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4th & Goal
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4TH & GOAL is the epic tale of six young football players in their quest to join the most elite club in professional sports: the NFL. Shot over six years, we first meet DeQawn, Albert, Gibril, Tim, Randy, and Bret at the famed junior college football program at City College of San Francisco. We track their progress as they are recruited for top Division 1 college scholarships; they fan out across the country, each believing that he will be one of the chosen few who will be a "Sunday Player."
What their experience reveals is the true fate of millions of high school football players each year: only 1696 players can play on an NFL team and the cut-throat competition -- physical, intellectual, and emotional -- is what distinguishes one man's success from another man's failure. The bottleneck narrows as our characters reach the end of their college careers and the draft and recruitment process heats up. Pro-Day, Draft-Day, Training Camp -- they are all steps towards that moment that every football player dreams of. But injury, family problems, and the limits of one's abilities all conspire to some degree against each. Only one of our six young men will achieve his dream.
Who will make it and why? What their individual fates reveal is as much a prophetic tale of brotherhood, family and the harsh realities of growing up as it is about excelling on 100 yards of turf.
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Anyone who loves football, college football in particular, should find much of interest in "4th and Goal." The film features much footage about training sessions, recruitment and key gameplay and is very good at establishing the process gone though to move to the next level of success. The players are well defined in their thinking--very few have back-up plans to their chosen (but hard to reach) aspirations. This is an especially vital topic in our current celebrity culture where everyone wants instant fame (whether in sports or entertainment) and banks on it, but aren't really building any alternate skill set in case they don't make it. The selected players are relatable and, oftentimes, their own worst enemies.Read more ›
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