The story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.

Director:

David L. Hunt (as David Hunt)

Writers:

Brian Reindl, David L. Hunt (as David Hunt)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neal McDonough ... Marty Burlsworth
Leslie Easterbrook ... Barbara Burlsworth
Christopher Severio Christopher Severio ... Brandon Burlsworth (as Chris Severio)
Michael Parks ... Leo Burlsworth
Nick Searcy ... The Farmer
Peter Gray Lewis ... Coach Tice (as Peter Lewis)
Fredric Lehne ... Coach Bender
M.C. Gainey ... Coach Ford
Wayne Duvall ... Pastor Rick
Texas Battle ... Anthony Lucas
Mark Dobies ... Coach Nutt
Grant Cook Grant Cook ... Grant Garrett
Josh Emerson ... Nathan Ward
Ethan Waller Ethan Waller ... Young Brandon
Todd Julian ... Mike
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Storyline

Brandon Burlsworth is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Brandon had always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was considered too short and too fat to play Division I. Undeterred, Brandon took a big risk and walked on in 1994. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Brandon displayed dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. An extremely devoted Christian, Brandon never cursed or drank. He was genuinely humble and low-key. He worked harder than anybody, on and off the field, becoming the first Razorback to earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree while still playing. The overly-fat kid who was once an embarrassment to his teammates and an annoyance to his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched. Eleven days after being drafted into the NFL, Brandon was tragically killed in a car accident, crushing all who knew him. Brandon was "too good to be ...

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and smoking | See all certifications »
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The real Marty is the other Photographer! See more »

Goofs

When the old man is carving the wood, he has it almost complete, drops it and when he picks it up again it's much less carved. See more »

Quotes

Coach Tice: You know, football's a rough game; it's unpredictable. Life itself, squeezed into 60 minutes in 100 yards. Now, you can't control who your mom and daddy is, but you can control how hard you work. Sow with thought, you reap in action. Sow with action, you reap a habit. You sow a habit, you reap a character. You sow a character, you reap a destiny. Every place starts with a cadence and ends with a whistle. What you do in between, determines your legacy, so make sure you give it everything you've ...
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Crazy Credits

There is some footage of the real Brandon after the last credits. See more »

Connections

References Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) See more »

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The Games That Daddies Play
Written by Conway Twitty (as Harold L. Jenkins)
Performed by Conway Twitty
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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24 January 2020 | by osiasoswaldmcintyreSee all my reviews

What an amazing movie, I'm by no means a fan of football... But that may have been changed tonight watching this story. It's one that makes you engrossed in it right away and one that gives you a feeling of strength. It shows that no matter how hard it gets you keep pushing like he did. What an awesome movie! Definitely pleas watch it.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$627,974, 28 August 2016

Gross USA:

$2,000,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,000,620
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