In the film, Hall of Famer and Browns teammate Paul Warfield said, “The creator said, ‘I’m only going to do this one time in a very special player.'”
“We wanted to remind people of what made him so special,” Smith said. Yet there is so much more to Brown’s life. The film examines his early retirement at age 30 and how he transitioned to a career in Hollywood. It shows how his film roles broke from convention and laid the foundation for future African-American actors.
Interviews with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Rev. Jesse Jackson, among others, tell how Brown was a crusader among African-American athletes in pushing for social change in America. Smith says he didn’t realize how close Brown was to Muhammad Ali.
Golden Tate’s acrobatic sudden-death touchdown tumble topped Week 9’s Top “Performance Moments of the Week”, presented by Bridgestone.
The score came on the heels of two momentum-swinging drives. After the Vikings scored to grab a three-point lead with just 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Stafford led a two-play, 35-yard drive in 21 seconds to set up a game-tying 59-yard field goal from Prater. The quick turnaround shocked Minnesota’s previously impenetrable defense, and was a sign of things to come.
Detroit won the coin toss in overtime and chose to receive. The Lions converted three third downs in a row — one via penalty — before being faced with a fourth third down on the Vikings’ 28-yard line. With the Minnesota fans roaring, Stafford took the snap in shotgun with two wideouts set to his right blanketed by man coverage and Tate to his left shadowed by safety Harrison Smith and cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Despite being targeted by two of Minnesota’s top defensive backs, Tate found space on a 15-yard out and caught Stafford’s pass just a few steps from the sideline.
Instead of running out of bounds to secure the first down and continue the drive, Tate instinctively cut back. The wideout’s juke sent Rhodes, who was closing fast, flying out of bounds. With his back briefly toward the end zone, Tate shoved off Smith and sped off toward the far pylon, toward another victory.
Always the showman, Tate topped off his game-winning grab with a boastful, if not reckless flip into the end zone, giving safety Andrew Sendejo some “cheeky” treatment in the process. The win moved Detroit within a half-game of the lead in the NFC North.
Also on the countdown: Mike Wallace: still fast. … Fat Guy Interception Alert! … Jimmy Graham can catch touchdowns with one hand tied behind his back.