This novel explains how much one person can do for you even though you may not realize it. Neely Crenshaw was an All-American quarterback who played in the town of Messina under the legend coach of Eddie Rake. Years down the road Neely comes back to his awfully ill coach that Neely both loved and hated at times. This book was a tremendous book to read and I would recommend it to anyone. Neely was a very athletic character, which has many conflicts in the story. He was unsure about returning to his beloved town. Neely thinks his town has forgotten him. In college, Neely had a severe injury in which he had to give up football forever. When he returns, he comes back to his old football field and reviews the old days he had in high school with several of other players he played with under Coach Rake. The ending is very sad, in which all the players come back. Neely realizes what he has lost and regrets some of the things he has done. He promises his old friends that he will return to his town and they will have fun and relive there stories again.