about if he is a spectacular
backfield man. The backs do much of the scoring and it is around them that play revolves.
A lineman gathers mud and bruised muscles and wins little attention or acclaim from the
fans who fill the stadiums and watch the television screen. Only the coaches and enemy
players know a good lineman. Still, it is the runners and passers and play-callers who win
the headlines and it is they who in the final analysis make football spectacular. The
demands on them are heavy. They need more than brawn and football intuition. They must be
fast, know how to pass with pinpoint accuracy and, under tension, call the correct play.
Three of the finest quarterbacks in football history (college
and professional) have been Jews: Benny Friedman, Harry Newman and Sid Luckman. One of the
most powerful runners and line smashers has been Marshall Goldberg. Their stories are told
here; but there are literally hundreds of Jewish stars whose careers cannot be outlined
for lack of space and because their feats are not unlike those of the top men included
here. In reading of this great quartet, remember that they symbolize hundreds of others
whose names are now memories entrenched in the hearts of those who saw them and were
thrilled by their startling feats on the gridirons of the nation.