amazing, but the stories of the early NFL are even better. I assure you that you will laugh with almost every turn of the page. I would have loved to have been at the games before they were sanitized for the networks. This is by far one of the best books I have ever read about the NFL, believe me, it was the for fun league unlike today.

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