Super Bowl 2016 and Woodlawn 1974

Young Football FansDid you watch the Super Bowl last night? Did your team win?
Even if you don’t love football or understand everything that’s going on,

Woodlawn DVD CoverI hope you’ll watch the gripping new release called Woodlawn, a biographical drama about the football legend “Touchdown” Tony Nathan. I’m not a huge fan of spectator sports, but my son Daniel’s brother-in-law was the gaffer (in charge of lighting) for Woodlawn, so I was really eager to see it for Jonathan’s sake. However, Alan and I were totally blown away by how moving and well done the movie was. (I liked The Blind Side, but I loved Woodlawn.)

Woodlawn Lights#1. Jonathan~the lighting really was awesome!
(If you watch the movie, be sure to notice it!! 🙂 )

Woodlawn #2. The movie itself was awesome. Woodlawn isn’t all rosy, but it’s all real. The ending was more complicated than “happily ever after,” but I’d rather a complicated resolution that was true than something that smoothed over the reality that our world isn’t always fair and good, wouldn’t you?

Woodlawn Bus BurningThe setting is Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1970’s
(nicknamed “Bombingham” because of racial tensions and bombings). Woodlawn. Touchdown TonyTony Nathan was one of the first African Americans
to be integrated into a previously segregated public high school team. Photo of Woodlawn Racial TensionsThere was so much animosity and resistance to integration that Woodlawn School was almost shut down (vintage photos from that time), Tony Nathan with teammates at Woodlawn but then something wonderful happened
that transformed the team and rescued the school. All true. Paul “Bear” Bryant (Jon Voight) meets Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille) Tony went on to be recruited by Paul “Bear” Bryant
to play for the University of Alabama, and then he joined the Florida Dophins, serving as their starting running back in Super Bowls 17 and 19. woodlawn-movieNathan had an illustrious career both playing and coaching football!
He was inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame in 2006. Rally at WoodlawnWatch for the Light in the movie! It’s there everywhere!  Tony Nathan and Brother in Christ“But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us” (Ephesians 2:13-14).

2 responses to “Super Bowl 2016 and Woodlawn 1974

  1. Charylene Powers

    Thanks for the great review – we will be sure to order this DVD.

    Charylene Powers

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