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Waterside Productions Announces Gary Nelson's New Book "A Moral Stance"
Football, sportsmanship, camaraderie and a bizarre cast of individuals combine in the amazing true story of the 1951 University of San Francisco Dons Football team, and it's amazing season that culminated in a stand against racism and opportunities lost for both individuals and the University. All are portrayed beautifully in Gary Nelson's A Moral Stance.
Told through the eyes of Pete Rozelle, Commissioner of the National Football League, and the publicity manager for the 51 Dons, A Moral Stance is based on real events. It tells the true story of football legends including, Ollie Matson, Bob St. Claire, Gino Marchetti and others who participated in that undefeated season, only to have their playoff hopes dashed when Fiesta Bowl officials made it clear that a Bowl Game for the National Championship was only possible if they left their two African American players at home. No other university before, or for six years after, said no to that provision for playing in any of the Southern Bowl games. Proving greatness doesn't come from taking the easy path, the members of the USF Dons team may not have gone to a Bowl Game, but instead went on to make an indelible mark on the National Football League and represent the ethics of their school.
Based on research, school archives and extensive interviews with many of the athletes that experienced that pivotal season, A Moral Stance includes anecdotes that might be hard to believe. One of the players, Burl Toler became the first African-American official in the NFL preceding baseball by six years and basketball by over ten. Eleven of the thirty-seven players were drafted into the NFL. Six of them played in the same Pro-Bowl. Five are in the NFL hall of fame. At its core, however, A Moral Stance is about the importance of standing up against discrimination by adhering to ones convictions, which is as true today as it was 68 years ago.
A Moral Stance: '51 University of San Francisco Fight Against Discrimination is available online at Amazon in both hard copy and eBook, and in select book stores.
Gary Doc Nelson coached at the University of San Francisco and was the Athletic Director from 2010 to 2011, where he learned first-hand about the 51 Dons incredible season. He's also written Hamer and Alister MacKenzie at Meadow.
About Waterside Productions
Waterside publishes ebooks, audio books, print on demand and traditional print books. Waterside's mission is to help authors and publishers reach the largest possible audiences for books, ebooks, films, audiobooks, and online courses that will enhance joy and create a better world.