Backlund: From All-American Boy to Professional Wrestling's World Champion by Bob Backlund and Rob Miller
Bob Backlund's origins trace back to a humble farm upbringing in the quaint town of Princeton, Minnesota. The population was a mere 2,000, and he was an average student with a lackluster attitude and a tendency to make reckless decisions. However, when a coach took him under his wing and recommended amateur wrestling, Backlund's future changed for the better. The coach's offer to mentor him was contingent on his promise to avoid any mischief.
In North Dakota, Bob Backlund's fate was influenced by a series of unexpected meetings. During his time at North Dakota State and while training at the YMCA gym in Fargo, Backlund crossed paths with "Superstar" Billy Graham, a renowned wrestler. After some conversation, Graham's words ignited a desire in Backlund to embark on a professional wrestling journey.
In just under five years, on February 20, 1978, Backlund was already on the other side of the country, standing in the center of Madison Square Garden with his arm triumphantly raised as the brand-new Heavyweight Champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation. The opponent he defeated to claim the title, none other than the legendary Superstar Billy Graham.
This book features insights and anecdotes from legendary wrestlers such as Bruno Sammartino, Harley Race, Terry Funk, Pat Patterson, Ken Patera, Sergeant Slaughter, The Magnificent Muraco, George “The Animal” Steele, “Mr. USA” Tony Atlas, The Iron Sheik, and more, chronicling the remarkable journey of an almost 40 year career inside the ring.
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