When a missed tackle left high school football star Chris Canales paralyzed from the neck down he spiraled into a life-threatening depression, until a chance event led him to reach out and help another boy like himself. Chris’s strength and compassion triggered a path that has affected thousands of lives and landed him on stage at the CNN Hero of the Year awards.
With the continued rise of America’s most popular sport, “Gridiron Heroes” delves into the inherent violence of football. “Gridiron Heroes” examines the important issue of brain and spinal cord injuries that are sustained on the football field. A possible solution, “Heads up Tackling,” is presented. Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, John Carter, Battleship) narrates the film. Mike Ditka, Jerry Jones, Al Michaels, Deacon Jones, Kyle Chandler and many others help tell the story.