Bill Curry

Telling the story of Johnny Unitas and Don Shula [Rodgers Forge]

Jack Gilden, of Dunkirk Road, signed a contract with the University of Nebraska Press to publish his book, "Triumph and Disaster," a story about the contentious relationship between legendary Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas and his coach, Don Shula, during the 1960s.

In the book, Jack details how Unitas and Shula helped shape American culture through their successes and failures during a period in our country's history that straddled social issues around the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, and the sexual revolution. Jack first conceived of the idea when he was a 15-year-old student attending a...