Touchdown Jesus:

Faith and Fandom at Notre Dame

by Scott Eden ’97 (Simon & Schuster)

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The identity of the University with football is investigated in this chronicle of Notre Dame’s 2004 football season, with its fans, fanaticism and, of course, its famous firing. The author looks at the entwining of religion and sport and at the politics played on and off the field as he serves up in-depth profiles of University leaders and the devoted fans who congregate to cheer and jeer, hope and pray.

The book received excellent reviews for being what Publishers Weekly called “one of the rare football books that will appeal even to those who’ve never touched a pigskin.”

(March 2006)