In 2019 several key individuals from the 1971 T.C. Williams state championship football team passed away. This team was remembered in the 2000 Disney movie Remember the Titans. May we always remember the lessons and take aways about unity, reconciliation and courage.
“How many feet are in a mile? How many feet are in a mile? 5,280. You pick this ball up, and you run every one of them! You’re killing me Petey! You’re killing me!“
Danzel Washington quote from Remember the Titans
When I was flying home from Wisconsin to California in the 2000 time-frame I flew America West. On a flight the movie to be shown was one that I never heard of called Remember the Titans. I started to watch it and became engaged in a very engrossing movie that was not only about football but race relations in Alexandria, Virginia. It hit me hard and remains one of my top movies when it comes to football. For the record the other two which I adore are Rudy and We are Marshall. But Remember the Titans hung with me and made a major impact. When I came to the Washington, D.C. area in 2005 I actually drove past the high school. Its one of my goals to attend a T.C. Williams football game and watch the Titans in action.
This morning as I was getting ready for another day I learned through the local D.C. media that one of the key players in the 1971 T.C. Williams football team has died. His name was Petey Jones. Hearing that name brought back a lot of memories about that movie. When I read more about Petey’s death I also learned that in 2019 two other Titans, that of Julius Campbell and coach Bill Yoast also died. There are a lot of lessons that can be learned from that T.C. Williams football team. Lessons on reconciliation, unity, and more. It is especially important as we live in an age of deep division. This blog would encourage you to see the movie Remember the Titans if you have not seen it. Trust me, it will be a well invested two and a half hours you will have spent. It will give you hope for humanity and allow you to look at people in a fresh light and one full of hope.