Burlsworth's Greater Gets A New Release Date

Greater, the movie about former Arkansas football player Brandon Burlsworth will now be released on August 26th, while three Razorback baseball players have signed their professional baseball contracts.

Greater, the long-awaited movie about the life of former Arkansas football player Brandon Burlsworth, now has a new release date.

The movie’s website said Wednesday that the movie – dubbed as the story of the greatest walk on in the history of college football - will be released on August 26th

Scenes for the movie were filmed at both Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville and War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

The previous release date for Greater was scheduled for Jan. 29, but was pushed back for greater exposure.


"We know people are excited to see our movie," said Brian Reindl, producer of the film, at the announcement of the release delay. "We've gotten such a positive response from screening audiences, churches and theater owners that we feel like we would be doing the movie a disservice by not waiting and releasing it when more screens are available. 

Burlsworth, who wore signature black-rimmed glasses, graduated from Harrison in 1994 and decided to walk on at Arkansas instead of taking scholarship offers from smaller schools.

The 300-pound Burlsworth redefined his body in the first two years at Arkansas, earned a scholarship and became an All-SEC player in 1997 and 1998 and was also named an All-American in 19998. 

 He died in a car accident on April 28, 1999, 11 days after being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. 

Burlsworth is one of only two football players in Arkansas history to have his number (77) retired along with Clyde Scott (12).

The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation was created by Brandon’s older brother Marty soon after his death to support the physical and spiritual needs of underprivileged kids and also buy 30 tickets for the youth to attend each Arkansas home game. 

The movie features Christopher Severio as Brandon Burlsworth, Neal McDonough as Marty Burlsworth, M.C. Gainey as head coach Danny Ford, Peter Gray Lewis as Harrison head coach Tommy Tice, Texas Battle as Arkansas receiver Anthony Lucas, Connor Antico as quartereback Clint Stoerner and Mark Dobies as Razorback head coach Houston Nutt.

 Brandon Paul Eells plays late Arkansas announcer Paul Eells – there is no relation - while former Razorback player David Bazzel plays a TV sports anchor.

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Three Arkansas baseball players have signed their professional baseball contracts in the last few days.

Pitcher Zack Jackson signed his deal with Toronto on Tuesday after the Blue Jays took him in the third round. 

Jackson signed for $540,00 – some $45,000 under his allowed draft slot – at the Blue Jays’ spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla. 

During his three-year career with the Razorbacks, Jackson posted a 10-8 record and recorded 15 saves. He had a 3.10 ERA with 194 strikeouts in 153 2/3 innings. 

Razorback junior Clark Eagan, who started all 55 games and did so at three different positions, signed with Pittsburgh after being taken by the Pirates in the ninth round.

Eagan hit .298 with 7 home runs and 37 RBIs.

Arkansas pitcher James Teague signed his deal with the Baltimore Orioles after being taken in 37th round.

“The last three years have far exceeded my childhood dreams of one day playing as a Razorback,” Teague said. “I could not be more grateful for all the support from my girlfriend, friends and family along with the coaching staff for believing in me along the way.

“I have decided to continue my career with the Baltimore Orioles as I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity they have given me to fulfill another dream of playing professional baseball. Here at Arkansas, we truly do have the greatest fans in the world and it has been a privilege to represent this state and such an amazing program. As always, Wooo Pig!”

During his three-year Razorback career, Teague compiled a 4.58 ERA to go along with 10 wins and 90 strikeouts over 106 innings. He’s held opponents to a .266 batting average over the 49 games he’s pitched since 2014.


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