The Big Scrum: How TR Saved Football

February 21, 2012


John Miller’s story is about college football in its infancy and the culture clash it inspired.

John J. Miller shared the intriguing, never-before-fully-told story of how Theodore Roosevelt helped to save the game that would become America’s most popular sport. Based on extensive research and his book — The Big Scrum — It’s about a vibrant cast of characters, TR above all, and presidential foresight that set the game on a path to persist and thrive these 142 years. John J. Miller is director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of novels and nonfiction, who writes for the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and other national publications.