Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Jesse Holley, Cowboys WR with 7 career catches subject of Hollywood feature

Sony Pictures has acquired Jesse Holley, the working title of a film based on the unlikely — and brief — rise and fairly unspectacular NFL career of the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver of the same name.

Holley's story is being readied for the big screen with former Cowboys great and Holley mentor Michael Irvin serving as executive producer.

The onetime cellphone salesman and Roselle, NJ. high school star — who won Irvin's 4th and Long reality show on Spike TV in 2009 — made the Cowboys roster against all odds after stints with the Bengals practice squad and the CFL.

The picture will be directed by Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin directors of The Undefeated, last year's Oscar-winning football documentary, and is being written by Randy Brown, the writer of the Clint Eastwood baseball flick Trouble With The Curve, according to Deadline.com.

Not a bad Tinseltown pedigree for a film about an NFL receiver that has a total of 7 career grabs on his stat sheet.

The movie's pitch to studio executives went like this wrote Deadline:

Holley overcame a poverty-ridden upbringing and multiple personal obstacles and went from working as a security guard to being an NFL wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. That gridiron career started in spectacular fashion when Holley caught a 77-yard TD game winning pass in overtime, in his very first game.

The pitch-writer took a little dramatic liberty with the story.  The 77-yarder against the 49ers in OT didn't happen and he was dragged down at the one-yard line.  But it did set up the winning field goal.

The choice of the 29-year old Holley as the centerpiece of a million dollar feature film seems surprising. He was a rarely used fifth receiver and a passable special teams player.  He signed with the New England Patriots last season and looking to hook up with a team this season.

He seems like a nice guy with no outstanding warrants or felonies I could find. But he did date a Dallas Desire Lingerie Football League player way back. 

My advice.  Get points on the gross and maybe some acting lessons.

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