Pro athlete's getting their stories made into Hollywood flicks is nothing new, from Soul Surfer to The Blindside. Many athletes have stories that are inspirational and worth sharing. Not all of these stories may be box office slam dunks, but the fact remains these stories are amazing and should be shared. Here are five I would love to see made into Hollywood films:
5. THOMAS DAVIS - CAROLINA PANTHERS
There is a town in Georgia that Thomas Davis is the National Football League's reigning Walter Payton Man of the Year, an honor which is bestowed on an NFL player that does tremendous work on and off the field. I don't want to see Davis' story on the big screen because of this award, more so because of where he started from. In a video package that ran at the NFL Honors, where he won the award, Davis recalls running an extension chord from a separate house just to get lights in his home. Davis' mother moved out of state when he was just a Junior in high school, when I was a junior I had lights, food, clothes and hell even a car I could borrow anytime.
4. LOLO JONES - USA OLYMPIC ATHLETE
Sleeping on a friend's couch is something I did when I was invited over for a sleepover on a holiday weekend. Lolo however did this out of necessity in High School but that never let her stop striving for her Olympic dream. This story is intriguing because she was such a track talent and saw her dreams of gold come crashing down when she fell in the hurdles, but once again when Lolo faced adversity, she never gave up and continues to strive for gold, however she has changed sports and seasons moving from the summer games into the winter and is currently with the USA bobsled team.
3. JIMMY BUTLER - CHICAGO BULLS
When I was 13 I was a smart mouthed teen who would beg to stay up later to play Playstation or watch Walker Texas Ranger. When Jimmy Butler was 13 he was kicked out of his house. So he did what any 13 year old would do, work so hard and become an NBA all star.
2. PAT TILLMAN - ARIZONA CARDINALS
This was a tough one to put on the list because everyone who hasn't lived under a rock knows this man's story. May be one of the most inspiring of the pro athletes on this list. Pat Tillman went from doing back flips in the end zone to the war zone. He was in the prime of his career when he chose to walk away and defend this country. The only reason he is not number one is because practically everyone knows his story, football or not.
1. KURT WARNER - ST. LOUIS RAMS, NY GIANTS, & ARIZONA CARDINALS
Where to start with Kurt, he may be one of the wildest pro athlete stories there is. This man has had the rollercoaster of a career with ups and downs that would make a cinematic spectacle that is rarely seen sports movies. He went from the arena league to a back up to a starter to a Super Bowl champ, cool right? Well then after that he was past his prime and kept playing but he bounced to the New York Giants where he got beat up week to week and was demoted to back up. After that he went to Arizona to back up Matt Leinart where we all knew he would finish his once great career as a back up and no one could take away from what he brought the city of Saint Louis. The Cardinals were mediocre at best so in 2008 they went with Kurt as the full time starter and shocked the world when he led the Arizona Cardinals to Super Bowl 43 and lost in the final seconds. This is the comeback story in sports and would make a great film, and that is just what he did on the field.