A Town Too Tough to Die

A Town Too Tough To Die by Bill Frakes


Last summer my daughter Havana and I were driving along Highway 20 -- one of the prettiest stretches of Blue Highway in America -- across the top of Nebraska. Approaching Cody -- A Town Too Tough To Die -- we saw a small football field nestled between hills just outside of town.

It pulled me straight in like a visual magnet.

As I stepped out of the car, I was mesmerized. The air was so fresh. That giant crystal clear blue sky was littered with puffy white clouds. Gentle prairie sounds hummed all around. I walked across the field and stooped to pick a blade of the sweet long grass.

I knew I had to come back in autumn. As it has been my entire life, a good chunk of my focus this fall would be football -- in Nebraska.


It's about the game, but more about community.  Life in a little Nebraska town.

My story and film about the Cody-Kilgore six-man football team is now on ESPN.com.