Jan. 15, 2009
UCLA didn't start playing football until 1919, but the Bruins have packed an incredible amount of history into their 90 years on the field. Co-authors Chris Roberts, the longtime "Voice of the Bruins," and former UCLA associate sports information director Bill Bennett have packed all that history into the UCLA Football Vault®: The History of the Bruins.
As much a scrapbook as it is a history book, opening the vault is like getting a tour through your own personal Bruin football museum. Roberts and Bennett mix great game coverage with behind-the-scenes anecdotes and personal stories to present a view of Bruin football that you won't find anywhere else. The book also contains rare photos of Bruin coaches and players.
Not only are all the great stories about UCLA's top players and games, but you'll also find replicas of unique UCLA memorabilia. Explore the book's dozens of sleeves and pockets to get your hands on a 1921 poster showing the old Vermont Avenue campus, a 1954 sheet of songs and yells, a 1976 Bruin Bench card, the official stat sheet from the 1996 USC game, a mini pennant and more.
In addition to the great memorabilia, there are also replicas of tickets and programs from some of UCLA's most memorable games, including the 1934 Montana game when Chuck Cheshire ran for a 93-yard school-record touchdown, a 1972 victory over No. 1 Nebraska, John Barnes' come-from-behind win over USC in 1992 and the greatest comeback in Bruin history, the 2005 Sun Bowl.
"The UCLA Football Vault® does a great job of capturing the tradition and heritage that is at the heart of the Bruins' football program," says former player and head coach Terry Donahue, who adds his thoughts on the grand tradition of the Bruins in the book's afterword. "The great moments in UCLA history are here, and I look forward to watching as future generations of Bruins add their own chapters to that legacy."
The foreward was written by Rick Neuheisel, who joined the program as a non-scholarship player in 1979, became the MVP of the 1984 Rose Bowl and is now head coach at his alma mater.
The UCLA Football Vault®: The History of the Bruins is part of the College Vault Books series from Whitman Publishing, LLC. The 144-page hardcover 12" by 10" book with slipcase is available for $49.95 in bookstores. The book can also be ordered online at www.CollegeVaultBooks.com.