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
No players from the 1971 team have been elected to the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame, just Asst. Coach Mickey Jackson. See more »
At the beginning, when people drive to the plane crash site, the cars are driving away from Ceredo, where the plane actually crashed. 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 »
I hate football, but I loved this movie! I went to see it because Nate Ruffin was my Supervisor for several years and was the most supportive, understanding human being I've ever known. He often told anyone who would listen how his life took a downward spiral after the crash because he felt so guilty for surviving. But he got his life together and decided the best way he could honor his former teammates was to be an inspiration to others, and he was more than that! Anthony Mackie portrayed Nate wonderfully and caught his spirit of leadership and caring! Nate knew from experience what hardship could do to a person's life and used his story to help many of us through major upheavals in our lives.
The movie matched much of what Nate told us throughout the years, and I think he would be ecstatic that the story was finally told and told this well!
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