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.
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An inspiring true story of friendship and courage.
Did You Know?
initially turned down the role of Brian Piccolo, preferring to focus on his film career, but he liked the script so much that he eventually relented. See more
After Gale Sayers makes the announcement in the locker room about Brian Piccolo's illness, and the team visits him in the hospital room, which is supposed to be in Chicago, the exterior hospital establishing shot clearly shows the name of the hospital, the "New North Hospital of Los Angeles." Further, while Brian Piccolo did return to Chicago for the diagnoses, he ultimately transferred to a hospital in New York City, which is where he died. See more
Coach George Halas
[in the Bears locker room
Let me have your attention fellas. Come on over here. Gale has something he wants to say to you. Gale.
You all know that - we hand out a game ball to - the - outstanding player. Well, I'd like to change that. We just got word that - that Brian Piccolo is - that he's sick, very sick. And it looks like - he might never play football - again - or - for a long time. And - I think we should dedicate ourselves - to - give our maximum effort - to win this game - and give the ...
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
Et Son Orchestre
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