CURRY: God. Family. Football.
Airs Thursday, November 10th at 8p and Monday, November 14th at 7p on WVIA-TV
From filmmakers Alfredo Mercuri and Jason Genovese:
We grew up, like many coal region boys, watching old NFL Films specials with the hallowed voice of the legendary John Facenda. It was our dream for years to produce something that matched the quality of NFL Films, and this past year, with Coach Curry's retirement we had the idea to tackle such a project.
For us, Coach Curry was this larger than life character we only knew from afar. Of course, growing up outside of Berwick, but still in the coal region, we heard all the rumors of recruiting, and a win at all costs attitude, so we approached this project looking for answers. What we found was a man who led an enviable life.
Pulling up to his house on an early frigid February day for our first interview we had a bundle of nerves swirling in our stomachs. We were finally going to get to meet the legend. Coach waited for us at the door, and within seconds he made us feel at home, offering us snacks and drinks. Despite ALS advancing he still had a fire and zest for life that was unrivaled.
Coach didn't back down or shy away from any questions, nor did any of our interview subjects. They all were open and honest. The one constant with all of our interviews from Bo Orlando to Josh McDaniels was respect, adoration, and pure love for Coach Curry and all that he did for them.
It's impossible to squeeze a life story into fifty-five minutes. It's an even more daunting task when you try with someone who led the kind of life that George Curry did.
We only had the opportunity to get to know George for a couple short months, but in that time he inspired us. Countless times throughout the production, his work ethic infected us, whether it was tracking down one more photo, trying to secure one last interview, or tweaking the film until it was just where we wanted it.
Filmmaking, like football, can be a tiresome process with hours of mundane, dogged work. We strived to approach this film the same way Coach Curry approached a football game.
Most importantly, we hope that you gain a better picture of this incredible man, and find a deeper respect for not only him, but his dedication to his family and craft. Unfortunately, he's not able to see the finished product, but we have no doubt that the legacy and inspiration of George Curry will carry on forever.
Alfredo & Jason