October 22, 2008. Irving, Texas. When local Dallas television station
TXA 21 wanted to get a movie review on “The
Express” from an audience that understood football, they turned to
the Highlands Middle School football team. The students also had
the chance to ask the actors questions about the experience
of making the film. A video of the news segment
can be viewed online at this link.
Highlands student Will
Irving asks actor Rob Brown what it was like to
hold the Heisman Trophy.
“The Express,” starring Dennis Quaid and
Rob Brown, tells the story of a football player named
Ernie Davis, a two-time All-American running back for Syracuse University
who not only excelled on the field, but also broke
down racial barriers in the early 1960s. In 1961, Ernie
Davis was the first black man to win the Heisman
Trophy after leading his team to the national championship in
1960. He was set to play in the NFL for
the Cleveland Browns, but he died of leukemia in 1963
at the age of 23 before his first game. The
film was released in theaters nationwide on October 10, 2008.
The Highlands Middle School football team was given the
opportunity for a special pre-screening of the film with Sandie
Newton, of local Dallas station TXA 21.
|The Highlands Middle School football team was invited to a special “VIP screening” of the film.|
“The undefeated Highlands
Middle School football team knows a little something about football,
so we treated the hardworking Blazers to a special VIP
screening of the new film,” says Sandie Newton in the
news segment, which was aired on October 7.
the film, the boys and their coach had the opportunity
to ask actors Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, and Omar Benson
Miller about their own experiences playing football and acting the
part on film. Their questions and the actors’ answers are
included in the televised news segment, which can be viewed
The Highlands School, located in Irving, Texas, implements
the integral formation program developed by the Legionaries of Christ
and Regnum Christi for students from Pre-K to grade12.