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In 1951, the undefeated University of San Francisco football team declines an invitation to play in the Orange Bowl after being told they would only be invited if they played without their ... See full summary »

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Ron Luscinski
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Cast

Credited cast:
Johnny Mathis ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Bell Raymond Bell ... Himself
Darrell Carr Darrell Carr ... Himself
Susan Toler Carr Susan Toler Carr ... Herself
Kristine Setting Clark Kristine Setting Clark ... Herself
Dick Colombini Dick Colombini ... Himself
Toi Cook Toi Cook ... Himself
Harry Edwards Harry Edwards ... Himself
Bob Fouts Bob Fouts ... Himself
Roosevelt Grier ... Himself
Bill Henneberry Bill Henneberry ... Himself
Bill Husak Bill Husak ... Himself
Clarence B. Jones Clarence B. Jones ... Himself
Walt Jourdan Walt Jourdan ... Himself
Joe King IV Joe King IV ... Himself
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In 1951, the undefeated University of San Francisco football team declines an invitation to play in the Orange Bowl after being told they would only be invited if they played without their two African-American stars: Ollie Matson and Burl Toler. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

'51 Dons Film, LLC,'51 Dons See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Inspirational story, flawlessly told
9 April 2015 | by blaburkettSee all my reviews

The story of the '51 Dons is inspirational as the young men of the USF Footballl team stood in solidarity to stand up for what they believed in. Following the incredible success of their performance on the field, it was no question they would be invited to a bowl game. To their surprise, they were allowed to participate under one condition... As long as their African-American teammates did not play. In the wake of the Civil Rights Movement that swept our nation, the team unanimously refused to compete under these conditions. The decision was made not due to the societal factors, but because of their intolerance of the bowl decision and out of respect of their teammates. Their decision ultimately resulted in the elimination of the USF football program but that wasn't their concern, this story is the perfect example of what teamwork should be about in modern day sports- standing up for what's right regardless of egos, selfishness, and unanticipated harsh consequences. This story flies under the radar in terms of media coverage of this event. This film is executed flawlessly and truly makes me proud to be an alumna of USF.


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