Remember the Titans Movie True Story - Gerry Bertier, Bill Yoast, Herman Boone - Real Story
By the time Yoast accepted Boone's offer to coach the Titans' defense, Yoast had received Yoast lost his relationships with many of them when he acted honorably . The , Titans sang more than most teams, and many of the songs they. Feb 12, Mutual interdependence is demonstrated by Coach Boone teaching the team focuses on the development of internal relations among the team members. Herman Boone and Bill Yoast, are truly inspiring figures in the film. Meet the real Coach Herman Boone, Bill Yoast, and Gerry Bertier. we discovered that they were friends, but their relationship was not such a pivotal example.
Did the racial incident in the restaurant actually happen? As reported on the '71 Titans Web Site, this did not actually happen.
Even though the attitude portrayed by the restaurant may have been similar to existing establishments in the United States at that time, this scene was a fictional device created to help emphasize the racial tension in the movie's storyline.
Did someone really throw a brick through Coach Herman Boone's window? No, it was actually much worse than a brick. It was a toilet commode. I guess Disney, being the family movie production company that it is, felt that to depict a toilet stool coming through your window was a bit much I've never gotten over that incident that particular night, because I could never understand how anybody could feel so bad about another human being as to throw a toilet commode through a window.
The real Herman Boone did not own a gun. Williams Titans ever dance on the field during warm-ups like in the movie? The Titans never did a song and dance routine on the field during warm-ups. Were the Titans often the underdogs, as the film implies? In fact, by the end of the season including playoffs the T. Williams Titans were and ranked second in the nation. They dominated almost every game that they played, shutting out their opponents in nine of their thirteen games and outscoring them by a margin of The championship game was a blowout as well, unlike what we see in the film.
Below is the Titans schedule showing the scores of each game. In real life, Gerry Bertier was paralyzed in a car accident, but it happened after the season ended, after the Titans had already played the championship game.
On December 11,Gerry was coming home from the T. After stopping at a local fast-food restaurant and dropping off some friends, Gerry continued home in his mother's new Camaro. Only six blocks away from his house, the car went out of control striking both a fire hydrant and a flashing school sign, the latter of which sent the car tearing across the road into a ditch GerryBertier.
It was later determined that the accident had been caused by a mechanical failure in the motor mount of the Camaro's engine '71 Titans Website. Did Gerry really tell the nurse, "He [Julius] is my brother, don't you see the family resemblance?
As stated on the '71 Titans website, many of the players were stopped by the nurses at the desk on the floor of the intensive care unit.
They all replied that they were immediate family, not just Julius Campbell. As a nationally ranked defensive player, Gerry Betier was Alexandria's first high school All-American football player. He had been approached by elite college football powerhouses, such as Notre Dame and Alabama. Many believe that the movie Remember the Titans failed to accurately depict the true significance of his talent.
The real Gerry Bertier left and actor Ryan Hurst right in the movie. How did Gerry Bertier deal with the fact that he was paralyzed? You say, 'Well, I've got an all-star game to play. Did the real Gerry Bertier really die 10 years after the '71 season? The real Gerry Bertier in the decade following the accident. This part of the movie Remember the Titans is true. On his way home from a business trip on March 20,Gerry Bertier's Oldsmobile was struck by a drunk driver who crossed over the center line.
In that year, the Alexandria school board decided to comply with court orders to integrate public schools by consolidating the junior and senior classes from its three high schools into one of the schools, T. The Titans became the city's most important football team. Its head coach was now the prime head coach for the city. Its players represented the entire town. Bertier was a remarkable leader and was respected by much of the city. The concentration of older, larger, and more experienced players gave T.
Williams a substantial advantage over most other football teams in its division. The Titans were expected to win a championship. Consolidation also meant that players were competing for starting positions with nearly three times as many other students as before.
Many players who were good enough to be on the starting team at most high schools in the country, or who had been starters the previous year, or who had rightfully expected to be starters in the coming year, would never make it off the bench. In addition, the white players from one of the schools Hammond High had never played with blacks. There was also a class division because Hammond had served a relatively wealthy district.
Football is a sport of teamwork and emotion. If a team doesn't coalesce, if it's plagued by racial divisions or loyalties holding over from schools, it won't win games no matter how much bigger or more experienced its players. At training camp, the Titans did come together. They dominated league play from the first game and had only one close game during the regular season.
The state championship was a cake walk and the season ended with the Titans ranked second in the country. The sports story told by the film, of an underdog team that played a cliffhanger championship, is the least accurate part of the film. The film accurately portrays the dynamic of the personal and professional relationship of coaches Boone and Yoast. These are remarkable and impressive men who were able to bridge the racial divide, serve their students, and become good friends.
His previous job had been in North Carolina where he had a reputation as a "race man," i. There was an incident in which Boone had fought some members of the Ku Klux Klan; he bears a scar on his head from this encounter.
Boone left North Carolina when he was passed over for a head coaching job in favor of a less qualified white man. Boone's coaching style was "in-your-face" and he demanded a full effort from all of his players. His goal at the training camp was to give the boys, black and white, something in common: Coach Boone tolerated no dissension.
He pushed everyone very hard.
His motto was, "Miss a block, and you run a mile. He tried always to be fair and applied the same very tough standards to everyone. In Bill Yoast was head coach at the all-white and affluent Hammond High. He had coached in Alexandria for many years.
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Under the seniority system then prevailing in Alexandria, Yoast had the right to the head coaching job at T. Initially, Boone turned the job down because he believed that the position rightfully belonged to Yoast.
Of the coaches in the city who could do the job, Yoast had been working there the longest. Boone changed his mind when black leaders in Alexandria begged him to accept the post for the good of the black community. Only later did Boone learn that the school board never intended him to succeed. The plan was to fire him and give the job to Yoast on the first loss of a game. Bill Yoast had taught his players, including Gary Bertier, for years.
He had coached Bertier since junior high. When Boone was tapped for the head coaching job, Yoast looked for coaching positions elsewhere and tore up the petitions the boys had circulated to protest Coach Boone's elevation. By the time Yoast accepted Boone's offer to coach the Titans' defense, Yoast had received 11 offers for other coaching jobs. Yoast's decision to swallow his pride and work as Boone's assistant was motivated by Yoast's deep affection for the boys he had trained for years and his initial fear that Boone would not treat white players fairly.
Yoast is a religious man who had seriously considered becoming a minister but thought that it was the kids who didn't go to church who needed help the most. Yoast states that his religious beliefs helped him deal with this situation. As shown in the film, Yoast's coaching style was laid back and quiet.
However, both men saw coaching as, first and foremost, a means of teaching students lessons about character, accomplishment, and life. Both men cared deeply for their students; both possessed moral courage; and both wanted to win. These similarities were the bedrock fundamentals of their coaching styles and allowed them to work together despite other, less significant but perhaps more obvious differences.
Yoast's reservations about Boone fell away as he realized that Boone treated every player, black or white, in the same tough manner, that Boone lived and breathed football, and that he knew what he was doing as a coach. For most of the season, Coach Boone was afraid that Yoast was after his job. As shown in the film, every time an opposing team would get a few touchdowns against the Titans, Boone would threaten to take over the defense.
By the end of the season, however, the two men had developed respect for one another and were friends. Other specifics concerning the coaches: As shown in the film, when the team was boarding buses to leave for training camp, the boys segregated themselves by race. Coach Boone ordered them off the buses. He required them to ride as teams, defense on one bus and offense on the other, sitting white and black together.
At camp, Coach Boone required whites and blacks to room together. He also made the players get to know each other and learn about their families. The team did take a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield but it wasn't at 3: Many of the teams the Titans played against were integrated.
Their opponents didn't appreciate the fact that the Titans had an advantage in having only seniors and juniors at the school. No coach called Coach Boone a "monkey" nor did Coach Boone give another coach a banana when he refused to shake hands after a game. There was one coach who refused to participate in the custom of trading team films and who made a comment to the effect that a little dog had wandered onto his field and looked like a T.
Coach Boone knew that if he didn't win the state championship he'd be fired. But this was not only a matter of his race. Just about any high school coach in a community that was obsessed with football would be replaced after a very short time if he wasn't a winner. For Coach Boone, the first black head coach of an integrated team representing the best players in the entire city, this pressure was extreme.
There were many people who wanted the experiment to fail. We have not seen evidence of a specific conspiracy against Coach Boone as shown in the film, nor was there a dramatic situation in which Coach Yoast took specific actions to shut down such a conspiracy. The episode shown in the film is a dramatic way in which the filmmakers sought to describe Coach Yoast's daily, morally courageous response to the situation. Yoast points out that coaches always object to calls by referees.
All of the referees for the games played by the Titans were white. Coach Yoast has been quoted as saying that if he had been Coach Boone, he would have been very suspicious of the reasons behind any incorrect call.
As shown in the film, Coach Boone vomited before the first game. In fact, he vomited before every game. Yoast's daughter never went to the Boones' home. Their daughters had met and were friendly but not as friendly as shown in the film. Yoast's daughter was extremely angry that her father was passed over for head coach. She was very interested in football, although not as interested as the character portrayed in the film. It wasn't a rock that was thrown through Coach Boone's window; it was a toilet filled with human excrement.
Coach Boone was enraged by this incident, but he didn't go out on his porch with a gun. He didn't own one. When Coach Boone came to Alexandria, he moved into a previously all-white neighborhood. His neighbors offered to buy him out, telling him, "We don't want you here. After a victory in one big game, Coach Boone chartered a plane for the team's trip home. Williams in was big business. The character of the other white coach is fictional, an amalgam representing all of the white racists who initially pinned their hopes on Yoast.
Yoast lost his relationships with many of them when he acted honorably toward the team and Coach Boone. An organization by that name does exist today. Coach Boone did tutor students to help them get into college. Coach Yoast didn't use profanity the film character doesbut it was another story with Coach Boone.
Coach Boone and Coach Yoast have hit the lecture circuit. Fortunately for the team, not only did it have two extraordinary men as coaches, it had several extraordinary boys as players. Gary Bertier and Julius Campbell were two of them. Bertier was in his senior year and appeared destined to play professional football. Bertier was a conservative who initially didn't appreciate either integration or the black players. Julius Campbell was a year younger than Bertier and was interested in black power.
He, too, was a gifted athlete, becoming an All-American the next year. Since Bertier was older and already revered in the city and perhaps because he was on the white side of the racial divide, we don't know it was Bertier who made the initial overtures to Campbell.
Forced by Boone to room together at training camp, these boys, initially hostile, became best friends. Their friendship was one of the key factors in bringing the team together and lasted throughout their lives.
The story of the players, like the story of the coaches, rings true and closely follows the facts. Other specifics about Bertier and Campbell: Bertier was even more fierce, strong willed, and aggressive than is shown in the film. He was 6'2", weighed pounds, and was extremely fast. At first he tried to intimidate Coach Boone and demanded that a certain number of positions on the team be set aside for Hammond players read that white players from affluent families. Bertier was not injured before the last game of the season.
The accident occurred after the last game while he was driving home from the awards presentation. He lost control of his car on a snowy road. Now I may be a mean cuss.
But I'm the same mean cuss with everybody out there on that football field. The world don't give a damn about how sensitive these kids are, especially the black kids. You ain't doin' these kids a favor by patronizing them. You're crippling them; You're crippling them for life. I don't scratch my head unless it itches and I don't dance unless I hear some music. I will not be intimidated. That's just the way it is. We're in a fight. You boys are doing all that you can do.
Anybody can see that. We gonna walk out of this stadium tonight with our heads held high.
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That's all anybody can ask for. Gary, if you want to play on this football team, you answer me when I ask you who's your Daddy. Who's your Daddy, Gary?