The 5th Quarter

Wake Forest is known for “Brian’s Song,” the movie about alumnus Brian Piccolo whose life was cut short by cancer (and who was the inspiration for the student-led Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund). But there is another tragic and beautiful true story about Wake Forest football that is coming to life.

First the background. Jon Abbate (’07) was an incredible linebacker for the Deacs. His impressive play helped move Wake Forest to the Orange Bowl in 2006 and its best season ever. Jon created a tradition of holding up five fingers in honor of his brother Luke, who he lost in a car accident. Great ESPN feature story here.

A 5th Quarter movie has been made.  The trailer is available online and there have been initial screenings in New York (details of the screening here) and at the Boston and Los Angeles Wake Forest club.

My hope is that the 5th Quarter sees many, many theaters. Not only is it a great story, it’s a great Wake Forest story.

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