The life of Brandon Burlsworth stands as one of the most inspiring football stories in the history of the sport, a tale of unrelenting determination and powerful character. Directed by Drew Hunt, the new film “Greater” tells the story of Burlsworth, the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.
Known for his distinctive black horn-rimmed glasses, Burlsworth (played by newcomer Christopher Severio) had always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was considered too short and too fat to play Division I football. Undeterred, Brandon took a risk by walking on to the team in 1994. Despite criticism from teammates and coaches alike, Brandon succeeded in the face of staggering odds. By the end of his college career in 1999, Burlsworth was not only a star player in The SEC, but was also a 1st Team All-American.
Apart from his athletic achievements, Brandon was known as a devout Christian and a hard worker, and he became the first Razorback in history to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree while still playing football. But tragedy struck when just 11 days after being drafted into the NFL, Brandon died in a tragic car accident on his way home from a team event. “Greater” tells the story of a man taken from this world far too soon, just before he was about to make a difference. The film also stars Neal McDonough (“Minority Report”), Nick Searcy (“Justified”), Leslie Easterbrook (“The Devil’s Rejects”), and Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
“Greater” hits theaters nationwide on August 26th.