All American

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All American

Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and the War They Fought in Iraq

By Steve Eubanks

William Morrow & Company, Hardcover, 9780062202802, 276pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2013


All AmericanisSteve Eubanks inspiring story oftwofootball rivalswho faced each other in the momentous 2001 Army-Navy Game who would both go on to serve in the United States military in the Iraq War.

In December, 2001, as fires still burned beneath the World Trade Center ruins, West Point cadet Chad Jenkins and Naval Academy midshipman Brian Stann faced off at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia in what would become the most-watched college football game of the decade: the matchup between the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen.

With his team down by thirteen points, Stann, a Navy linebacker, came into contact with Jenkins, the Army quarterback, for the first time, landing a perfect tackle. Though these two playerswould not meet again for another decade, Stann and Jenkins shared the same path: both went to war, led soldiers, and witnessed and participated in events they never imagined possible.

A moving and fascinating dual profile of honor, duty, courage, and competition, illustrated withphotos, All American is a thoughtful exploration of American character and values, embodied in the lives of tworemarkable young men.