Disposable Heroes: The Blood, Guts and Tears Side of Football (1985)

Genres - Sports & Recreation  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Sports  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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What happens to the gridiron heroes that football fans cheer each week when they become injured or too old to play the game? That question is addressed in this documentary. Drawing on the personal experiences of several former professional football players, the program investigates the down side of the brutal hand-to-hand combat of the game. The filmmakers discover that the picture is often not very pretty. Permanent injuries, disabilities, financial difficulties, and the emotional pain of being forgotten often mark the retirement years of players. Interviews with players, coaches, sports writers, and fans, along with archival clips and photographs, tell this story of football's dark side.

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football, behind-the-scenes, career, football-player, sports