Gale Sayers joins the Chicago Bears and is befriended by Brian Piccolo, an over-achieving running back. Although they compete for the same spot on the team, and despite the fact that Sayers is black and Piccolo white, they become roommates on the road and very close friends, especially when Sayers is injured and Piccolo helps his recovery. Later, they and their wives must both deal with the harsh reality of Piccolo's cancer.
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Did You Know?
Louis Gossett, Jr. was originally cast as Gale Sayers. A few days before shooting began, Gossett tore his Achilles' tendon while working out. Studio executives quickly hired Billy Dee Williams
as a replacement, leaving Gossett depressed over missing his "shot". Producer David L. Wolper
promised Gossett the first great role that came along. Wolper cast Gossett as "Fiddler" in Roots
(1977), the Emmy-winning role that made him a star. See more
The character (and real life player) J.C. Caroline
, portrayed by Bernie Casey
, was the Bears team captain in the year that Brian Piccolo
and Gayle Sayers joined the team. However, the film depicts Caroline being with the team through the 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969 seasons, while he actually retired as a player after the 1965 season, after ten years with the Bears. See more
Hey, Sayers. You know, we're gonna have to stop meetin' like this, my wife's startin' to get suspicious.
Referenced in Just Shoot Me!: Puppetmaster
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
Et Son Orchestre
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