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Texas to honor Steinmark in advance of ‘My All American’ release

(image via TexasSports.com)

(image via TexasSports.com)

AUSTIN, Texas -- The inspirational story of Longhorns legend Freddie Steinmark will be celebrated with the Nov. 13 national theatrical release of "My All American." The major motion picture is the true story of Steinmark, his time at Texas, and Darrell Royal and the Longhorns' memorable 1969 National Championship run.

In advance of the debut of the film -- which stars Aaron Eckhart as Royal and Finn Wittrock as Steinmark -- several activities and ceremonies will take place at the Nov. 7 game against Kansas.

Steinmark's teammates from the 1967-69 teams will join in ceremonies highlighted by a pregame rededication of the Steinmark scoreboard. That event includes tributes to Steinmark and his family by those ranging from 1967 team captain and Texas Interim Men's Athletics Director Mike Perrin; Longhorn Hall of Honor member and 1969 team co-captain Ted Koy; and Freddie's brother, Sammy Steinmark. An on-field ceremony at the end of the first quarter includes special presentations to the Steinmark family. Angelo Pizzo (Hoosiers, Rudy), the writer/director of "My All American," will be in attendance, along with Bower Yousse and Thomas Cryan, authors of the recently released book, "Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football." Yousse is a longtime friend of the Steinmark family and a former high school teammate.

The Fred Steinmark Fund was the first athletics endowment established at The University of Texas. In conjunction with the film, the Longhorn Foundation has reinvigorated the campaign with a goal of seeing it funded as a full endowment. A crowd-funding program kicked off last month as part of a drive to hit the goal of $775,000.

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.