As a typical teenager, Travis Freeman is a local hero both on and off the high school football field in his small Kentucky town. But in 1997, Travis contracts an infection that destroys his optic nerve and renders him blind overnight. With the loving help and concern of this parents, physical therapist, coach, and best friend, Travis demonstrates what true bravery is: He continues to compete on the gridiron and helps his team advance to the state finals.
Rated PG-13 (brief drinking of alcohol on school property) / 1h 42 m
I'm pretty much a fan of any movie that revolves around football. But give me a true-story-feel-good movie about football, and I just can't say no. So when the trailer for 23 Blast landed in my inbox, I knew I had to get my hands on this movie. I was not disappointed.
23 Blast is based on the real life stories of Travis Freeman and his best buddy, Jerry Freeman. The two met in peewee football and became best friends and teammates. Their high school careers were on the path to stardom when Travis woke up blind from an unusual sinus infection.
This movie goes on to tell the story of Freeman and his struggle to continue his life as a blind teenager. I was blown away with Mark Hapka's portrayal of the blind teenager during the entire movie. We get to see not only the struggles that Freeman went through, but also feel the pain of his parents and the hurt and confusion of his best friends and teammates.
It is coach who ultimately goes against most everyone in town to put Freeman back on the football field, and the real-life story that continued after that is one of ultimate faith and courage.
This is an absolute must-see movie for anyone who enjoys football, or anyone who loves to see what God can do for those that put their faith in him and work hard to achieve their goals.
Take a look at the movie trailer, then scroll on down to get entered to win your own copy of 23 Blast. And be sure to check out the 23 Blast website where you can also enter to win the ultimate fan package, including an autographed football from Coach Tony Dungy.