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Praise For

Collision of Wills

“With passion for the subject, extensive reporting, and sharp analysis, Jack Gilden brings to life Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, their team, their era, and their city. I thought I knew everything about Baltimore sports after covering them for more than three decades, but Collision of Wills taught me a lot.”

-- John Eisenberg

"" columnist and author of The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball’s Most Historic Record

"A revealing look behind the scenes of one of the game's most idolized players, and one of its most triumphant coaches—and how the two men won with remarkable consistency despite their sheer contempt for each other."

— Michael Olesker

"Jmore" columnist and author of "The Colts' Baltimore: A City and its Love Affair in the 1950s"

"The author does a fine job of re-creating the Colts' fierce rivalry with Vince Lombardi's Packers and presents well-rounded portaits of Shula, Unitas, and other principals such as owner Carroll Rosenbloom, and players Tom Matte and Raymond Berry . . . . Very much worth reading."

-- John Maxymuk for Library Journal

“Journalist Gilden expertly captures the heady days of the Baltimore Colts in an entertaining profile of Johnny Unitas and Don Shula, who were part of one of the NFL’s most exciting and winningest teams….”

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