Winning Wasn't Enough (Paperback)
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In 1945, World War II came to an end, soldiers returned home,
And rationing was lifted. Across America, people talked of victory
and looked to the future with hope. In a small ranching community
In Nebraska, a group of young men chased a victory all their own.
There was nothing remarkable about the Valentine High School
football team--they had scant resources and many of the individual
players were small. Still, they were talented and they’d been playing
together long enough to hone their instincts. They were on track to
have a winning season, but in the final moments of a game against
longtime rivals in Martin, South Dakota, the Badgers decided winning
was not enough.
These ordinary young men set out to do something extraordinary.
They decided to play the perfect season--a season in which no team
would score one point against them. It was ambitious. It was bold.
Some said it was foolish. Many doubted it could be done. But the
players never doubted themselves.
Winning Wasn’t enough follows the extraordinary journey of a group
Of young men over the course of one unforgettable football season.
It’s a story of the enduring power of friendship and the irresistible
Quest for glory.
From the back cover of the book
About the Author
Rick Shamis is the son and Jessi Shamis is the granddaughter of one of the football players on the original 1945 Valentine Badgers football team.