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?
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?
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? 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.
Wind sprints! Let's go!
Oh, look. Sammy wants some peas. Come on.
You want a little pea? 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.
I didn't think so.
Now we prepare for war.
Out on the field! Now!
Now! Now! Not a minute to waste.
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?
Uno, dos. One, two, tres, cuatro!
Hey! ♪ Wooly bully ♪
♪ Watch it now, watch it ♪
♪ Here it come Here it come ♪
♪ Watch it now He get you ♪
♪ Matty told Hatty ♪
♪ About a thing she saw ♪
♪ Had two big horns ♪
♪ And a wooly jaw ♪
♪ Wooly bully ♪ That's right!
You're really fast for a big guy.
We can use you this year.
♪ Wooly bully ♪♪
Just pretend like you've gone to school here all your life.
Like anywhere else, the jocks and the cheerleaders rule the school.
And the jocks are mostly jerks.
He's sweet. He goes to mass every day.
And he is, by far, the cutest boy you will ever see.
He broke every scoring record both in basketball and football.
I don't like sports.
You don't have to like sports to have a crush on Freddie.
You just need a pulse. Hey, Freddie!
You gonna make it to workouts tonight? I'm in. See ya.
He looked at you.
He's here every day after his regular practice.
His dad trains him pretty hard.
Five! Maybe it's not his dad.
Maybe it's what he wants to do to get better.
All I know is he's exceptionally dreamy.
Great! Do it again!
You know, he stares at you every day and never says a word.
Maybe he's shy.
The most popular kid in school is shy? I doubt that.
Well, what do you think it is? I...
Maybe it has something to do with him being so religious.
No. Boys that go to mass every morning can't talk to girls?
I don't know.
Hustle up. You still got five more.
Be right back.
Don't... You have to start the car. Uh... Uh...
Here. No. I can't.
I don't want these.
Debbie. This is so embarrassing.
You know, we were just... we were just looking for a...
Picnic. Picnic area for a bunch of girls...
Surprise party. For a surprise party for a bunch of girls.
Yeah. Do you wanna go out sometime?
What? Do you wanna go out?
Go out with-with me?
Yeah, that would... that would be great.
Oh, I don't know. Uh... How about tonight?
If I run about 20 more reps, I might get the car.
I just have to ask.
All right. Some other time.
No, tonight will be fine. Right?
What's your address?
Uh... It's, uh, 2678 Pear Blossom.
Oh. Nice area.
How about 7:00?
7:00 is perfect.
It's perfect. Great.
Thanks, Debbie. Uh-huh.
Okay, I'll see you then. Okay.
Please start the car.
Is this... Is this your car?
Uh, no, no. It's my dad's.
I have to get it back by 8:00 tonight.
He has to be at work at 9:00.
What's he do? He's a Denver policeman.
Oh. At least, that's his night job.
During the day, he's a security guard.
Hard worker. Very.
My mom too. She's a clerk in the hospital.
I'm, uh... I'm gonna take you to my favorite spot.
I can see my whole life, present and future, from right here.
Look. There's Wheat Ridge High field, where I'm playing.
Yeah. There's Boulder, University of Colorado, where I might be playing if Notre Dame doesn't offer me.
And there's Denver, the Broncos.
That is, if the Chicago Bears don't draft me.
I don't know that much about football.
Let's go, Farmers!
You can do it!
Let's go, Freddie!
Fifteen straight times you mullets have lost to this team.
The tide will turn tonight.
Now, get out there and kick their butts!
Nice hit, Freddie!
There we go.
Come on. Come on! Come on, Bobby!
Come on, Freddie!
This is your team.
Get 'em ready.
Offense! Huddle up!
All right, guys.
We will not lose this game.
This streak ends now.
We have 57 seconds to go 82 yards.
Not a problem.
Let's go out and do it! Yeah!
What do I do? Just give the damn ball to Freddie.
Down! Set! Hut!
Come on, Fred!
Go! Go! Freddie, go!
Run! Freddie, run!
Oh, my God!
Yeah! That's all right!
Well done, young man. Nice game. Thanks a lot. Thank you.
Never seen anybody your size do as much damage as you do out there.
Thanks. You do a lot of damage yourself. Wish I had your size.
You'd be dangerous.
Hey, you want a ride?
Your dad's always there watching.
Every practice, every game.
All my life.
Did he play when he was younger?
He was an amazing athlete... the best in every sport he ever tried.
If he hadn't gotten in a car accident and banged up his knee, he would have been a Major League Baseball player for sure.
So he's like one of those dads living his failed dreams through you.
He just wants me to give everything I have in whatever I do, all the time.
School, sports. It's all the same to him.
I've seen a lot of dads like that.
What matters to us both is for me to get a scholarship.
We don't have a lot of money for tuition.
I'm sure you're gonna get plenty of offers.
So far, nothing.
I bet you don't have that problem.
So many, I don't know what to do with them all.
Must be nice.
Hey, you ever hear of Army's two great running backs, Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis?
They were called Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside.
Sounds good, Mr. Outside. Okay, Mr. Inside.
Hey, one more thing.
Lakewood used to be the number-one team in the state.
You know we're not gonna lose a game the rest of the year.
I appreciate you taking my call, Coach Crowder.
Just wanted to make sure you got my letters.
Well, I will tell him you said that, sir. Thank you.
Tell him he's also a 4.0 student.
Well, 165, with room to put on more.
Well, I assure you, sir...
He weighs more than 145 pounds.
A junior college?
Well, thank you anyway.
Who's next? The air force.
They recruit smaller players. I have to study.
You wanted to see me, Coach?
The University of Texas.
What about it?
Mike Campbell, their defensive coordinator, is somebody who trusts my word.
And he thinks a little different than most coaches.
University of Texas?
No guarantees, of course.
Well, did they show any interest?
Well, they came up yesterday to recruit Bobby.
Oh, well, that's why.
Hold on now.
I made Iron Mike watch a season worth of film.
You got his attention.
Okay. What do I do now?
Well, they want you and Bobby to fly to Austin this weekend to meet Coach Royal.
You need to sit down, son?
No, I have to go. I have to tell my dad.
I'd be careful about getting hopes up.
They meet with a lot of kids without making them an offer.
It means a lot they wanna see me.
University of Texas.
Doesn't look real.
Been a lot of great football played here over the years.
Never thought I'd see this place.
If I have anything to do with it, you'll be playing here.
But it's not up to me.
You ready to go meet him? Yes, sir.
Yes, Coach, that's me.
Watched film on you again this morning.
You run like you got a school of minnows in your pants.
I like the way you attack.
I try to teach my kids to drive through the ball carrier, not just lay him on the ground.
Looks like that just comes natural to you.
I'm thinking about... you playing some safety and maybe returning punts.
How's that sound to you?
Maybe you need some time to decide.
Um... No. No, sir.
What is it, son?
Well, every other coach just thought I was too small to play.
Well, I'm 5'10".
I was an okay college football player.
He quarterbacked the University of Oklahoma to an undefeated season in 1949.
You want me to play here for you?
Son, I'm offering you a scholarship to attend the University of Texas and play football.
How can I be more plain?
You will not regret giving me the chance, sir.
Becoming a Longhorn and part of this football team is a dream come true.
Give me my hand back now, son.
As for you...
Well, I figure you Colorado boys can be roommates.
Thank you. All right.
That's all for today, boys.
We'll be seeing you back here in two months. All right?
Thank you, sir. Thank you. Sir, Coach, thank you very much.
Thank you. Thank you.
Wait for it.
Never gets old.
Thanks for the ride.
Why didn't you call?
I kind of wanted to tell you in person.
So, what happened?
I can't believe that place.
Everything is bigger and better in Texas.
And that means?
Coach Royal, he, uh...
he offered me a full scholarship.
I'm so happy for you, Son.
You worked so hard for this.
So now I have to look at everything in a totally different way.
Over there, Wheat Ridge is where I used to play.
University of Colorado.
No, thanks. You had your chance.
And Notre Dame had their chance too.
You know, I wanted to go there all my life.
My dream is to play them some day and show 'em what a terrible mistake they made.
You know what? Forget the Broncos.
I'm going with my first choice now... Chicago Bears.
Coach Royal believing in me makes me think anything is possible.
I have a surprise for you.
Uh-oh. Oh, no. It's a good surprise.
Actually, it's a... it's a great one.
It's too dark.
It's an acceptance letter.
What? How'd that happen?
I applied and was accepted.
Well, what about your plans to go to CU?
No. You and I are part of a bigger plan.
Well, ye... I know. But I didn't know you were gonna...
No, Spanish is my major. They have the biggest department in the country.
I thought your parents said there was no way they would ever let you...
I am very persuasive. Yes, you are.
You're going. We're gonna have the best time in Austin.
I can't wait to get started. Yeah?
Come on. Move those feet. You can do better than that.
Come on! Pop up!
Hope Coach is right about you.
Better keep up with your Colorado buddy, Mitchell.
He's here because of you.
Come on! Move those feet now!
Come on, Mitchell! Quit dogging it!
Nice hustle, Bobby. You're doing great, buddy.
Steinmark, you're up!
Let's go! Come on! Let's see some hittin'!
Let's go now! Set! Hut!
Who's next? Reynolds, go.
Nice pop for a Colorado boy.
There you go, Freddie. Good hit.
Hey. Want a burger?
What's the matter?
My brother Mark joined the army.
Why are you so upset?
You ever hear of a little place called Vietnam?
Yeah, but not everyone who joins the army is sent there.
He's training to be a helicopter pilot.
I'm gonna get a beer at the rectory. You wanna come?
A beer at the rectory? Yeah.
Some priest named Father Bomar invites the football players over to get away, relax, have some brews.
Yes, altar boy, a priest.
They use the freshmen as cannon fodder.
Since we aren't eligible until sophomore year, they don't care how much the varsity pounds us.
I'm worried about you getting hurt.
Me? I'm invincible. Never been hurt in my life.
My roommates tell me that football players are the targets for every girl on this campus.
You can't possibly be worried about me.
Well, you were treated special in high school.
And if you end up being a star on the team, which I know you will, they're gonna treat you like a god.
♪ Oh, I can't see me loving nobody but you ♪ Stop. Stop. That's too much. ♪ For all my... ♪
They moved me to a more advanced Spanish class.
My teacher... very good-looking.
Jealous? Hey, captain.
Good to see you.
Do I know you? Freddie Steinmark.
I'm a freshman. I'm on the team.
Welcome aboard, young pup.
It's Bill Bradley, one of the top quarterbacks in the country.
He's gonna lead us to a national championship.
Well, upperclassmen don't normally even talk to freshmen till spring practice next year.
Oh, so he honored you?
Yeah, I guess he did.
Let me lay this out as plain as I can.
A 6 and 4 record is unacceptable for Texas football.
This year things are gonna be a little different... no, a lot different... than anything we've ever done here before.
Gentlemen, football doesn't build character.
It eliminates the weak ones.
We're about to weed out the weak.
Come on, come on, come on! Let's go, boys! Get 'em up!
We got 200 players vying for a spot on a 100-man roster.
Get that butt down, Mitchell!
That means by the end of this two-week spring practice session, 100 of you are gonna quit, get hurt, or we'll kick your ass out of here for not being good enough or not working hard enough.
Faster! Double! Double time! Let's go! Double time!
We are gonna stay here all day.
No one is guaranteed a spot or a starting position.
Each week you will be rated.
Come on, Steinmark! Get up there!
Let's go, ladies! Come on! Let's go!
Some of you who played this week won't be in the same spot next week.
Move! Move! Faster! Let's go! Faster!
Last spring, we didn't wear pads until the second week or get into nutcrackers or eye openers until 10 days in.
This spring we start now.
Go, go, go, go, go!
Come on, come on, come on, come on!
I don't think I'm pushing these boys hard enough.
You ran 30 off this week alone.
That Steinmark kid...
I can't make him sweat.
The more I push him, the more he answers the call.
I don't know what they're putting in the water up there in Colorado, but we could sure use some of that down here.
Okay, Frank, we'll do that.
♪ Oh, sweet thing ♪
♪ Come on and dance with me ♪ All right, let's see what you got.
Yeah, that's right. Lighten your feet. Yeah, I'm ready.
Oh! Wheeler's pass, intercepted by Steinmark.
He's gonna take it back all the way.
Oh! It's a monster tackle!
Wheeler takes Steinmark down!
The last-ditch saving tackle!
Steinmark is down.
This summer went by too fast.
Mm. Not fast enough.
I can't wait to start practice and play for real.
You've got nothing but football on your mind.
That's not true.
Mm. It's not.
Gentlemen, we're gonna implement a new offensive set.
It's called "the triple option."
Now, that means we're primarily gonna be a running team.
And I guarantee you no one we play this year will have ever seen this offense.
Now, quarterbacks... Bradley, Norwood, Street, Phillips... how you read the defense and make instantaneous decisions will determine whether this system works or not.
So we're gonna try you all.
And whoever can best handle the challenge runs the show.
All right, let's give our quarterbacks three.
Let's get to work! Let's do it! Come on!
Down! Set! Hut!
Bill. Where are you going?
Down! Set! Hut!
Smart play, James.
Man, that kid's got an arm.
Yeah, he's a little slow on the read, but he can throw.
We're either gonna go 10 and 0 or 0 and 10.
We sure as heck ain't gonna go 6 and 4.
Fast Freddie. Ooh!
Boy, you showed 'em how it's done out there, little dink.
Hey, you and me need to stick together.
You lead the defense. I'm gonna lead the offense.
I'm a long way from leading anybody.
Hey, bubba, I know a gamer when I see one, all right?
Give us a couple of years, you and me are gonna be running the show.
I won't be running the show.
And you got the number-one quarterback in the nation in front of you.
Just a matter of time, Fast Freddie.
Hey, Bobby! Hey.
Hey, what's the matter?
They're moving me to offensive line.
Guess they're trying to make me quit.
I don't want your Pollyanna bullshit now.
You're not gonna quit.
Why is that? Because you promised your brother you wouldn't.
Coach Royal wants to see you in his office.
Come on in, Freddie.
We don't have a defensive back, including an upperclassman, who understands their position as well as you do.
Hell, it's like you got a second sense of where the damn ball is going before it even gets there.
I think you may be the toughest kid we got on the team.
Thank you, sir.
We're moving you up.
You'll be the first sophomore starter I've had since Tommy Nobis.
And he was the greatest player I've ever coached.
I'm honored, sir. All right.
Now, there's a lot on you, son.
We wouldn't be making this move unless we knew you could handle it.
Yes, I can. I definitely can. Good.
'Cause this season it's gonna be Texas smashmouth football.
Offense and defense.
Can't wait. Glad to hear it.
After a very disappointing first contest with Houston, we'll see if the Longhorns and their newfangled triple option offense can get on track here at Tech.
That was a bold gamble which did not pan out.
No question. Coach Royal is on the hot seat.
The fact is, the fans are restless.
If they don't win this game today, you can just about write this season off.
Bill Bradley is really struggling with this offense.
And yet another turnover.
86, cover the flat!
Take a knee.
You are embarrassing me, the coaching staff, your family, the University of Texas, its fans.
But most of all... you're embarrassing yourselves.
Where in God's good earth is your pride, gentlemen?
Is that how you want people to remember you?
There's a hell of a fight going on out there.
We ought to get in it.
Yeah! Let's go!
Down! Set! Hut!
Damn it! More of the same here in the second half, Phil.
I don't know what Coach Royal was thinking with this offense.
It's a bit of a train wreck, Joe.
Yes, sir? Get your helmet on.
Sure. Defense, get ready!
Get in there.
Hell, he can't do much worse.
What is this? We've got a change here, Phil. New quarterback?
Coach called you out.
Joe, it looks like a desperation move to me.
James Street is raw and unproven.
Y'all wanna play some Texas football?
All I ask is you guys stick with me one play at a time.
Down! Set! Hut!
Street pitches it to Koy. For a big gain.
There it go.
There goes Street. Spin move.
He got it!
Touchdown, James Street.
He got it!
Touchdown, Steve Worster!
I guess it just needed the right quarterback to make the triple option work.
Good read, James.
That might be the end of Super Bill Bradley, one of the top quarterbacks in the country.
Replaced by a fourth-string quarterback we've never seen before.
Despite a strong second half, Texas is winless in the first two games of the last two seasons, and that hasn't happened in 72 years.
First to arrive, last to leave.
I like how quiet it is before everybody gets here.
What are you reading there?
Uh, chemical engineering.
You are one of the darnedest players I've ever seen.
Sure wish I had a lot more like you.
Looks like we're the only ones left on the team that still get our hair cut every week.
Yeah, yeah. You could be right.
Who is that young woman I see you with all the time?
That's Linda, my girlfriend.
We've been together since her junior year.
I first laid eyes on Edith in high school.
Fell in love faster than a hiccup.
Well, I hope we end up together as happy as you and Mrs. Royal.
Thank you, Freddie.
I need to stop by and see you every day.
You just make me feel better about things.
Bradley's not here.
Probably already transferred.
James, let's go!
Come on, Slick.
Throw me a pass.
I'm looking for a new position.
Let's go, gunslinger.
A run to the post. Hit me.
You all right, bubba?
Our quarterback! Hook 'em!
Let's get to work!
It's Steinmark again.
Up and over. Touchdown, Bertelsen.
Steinmark on the return.
He's got blockers, Joe. He's out to the 50.
He could go all the way!
Street with a keeper.
He gets hit. Spins. Oh, another touchdown for the Longhorns.
The triple option offense, which sportswriters are now calling the "wishbone," has changed this Texas team.
And defenses don't know how to stop this offense.
The Longhorns will not be denied.
Street to Speyrer, on the end around.
He breaks it upfield.
Touchdown, Cotton Speyrer.
Another vicious hit by Steinmark at the line for no gain.
Well, after a horrendous start, Texas has outscored their opponents 320-134.
And has won the Southwest Conference Championship.
What an amazing season for Steinmark, leading the league in interceptions and being named All-Southwest Conference safety.
And if it was my vote, Texas would be number one in the country.
I've been looking for you.
What is it?
Bobby just found out his brother got killed in Vietnam.
...in the name of freedom must stop.
End the war.
We are sick and tired of our boys dying.
Hey, man, First Amendment. Right to free speech.
To hell with your free speech.
Let him go. We've got plenty more.
Hey, war lover. War lover.
Bobby! Bobby! Bobby! Hey! Hey! It's me. Hey.
Mark's... I know.
I'm so sorry.
Come on. Let's go.
No more war! No more war! No more war!
He had such great plans for his life.
He was everything I wanted to be.
And nothing has ever hurt this much.
Tell me why God takes my brother so young with such a great life ahead of him.
I don't think anybody can answer that question.
You know, just because you're not a religious person doesn't mean you can't pray at a time like this.
Well, if I did pray, it would be to ask God to bring my brother back!
Look, I'm sorry.
I didn't mean to yell at you. Don't be sorry.
You have every right to be mad and yell all you want.
Doesn't do any good.
Nothing does any good.
Can you believe a man just walked on the moon?
It didn't even seem real.
Everything's changing so fast.
Yeah. In two years we'll be graduating.
What do you mean, "and"?
Is it still a boy and a girl?
No, it's three boys and a girl.
Three? All right, fine. How about four?
No, three. Four.
Ow! You okay?
Yeah. It's nothing.
You sure? Bruised it playing softball.
I hope you don't read this bullcrap.
We do not care what other people write about us.
We don't care what people think we can and can't do.
Only those of you right here can tell that story.
And, gentlemen, I'm counting on it being a great story.
The University of California should be a good first test.
There hasn't been this much excitement about Texas football in a long while.
Even ABC is anticipating a number one versus number two showdown at the end of the season.
And right now that would be Texas versus Arkansas for the 100-year anniversary of college football.
Steinmark. A loss of three.
The Campbell twins showing up on a tackle.
Street, scrambling again.
He's in trouble, but he gets out of it. Touchdown!
You all right?
Final score: Texas 17 to nothing.
A great defensive effort, led by Freddie Steinmark.
Your leg's still bothering you.
It'll be okay.
You got to see Medina.
He never healed anybody.
His whole job is to tape you up and send you back out.
I'd hate to see you play at 90%.
Good stuff, man.
Texas Tech has gotten the better of the Longhorns in the last two years, but with James Street at the helm and Freddie Steinmark in the secondary, this Longhorn team has a completely different look.
Steinmark again, with another interception.
Revenge is sweet.
Texas crushes Tech 49-7.
And they'll next face archrival Oklahoma, led by power back Steve Owens.
It's a war of wills now.
Power versus power.
And the Sooners are counting on Owens to carry the bulk of the load, but Freddie's got something to say about that.
And the Longhorns prevail in a slugfest, 27-17.
Wait. Isn't that illegal?
Why are you still limping so badly? I'm not.
Don't act like you're not in pain. I know you.
I'm getting better. It's not getting better.
You have to go see a doctor.
I'm doing all right out there.
I see you, trying to hide your limp on the field too.
Look, if I wasn't doing the job, I wouldn't be playing.
If it's still a problem after the Arkansas game, I'd have someone take a look at it.
That's not for another month. I'm not gonna miss this season, Linda.
It's gonna be special.
I know it.
It's Speyrer on the reverse.
He's gonna throw it. It's a long one to Peschel.
What a grab. Touchdown!
Steinmark took a big hit there, Joe.
It looks like he might be hurt.
He's gonna shake it off.
Well, he's a tough kid.
Street with a keeper.
Scrambling again. Touchdown!
Steinmark on the coverage.
Freddie got beat on that one, Joe.
How's it feeling?
What a catch! Touchdown!
Texas has this wrapped up 49-12.
And now they are the number-one team in the land.
Arkansas is number two.
Phil, this could be the game of the century.
Didn't know you came in this early.
What happened to you?
You look like you've been run over by a truck.
It's this way after every game.
You know what it's like out there.
It's different for me. I'm the one who's doing the hittin'.
Yeah, I got 11 of you bastards coming at me every play.
And most a hell of a lot bigger than you.
How's that leg of yours?
Pain is pain.
Comes with the territory.
You got that right.
All I care about now is the Arkansas game.
That's why we're here.
To play for all the marbles.
How's the leg, Freddie?
It's not bad. It just keeps getting banged up.
I'll be fine.
Seems like it's getting worse.
Everyone's a little beat up this time of the season.
Montgomery is the best quarterback we play against.
When he watches film, he's gonna see that you're vulnerable.
And he will attack.
I know all his tendencies.
I'll be in the right place at the right time.
I promise, Coach. I will not let you down.
Even at 90%, I want you out there.
You're the heart of our defense.
And hell, you boys only allowed three touchdowns all year.
After we win this game, we'll have three weeks before the Cotton Bowl.
If it still hurts, you see a doctor, okay?
My leg will be perfect New Year's Day.
Welcome to The Big Shootout!
Or as many have been saying, college football's Game of the Century.
There's not an empty seat here in hostile Razorback Stadium. Whoa!
Two undefeated teams.
Number one Texas versus number two Arkansas, battle for the National Championship.
Arkansas present the Longhorn defense with their toughest challenge of the year.
But no team this year has figured out how to stop the potent wishbone offense. Go.
What we got here, Joe, is two great offenses versus two great defenses.
And despite the bitter rivalry, coaches Darrell Royal and Frank Broyles are good friends.
Maybe not from the opening kickoff to the final gun today, Joe.
And this game has received so much attention that even the president is expected at any moment.
I have never seen one game receive so much publicity.
Can you hold up one more game, little dink?
Wouldn't be here if I couldn't.
If you wanna help, keep their defense on the field, huh?
I'll see what I can do.
The helicopter, Marine One, is landing.
President Nixon will soon be joining this raucous crowd.
Here we are.
Wheat Ridge boys. Woof.
Playing in front of the president of the United States in the biggest damn game ever.
All part of the plan.
I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you.
Let's go, boys!
We're gonna set the tone of this game right here, right now.
On three. One, two, three.
And here we go. Texas, first series on offense.
Hands off to... Fumble! Arkansas recovers.
Holy cow. First play right off the scrimmage.
I'd hate to say the crowd was already a factor, but maybe they are.
And just as the president arrives.
Glad he didn't see that. I wish I hadn't seen it.
Arkansas draws first blood.
Street going back for his first pass of the day.
Going for Speyrer.
Underthrown and intercepted!
Street rolls to his left. Completion to Speyrer.
A scramble for the ball and Arkansas recovers again.
Steinmark with a big hit.
Let's go! Come on!
Street going for Speyrer.
And again, interception!
What a disastrous start for the Longhorns, Joe.
There's two interceptions and two fumbles, and the first half isn't even over.
And Texas, stuffed once again at the line.
Montgomery to Johnny Rees.
Tackled by Steinmark. A gain of five.
There you go. Nice hit, Freddie. Nice hit.
Darrell, Steinmark is really struggling.
I'm thinking about it.
Third and 10 on the Texas 22.
Montgomery... He's looking downfield.
Dicus is right there, wide open.
And he lets it go.
Touchdown, Arkansas Razorbacks.
There is nothing going right for Texas right now, Joe.
Mr. Referee, he was blocking on me when the ball was in the air, and that's against the rules.
Hold on a minute there, Phil.
I see a flag.
Flag. It's coming back.
Come on! You know what, Joe?
I believe Tom Campbell convinced the referee that he was interfered with.
How does he get to call that? He was blocking...
They're the number one team in the nation. I understand.
But you don't make a call like that with something like this.
Not in a game like this, you can't make that call.
Worst half of football the Longhorns have played all year.
Arkansas has figured out how to stop this wishbone.
And at the end of the first half, it's Arkansas 7, Texas nothing.
I'm wide open after every five yards.
Hey, Slick. I can get open out there. I promise.
All right. If your number's called and you're open, I'll get you the ball.
Can't you do more than block? What?
You gonna be all right?
One more half.
I'm not gonna stand here and tell you what you're doing wrong, what you're doing right.
By God, you wouldn't be playing if you didn't know that.
Men, I want you to think about all the years we spent together.
The weight room.
The heat. The sweat.
The Medina drills.
So difficult, every one of you at some point wanted to quit.
And as you see, it was all for a purpose.
To get ourselves...
to this place... for this great battle.
Don't let all those hours you put into this endeavor go to waste.
In about one hour, a gun is gonna go off and end the game.
And at that point... the world will know that the 1969 National Champions... were the University of Texas Longhorns.
That's right. Yeah.
Now, give me three.
What you say, boys? Yeah!
All right. One by one, let's go.
Play by play, let's go.
Hey, let's go get them, Fast Freddie.
They've spotted the ball inside the Texas 30-yard line.
So that was a pickup of two on that last running play, Joe.
And it's Arkansas. Second down and eight on the Texas 29.
Dicus and Rees split through the left.
Montgomery, back to pass.
And he hits Dicus on a crossing pattern.
He's got some running room.
He's on the 10, five.
Arkansas, touchdown. The Razorbacks strike first in the second half.
Steinmark had a shot at him, but he couldn't get there in time.
Freddie's a step behind.
A demoralizing score for the Longhorns, who are now down 14 to nothing.
Hey! It's your time, Slick.
Let's go, Texas! Just watch me.
Second and nine for Texas on the Arkansas 44.
Street goes back. He's in trouble.
He breaks free. He almost goes down.
And there he goes.
He's at the 30, the 20, 10.
Touchdown, James Street. What a run!
You can't hold a good man down, Joe. Yes!
Whoo! We've been seeing that scrambling artistry from James Street for the last two years.
And now we can pull within seven.
Wait a minute, Phil. Look there.
Texas is going for the two-point conversion.
That's a big risk. If they fail, that makes it a two-possession game instead of one.
Coach Royal rolling the dice on this one. Down! Set! Hut!
It's Street. He fakes left. Spins, goes right.
And he's in there! Two points, Texas. Great job, James!
Arkansas 14, Texas 8.
Darrell Royal, the riverboat gambler, wins that bet.
The number one team in the land is back in the game.
Let's go. Come on.
Montgomery goes back and hits Dicus again.
A 21-yard gain.
There's the throw, and it's too long.
But we have a flag.
There was a hold.
Steinmark was gonna get beat, and he grabbed his jersey to save a touchdown.
I've got holding, number 28.
So, with that penalty, that's gonna be a 15-yarder.
That's gonna move it all the way from the 24, down inside the 10-yard line to the nine, Joe.
I've never seen him do that before.
He's finished. Take him out.
Get in there.
You can do it, Rick.
Rick Nabors, the backup safety, is in.
Joe, I believe that's the first time I can remember he's being pulled from the game for not doing his job.
At least he saved a touchdown.
I'm sorry, son. I hated to do it.
The right call.
Bring your kinnies!
Come on now. Stiff it up!
Montgomery, looking for Dicus.
He throws it. Interception!
He breaks the tackle and returns it back all the way to the 25.
That's a big break for the Longhorns. They dodged a bullet.
Montgomery and Dicus were on a roll. Offense, on the field.
And here we go. With six minutes to go, Texas needs to make something happen. Down. Set!
Time's running out. Hut!
And it's Street to Speyrer on the end around.
He breaks it upfield to the 40, 45.
Into Arkansas territory.
Koy with a quick hit to the inside. A gain of a couple.
Worster again, off tackle. Maybe three yards at the most.
Third and five. Worster again. They didn't make it.
Fourth down and the clock is still running. Son of a bitch.
Damn it. Ref!
Time out, Texas. Fourth at about two and a half.
Oh, this is gonna be Coach Royal's biggest call of the game, if not the season.
That veer should be there.
Fourth and two and a half. Fourth and two and a half.
But with this field position, if we go for this and don't make it and give it back to them, that's it, game's over.
We got four minutes left.
Right 53 veer pass.
Hey, Coach. Right 53 veer pass. You sure?
Hell, yes, I'm sure. Run the play.
Yeah, I might be wrong, but I'm not confused.
Defense, get ready.
All right. Get in tight.
Randy, this one's coming to you.
Right 53 veer pass. On one.
You better be open. I'm always open.
All right. On one, on one. Ready? Break!
Carry out your fate.
Here we go. James Street, over center.
Everybody on their feet here at Razorback Stadium.
Randy Peschel! It's caught!
He somehow came up with the ball.
Yeah, baby! Attaboy, Randy!
Coach Royal gambling it all on that play.
How in the hell they get behind 'em?
James Street and Randy Peschel coming through. James!
They're now in scoring position on the 13. Let's go! Let's go!
They're now in National Championship position, Joe.
Huddle up! Huddle up!
All right, Darrell, you're a genius.
Handoff to Ted Koy and he pounds his way to the two-yard line.
An 11-yard gain.
And Bertelsen rams his way into the end zone.
A 14-14 tie.
And that's why Coach Royal went for two.
To set up kick and a simple extra point in taking the lead.
He wasn't planning on playing for no tie.
And here's the kick. It's up.
Texas leads 15-14.
But there's still 3:58 left.
Plenty of time for Arkansas to get back in scoring position.
Rick! Rick! Keep Dicus on the inside.
Don't bite on his post move. Got you.
You're doing great. One more stop.
I want Freddie in the game. You sure?
We got three minutes to hold 'em. Coach wants you back in there.
Come on, defense. Saddle up.
Freddie's going back in.
Let's go, Freddie.
Come on, Son.
You can do it, Freddie! Longhorns!
Hey! Welcome back, Freddie. Thanks.
Hold 'em right here. Let's go!
Montgomery, back to pass.
Spots his favorite target Dicus and completes it again.
Hell, you can take Dicus, baby. Let's go!
Now the Razorbacks in Texas territory at the 46, first and 10.
Steinmark. Hey! Man, 80, man.
Guys, we have got to shut Dicus down.
I got him.
I got him.
Joe, all Arkansas needs is another 20 yards, and they can kick a field goal and win this game.
Montgomery rolling left looking for Dicus.
He's covered tight by Steinmark.
He's got to throw it away. Great coverage by Steinmark.
That's it, Freddie!
That's my boy. Yes!
Second and 10 on the 46.
Montgomery, looking downfield.
Dicus not open.
He goes for Rees.
Interception! Tom Campbell! What a grab!
That's it. They've done it!
Number one Texas wins the National Championship, 15 to 14.
It's like a dream, right? National Championship.
It's why we came to Texas.
Congratulations, Darrell. Heck of a good game.
It's a game for the ages. Could have gone either way.
It could have. It could have. Good luck to you guys.
Got it! Number one, baby!
A game for the ages, Joe.
No doubt about that.
What a battle it was. They'll be celebrating in Austin tonight!
You were right. National champion.
Meant to be.
I know. All part of the plan, right?
I'm proud of you.
The doctor, tomorrow.
And don't even mention the Cotton Bowl.
We're gonna be playing Notre Dame.
It's the first time they ever accepted a Bowl invitation.
They wanna prove they can beat the national champions.
The doctor. Tomorrow.
That's it. No more interviews.
We gotta start preparing for Notre Dame.
Come on in, Freddie. I'll talk to you later.
Don't be sorry.
I wanna play in the Cotton Bowl.
I think we have to have somebody good take a look at it.
Yeah, I know.
Everything I've done to make it better hasn't worked.
I don't know. Maybe I should have held you out a couple of games.
No way, Coach.
I wouldn't have missed one minute of one game.
Let me be clear.
We would not be national champions if you had not been out on that field.
You hear me?
Lance, will you get me Dr. Jullian, please?
Dr. Jullian, it's Darrell.
Listen, I need you to clear the decks.
Give my Freddie Steinmark the VIP treatment.
Thank you. He'll be right over.
Dr. Jullian's the best bone-and-joint doctor we have here.
Take good care of you.
I'm going to New York to collect the MacArthur Bowl.
You gonna be okay? Yes, Coach.
Thank you. You're welcome, Freddie.
You ready to get right to it?
This area, here, is the problem.
There are a couple of possibilities.
Bone spurs, coagulated edema.
But the most likely is that it's a tumor.
Tumors can be benign.
We've decided that the best course of action is to send you to Houston MD Anderson Hospital.
It's part of the University of Texas Medical Center.
There are good hospitals here. Why go to Houston?
Because they got the best oncology department in Texas.
The study of cancer.
- Hello? Dad.
I just talked to the doctor.
They're sending me to a cancer hospital in Houston.
I think my leg is bad. Real bad.
Please don't tell Ma.
Okay, well, I have to tell your mother, Son.
We're coming down there.
No, you don't have to go. I'll call after I know anything.
When's your appointment?
5:00, tomorrow afternoon.
We'll see you there. No, you don't have to go.
It would be a waste of time and money if it turns out to be benign.
Son, we're coming.
How are you?
We are gonna come and see you real soon, champ.
Tonight, we'll say our prayers together.
Yes, Mama, we'll do that.
We'll do that. Okay.
Since 1959, the MacArthur Bowl has been presented by the National Football Foundation...
Coach Royal, you have a phone call in the vestibule. It's urgent.
It is annually awarded by the National Football Foundation to the outstanding college football team of the season.
Since it was first offered in 1959, the trophy is looked upon as one of the most celebrated and sought-after... Thank you.
Doctor, it's Darrell.
Are you sure?
Okay. Well, let's get him there as soon as possible.
We'll charter a plane. We'll...
No. I'm scheduled to come back tomorrow night.
Forget that. I'm going to the airport right now.
Yes, thank you.
Somebody here to see you.
Why didn't you call me? How did you get here?
I drove. When I didn't hear from you, I found out from the football office that they flew you here.
I just didn't want you involved with all this.
I'm a little more than involved, don't you think? I'm sorry.
I knew you'd wanna be here, and it's a three-hour drive...
I would drive across the country for you. You know that.
Whatever you're going through, I'm going through.
I'm sorry. No.
It's gonna be okay.
Your parents are... are flying in.
I'm picking them up in a couple of hours.
I'll be outside. Love you.
I love you.
How are you, Linda?
Coach. I thought you were in New York.
Ah, hell, I never liked those big cities.
If Coach is here, it must be serious.
Well, Freddie, I'm going to lay it out to you as simple as possible.
We're going to biopsy your tumor.
Best scenario is that it's benign.
We can drain it, and you'll be out of here in no time.
But the chance of that happening, based on my reading of the X-ray, is quite small.
It's most likely an osteogenic sarcoma.
If that's the case, I'm going to have to amputate your leg.
We have no other choice.
How far up?
We'll see you first thing in the morning. Yeah.
Thank you, Doctor.
Freddie, you and I have been through some tough spots together.
Both of us have... been behind in life, and we've come back.
We've never given up.
You can't give up now.
Whatever it is, you will meet the challenge.
And I'll be here for you.
Freddie, don't get up. Let me do it now.
I may not get another chance.
You know why we're having this meeting?
I think it's about Freddie.
Has anybody heard anything?
Sit down. Sit down.
Everybody sit down.
As you're all aware, Freddie's surgery was today.
I want you all to know the outcome before you heard it from somewhere else.
They found a cancerous tumor the size of a baseball, on his femur.
Doctors told me they didn't know how he could walk on that leg, much less play football.
Of course, I'm sure that wouldn't surprise anybody here.
They amputated his leg...
Damn. at the hip.
Men, your teammate is in the fight of his life.
And if there's anybody I know or have ever known who's up to it, it's Freddie Joe Steinmark.
That boy has never backed down against nothing or nobody, and he won't now.
But he's gonna need all of you.
Your thoughts, your prayers, your support.
Hey, Coach. Are they gonna let him out of the hospital to come and be with all of us at the Cotton Bowl?
I'm afraid not.
Doctor said a minimum 30 days before he can leave.
But, men, he will be there with us in spirit.
He will be there with us.
I'll never play again.
I won't be able to show Notre Dame what they missed out on.
None of that matters now.
Look at me.
There is nothing my boy can't do.
You will beat this.
We'll do it together.
You are so strong.
You're gonna be okay.
Love you, Son.
I love you.
Get some sleep.
Hey, hot dog.
When you get out of the hospital, we're gonna go to our favorite parking spot.
That may be a while.
They said at least a month.
I've got nothing but time.
We're gonna get back to our normal lives. I promise.
We got plans, mister.
I can see our future from right here.
There's Austin, where we'll graduate May, a year from now.
Right there is Denver, where you're gonna be coaching.
And there's our little house in Aurora, where we're gonna live with our one girl and three boys.
You're making a fast recovery.
That doesn't surprise me.
Hey, Dr. Martin, this is my best friend, Bobby Mitchell.
What are those for? Uh, Freddie.
He's gonna be with us at the Cotton Bowl.
Not on those, he's not.
No, I'm sorry, Freddie. It's out of the question.
You know, only way we could let you go is in a wheelchair.
Even that's doubtful.
You just had a major traumatic surgery.
I won't go in a wheelchair.
Then you're not leaving the hospital.
Can't you just let me try the crutches? No.
Your system will be in recovery for weeks.
Just being upright puts too much pressure on all your stitches.
I'd just like to try.
I'm sorry, Freddie. This is not up for discussion.
I'll be back to check on you tomorrow.
Nice to meet you, Bobby. Doctor.
Let's prove him wrong.
Easy, easy. No, I'm good.
All right, come on.
Maybe this isn't such a good idea.
Let's try it one more time. Okay.
Excuse me, Nurse.
I just went to Freddie Steinmark's room, and he's not there.
Is there something wrong? Yes, there sure is.
We can hardly keep track of him. He's constantly on the move.
Those two practice every day for hours.
I know some doctors do not support this, but I think it's great.
There it is.
Thank you, Nurse.
All right, end of this hallway, then I'll get a break.
There's a rumor going around that you've gone renegade on me.
I don't know what you're talking about.
Well, this isn't the military, and I can't order you off the crutches.
I can only strongly advise against it.
How many patients of yours have lost limbs due to bone cancer?
Well, I don't have the statistics. There are many variances.
Please. I wanna know where I stand.
I read an article on how bone cancer is one of the deadliest.
Hardest to cure.
Well, that's true. It is.
But I've had a number of success stories.
I'm asking you to be straight with me.
I need to know.
The survival rates for your form of osteogenic sarcoma are not high.
Doctor, I'm gonna ask you one more time, and I'm begging you to tell me the truth.
How many patients who lost a limb from my kind of cancer lived more than a year?
Hey, little buddy.
You're gonna own him. I will.
It's your game, Woo-Woo.
Okay, I need you to shut down Theismann.
Oh, I'm planning on it.
Street. Hey, Freddie.
You know, their left corner's slow.
Attack on his side.
You got it.
Welcome back, Freddie.
Hey, Mr. Inside.
Give 'em hell.
Yeah, I'll take care of that.
All right, men, let's listen up.
I don't need to say this, 'cause I know it's all in your heads anyway.
Let's go out there and win Freddie a game ball.
There he is.
Whoo! Go, Freddie!
You ready? Let's go get 'em, boys!
We won that game.
And Freddie did get the game ball.
That kid had a tubful of guts and courage.
And defying the doctor's odds, he lived another year and a half.
He died on June 6, 1971.
His family and Linda by his side.
But he still lives in our hearts.
We honor his spirit before every game.
I don't know. If I tell you how proud I am of you.
It'd be kind of, you know, an understatement.
Uh... afraid if I talk too damn long, I'm gonna choke up.
But we've got a guy that we love a lot.
Freddie, here it is for ya.