2005 Midwest Independent Publishers Association Midwest Book Awards
Merit Award in the Recreation/Sports Category
Rick Morrissey, "Chicago Tribune"
"Terry Frei has captured the spirit of a different time in this country, a time of faith in school and in country, a time of intense loyalty to teammate and fellow soldier. 'Third Down and a War to Go' tells the story of one University of Wisconsin football team during World War II. But to limit the tale to that is like saying 'Angela's Ashes' is about Ireland. This book brings to life, in shades of black and blue and blood red, the idea that certain things are worth fighting for."
Dan Fouts, Hall of Fame quarterback and ABC sportscaster
"Many times you hear athletes called heroes, and their deeds and accomplishments on the field or court are characterized as courageous. After reading 'Third Down and a War to Go,' I am embarrassed to have ever been thought of as brave or courageous. ... Enjoy this adventure in history, life, and courage and take it from a so-called 'tough guy'" keep the hanky close by."
UW Badger Coach Barry Alvarez
"A great read!"
Neal Rubin, "The Detroit News"
"Impressively researched and reported and powerfully written, 'Third Down and a War to Go' will put you in the huddle, in the front lines, and in a state of profound gratitude — not only to the Badgers and the hundreds of thousands of veterans like them, but to Terry Frei."
Robert B. Rennebohm, Wisconsin end (1942, 1946-7), Marine lieutenant (1943-5), and longtime head of the University of Wisconsin Foundation
"Terry Frei has done a superb job of researching and writing to bring us the true spirit and similarity of our military services, particularly the U.S. Marines, and college football. He vividly follows the 1942 Wisconsin Badgers, who so soon after their gridiron exploits were the losers of life and limb. Events of over 60 years ago seem to have been frozen in time as Frei takes us back to the glory days of so many young Americans."