Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Award-winning filmmakers reportedly making documentary about former Cowboy Jesse Holley
Holley became a Dallas Cowboy through the reality TV series "4th and Long."
Jesse Holley’s Twitter handle is @Mr4thAndLong, a reference to his appearance on Michael Irvin’s 4th and Long reality show that filmed at the Cotton Bowl and aired on Spike back in ’09. Holley won the show — and, against all odds, a place on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster after short-lived stints with the Bengals and the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. It was quite a story — the stuff of Hollywood dreams, a “onetime cellphone salesman” who made it through football’s American Idol to find a spot on America’s Team.
Speaking of: Deadline reports today that Holley’s tale is set for the big screen courtesy Sony Pictures, the writer of last year’s Clint Eastwood-Amy Adams-Justin Timberlake offering The Trouble With the Curve and the directors of Undefeated, the sports doc that won last year’s Best Documentary Feature Academy Award. And Irvin, natch, will exec produce.
Says Deadline’s pitch:
Holley overcame a poverty-ridden upbringing and multiple personal obstacles and went from working as a security guard to being an NFL wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. That gridiron career started in spectacular fashion when Holley caught a 77-yard TD game winning pass in overtime, in his very first game.
Which isn’t true: That 77-yarder against San Francisco in OT wasn’t for a TD. But it did set up the game-winning field goal. So there’s that.
Though a feature’s far from a done deal or sure thing at this early stage, the choice of Holley as big-screen subject is kind of a surprising one: He was a decent special-teamer but never more than a fifth receiver who did manage to hang on to all seven balls thrown his way during the 2011 season. Alas, his stay here was brief: He signed with the New England Patriots last off-season, and is once again looking to catch on with a pro team … somewhere. Maybe L.A.?