Dec 10, 2023

Novel Memphis
387 Perkins Extd.
Memphis, TN 38117
United States

Dec 10, 2023 at 2:00pm
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Free to attend.

Join us as we welcome RICK CLEVELAND & NEIL WHITE on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 at 2:00 pm to celebrate the release of THE MISSISSIPPI FOOTBALL BOOK.


Veteran sportswriter Rick Cleveland and writer/publisher Neil White have partnered to produce a new coffee-table book, The Mississippi Football Book. Part narrative, part encyclopedia, and part Guinness Book of World RecordsThe Mississippi Football Book features the greatest teams, coaches, and players from Mississippi’s remarkable football past — and present.

Rick Cleveland, the most decorated sportswriter in Mississippi history, wrote in his introduction, “Relatively small and poor and ranked near the bottom in so many statistical categories, the Magnolia State kicks tail when it comes to football talent. We lead the nation in producing the most NFL players and Pro Football Hall of Famers per capita. It’s not even close.”

Neil White said of his co-author, “Rick Cleveland has been interviewing sports figures for more than five decades. His first-hand stories — directly from the mouths of Mississippi’s greatest players — make this book a real treasure.”

In addition to feature stories on the state’s greatest players, The Mississippi Football Book also ranks the top passers, rushers, receivers, and defenders at every level of play — from high school to professionals. The book also lists every national championship team, every single-season statistical leader, every member of the Pro, College, and JUCO Football Halls of Fame, the winningest teams and coaches in history, rare feats, Mississippi football and pop culture, Mississippi football in film, notable Mississippi football books, not-so-great-moments in Mississippi football history, and much, much more.

Any fan of Mississippi football will want a copy of this one-of-a-kind book.


Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star WorldJackson Daily News, and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, and executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sportswriter has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals, and newspapers.

Rick has been recognized 14 times as Mississippi Sportswriter of the Year (his first was in 1973 at age 20; his fourteenth fifty years later in 2023). He is also the recipient of multiple awards and honors for his reporting and writing.


Neil White lives in Oxford where he operates Nautilus Publishing, writes essays, and teaches memoir writing. His New York Times bestselling memoir, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts (Morrow/HarperCollins), garnered critical acclaim. He has written, edited, or published over 50 books, including co-authoring memoirs with football greats Robert Khayat and Larry Csonka.