Who is the real Hank from Woodlawn?

TROY alumnus Hank Erwin, whose experience as a high school football team chaplain inspired the film “Woodlawn,” spoke at the Troy Campus on Aug. 22.

How true is Woodlawn movie?

Their latest film, “Woodlawn,” opening in theaters Oct. 16, tells the true story of the 1973 Woodlawn High School football team in Birmingham and how a spiritual revival that starts within the team — despite the turbulent times around them — spreads throughout the school and into the community.

What is Woodlawn the movie about?

Following government-mandated desegregation in 1973, Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille) joins fellow African-American students at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Ala. As violence and anger erupt in the city, Woodlawn football coach Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop) allows an outsider (Sean Astin) to speak to his players. His message of hope and love leads to a spiritual awakening that inspires star athlete Nathan, his teammates and other members of the community to overcome the hate that surrounds them.
Woodlawn/Film synopsis

Who is Shorty in Woodlawn?

But the team still struggles to compete against their rivals at Banks High School, led by Coach Shorty White (C. Thomas Howell). So when Hank (Sean Astin) shows up at Woodlawn, introducing himself as a “sports chaplain” and asking to address the beleaguered team, Tandy reluctantly agrees.

Who is Tony Nathan married to?

Johnnie Nathan
Tony Nathan/Spouse

Who won Woodlawn vs Banks 1974?

Banks Jets
1 ranked Banks Jets defeat the No. 4 Woodlawn Colonels 18-7 at Legion Field in Birmingham. The game was played on Nov. 8, 1974.

Where did Tony Nathan go to college?

The University of Alabama
Tony Nathan/College
Nathan played college football at the University of Alabama and was selected in the third round (61st overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, with whom he played from 1979 to 1987.

Is Tony Nathan married?

Did Bear Bryant really stay at Tony Nathan’s house?

In the film, Bryant shows up at the Nathan house, suitcase in hand, and says he’s staying until the superstar signs scholarship papers. In reality, Bryant did show up at the house with his suitcase, but he spent the night at a Birmingham hotel, according to Nathan.

What happened to Jeff Rutledge?

In April 2010, Rutledge agreed to become the head football coach at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee; where he coached for two seasons, leading the Knights to a 4-18 record. He resigned in the Spring of 2012 to return to Arizona to spend time with his family.

What high school did Jeff Rutledge go to?

Alabama Crimson Tide football
The University of AlabamaL. Frazier Banks Middle School
Jeff Rutledge/Education
Rutledge was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He was part of a team that earned back-to-back state titles at L. Frazier Banks High School in Birmingham, Alabama. As a senior, he was a member of the 1974 Parade High School All-American team.

Where did Jeff Rutledge go to college?

Jeff Rutledge/College

Rutledge played collegiately at the University of Alabama. He was the starting quarterback for Alabama’s National Championship team in 1978.

Who is the director of the movie Woodlawn?

Woodlawn (film) Jump to navigation Jump to search. Woodlawn is a 2015 American Christian sports drama film directed by The Erwin Brothers, Andrew and Jon Erwin.

Who was the Black football player at Woodlawn?

When Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama is controversially desegregated in 1973, Tony Nathan, a gifted black high school football player, joins the school’s predominantly white football team along with several other black players.

Who was the coach in the movie Woodlawn?

The coach, Tandy Gerelds, tells the team to use their shared anger at repeated violent incidents to unite them, but black and white players clash on and off the field. After a riot at the school, Gerelds lets traveling sports chaplain Hank Erwin speak to the team as a “motivational speaker”.

Who is the mom in the movie Woodlawn?

Sherri Shepherd as Louise Nathan, Tony’s mom. Woodlawn grossed $14.4 million. In the United States and Canada, the film opened simultaneously with Bridge of Spies, Goosebumps, and Crimson Peak on October 16, 2015. On the film’s opening day it grossed $1.5 million, above studio expectations.