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When the Lions Roared
When the Lions Roared

When the Lions Roared

Joe Paterno and One of College Football’s Greatest Teams

By Bill Contz, Foreword by Todd Blackledge


240 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $26.95)

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN 9781629373720

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Sep 2017)


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The 1982 Penn State national championship team was not only one of Joe Paterno's best, it was one of the best teams college football has ever seen. In When the Lions Roared, Bill Contz, one of the squad's offensive linemen, details that special season and the experience of playing for a legendary coach. Featuring dozens of interviews with former players, this book provides anecdotes from the epic contests of that season while also proving statistically why this Nittany Lions team stands up against all of the talented teams that came before and after. Also featuring a foreword and reflections by Todd Blackledge, Penn State's 1982 starting quarterback, this is an essential read for Nittany Lions faithful.

Author Biography

Bill Contz was a starting offensive lineman on Penn State's 1982 national championship team. He played six seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints. He lives near Pittsburgh and works in medical device sales. Todd Blackledge was the starting quarterback on Penn State's 1982 national championship team. Blackledge won the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback after the 1982 season and was the seventh pick in the 1983 NFL Draft. Blackledge has worked as a television analyst for more than 20 years and currently is part of ESPN's College Football Primetime team. He lives near Canton, Ohio.