Novel brings the Galloping Ghost to the spirit of college football

FWAA member Dean Hawthorne recently published a novel about college football and a afterlife encounter with The Galloping Ghost.

WHERE PASSION LIVES: The Spirit of College Football is college football’s answer to Field of Dreams and The Natural.

Diehard college football fan Kyle McGinnis is eagerly awaiting the kickoff of a new season when something goes horribly wrong. His accidental death lands his spirit in purgatory, where he meets the true Spirit of College Football—none other than football legend Red Grange.

The Galloping Ghost leads Kyle on an extraordinary adventure deep inside the world of college football. Crisscrossing the country with a spirit’s all-access pass, they explore some of the game’s greatest moments, traditions, and rivalries in a journey that mortal fans can only dream of.

But it isn’t all just fun and games. As Kyle struggles to unravel the mystery of gaining his passage to heaven, the Ghost reveals a long-forgotten place where the two can join forces in a quest that will have an everlasting impact on the fate of college football.

By turns joyous and poignant, this unforgettable story from debut author Dean C. Hawthorne is filled with college football history, a look at both the fun and the trouble spots in today’s game, and enough tantalizing “what ifs” to keep college football fans engrossed and entertained for some time to come. 

About the Author

Dean C. Hawthorne is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the National Football Foundation.

Despite being a descendant of one of America’s great authors, Dean didn’t intend to pursue a career in writing. However, deep down he always held out hope that he had inherited at least a shred of his famous ancestor Nathaniel’s immense talent.

As much as he enjoys writing, it pales in comparison to his love of sports. If you name the game, the odds are pretty good he’s either played, coached or at least watched it over the course of his lifetime. Topping his list of favorites is college football. His passion for that sport began more than fifty-five years ago, when he began following the powerhouse program of his future alma mater, the University of Southern California.

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