Thursday, August 18, 2016

Greater the Movie

If you know me at all - you know that I LOVE SEC football and especially the Arkansas Razorbacks.  (Go Hogs!)

Let me tell you about one special player.  

Back in 1994, there was a guy named Brandon Burlsworth from Harrison, AR (30 minutes from where I grew up).  He wanted to play football for the hogs.  Other small schools offered him scholarships but he wanted to be a razorback so he chose to walk on.  He worked harder than any scholarship player has ever worked and won a scholarship in 1996.  He went on to be a team captain and all SEC.  He also worked hard academically and earned his master's degree before he played his final game - the first AR football player ever to do that.  He was also a guy of very strong faith.  

The Indianapolis Colts drafted him in 1999 and 11 days later he was killed in a car wreck.  

A slogan that has been at Arkansas ever since has been "Do it the Burls way" - which means do your best even when no one is looking.  A foundations was set up based on his work ethic and Christian values and they bring in kids for each home game who would likely never be able to go to a Razorback game and they sit in a special section for "Burls Kids".  They also work to give kids in Arkansas eye exams and glasses for those who might not be able to afford them.  Brandon was known for his thick glasses.  

I love SEC football and the Razorbacks but I also LOOOOOOOVE a good sports movie.  I don't think I have ever cried at a chick flick but I sob like a baby at every sports movie.  I can't watch this trailer without tearing up.  

Greater - the story of Brandon Burlsworth - is coming out on 8/28 and I want to encourage you to take your family to see it.  It will inspire you and uplift you! Even if you aren't a Hog fan! 

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