Poppa's Ring - Book - Linda Fleming-Willis
Bill Willis has always been a National Football League trailblazer and was challenged during the period of segregated football. His family life outside of the game was rarely heard.
Poppa's Ring provides a quick glimpse into the more personal life of Bill as an excellent communicator for all of his grandchildren. Although legendary to football enthusiasts, he was a role model to his children, grandchildren, and many other youngsters.
Bill was the tall, gentle giant who cooked and allowed them to help. He shared stories of his life experience. He also educated them on birds and how to play chess. He posed questions to challenge their curiosity and and intellect and imparted knowledge on the importance of an education. He leaves a legacy of being a good communicator and the importance of family relations.
Nana and Poppa loved their grandchildren and took pride in their unique personalities. When their youngest granddaughter, Imani, loses Poppa’s NFL ring, it provided an opportunity for Nana to share some football history with her grandchildren and the importance of the ring to Poppa. This history lesson included Poppa’s football success at East High School, The Ohio State University, and with the Cleveland Browns. It also highlighted some of the challenges Poppa encountered during the integration of football.
Poppa's Ring is the perfect addition to any child's library as well as to school libraries, amateur/professional sports teams' reading programs and sports fans. A Must Have!!
A Portion of each book sale benefits the Bill and Odessa Willis Youth Fund at the Columbus Foundation.