“You sow character you sow a legacy.”
The above statement could be no truer and more justly applied than to Brandon Burlsworth (Christopher Severio). Who at the age of twelve prophesied he was going to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks. The product of a mother (Leslie Easterbrook) of strong faith and an estranged alcoholic father (Michael Parks), we find the main character of this movie one who proves that anything you believe can be achieved.
Given the nickname ‘Cheesecake’ by his brother Marty (Neal McDonough), Brandon carried his Pilgrim Progress book his mother gave him after his baptism. When no one else had faith in his dream—he did. As Brandon told his brother, “Have faith Marty, this is my road.”
Inspired by his future high school coach, Tommy Tice (Peter Gray Lewis), on a day he was embarassed on the field by his coach that told him he would never amount to anything. The high school coach told Brandon he would have to be the first one on the field and the last one to leave if he wanted to make the team. And that one habit he instilled within himself carried him all the way. He got the chance to play for that Harrison High School football coach who eventually got him an opportunity to go to the University of Arkansas. There he met offensive line coach Mike Bender (Fredric Lehne) of the Razorbacks who told him he wasn’t the right size or weight to play on his team and the best he could do would give him an a walk-on position without promises.
When he showed up at UA he’d gained eighty-six more pounds, but it was fat not muscle. Neither did he possess the innate athletic abilities to be a football player. He had to work extra hard to get into shape. At the basis of that training came bible study and prayer. The hard word, faith and determination transformed him and transported him from the walk-on list to a full scholarship. And the rest, as they say, is or should be history.
Greater is not like any athletic film I’ve ever seen and when you see it you will agree. But there is a twist to this movie that really makes you think about trusting God’s purpose for our lives. Or as Marty said, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
Greater, the story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football was first released in 2016, is 130 min and rated PG. Can be seen on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.
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