In 1969, Texas Longhorns safety Freddie Steinmark played the national championship season on a left leg ravaged by osteosarcoma. Directed by Angelo Pizzo and based on Jim Dent's book "Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story," "My All American" is Steinmark's story.
Now, his remarkable story of courage and determination is coming to the big screen, with a release date set for October 9, 2015 and the same writers who penned the scripts for Hoosiers and Rudy.
Here's the synopsis from the press release:
What Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) wants most in the world is to play football. Deemed too small by the usual athletic standards, his father trains him hard, and Freddie brings a fight to the game that ultimately gets him noticed — by none other than legendary University of Texas coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart). Awarded a scholarship and a chance to play for the Longhorns, Freddie sets off to Austin with his loving high school sweetheart Linda (Sarah Bolger), determined to make the team. Alongside his old teammate Bobby Mitchell (Rett Terrell) and new pal James Street (Juston Street), Freddie is put through the paces of a grueling practice schedule, but the boys' camaraderie off the field translates into solid playing on it, and they rise up the depth charts, giving the Longhorns a real chance to turn around their losing record. But just when they're reveling in the success of the season, Freddie suffers an injury that leads to a shocking diagnosis and the biggest challenge he will ever face.
Lending some credibility to the proceedings are some familiar faces, including Texas Ex Jordan Shipley playing speedy wide receiver Cotton Speyrer, Case McCoy as Arkansas quarterback Bill Montgomery, and James Street's son Juston playing his late father. Colt McCoy also served as an on-set consultant.
If you can't wait that long to find out more about Steinmark, 2015 In The Huddle - Texas 2015 will have a feature story on Steinmark. The magazine is available for pre-order on the Lindy's website.