Brandon Burlsworth’s Story of Triumph Over Tragedy is ‘Greater’

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Brandon Burlsworth Football Camps

08-25-2016

 

Old game footage and old photographs are a sweet reminder of the unforgettable story of Brandon Burlsworth. A new film set to hit theaters tomorrow chronicles Burlsworth incredible journey of beating the odds to play college football.

The Arkansas Razorbacks joined the team as a walk-on, becoming an All-American, and earning his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at the same time.

Brandon’s passionate yet painful faith story is now captured in a film called “Greater” which is inspired by the book written about the life of number 77.

“It was a passion project for everyone who was involved,” actor Neal McDonough told CBN News.

McDonough plays Marty, Brandon’s big brother and father figure in the film, and he said he was instantly moved by Brandon’s story.

“Brandon was exactly as the film depicts him,” said McDonough. “Just a saint of a man that had literally nothing going for him as kid and became not just the greatest walk on in college history, but one of the greatest athletes in college history.”

Burlsworth died in a tragic car accident 11 days after being drafted to play with the Indianapolis Colts.

Marty struggles with the loss of his brother and McDonough said reconciling that on camera was a difficult job.

“That journey and the struggle of why does God take someone so great away from us at the worst of times and to have to deal with that and man up and be strong enough for everyone,” he said. “That is a difficult job to do.”

This is a different role for the actor famous for his work in shows like “Arrow” and films like “Red” and “Band of Brothers”.

McDonough said his faith influences the roles that he chooses to play.

“I have gotten into trouble for that at times. People saying you be such a big star if you would have those scenes with women, sex scenes and such,” he said. “When you do a bed scene, you are actually in the bed, if you are having love scenes. It’s physical. And I am just not comfortable with that.”

“When it comes to doing intimate roles in films, I won’t do it because I love my wife so much, and I don’t think that is what God wanted me to do,” he added.

The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation’s “Eyes of a Champion” program

Uploaded on Aug 22, 2011

The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, in partnership with Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart Optical, provides eye exams and glasses to pre-K through 12th grade students each year in Arkansas and the program will soon be in the SEC states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. Within 5 years the program will be nation wide.

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Life’s GREATER Purpose Spotlighted in New Faith-and-Football Film

Burlsworth Trophy

Uploaded on Aug 26, 2011

The Burlsworth Trophy is a national award given out to the most outstanding Division One college football player who began his career as a walk-on. The inaugural recipient of the Burlsworth Trophy was Sean Bedford from Georgia Tech.

Sports Dungeon 05-17-2011 Part 2

Uploaded on May 18, 2011

Host Loren Tepper talks with Marty Burlsworth, Executive Director of the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, about the Football Camp coming to FS Garrison Stadium in Harrison on June 10th and 11th. For information and to register go to http://www.brandonburlsworth.org.

726 Harrison 04-27-2011 Part 3

Football camp

Uploaded on Jun 4, 2006

Brandon Burlsworth Football camp

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Quinton Aaron of “The Blindside” talks “Greater” and the faith and character of Brandon Burlsworth

Published on Oct 28, 2015

Quinton Aaron, star of “The Blindside”, discusses why he is so proud to be a part of “Greater”, and talks about the faith and character of Brandon Burlsworth, the greatest walk-on in college football history. “Greater” is Brandon’s story.

FIRST LOOK – “Greater” movie review

Razorbacks Remember Legend With Award

Uploaded on Aug 23, 2010

The Brandon Burlsworth Award will honor the former hog’s memory and help walk on hogs succeed.

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Greater: Official Trailer – Old #2

Brandon Burlsworth

Uploaded on Aug 31, 2011

Brandon was a walk on turned All American at the University of Arkansas. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and 11 days later was tragically killed in a car accident. The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation was founded in his name and has several programs: The Burls Kids program takes underprivileged children to all Arkansas Razorback and Indianapolis Colts home games. The BBF in partnership with Walmart provides eye care to 14,000 pre-K thru 12th grade students whose working families are trying, but still cannot afford extras like eye care and do not qualify for state funded programs. We hold football camps each year in Harrison and Little Rock and we have several football scholarship and awards including the Burlsworth Trophy, a national award given out to the most outstanding Division One college football player who began his career as a walk-on.

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