Autographed copy of The Dancing Bear: My Eighteen Years in the Trenches of the AFL and NFL
From the early sixties to the late seventies, defensive end Ron McDole experienced footballs Golden Age from inside his old school, two bar helmet. During an eighteen year pro career, McDole nicknamed The Dancing Bear in Washington played in over 250 games, including two AFL Championships with the Buffalo Bills and one NFL Championship with the Washington Redskins.
A cagey and deceptively agile athlete, McDole wrecked havoc on footballs best offenses as part of a Bills defensive line that help opponents without a rushing touchdown for seventeen straight games. His twelve interceptions remain a pro record for defensive ends. Traded by the Bills in 1970, he was given new life in Washington as one of the most famous members of George Allen's game smart veterans as The Over the Hill Gang. Through it all, McDole was known and loved by teammates and foes alike for his knowledge and skill on the field and his ability to have off it.
In The Dancing Bear McDole, the storyteller traces his life from his humble beginning in Toledo, Ohio, to his four years at the University of Nebraska, his marriage to high school sweetheart Paula, and his long, accomplished professional career. He recounts the days when a pro football player needed an off season job to pay the Bills and teams had to drive around in buses to find a city park in which to practice. The old AFL and NFL blitz back to life through McDole's straightforward stories of time when the game was played more love and glory than money.