‘HBO Real Sports’ explores Kevin Turner’s retaining conflict with ALS …
January 25, 2017 - als
“HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” returns Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, HBO) with a touching shred on Kevin Turner, a former Alabama and New England Patriots fullback who died after a enlarged dispute with ALS on Mar 24, 2016.
Jon Frankel chronicled Turner’s personification career during both a college turn with Alabama and in a NFL with a Patriots and Eagles. Frankel also documented Turner’s dispute with ALS after it was diagnosed in 2010, that desirous his documentary “American Man,” expelled in 2012.
Perhaps many distinguished is a dispute Turner had with either to let his sons Nolan and Cole play football. Nolan was a member of Clemson’s inhabitant championship group this deteriorate while personification for Kevin’s former teammate, manager Dabo Swinney. Frankel remarkably weaves all that together in Tuesday’s shred for a must-watch piece.
“I theory Kevin deserves credit for that. He only was a unequivocally open, accessible, charismatic honeyed guy,” Frankel told Sporting News. “He lived a Crimson-blooded dream and roughly each American boy’s dream. If we went around a country, and maybe 10 years ago if not today, and asked small boys what they wish to do roughly to a chairman they’d say, ‘I’d like to play in a NFL.’ He represented for so many of us a dream. To see something that gave him so many and afterwards took divided so much, a irony unequivocally overwhelmed me.”
That’s a dream that’s been gradual with increasing recognition of concussions, CTE and former players such as Bo Jackson and Troy Aikman observant they wouldn’t let their kids play football. Frankel was a recruited walk-on during Syracuse whose personification career finished after a shoulder injury. He watched Turner onslaught with a preference to let his kids play football while traffic with a early stages of ALS. Frankel faced a same quandary when his son Asher reached that age and his wife, father and father-in-law objected.
“When we was creation this film — five, 6 years ago basically, my son was 11, we would have let him play,” Frankel said. “You could say, only like Kevin said, ‘That’s idiotic.’ Here we am doing a film about a man who is failing from ALS where it was many expected caused by steady mind trauma, and I’m going to let my son play? Turns out we changed to a opposite high propagandize and they didn’t have football.”
The shred also facilities interviews with Boston University’s Dr. Ann McKee, Clemson manager Dabo Swinney and Craig Sanderson, Turner’s former roommate during Alabama. It’s an in-depth demeanour during a dispute a diversion of football faces off a margin weighed against the passion for America’s most-popular sport. It’s an open-ended discuss with no easy answer for a future, and it’s a time where Turner’s story resonates.
“I don’t know about scholarship and record to know either we can ever make a diversion safer,” Frankel said. “It’s an fundamental partial of a game. That’s what Kevin said. It’s not a strike sport. It’s a collision sport.”
Through a documentary, Frankel shaped a durability bond with Turner and Sanderson. Frankel pronounced he doesn’t remember being too romantic via a routine of compiling a documentary, though Turner’s genocide has left a durability impact on his life.
“I’m in a routine of reading Phil Knight’s discourse called ‘Shoe Dog,’ and there was a line that jumped out during me and it had zero to do with business or anything,” Frankel said. “Phil Knight writes a line and says, ‘The singular easiest approach to find out how we feel about someone, contend goodbye.’ It strike me in a gut.”
Here’s a trailer for Frankel’s shred on “HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”