“Come home. Shave your beard, cut your hair,” the message read. “You’re auditioning to play your dad.”
As compelling as this is—the son becoming the father—this is not James’ story. It is Freddie Steinmark’s story, and Juston and James Street, ’70, Life Member, are just two supporting characters in the epic production of the film that is, as of press time, titled My All American.
The basis for the movie, which is slated to hit theaters this winter, is an inspiring true UT story that—inexplicably—has never been told on film before. It’s a sports story, but, as everyone knows, the best sports stories aren’t really about sports.
“I saw something the other day. It said that only 25,000 people have ever played in the NFL. Period. Ever. And only 12,000 have played more than four years. So out of 7 billion people in this world, there are only 12,000 guys who have ever played more than four years,” Scaife says. “That’s a micro, micro, micro percentage. So I’ve already defied and defeated all types of odds … ” Scaife trails off as he gathers his thoughts. “I have the confidence that I’m going to be OK moving forward.”
“I was sitting in the locker room after the game, and the [trainer is] hitting my leg, and nothing’s moving,” Young says. “And they’re whispering up top, and I’m like, ‘Hey man, you need to talk to me. Tell me what y’all doing over there.’ And he’s like, ‘Well, we think you have nerve damage.’” Oddly, a wave of relief washed over him. “Cool,” he remembers thinking. “Now I can go and do something else with my life.”