Don Perkins led a life as one of the most honored athletes in the history of the University of New Mexico and the Dallas Cowboys. But Perkins's life was far more complex and, at times, controversial. He experienced the traumas of racial discrimination, death, divorce, football-related injuries, and a never-ending search for his own identity. In his search, Perkins ventured into sportscasting, public speaking, community relations, big-rig trucking, government work, and even amateur theater, where he portrayed Frederick Douglass and other famous Black leaders. Through it all, he remained a kind, unassuming, charismatic man, universally admired by family members, friends, and millions of fans. Don Perkins: A Champion's Life is the final tribute he so richly deserves.
"Richard Melzer does a thorough in-depth story on the great Don Perkins, a former football star from UNM and then in the NFL, that any Lobo football fan--and especially Dallas Cowboys fans--will enjoy reading."--Gary Herron, author of Fifty Years at the Pit: The University of New Mexico's Legendary Venue