This week is the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington and the "I Have A Dream Speech" by the Reverend Martin Luther King. I want to tell you of a story about two men fighting for the same job. One is black and the other man is white. It is the mid 60's and the team is The Chicago Bears. The shame of it is that in those day's black and white didn't share a room when they were on the road. Brian Piccolo (James Caan) was the white running back from Wake Forrest University. Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) was the black guy and twice all American from the University of Kansas. They both had a dream of playing in the National Football League. Sayers was the better of the two and looked like a shoe in for the job. Coach Halas (Jack Warden) saw that he had talent and that they both were great players. Sayers in the beginning would be the running back. He would hurt his leg and it was Brian Piccolo who helped him get back on his feet so to speak.
It was during this time that the two young families of the Piccolo's and the Sayers's would become close friends. Joy Piccolo (Shelly Fabares) and Linda Sayers (Judy Pace) would watch their husbands work out and they would form a bond that later would prove there is no reason for color discrimination among the races.
Sayers would come back strong and Piccolo would build on what he had. The two would enjoy running the backfield for the Chicago Bears. Then tragedy would strike.
Brian Piccolo would start by having a hard time breathing. Then he would feel weak. Finally, he would have to go to the Hospital for a check-up. The prognosis was cancer. This would be the challenge of his young life. You see as an athlete you have to mentally prepare for a game and this game of cancer would be overwhelming. In steps his friend Gale Sayers. He would become his fan, his cheerleader, and his friend.
This movie of two people of different color bonding together in life shows that in some ways the dream has come true. It really doesn't matter what race you are for in the end we really do love each other when given the chance. So in this week of the 50th anniversary of the speech think about a time when two men formed a bond of love and didn't let race interfere.