NOTRE DAME, CHICAGO BEARS AND HUNK: The "Hunk" Anderson Story by Heartley Anderson with Emil Klosinski

Synopsis: This is a very interesting book whose main interest for Notre Dame fans will be Hunk Anderson's memories of George Gipp. Hunk was probably Gipp's best friend as they grew up together in Michigan, and were later teammates at Notre Dame.

The author: Emil is a writer, football coach and scout. He was the author of radio scripts and a contributor to magazines and newspapers. Other books include Pro Football in the Days of Rockne.

A word from the author:

"When Hunk Anderson retired from coaching, he moved to Florida to enjoy the winter sunshine. He was diagnosed as having cancer and surgery at the Oschner Cancer Clinic in New Orleans alleviated his problem, but did not cure it. On top of that, football's "tough Guy" was blind-sided with emphysema. With Hunk's condition worsening, Hunk's Chicago friends -- Jim Kennedy, Joe Petritz and Norm Barry -- urged Hunk to write about his football career, the bulk of which was spent with Notre Dame and the Chicago Bears.

Hunk Anderson was my father's friend in another era, when he coached the South Bend Arrows pro football team. In a later year, I was introduced to Hunk by my dad at a Euchre party at a South Bend fraternal club's pre-Notre Dame game affair.

It was Jim Kennedy who harassingly convinced Hunk to write the book and then he asked me to help Hunk with it. In interviewing Hunk, I was quite surprised by Hunk's innovative involvement in the game of football. As the sporting News commented on the book: "... there is an immense store of information to be tapped. Readers who are interested in the history of football, should put this at the top of the list."

I see Hunk as a bridge spanning the old game and the modern game. While the evolution of the T formation was primarily a Chicago Bears project from Ralph Jones' innovations to Carl Brumbaugh's center/quarterback handback exchange and some tinkering with the counter-play by Clark Shaughnessy, the "T" never reached its full potential until Hunk Anderson returned to the
Bears as offensive and defensive line coach in 1940.

It was Hunk who changed the old fashioned blocking techniques with center of gravity adjustments featuring the sprinter's stance and stand-up obstruction blocks to accommodate the speed of George McAfee and Scooter McLean...and that revolutinized football. The Bears 73 to 0 drubbing of the Washington Redskins in the 1940 championship game gave bith to the modern era of football. And Hunk Anderson presided in the delivery room."

Emil Klosinski


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