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. Written by
Jerry Milani <firstname.lastname@example.org>
An inspiring true story of friendship and courage.
Did You Know?
Louis Gossett Jr.
was originally cast as Gale Sayers. Days before shooting began, Gossett tore his Achilles' tendon while working out. Studio execs 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. About six years later, Wolper cast Gossett as "Fiddler" in Roots
(1977), the Emmy-winning role that made him a star. See more
The Bears are shown playing at Soldier Field in Chicago. While this was indeed the team's home stadium by the time of filming, Brian Piccolo's entire career had taken place while the team was still playing at Wrigley Field. See more
Coach George Halas
Brian Piccolo died of cancer at the age of 26. He left a wife and three daughters. He also left a great many loving friends who miss and think of him often. But when they think of him, it's not how he died that they remember - but how he lived. How he did live!
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
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