What Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) wants most in the world is to play. Deemed too small by the usual athletic standards, his father trains him hard, and Freddie brings a fight to the game that ultimately gets him noticed by none other than legendary University coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart).
Awarded a scholarship and a chance to play, Freddie sets off to University with his loving high school sweetheart Linda (Sarah Bolger), determined to make the team. Alongside his old teammate Bobby Mitchell (Rett Terrell) and new pal James Street (Juston Street), Freddie is put through the paces of a grueling practice schedule, but the boys’ camaraderie off the field translates into solid playing on it, and they rise up the depth charts, giving the team a real chance to turn around.
But just when they’re reveling in the success of the season, Freddie suffers an injury that leads to a shocking diagnosis and the biggest challenge he will ever face.
From the writer of HOOSIERS and RUDY, COURAGE tells the true story of a boy who became a hero and what it truly means to have the heart of a champion.