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Sports Movie of the Week — ‘Remember the Titans’ [VIDEO]

Walt Disney Pictures

After throwing an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime in the Broncos playoff win over the Steelers on Sunday, Tim Tebow once again became an emerging storyline in the NFL. While Denver’s miraculous record of success this season has often been attributed solely to Tebow, the Broncos quarterback is often quick to note that teamwork and perseverance are responsible for the victories.

Much like the Broncos, the high school-age characters of our Sports Movie of the Week, ‘Remember The Titans,’ became a better team by playing together. In this drama, which was released in 2000, Denzel Washington and Will Patton star as coaches of the newly, racially integrated T. C. Williams High School in suburban Washington, DC in 1971 .

Following a storyline based on real-life events, Bill Yoast (Patton) has been a successful football coach in the past, but Herman Boone (Washington) is selected as the new head football coach of the school’s team. Boone offers Yoast a coaching job as an attempt to mend any ill will his appointment caused. Yoast agrees to serve as defensive coordinator and the process of building a team of both black and white players begins. Tension ensues from both inside and outside the locker room of this high school team. Through the sport that they love, the players, coaches and community discover how much more there is to life than football.

Five Reasons to Watch ‘Remember The Titans’

1. “Titans Spirit” – the inspirational score recorded for the film that has been used for Olympic ceremonies.

2. The team’s pre-game routine — “We Are the Titans” — in the third game of the season.

3. Future heartthrob Ryan Gosling as defensive back Alan Bosley and a young Hayden Panettiere as Sheryl Yoast, daughter of Patton’s character.

4. Washington’s motivational words throughout the movie, which have undoubtedly been used by many coaches since the film’s release.

5. The players’ locker room rendition of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

Click the play button to watch the original trailer of the film below:

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