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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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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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