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Freddie Steinmark: The Determined Athlete Who Launched the War on Cancer

The name Freddie Steinmark might be a familiar one to fans of University of Texas Longhorn football: he helped the team win a national championship against Arkansas in 1969. But soon, he might be familiar to movie fans too. My All American, a film about the athlete, hits theaters Nov. 13. And now UT Press […]

Freddie Steinmark Book CoverThe name Freddie Steinmark might be a familiar one to fans of University of Texas Longhorn football: he helped the team win a national championship against Arkansas in 1969.

But soon, he might be familiar to movie fans too. My All American, a film about the athlete, hits theaters Nov. 13. And now UT Press has released Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football by co-authors Bower Yousse and Thomas Cryan.

So, why the Steinmark frenzy? It begins with an extraordinary story of character and grit — and ends tragically with his unexpected death at the young age of 22. But, perhaps more importantly, it’s a story that began a national War on Cancer, one which we still fight today.

Paige Phelps sat down with the authors and began by asking Bower about how he knew Freddie Steinmark.

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