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.
In November, 1970, virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) die in a plane crash. That spring, led by Nate Ruffin, a player who was ill and missed the fatal flight, students rally to convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season. The college president, Don Dedman, must find a coach, who then must find players. They petition the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, and coach Jack Lengyel motivates and leads young players at the same time that he reexamines the Lombardi creed that winning is the only thing. The father and the fiancée of a player who died find strength to move on. Can Marshall win even one game in 1971? Written by
From the 1971 team, no player and only Asst Coach Mickey Jackson have been elected to the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame. See more »
When Lengyel runs out of the house chasing his son and sees Marshall fans walking to the first 1971 home game against Xavier, pink and white blooms are visible on the dogwood trees in the background. The game was played September 25, 1971, when the dogwoods would not be in bloom. See more »
[West Virginia University coach, referring to the green cross and MU on the back of his own players' WVU helmets. Sincere and smiling]
Colors clash a bit, don't they?
That's first class, Coach. First class.
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There are no opening credits, not even a title. See more »
This was really a great movie for anyone that's spent time in West Virginia. I was very surprised at some of the things McG chose to cover in the movie. For instance, the Marshall coaching staff took a trip to Morgantown to ask Bobby Bowden (WVU) to teach them the veer. Everyone I've spoken to that is a WVU student or fan had no idea that happened, nor did anyone from Huntington. Very Emotional on many levels and I thought the writers, producers, and director really did the town of Huntington some justice by making it as real as possible and not "hollywoodville." There were some things that you could tell were thrown in there to make the story more dramatic, but the story was dramatic from the very beginning. You should really waste the 7 bucks to see this one....cause its absolutely worth it.
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