Joseph Valerio '71 on The Buffalo Bills March 25

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Joseph Valerio '71 on The Buffalo Bills March 25

You can learn a lot about life’s great lessons through sports. That’s one of the messages Joseph Valerio ’71 makes in his book, Second to None: The Relentless Drive and Impossible Dream of the Super Bowl Bills .

Valerio, the producer of ESPN’s The Sports Reporters , will talk about his book on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Fairfield University Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Learning for a Lifetime program.

In Second to None , Valerio tells the incredible story of the Buffalo Bills: the perpetual almost-champions and their indomitable fans. The Bills' incredible skill and teamwork on the field was matched only by their single-minded determination as, in the four years spanning 1991 to 1994, the team won four consecutive conference championships, and lost four consecutive Super Bowls. The peaks and nadirs of their record reflect a fascinatingly dynamic, uneven, and—at times—uncontrollable array of talents.

Valerio renders in sharp detail how the Bills' unique culture was formed by an unlikely ecosystem of world-class athletes hunkered down in bleak western New York, far away from the celebrity playgrounds of other pro teams. Meticulously researched and carefully crafted, this one-of-a-kind look inside the Super Bowl-era Buffalo Bills is based on extensive interviews with the key players, coaches, and management, including Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, as well as coach Marv Levy, general manager Bill Polian, and many others, including players and coaches from opposing teams and the reporters who covered them.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Hastings, ehastings@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4000 ext. 2688.

Pictured: Joseph Valerio '71

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