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Always inspiring, always teaching, 'The Whistle' was one-of-a-kind

Updated: September 30, 2008, 6:25 PM ET
By Bill Curry

Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from Bill Curry's new book, "Ten Men You Meet In A Huddle."

Everybody who played football for him referred to Robert E. Lee Dodd -- behind his back, of course -- as The Whistle.

With that infernal device that hung around his neck, Coach Dodd controlled every move of every minute of every practice session. But beyond that, there was a collective feeling among Yellow Jackets who played for him that The Whistle seemed to be everywhere, ...

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