Friday, August 19, 2016

GREATER, An Inspirational Movie In Theaters Friday, August 26th, Offers Great Life Lessons

Are you looking for a great movie to catch in theaters with your family next weekend?  How about checking out GREATER.  This movie follows the true story of Brandon Burlsworth, who is "perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football."  Stay tuned next week when I will be sharing my review of this movie and running a giveaway where one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will have a chance to win (2) #77 Burlsworth Football jerseys.

But in the meantime, here is the official movie trailer, in case you haven't seen or heard about Brandon Burlsworth and the upcoming theatrical movie release, that will inspire both children and adults of all ages....GREATER.

More about the movie, GREATER:

"GREATER follows the true story of Brandon Burlsworth who is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Brandon dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was told he wasn’t good enough to play Division I ball. Undeterred, Brandon took a risk and walked on in 1994. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Brandon displayed dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. The awkward kid who once was an embarrassment to his teammates and an annoyance to his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched. Starring Neal McDonough and introducing Chris Severio, GREATER opens in theaters August 26th."

Doesn't this look like an amazing movie?!  I have been waiting for this movie to release in theaters to watch, and know when I sit down to watch it next week I will have a box of tissues handy as it will be a tear jerking.  But, just by watching the movie trailer above, you can see that  Brandon truly re-defined the word champion, and that this movie is a great way to honor him and share this amazing story about faith, dedication, perservance and dreaming big.  While my girls are too young to watch this movie, I will defintiely be picking it up when it arrives on DVD to share with them down the road, and talk about the movie and Brandon.


Check out the follow  tips on character building from actor Chris Severio (who stars in the movie as Brandon), which will definitely come in handy as your children head back to school...

"Actors wait their entire lives to play a role as meaty and meaningful as Brandon Burlsworth. I was blessed to get that opportunity in my first movie, bringing Brandon to the big screen in GREATER, in theaters everywhere Aug. 26.

Brandon was a true champion and role model for so many, and I hope this movie entertains and inspires you and your family.  For all the young athletes, new athletes, struggling athletes and dreamers out there (and their parents), these three lessons from Brandon’s life hold the key to building character and finding your destiny.

•         Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t: Brandon was not the most physically gifted athlete. He struggled with being overweight, wasn’t naturally graceful, was a pretty unlikely candidate to be a college football All-American and then drafted into the NFL. He was able to do it all because he refused to listen to those who doubted him or his abilities. He always believed in himself, knew that through hard work and dedication, he could be anything he wanted to be. The only thing standing between you and your dreams is how passionately you’re willing to produce them.

•         Dedicate yourself to something greater: It’s no coincidence the film of Brandon’s life is called GREATER. As a Christian, he believed he was called to be a man of integrity and honor off the field as well as on – he dedicated himself, first and foremost, to God.  Your faith can strengthen you, and like Brandon you can choose to be a role model on and off the field.

•         Help others: Brandon Burlsworth was a giver. He didn’t just play football, or live his life, focused exclusively on his wants. He made others’ needs a top priority – family, teammates, friends and fans. As he dug in deep to reach his potential as an athlete and a man, he encouraged and supported those who were taking that same journey alongside him. Brandon didn’t just make himself better; he made others better, too, because he was intentional about finding ways to help them.

Below, I’m privileged to share a clip from the movie that shows how dedication, persistence and helping others can contribute to your character and destiny.

I hope you enjoy GREATER – and are as inspired by Brandon’s story as much as I and so many others who knew him and know of him have been. He was a remarkable young man, and having the privilege of bringing his life to the big screen was a remarkable experience. "


And, remember to visit my blog next week when I will share my personal review of the movie and offer up (2) #77 football jerseys for one lucky reader to win!

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