Dr. Eddie Anderson, Hall of Fame College Football Coach: A Biography

Dr. Eddie Anderson, Hall of Fame College Football Coach: A Biography

by Kevin Carroll




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786430079
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/30/2007
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kevin Carroll is the head football coach and a history teacher at Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Introduction 5

1. The Early Years 11

2. Under the Golden Dome 14

3. George Gipp 24

4. Captain Eddie Anderson 35

5. The Carlinville Eight 47

6. Columbia (Loras) College 56

7. 1923–1924 69

8. The 1925 NFL Championship 77

9. 1926: One Whirlwind Year 90

10. The DePaul Years 98

11. Holy Cross 105

12. 1936–1937 119

13. Iowa Comes Calling 129

14. A Coaching Moses Comes to Iowa 140

15. 1939: One Magic Season 151

16. Nile Kinnick 166

17. The Forties at Iowa 176

18. The Post-War Years at Iowa 186

19. Return to Mount St. James 201

20. A New Deal at Holy Cross 225

21. Eddie Anderson: The Coach 234

22. Eddie Anderson: Doctor and Teacher 251

23. The Sixties 257

24. The Final Curtain 273

25. Life After Football 284

Appendix: Anderson’s Career Coaching Record 291

Chapter Notes 293

Bibliography 301

Index 305

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