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
While taking his Cleveland Brown's physical, the doctor feels Ernie Davis' neck and asks him if has not been feeling well. Swollen lymph glands on the neck are a symptom of Leukemia. See more »
Ernie Davis' family is shown watching the 1960 Cotton Bowl on their porch in Elmira, NY. On January 1, 1960 the high temperature in Elmira was 33 degrees F. See more »
Thing is, I don't know how much more is in front of me, and as you see from the number of pages if you've read this far, I did have a few things to say and I'm not sure hopw to end this, or even if I want to. It's funny. Most people think my life has been all about football. I've even thought that myself. But football is just a game. What matters is what you play for. Sometimes when the game is close and eveything is on the line, that's when you forget the croud and the noise. That's...
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Ernie Davis is probably the best football player to never play football professionally and may have had even better of a career then Jim Brown who was his predecessor at Syracuse and would've been his teammate on the Browns.
Ernie was one of the few blacks on the campus of Syracuse but always kept a positive attitude and treated everyone well around him.
The football scenes are extremely well done and they look like it's an actual football game going on. Dennis Quaid gives a great performance as the head coach of the Orangemen.
The period scenes were done very well and you felt like you were actually back in the late '50s/early '60s.
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