At the NFL Draft, General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
This biopic focuses on the relationship of Ernie Davis (1939-1963), a gifted African-American athlete, and his coach from 1958 to 1962 at Syracuse University, Ben Schwartzwalder (1909-1993). Schwartzwalder recruits Davis with the help of All-American running back, Jim Brown. The civil rights movement is gaining steam; Davis experiences prejudice on campus, in town, and on the field, sometimes from teammates. How he handles it and how he challenges Schwartzwalder to stand up for his players provide a counterpoint to several great seasons that lead first to a national championship and then to the Heismann Trophy.Written by
The movie is great because the true story is so great; I read the orange book, "The Elmira Express." It succeeds in showing the relationships between Ernie, his family, his coach, best friend, and girlfriend but it fails to portray a dynamic Ernie and "rest of the team" relationship. These guys won a National Championship back in 1959 and there was no team chemistry, the football didn't mean as much because you did not know the team when you were watching them. Ernie's personal drama was done great but we miss the team achievement of the Championship. Its a great drama but not a great football movie.
Bob Cullen's name is Robert CullenT on IMDb.com. Look at the credits, Bob Cullen, Petey #69. He had both big hits in the west virginia game for crying out loud! The first on the kickoff return and the other, the last big block on the play Ernie reverses field. Bob nailed the "tackle over," scene too. You gotta get his name right, IMDb!
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