My All-American

Synopsis: What Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) wants most in the world is to play football. Although he is deemed too small by the usual athletic standards, his father trains him hard. 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. 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 improve upon their mediocre 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 cha
Director(s): Angelo Pizzo
Production: Aviron
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118 min

Coach Royal, I'm Casey

Addison from the Daily Texan.

Hello. Hey, sit down.

- Thanks for meeting with me.

- Sure. Sure.

Coach, I'm writing a story about

legendary Texas football players,

and you're a legend yourself.

Was I a player?

Why, yes.

You were a great football

player for the Oklahoma Sooners

in the late 1940s.

I'll be doggone.

I knew that.


But you coached UT and won

three national championships.


Texas had 30 All-American

players while you were coaching.

Which one had the greatest

impact on you and the program?


Freddie Steinmark.

I'm sorry, Coach,

but Freddie Steinmark

wasn't an All-American.


But he was my All-American.

You see, a player's skills and

character are influenced years

before I ever meet 'em.

I gain the benefit from

all the other coaches

who instilled fight and

grit in their hearts.

Rough Riders' creed:

"I will play hard and clean,

and I will not be a quitter."

What's most important is courage.

It's not a disgrace to be beaten.

The greatest disgrace is to quit

or to turn yellow.

- You got that?

- ALL:
Yes, sir!

- Let me hear it again.

- Yes, sir!

Now, get your butts out

there and practice hard.

Steinmark, stay here.

You did good last game.

You scored a lot of touchdowns.

But you would've done better

if you run in a straight line.

You get to the end zone quicker.

You zigzag too much.

My dad taught me to run that way.

When you play for your father's

team on Tuesdays and Fridays,

you can zigzag.

On Mondays and Saturdays,

you run a straight line.

- You got that?

- Yes, sir!

- Get out there.

- (whistle blows)

Wind sprints! Let's go!

Oh, look. Sammy

wants some peas. Come on.

- You want a little pea?

- MAN:
Come on, Sammy.

I want you to finish the

whole thing for me. Okay?

If you're gonna be a great player, you

gotta get some meat on those little bones.

How did my boy do at practice today?

I scored five touchdowns.


Our guy's gotta work a little

bit harder out there on the field

because he's always the smallest one.

- Isn't that right?

- I try as hard as I can.

What makes a winner is learning

that they can always try harder.

- Is that enough parmigiana?

- Yes, Mama.

Maybe a little bit more. Huh?

We gotta get you to Notre Dame.

That's right. Great

education and great football.

Give me a kiss. Huh? Come on.

That's my guy.

When I took this job,

they told me that you haven't

won a division championship

in 25 years.

Haven't beaten Lakewood in 15 years.

The pure and simple fact

is you all are pathetic.

But not for damn long.

We will beat Lakewood.

We will win the conference championship.

And we're not stopping there.

And anybody who doesn't

get on board with my plan

can move your sad, sorry ass out

of my eyesight now and forever!

Are there any questions? Good!

Now, we got a new kid here from California.

And he may be just what the

doctor ordered for this team.

He's gonna be carrying the

rock a lot for us this season.

Any questions?

I didn't think so.

Now we prepare for war.

Out on the field! Now!

Now! Now! Not a minute to waste. (clapping)


Let's go!


Let's go!

(stopwatch clicks)

Freddie Steinmark.

Glad you're part of the team.

You'll really help us this year.

I wish I was back in California.

It's pretty nice here in Colorado.

Yeah, well, this team's nowhere near

as good as the one I was on there.

It will be.

Yeah. Sure it will.

Now that you're on the team,

I say state championship.

You haven't won your division in 25 years.

You're talking state championship?

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Angelo Pizzo

Angelo Pizzo is an American screenwriter and film producer, usually working on films based on a true story, and usually about athletics. He is best known for Hoosiers and Rudy. more…

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