This past week as the annual Tribeca Film Festival kicked off, ESPN debuted a collection of Sports features at their exclusive Tribeca/ESPN Gala. That night I took in “Play It Forward”, executive produced by NY Giants great Michael Strahan, Play It Forward is an introspective take on the final year in the NFL career of Tony Gonzalez. As arguably the best tight end to ever play the game, Play It Forward gives us a look at the events that led Tony to football which focuses heavily on the relationship with his biggest supporter, his older brother Chris.
From each man’s perspective, we get a gripping look into a family that has given up much for each other. As the NFL days come to a close for Tony, he makes one final push for that elusive ring to cap off his Hall of Fame career. Along the way we realize just how much Chris sees himself as his brother’s keeper. It’s a role that many in the family feel he may have taken too seriously to the detriment of his own personal pursuits.
Play It Forward is a great family film that speaks to the lessons, disappointments and triumphs of life. Yet in the end reminds us of the ability of family to pull through anything.
Signed, Jason Francis