www.WeTookNames.com - The Facts and History of the 1984 undefeated Vanden High School Football Team



WE TOOK NAMES
The Time of Vikings, Friends and Family

The true inspiring story of the 1984 undefeated 12-0 Vanden Vikings football team, SCAL and Sac-Joaquin Section Champions, ranked #2 in California by Cal Hi Sports and a group of friends who in 5 years on the gridiron played on three undefeated teams amassing a 45-4-2 record. The story follows the growth of the friends and how they became unstoppable as teammates. They needed the gridiron, and it forever bonded them as brothers. One of the players had something to prove to himself and the game he loved, after suffering a serious head injury on the gridiron in 1983. He wanted to prove he could play again and enjoy the game he and his friends shared.

The book is 512 pages and has over 300 photos and images, consisting of newspaper quotes, articles and headlines. It also has personal photos provided by teammates and photos from yearbooks.

Thirty years after the undefeated champion season the team returned for its first reunion at Vanden High school. The book contains the reunion with photos and quotes from some of the teammates.

The book also contains "Where are they now"

(Written by Jeff Rooney #55 Co-Captain, and the book cover designed by Mark Baranowski #64 on the 1984 12-0 Vanden Vikings championship football team)


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( Excerpts - What's in the Book - Click Here )

We were from a small school with about 600 students. We were "Air Force brats" and vegetable soup. We were a racially mixed squad and were the best of friends. We became brothers and unstoppable as teammates. Our coaches drew the best from us and taught us to take names. Our conditioning programs were unrivaled and our fortitude was unmatched. The gridiron and the game forever bonded us and that bond has lasted a lifetime.




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