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    Bronko Nagurski Movie

    My dad was telling me that Disney or some major group like that is going to have a movie about Bronko Nagurski. Has anyone else heard this or does any one have any info about his??

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    Should I know who that is??

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    Just a little snip-it of a home state hero:


    Football in America: Game of the Century
    Excerpts from Chapter 5:
    CHAMPIONS: All Pros of All Kinds
    By Bob Oates
    2. Bronko Nagurski, Football’s First Big Winner

    In the days when football was played largely on the ground, everyone was in awe of another Chicago ballcarrier.

    Of the All-Pro football players who stirred America in the twentieth century, Bronko Nagurski joined Red Grange and Sammy Baugh in the first wave. And to sports fans, each symbolized something different.

    Baugh was a precision passer, Grange a matchless open-field runner, Nagurski the ultimate power symbol.

    As a physical specimen, Nagurski, of the three, was the most masterful. In a time when the game wasn’t as intellectually demanding as it was to become, Nagurski took charge as a famously feared power runner who seemed to be the essence of what football was all about. Even so, ironically, in his two biggest games, this embodiment of football’s brute force helped demonstrate the tactical superiority of the forward pass. In championships won as a passer, Nagurski equaled Baugh: two each.

    A 225-pound fullback standing six-two, Nagurski, who in 1933 led the Chicago Bears to victory in the National Football League’s first championship game, is identified in his hometown as the greatest football player of all time. The town is International Falls, which is in the far north of Minnesota.

    There the leading hotel, a new Holiday Inn, opened a Bronko Nagurski Room one July in the big fullback’s final years. A tinted, life-size Nagurski photo was unveiled when the room, a banquet hall, was dedicated, and everybody was there – almost everybody in Kouchiching County, that is – except Nagurski, who refused to come. "That’s Bronko," a friend said that summer. "He’s a shy one. Always has been."

    In his seventies, Nagurski was then residing on the U.S.-Canada border at Rainy Lake, just four miles up the Rainy River from International Falls (population 6,940). With his wife, the former Eileen Kane, with whom Nagurski raised six children, he had moved into the lakeside cottage during the years when he was playing three positions – tackle and linebacker as well as fullback – for the 1930s Bears.

    Numerous Kanes and Nagurskis lived in the neighborhood in those years and still do. It’s a neighborhood that is alternately a winter wonderland and a domain of brief, joyous summers. And the summer Bronko was seventy-five, his relatives and in-laws held a family reunion, with Bronko and Eileen as guests of honor.

    Eileen enjoyed herself as usual, but Bronko, of course, wouldn’t come. "He’s reclusive," Dave Siegel, a reporter for the International Falls Daily Journal, said. "We’ve been trying to get an updated file picture of Nagurski for ten years, and we hung around the reunion all day, but no luck."

    He was easier to shoot in the 1930s, when, at one time or another, almost every Chicago cameraman caught Nagurski ferrying an opponent or two across the goal line on his back. For decades, his name summoned the raw energy of football. And to this day, they point out the brick wall in Chicago that Nagurski cracked when he ran into it carrying a football one fall afternoon in Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs and, then, the Bears. Scoring the winning touchdown in that game – at the south end of a cramped field where the end zone was only nine yards deep – Nagurski stomped on two opponents, leaving one unconscious and the other with a broken shoulder. Next he collided with a goal post and spun into the wall, which stopped him at last. Picking himself up, he told a teammate, "That last guy hit pretty hard."

    At an NFL game years later, when former quarterback Fran Tarkenton asked him about that day, Nagurski remembered everything but fracturing the wall.

    "But I’ve seen the crack myself," Tarkenton said.

    "Oh, c’mon now," Nagurski said. "No human could crack a brick wall."

    No human, maybe. But Nagurski had super-human strength. Everybody who played in that era said so. He was the NFL’s first big winner, and he was the one they talked about the most whenever old-timers got together, as they did one summer in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "I saw Nagurski for the first time when I was an NFL rookie," remembered Don Hutson, who has ranked as one of football’s top two or three receivers, all-time, since his All-Pro days at Green Bay. "At Alabama, I’d been known as a good defensive end, so I played Nagurski the way I’d play a Georgia fullback. On first down they gave him the ball, and he ran straight over me. I mean he ran me down and kept going without breaking stride."

    Arch-rival Green Bay fullback-linebacker Clark Hinkle recalled: "He was the most bruising runner ever. The first time I tackled Nagurski, I had to have five stitches in my face. My biggest thrill in football was the day he announced his retirement."

    At their Canton reunion that summer, Hutson and Hinkle were joined eventually by no fewer than four other all-timers: center Mel Hein, halfback Johnny Blood (McNally), guard Danny Fortmann, and, of all people, Bronko Nagurski himself. Hutson and Blood lured Bronko out of International Falls, Hein said, by putting pressure on Eileen Nagurski, somehow persuading her to fly in with the Recluse of Rainy Lake.

    It isn’t true that he hadn’t left his lakeside cottage for twenty years, but he hadn’t left it often, and his appearance at Canton made the show for old-time fans.

    Hein, the old New York Giants’ Hall of Fame center, was asked how the Hutson-Blood connection could get Nagurski all the way to Canton when the International Falls people couldn’t get him downtown. "In the last few years, Hutson and the rest of us have called on Bronko at the lake," Hein said. "He knows what we look like, and we know what he looks like now. So he doesn’t mind being around us. But I think he’s embarrassed to show himself in public at International Falls. He’d rather they remember him as he used to be, as he used to look, when he had his strength – when he was tough and trim, and awesomely vigorous." ...


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    Re: Bronko Nagurski Movie

    It's really too bad he played for the bears!

    I get the most pissed off looks from people with my VKG 4 LFE Wisconsin license plate, and I LOVE IT!!

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    they should get brock lesner to play him.
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    Re: Bronko Nagurski Movie

    Here is an article about the upcoming movie!


    Bronko, the movie

    ENTERTAINMENT: A studio plans to make a movie on the life of International Falls football legend Bronko Nagurski.

    BY CHRIS HEWITT

    ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

    Last year, Herb Brooks ruled the movie box office. Now it's Johnny Cash. But in a couple of years, it could be Bronko Nagurski.
    Nagurski, a football pioneer who grew up in International Falls, played tackle and fullback for the University of Minnesota in the late '20s and later starred for the Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Bears. Space Program, an
    L.A.-based film production company, has purchased the rights to "The Monster of the Midway," Jim Dent's biography of the football legend, who was said to have been discovered when he was plowing a field in northern
    Minnesota and a football scout asked him for directions.
    "He's certainly one of the major figures of the 1930s," said Jason Aikens, collections curator of the Professional Football Hall of fame, where Nagurski was in the first class of players enshrined in 1963. The hall's collection includes Nagurski's jersey, a bust of his head and a replica of his size 19 championship ring, at the time the largest ring made by the manufacturer, Balfour.
    "People always bring up his name as epitomizing early pro football," Aikens said. "It's a great name, but besides being a great name, he is one of the greatest players of that era. It was a different era, too, with players going both ways and whatnot. And the whole thing of him coming back during World War II to play tackle again with the shortage of players -- that's a great story."
    Joe Jenckes, feature production chief for Space Program, first heard that story as a child, when his grandfather told him about Nagurski's head-busting days with the Bears. (In fact, today people can point to the brick wall he cracked when he ran into it at Wrigley Field.)
    Jenckes says the film's budget is targeted for the $15 million to $30 million range, a medium budget by Hollywood standards. For comparison's sake, "North Country" cost $30 million.
    Jenckes said it's too early to say who will play Nagurski or what details will make it into the finished script, which is being written.
    "But Minnesota is very important to this story," said Jenckes, who says he hopes some of the film can be shot in Minnesota when it goes before the cameras in a year or so. "That was his home. That's where the legend was
    created."
    And where the legend lives on, at places such as the University of Minnesota's Gibson-Nagurski football training center and at the Bronko Nagurski Museum in International Falls, which draws about 5,000 people per year.
    Museum director Ed Oerichbauer said he hasn't been contacted by filmmakers, but he believes "Monster of the Midway" will make a good movie.
    "It's such a unique story -- a guy coming from a remote area of Minnesota, hitting the big time and becoming a household name. And once he is through with football, he returns to his hometown and remains the same guy," Oerichbauer said.
    If the movie is accurate, Oerichbauer said, it'll have a happy ending. According to Oerichbauer, visitors to the museum respond less to his on-the-field accomplishments than to his character.
    "Most of them are just very impressed with his love of the game and his family and his love of the area," Oerichbauer said of Nagurski, who died at 81 in 1990. "And his humbleness -- he did not seek attention, nor did
    he crave it. He was just Bronko, and that's all he wanted to be."
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    Here is an article about the upcoming movie!


    Bronko, the movie

    ENTERTAINMENT: A studio plans to make a movie on the life of International Falls football legend Bronko Nagurski.

    BY CHRIS HEWITT

    ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

    Last year, Herb Brooks ruled the movie box office. Now it's Johnny Cash. But in a couple of years, it could be Bronko Nagurski.
    Nagurski, a football pioneer who grew up in International Falls, played tackle and fullback for the University of Minnesota in the late '20s and later starred for the Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Bears. Space Program, an
    L.A.-based film production company, has purchased the rights to "The Monster of the Midway," Jim Dent's biography of the football legend, who was said to have been discovered when he was plowing a field in northern
    Minnesota and a football scout asked him for directions.
    "He's certainly one of the major figures of the 1930s," said Jason Aikens, collections curator of the Professional Football Hall of fame, where Nagurski was in the first class of players enshrined in 1963. The hall's collection includes Nagurski's jersey, a bust of his head and a replica of his size 19 championship ring, at the time the largest ring made by the manufacturer, Balfour.
    "People always bring up his name as epitomizing early pro football," Aikens said. "It's a great name, but besides being a great name, he is one of the greatest players of that era. It was a different era, too, with players going both ways and whatnot. And the whole thing of him coming back during World War II to play tackle again with the shortage of players -- that's a great story."
    Joe Jenckes, feature production chief for Space Program, first heard that story as a child, when his grandfather told him about Nagurski's head-busting days with the Bears. (In fact, today people can point to the brick wall he cracked when he ran into it at Wrigley Field.)
    Jenckes says the film's budget is targeted for the $15 million to $30 million range, a medium budget by Hollywood standards. For comparison's sake, "North Country" cost $30 million.
    Jenckes said it's too early to say who will play Nagurski or what details will make it into the finished script, which is being written.
    "But Minnesota is very important to this story," said Jenckes, who says he hopes some of the film can be shot in Minnesota when it goes before the cameras in a year or so. "That was his home. That's where the legend was
    created."
    And where the legend lives on, at places such as the University of Minnesota's Gibson-Nagurski football training center and at the Bronko Nagurski Museum in International Falls, which draws about 5,000 people per year.
    Museum director Ed Oerichbauer said he hasn't been contacted by filmmakers, but he believes "Monster of the Midway" will make a good movie.
    "It's such a unique story -- a guy coming from a remote area of Minnesota, hitting the big time and becoming a household name. And once he is through with football, he returns to his hometown and remains the same guy," Oerichbauer said.
    If the movie is accurate, Oerichbauer said, it'll have a happy ending. According to Oerichbauer, visitors to the museum respond less to his on-the-field accomplishments than to his character.
    "Most of them are just very impressed with his love of the game and his family and his love of the area," Oerichbauer said of Nagurski, who died at 81 in 1990. "And his humbleness -- he did not seek attention, nor did
    he crave it. He was just Bronko, and that's all he wanted to be."
    Thanks for finding it. I am excited to see it. His family is still around here.

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    It's really too bad he played for the bears!
    At least he wasn't a Packer...and he probably put a few of the Packers out of commission by running over them!!! :lol:
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