“My All American,” which was partly filmed in Austin and stars Aaron Eckhart as University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, will be released on Oct. 9, Clarius Entertainment announced this week.
The movie is based on Jim Dent’s book, “ Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story.”
As Longhorn fans know, Steinmark, played by Finn Wittrock in the movie, was relatively small for football, but his determination led to a UT scholarship. And his camaraderie with such plays as Bobby Mitchell and James Street helped give the Longhorns a chance to turn around a losing record. But then Steinmark suffers an injury, followed by a cancer diagnosis.
Angelo Pizzo adapted Dent’s book for the big screen and also directs.
As publicists point out, “My All American” is filled with connections to Texas and the iconic undefeated 1969 National Championship team. Members of that team were consultants on the set. And actor Juston Street, the son of James street, plays the role of his father, the starting quarterback on the 1969 team.
Also, former Longhorn Jordan Shipley plays former Longhorn Cotton Speyrer. And both Case and Colt McCoy worked on the film. Case plays Arkansas quarterback Bill Montgomery, and Colt was an on-set consultant.
In other Steinmark-related news, the University of Texas Press will be publishing a new biography of the Longhorn. This fall, authors Bower Yousse and Thomas J. Cryan will release “Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football,” which was written with the cooperation of the Steinmark family.