The Junction Boys: How 10 Days in Hell with Bear Bryant Forged a Champion Team by Jim DentThe legendary Paul Bear Bryant is recognized nationwide as one of the greatest coaches ever. So why did he always cite his 1-9 A&M team of 1954 as his favorite? This is the story of a remarkable team--and the beginning of the legend.
The Junction Boys tells the story of Coach Paul Bear Bryants legendary training camp in the small town of Junction, Texas. In a move that many consider the salvation of the Texas A&M football program, Coach Bryant put 115 players through the most grueling practices ever imagined. Only a handful of players survived the entire 10 days, but they braved the intense heat of the Texas sun and the burning passion of their coach, and turned a floundering team into one of the nations best. The Junction Boys is more than just a story of tough practices without water breaks. An extraordinary fellowship was forged from the mind-numbing pain. The thirty-five survivors bonded together like no other team in America. They profited from the Junction experience; the knowledge they took back with them to College Station, about themselves and what they were capable of, would be used for the rest of their lives.
In vivid and powerful images reminiscent of Friday Night Lights, Hoosiers, and The Last Picture Show, these young men and their driven coach come to life. The Junction Boys contains all the hallmarks of a classic sports story, and it combines Americas love of college football with an extraordinary story of perseverance and triumph.
Against the Tide
It is set for a fall release. The movie focuses on former Alabama Crimson Tide and Miami Dolphins running back Tony Nathan, and it takes place during Nathan's junior and senior seasons at Birmingham's Woodlawn High School, when a spiritual awakening helped unite the Woodlawn football team following the forced integration of the school. The filmmakers will shoot that scene this coming Monday night, Nov. Anyone interested in being an extra may sign up here. Astin also appeared in the Erwin brothers' "Moms' Night Out," which was filmed in the Birmingham area last year.
In an episode of "Law and Order," the late actor and U. Senator Fred Thompson let his fellow New York prosecutors know that if it weren't for Osama bin Laden, September 11 would properly be remembered as this iconic southerner's birthday. On the day of his funeral, the state of Alabama came to a complete stop. Three churches in Tuscaloosa filled to capacity for the services. News accounts estimated that nearly , Alabama residents lined roads and overpasses along the mile route—approximately 12 percent of Alabama's total state population—to pay their final respects. Paul "Bear" Bryant led Alabama's Crimson Tide football team to six national championships, and six of his Alabama teams were ranked number one. As another college football season begins, it is worth a look back at the life of this larger than life coach.
Kevin Downes and Daryl Lefever are producing. Nathan was successfully recruited by Bryant to play for the University of Alabama and went on to a successful professional career. The key event will be the Banks vs. Woodlawn game, which drew over 40, spectators at Legion Field, where filming took place recently at night during sub-freezing temps. The Erwin brothers began their career as teenagers in Birmingham, working as camera operators for ESPN and covering games at the University of Alabama.
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Bryant arrived in College Station on February 8, , and began cleaning house. He felt that many of the players on the team were weak and not properly trained or coached. At the time of the camp, the Hill Country was experiencing an epic drought and heat wave. The drought, the worst in the recorded history of the region, had lasted four years and would last another two after the camp was over. Practices began before dawn and usually lasted all day with meetings in the evening until pm. The oppressive heat combined with the brutal practice schedule was too much for many of the players.