Posse Films Announces Film about NFL Legend 'Iron' Mike Webster
"When you're faced with a tough opponent who plays dirty and takes cheap shots, buckle on an extra chinstrap and hit him in the snot locker every play until he quits." Mike Webster
02 Dec, 2014, 02:54 ET
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Posse Films, LLC., the inspirational film production company that controls the rights to several historically significant and uplifting life stories, recently announced the making of a biopic about the riveting, gritty, true story of 'Iron' Mike Webster.
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Together with the Webster family and Dr. Randall Benson, the Posse Films team will put together the dramatic and inspiring story of one of the toughest football players in NFL history. Hall of Fame center, Mike Webster, anchored the Pittsburgh Steelers' four Super Bowl winning teams of the 1970's and recently has become the symbol for brain injuries in the NFL's long debate over player safety. Webster died in 2002 at the age of 50. Said former Hall of Famer and teammate Franco Harris: "I loved Mike Webster. He was a great teammate and an even greater person."
Sonny Jani, Webster's close friend the last few years of his life and caretaker of the Webster family's estate, in a recent statement said, "The family and I are absolutely thrilled to have this film produced by the team of Dr. Randall Benson and Posse Films. There were other significant groups that approached us, but we all believed that Dr. Benson and Posse Films would do the best job telling our story. Dr. Benson understands what Mike went through and we trust him and Posse Films to tell our story."
Posse Films' Co-Founder & Producer, Travis Cloyd, expressed both excitement and a sense of obligation regarding the project: "It is truly an honor for us to tell Mike Webster's heroic story, and we are committed to presenting it authentically and powerfully," he said. "It's amazing how this man and his family have not only suffered through his tragic but courageous life after football, but they are again squarely in the middle of this ever-contentious debate over player safety, as well as the long term effects of brain injury and what the NFL did or didn't know."
While the role of Mike Webster has yet to be cast, Posse Films has been focused on telling the ultimate story. "It's hard to do justice to Mike's life in a 90-minute film. It's nearly impossible," said Mark Sutcliffe, Producer & Posse Films Chairman: "The life of Mike Webster is the most dramatic and unfortunate story that I've ever heard of in football."
"Mike Webster saved his greatest play for after football," said Dr. Randall Benson, Producer, and Medical Director at Center for Neurological Studies. "Sonny Jani saved Mike Webster from being another tragic NFL statistic and in so doing forever changed the narrative regarding head injury and football. The Webster family and I have found the perfect partner in Posse Films to make an epic movie based on the inspirational story of a man who always did whatever it takes."
NOTE: For information on this film please visit www.possefilms.com/mike-webster
About Posse Films
Headquartered in Hollywood, California Posse Films launched in 2013 with aims to be a leader in the motion picture industry and is focused on inspirational entertainment through its fully integrated production, financing, marketing and distribution platforms.
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