Return with us now to those wonderful days of yesteryear when the Southwest Conference could whip ’em all and the Aggies were the lead dogs.


The Junction boys : how ten days in hell with Bear Bryant forged a championship team   Jim Dent Football Coaching United States Bryant Paul W. New York : St. Martin’s Press, c 1999 Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing.     xii, 290 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG   

The legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant is recognized nationwide as one of the greatest coaches ever. So why did he always cite his 1-9 A&M team of 1954 as his favorite? This is the story of a remarkable team – and the beginning of the legend.

The Junction Boys tells the story of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s legendary training camp in the small town of Junction, Texas. In a move that many consider the salvation of the Texas A&M football program, Coach Bryant put 115 players through the most grueling practices ever imagined. Only a handful of players survived the entire 10 days, but they braved the intense heat of the Texas sun and the burning passion of their coach, and turned a floundering team into one of the nation’s best. The Junction Boys is more than just a story of tough practices without water breaks. An extraordinary fellowship was forged from the mind-numbing pain. The thirty-five survivors bonded together like no other team in America. They profited from the Junction experience the knowledge they took back with them to College Station, about themselves and what they were capable of, would be used for the rest of their lives.

In vivid and powerful images  these young men and their driven coach come to life. The Junction Boys contains all the hallmarks of a classic sports story with an extraordinary story of perseverance and triumph.

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