I was in junior high school when this film originally aired. I was not able to see it but the next day all the guys were raving about it which surprised me at the time because I knew the basic storyline and my "macho" guy classmates didn't usually like that type of film.
Well, now I understand a little better. It's a football movie and that's probably what gave it so much appeal to my classmates; the LOVED football whereas I still know very little about the game (what exactly is a punt??)
Still, as a "made for tv" film it is pretty good. James Caan and billy Dee Williams are excellent. It was a tiny but corny here and there but I am glad (40+ years later) that I was finally able to see it. Thanks amazon.com prime!!