Iowan Writes Book About 2020 Notre Dame Football Season Amid Pandemic

John Mahoney co-authored a book about his final season at Notre Dame football as they navigated the pandemic called “History Through the Headsets.”

IOWA, USA – John Mahoney, a former WDM Valley Tiger football player, continued his career at Notre Dame as an athlete. His final season with the Fighting Irish came during “the craziest season in college football history”. The 2020 college football season was wrapped in Covid guidelines as they tried to weather the pandemic. The Fighting Irish joined the ACC and even made it to the College Football Playoff. Mahoney co-authored “History Through the Headsets” with his teammate and roommate, Reed Gregory.

Mahoney says a coach gave him and Gregory the idea to write the book. After thinking about it for a few days, they went to the on-campus bookstore and looked at every Irish sports book out there. Using those books, they were able to identify potential publishers to contact. After many said no, one finally said yes, and the rest is history.

Mahoney says the book looks at the 2020 season from their perspective. Mahoney was a signalman for the defense and could hear the conversations and decisions of coaches and players. He traveled with the team, ate team meals while adhering to the covid restrictions and much more. He says he hopes the book can serve as a reference in history by reminding people of everything that happened to make the 2020 college football season possible.

The book will be released on October 19. You can find it on Amazon.

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