The Big House and 111,491 fans shook on Aug 31, 2002, as if an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 had happened in Ann Arbor. Michigan had just performed a tremendous comeback when Phil Brabbs, playing for the first time, completed an incredible 44 yard kick.
More than trophies, it is the unusual and unexpected victories that build the legend and legacy of Michigan athletics and the Michigan man. Players from the program form a family who will always be there to help each other.
The project has been approved by The University of Michigan & the B1G.
Made by Marc-Grégor Campredon
"The Wolverines are part of the American Football Legend. Their numerous victories, fame and longevity are reflected in their traditions, from the Winged Helmets to the Victors March. That history and the legacy is carried by the team beyond games, a life lesson for each person who played for the school."
"Fans have deep roots in Michigan and its institutions. The supporters of the school try to emulate values and culture instilled the athletes to the point that the team's results affect their daily lives. Going to the stadium is a very unique experience. The opener is one of the most important games of the season. In 2002, it was particularly true because the Wolverines had a heartbreaking loss to the Huskies the year before. The expectation of payback was great. "
"As the game against Washington unfolded, one player was brought to light. It only happened because the team made it possible. At Michigan, the team is paramount. Indeed, Michigan's athletic culture is summed up in the motto "The Team, The Team, The Team."
"When they arrive on campus, the football players have no connection with each other, coming from different backgrounds and regions. Through hard work and respect instilled by Coach Lloyd Carr, they become united for life, becoming the Michigan Family. The 2002 season was far from perfect, but it helped build momentum that led the team to success in the coming years."
"Like any family, the team is faced with challenges, such as cancer for Phil Brabbs, injuries for Zia Combs, health for Joe Sgroi soul searching for Ron Bellamy or losing a father for Joey Sarantos. That family comes together to help with the same values of courage and solidarity found on the field 20 years ago against the Huskies."
The project will be release in four part of 20minutes.
Episode I - Payback
The year before, in Washington, the Wolverines conceded defeat 23-18 after outplaying the Huskies. Michigan’s fans and observers have very high expectations for the upcoming season. Ann Arbor is hungry for football to restart this summer day in 2002. One hundred and ten thousand fans are gathering in the sunny Big House: domination and a victory from the home team is expected.
Episode II - Adversity
As the game unfolds Michigan struggles to control the game, missing every single one of their kicks. With a few minutes left, the Huskies are leading by one point. The fans are livid and did not expect such a game to open the season. The team is working together to create an ultimate opportunity to win the game in the final seconds.
Episode III - Redemption
Supported by all of his teammates and trusted by his coach Lloyd Carr, Phil Brabbs must execute a very difficult kick at 44 yards to claim victory. He started this game, the first of his college career, by missing two kicks: the pressure on this kicker from the Big House is immense.
Episode IV - Unity
That incredible win seemed ordinary for the Michigan men. The perseverance and dedication taught to the athletes is part of the Victors’ philosophy. Excellence and teamwork is Michigan. Spirit carried by every alumnus like Phil Brabbs, when he fought melanoma cancer, or Zia Combs, after his accident against Penn State that left him temporarily paralized.
Copyright © 2021 44 Yards productions llc - All Rights Reserved.