The home opener at Edwards Stadium is always a big day for Marshall football fans. But this year, there was an even bigger reason to attend. Film crews with the Marshall movie showed the two and a half minute trailer at halftime, and it brought tears, smiles and a sense of pride to thousands of herd faithful.
We Are Marshall Movie - Warner Brothers website featuring production stills and movie trailer
From the moment the players stepped off the bus, you could tell this was no ordinary game. As movie crews filmed finishing touches, faithful fans packed the stadium cheering on the herd. But their thundering applause was replaced with a deafening silence.
George Lusher barely held back the tears at halftime, watching the trailer to "We Are Marshall" for the very first time.
“I was there the day that Terry Gardner ran the touchdown,” said Lusher. “So it just brings back a flood or memories and just a lot of thoughts and things."
Charlotte and Steve Chapman both graduated from Marshall in the early 70s, and vividly remember those troubling times.
“I knew players who perished in that crash, and it's exciting, but it's sad too to think of their families,” said Charlotte Chapman. “It's a great experience for Marshall to tell this story,” added Steve Chapman.
Telling the story of a team, and a town rising from the ashes, to become what it is today.