“Every man wants to feel like a hero once in his life. That’s why they play semi-pro ball.”
Packed with vivid game action, The Semi-Pros brings to life a throwback version of football played with uncompromising, hard-nosed passion.
In the early 1900s independent football teams sprang up in the gritty factory towns of America’s heartland. At the end of the century, one team, the semi-professional Waylon Coalcrackers, still survives in an obscure Pennsylvania town. But Waylon and its once-mighty team have fallen on hard times. The town is dying economically. The Coalcrackers have become perennial losers. The sponsoring athletic club is even compelled to cut a deal with a scheming businessman to fund the upcoming season. Then Mike Rader, the last of the Coalcracker heroes, returns. Cool and bold, Mike re-ignites an old romance with Leah Marciniak, an attractive, strong-willed reporter. Then he triggers a surprising chain of events that rejuvenates the town’s spirit and gives Waylon one last, come-from-behind chance on the field and off.
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