Imagine being 18 years old. A high school senior. Multiple college scholarship offers. A shot to play division one football. A world of options before you. And you decide to put your country before yourself.
For many high school athletes across America, this is the dream. Those that choose to attend West Point, there is the very real opportunity to play Division One College Football against some top national competition.
But what happens when it ends? When there are no more games to be played? There is no NFL. No job position held back home. What lies in each athlete's’ fate? It is a scenario every athlete making the decision to attend West Point to play Army football must consider when playing days are over -- fulfilling a 5-year active duty military requirement while America is at War. While the commitment to join tied them together, it’s what kept these cadets committed to stay and fight that makes them unique to one another.
"None More American" tells the story of the 130 year spirit of Army Football: Selfless Commitment. Brotherhood. Fierce Determination. Relentless Effort. Young men who chose the more difficult path of service to country, sacrificing the typical college experience to prepare to lead others into combat, and who served honorably when called upon. Men who heard the sound of danger, and ran towards it.
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Recollecting the birth of “None More American” from Executive Producer, Rob O’Sullivan.
For years, Main Gate had worked with the West Point and Army Football. We had done video work on our own for a number of years, then eventually began helping the football program with recruiting. It culminated with being asked to film the "Destinations" documentary series for the US Army - a three year short documentary program that took us around the world, visiting recent graduates where they served.
The project was born on June 27, 2012. The texts were coming through. Cryptic messages on social media. The whispers became a steady stream of "No. No. It's gotta be a mistake." An Army Football player had just been killed in Afghanistan. There were no details. There was just an enormous anxiety. A sadness. Dread.
"When I received the call, it was via Joe Ross (former Army football player, Army-Navy game MVP, and fullbacks/special teams coach at West Point) who let me know the news. Joe was our primary contact for the "Destinations" program, and once he broke the news, this film became our mission.
For three years, through the generous donations of so many, the investments of The Viola Foundation, Tommy Morgan (investor), and a significant contribution by former Army Head Coach and NMA Producer, Bobby Ross, we have worked to bring the story of this brotherhood to the screen." -Rob O'Sullivan
"None More American" will be complete Spring 2017.