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
Career team record @ Syracuse 1959 11-0 1960 7-2 1961 8-3. See more »
The night game played versus West Virginia University is a fictional account. West Virginia's stadium did not have lights until two years after the movie took place. Additionally, in the year that the movie takes place the West Virginia vs Syracuse game was played at Syracuse. See more »
Texas Longhorn player:
I'm gonna kick your black ass back to Africa boy!
Oh yeah? Too bad I'm from Philly.
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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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