AUSTIN (KXAN) — Hundreds turned out for a red carpet event at the Paramount Theater in Downtown Austin Wednesday evening, as a movie honoring the life of a Texas Longhorn Football legend.
“My All American” follows the story of Freddie Steinmark, a safety on the Longhorns 1969 national championship team. He lost his fight to bone cancer two years later at the age of 22.
Finn Whitrock portrays Steinmark in the film and says Steinmark’s book “I Play to Win” helped him understand the man under the helmet. “I think he just really honestly loved what he did and it wasn’t like he was trying to preach or be the perfect person. He was trying to live life the way he thought it should be lived.”
The film is rated PG and was financed by UT alumni who wanted the script to reflect the truth and not just a movie “based on a true story.”
The film opens in theaters Friday.
Our interview with actor Juston Street, who played his father, James Street, in the film:
KXAN sat down with the movie’s screenwriter, Angelo Pizzo, last May. You can watch that full interview here.