“I never saw Paul Giel play football for the Gophers but I heard it on the radio, which made it even larger and more heroic. He was a good-looking Winona boy who quarterbacked for not very good Minnesota teams, and made All-American twice. After a game on a fine October afternoon I’d go over to the Days’ house, which had a huge yard, and play football with a dozen boys, all in our old leather helmets and homemade shoulder pads. I seldom got to be QB but I imagined I was Paul Giel anyway. I got his autograph at a Gopher basketball game in 1953, the only autograph I ever got in my life. Only one I ever wanted.”
—Garrison Keillor, Prairie Home Companion host and author
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