Ever since local boy Lester Ward got drafted by the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, Tugs Button's scrawny cousin Ned can think of nothing but football. Sure, Lester's younger bully of a brother is determined to keep Ned and his gang from evegetting near a real pickup game. But Ned has a few things going for him: he can catch and sometimes even throw, much to his surprise. And he's got his eccentric Grandpa Ike, who may have less get-up-and-go these days, but no shortage of down-home wisdom to pass along-like that being a football star is less about being big and more about being a team and honing your strategy, and that having friends and family in your corner is a bigger prize than a lucky football ever will be. From the author of The Luck of the Buttons comes another story about a sometimes hapless, always winning family, a kid-friendly tale that scores big points for humor and heart.