Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Meet the family

I had a great trip to the Chicago suburbs on Tuesday, when I met Jay Berwanger's two sons and daughters-in-law and (by conference call) daughter.

They were extremely generous with their time, their memories and family memorabilia that will help me in my project.

Just one story: When they were growing up as the children of the first Heisman recipient, their home displayed no football memorabilia. For decades, the famous trophy was tucked away in their basement or sitting in a relative's house.

I deeply appreciate the Berwanger family's assistance and hospitality!