Goodfellows: The Champions of St. Ambrose
Goodfellows, The Champions of St. Ambrose, showcases a true football glory story of guts and heart that spans nearly a decade. Through faith, fight and perhaps fate, the Giant Killers of little St. Ambrose High School rise as titans of their terrain and end up leaving a legacy millions of young boys and coaches aspire to but very few attain.
“Rick Gosselin is one of the best reporters ever to cover the NFL. This gem of a football story captures all the positive values of our game, a story about high school football and community whose impact reached all the way to the NFL.”
–NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
St. Ambrose High, one of the most storied programs in high-school-football history, didn’t even have it’s own football field. But success pulsated from the three-story building in Detroit between 1957 and 1967, when tiny St. Ambrose produced five football All-Americas, 12 all-state performers, and future NFL players and Super Bowl champs. They were products of this legendary place where old-fashioned values reigned, where teamwork triumphed over individual glory, and where football was the glue of this community.
“This book tells a great story… of hard work, team spirit, and community support combined to create a special era at a very special place.”
— Former NFL Head Coach and Current NBC Football Analyst Tony Dungy
“[Rick’s book] causes you to feel like you are part of the story… You are at Mass with the entire team — in full uniform, no less — just hours before a huge game.”
— Former Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz
Rick Gosselin is a columnist for The Dallas Morning News. He is from Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., and graduated from St. Ambrose High School and Michigan State University. He has covered the NFL for 37 years in New York City, Kansas City and Dallas and won the Dick McCann Award in 2004 for long and distinguished reporting on pro football. He was also enshrined in the 2007 Hall of Fame of The State News, the Michigan State student newspaper.