convoys of yellow buses. Then-
thing on the field, an unstoppable machine. Now-
proud warrior. Then-
car head-ons, gun-shots. Coaches screaming: “Who’s a man?!
Who’s tough?! Who’s gonna hit somebody!?”
World of Sports’ “Strongest Man in Football” contest. Then-
Webster vs. The World. Men as big as walls, and when Webster
hits his, shovel-sized hands clap his ear-holes. Lightning
Super Bowl ring. Shoulder-presses the Vince Lombardi
championship trophy. His countenance primal. Now-
briefly hangs numb. Somebody’s screaming, “That’s it! Now
that’s how you gotta hit him!” And now-
bad-ass, bearded, mountain-sized. Then-
“That’s it! Kill the head the body will die! KILL THE
This Hall of Fame class of players
is a tremendous group. Tremendous
people. Not perfect people-
speech in Canton, OH--
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whatever. Real people. And that’s
what the game of football is about.
And more manic, rambling scree. The game he loved. The owners
wanting this to end.
MAN SINGING (PRE-LAP)
(Debarge’s ‘I like it’)
I've been thinkin'/'bout you for
quite a while/You're on my mind
everyday and every night/My every
thought is you, the things you
do/Seems so satisfying to me/I must
confess it, girl-
(voice big, melodic if not
great, continuing as we
come up to--)
MAN SINGING (OVER)
Ooh...and I like it/You send chills
look at you/Ooh...and I like it-
(now we go into--)
14 INT./EXT. BENNET’S CAR (MOVING)/PITTSBURGH
shamelessly and sweetly singing.
I like the way you comb your
hair/And I like those stylish
clothes you wear/It's just the
little things you do/That show how
much you really care-
(singing his way through-)
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Synopsis: While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse), forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer's disease. Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma.