THE STORY OF DARRELL ROYAL (Narrated by Matthew McConaughey)

Released 2009


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Celebrating its 10th anniversary with continued record-breaking sales, this is the uplifting, inspiring story of Texas' greatest college football legend -- Darrell Royal. A tradition-filled, top-notch look at the man who led the University of Texas Longhorns to three football National Championships, became a father to thousands of players and acted as a hero a millions of fans. Made by renowned Hollywood filmmakers, this is generally considered by college football fans to be the most definitive film ever made about the winning tradition of Texas football. It is shown each year to the University of Texas football players and to sports teams around the nation. Features Matthew McConaughey narrating, with a star-studded cast including Willie Nelson, President George W. Bush, Earl Campbell, ABC's Keith Jackson and more. Telly Award Winner. Communicator Award Winner. Accolade Award Winner. HBO/Peabody Award Grant Winner. Summary: "The life of legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, who led his Longhorns to three national titles and 16 bowl games, is profiled in this hourlong documentary narrated by actor Matthew McConaughey. Following an impoverished childhood in the Oklahoma dustbowl of the Great Depression, Royal strove to excel at college football as a player, and his later coaching career would be marked by his insistence that his players pay proper attention to academic pursuits and earn their degrees. A centerpiece of this film is the classic 1969 title game in which Royal's Longhorn team came from behind to beat Arkansas and received congratulations in the locker room from President Richard Nixon. Royal's fans and friends, including Willie Nelson and then-governor George W. Bush, appear to speak of his accomplishments. This look at Royal's life is informative, and football fans, especially those in Texas, will no doubt find it inspirational." --Robert J. McNamaramoreless

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