In the especially great 'Games' episode of the fantastic public radio series Radiolab, Stephen Dubner says that sports fandom is "a proxy for all our emotions, desires, and hopes." Who hasn't experienced the elation seeing their team pull out a miraculous win at the last minute? Sports movies take the inherent drama of spectator sports and increase their universality, including even non-sports fans on the stakes of a game, a season, an entire sport.
This Friday, the new drama Touchback uses football to tell an inspiring and family-friendly story of regret, redemption, and inspiration. The film, which also stars Kurt Russell and Melanie Lynsky, follows Brian Presley as a hugely promising high school athlete whose dreams of professional glory are derailed by a knee injury. Fifteen years later, he has the unique opportunity to change his own history.
Touchback's imminent release has everybody here at IAR thinking about the cinematic gridiron, and those characters who have provided inspiration to us in a variety of different ways. So, with Touchback in mind, we've put together the latest Rogue 10, a listing, in no particular order, of especially inspiration football players. Whether through grit, talent, determination, or sincerity, these ten characters are football players who bring audiences to their feet.