By Dan Manoyan,Pat Richter

This is the 1st biography of Alan "The Horse" Ameche, one among America's nice gridiron heroes. Born in 1933 to Italian immigrants, he grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the place he performed for one of many state's best-ever highschool soccer groups. From there he went directly to holiday mammoth Ten speeding documents for the college of Wisconsin Badgers, major them to the 1953 Rose Bowl and successful the 1954 Heisman Trophy. He earned his nickname "The Horse" for his large education ethic, energy, and stamina. In a qualified profession with the Baltimore Colts that lasted simply six seasons sooner than harm ended it, he was once the 1955 NFL Rookie of the yr and went to the professional Bowl 5 times.

The 1958 championship video game of the nationwide soccer League that pitted Ameche's Colts opposed to the recent York Giants has frequently been known as the NFL's "Greatest video game Ever Played." It used to be the 1st nationwide identify video game to be televised, and forty-five million humans have been observing. It was once additionally the first-ever NFL video game to enter surprising demise time beyond regulation. Ameche and destiny corridor of popularity quarterback Johnny Unitas teamed up on a number of key performs within the decisive landing force. Ameche's dramatic one-yard plunge into the top sector ended the sport at 8:15 of the additional time interval, captured the eye of tv audience around the country, and laid the basis for soccer to turn into the vastly well known and profitable enterprise it's today.

Author Dan Manoyan has delved into Ameche's heritage, interviewing the Ameche relatives, Kenosha pals, Wisconsin Badger gamers, and several other of his Baltimore Colts teammates—including NFL corridor of reputation participants Lenny Moore, Gino Marchetti, paintings Donovan, and Raymond Berry—to provide revealing insights approximately Alan Ameche the fellow. Manoyan offers a fuller photograph of him as a tutorial All-American, a faithful husband and father, a hugely winning businessman after his soccer occupation, a client of the humanities, and a dedicated philanthropist.

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