"I can talk to a guy who graduated in 1953 and we can have a mutually agreeable conversation because we have the same stories," Linneman said. "That's amazing. You have 60 years of football players tied together by playing for the same coach. There's not a fraternity like Johnnies football."
Linneman said Gagliardi's trust in his players _ he lets his quarterback call his own plays _ is what endeared the coach to his pupils more than the easy-going nature in practice or resistance to calisthenics.