The golden vision of a national championship seared every eye"" but bad-break Mike was no longer the star back; he was one of the hardworking low-prestige linemen. How it happened and why it was good for his soul is a long story, full of rich best friend and college roommate Bob's patient understanding, rich girl friend Kathy's patient but sometimes absentee love, Mike's touchy pride. That poor Italian guy loved by all comes out of leg injury, menial labor and exile a man, regains Bob's lost friendship and Kathy's lost love (we always knew her engagement was the author's contrivance), is cheered on the football field and feted off it. The melodrama has some hot game sequences; choppy, banal dialogue and description cool it off. For marathon readers with sports tastes and spongy hearts.