[Remember the Titans] Brother
[Photo: Julius Campbell (left), Gary Bertier (right)]
I recently watched my favorite sports movie of all time, Remember the Titans, for like the 100th time.
For those of you that haven't watched the movie, it's based on a true story about a high school football team, in a town that is racially divided. And for the first time, the team becomes racially integrated and an African American coach is newly appointed in the head coaching spot. They all have their differences and troubles in the beginning, but through football, they come together as one.
And there is this one scene that gets me every single time I watch this movie. Julius visits Gary who is in the hospital after a horrible car accident. Gary is paralyzed from the waist down and when Julius walks into the room, the nurse stops him, saying only kins are allowed. Gary responds,
"Alice, are you blind? Don't you see the family resemblance? That's my brother."
In a time when we are so divided by our race, religion, background...I think there is still hope in this world where we can become brothers, we can become sisters, we can become family despite our differences. In the final moments of the movie, these words are said:
"People say that it can't work, black and white. Here, we make it work every day. We still have our disagreements, of course, but before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans."
What are some of your favorite sports movies? How did they inspire you?