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
Nicole Beharie portrays a girl friend (Sarah Ward) and a Wife (Rachel Robinson in 42 (2013)) to men who broke the color barrier in two different sports. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play Major League Baseball and Ernie Davis the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy. See more »
After Davis comes back into the game in the movie, Syracuse then pulls away for the win on an 87 yard touchdown catch and run by Davis. Fact is the 87 yd catch and run occurred on the 3rd play (from scrimmage) of the game on 2 down and 27 after a holding penalty on Syracuse. See more »
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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