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Real-life Titans Reunite In Ocean City


OCEAN CITY, Md.- The high school football team who inspired the Hollywood hit, "Remember the Titans" is in Ocean City this weekend to reminisce and raise money for future high school football players.

It's been more than 40 years since the team out of Alexandria, Va. won the state championships and more than 10 years since the Hollywood movie but the players are still amazed by all of it.

"It was a big surprise that someone 25 years later would want to do a movie about a high school football team, big surprise," said Rufus Littlejohn.

But the real-life story of a racially diverse team coming together after being forced to integrate was too tempting for Hollywood.

"No one liked it, we were all upset about it, the students were upset, the parents were upset, not so much because of the football but the parents were upset because they were going to busing the students," said coach Bill Yoast.

While some things may have been exaggerated for the silver screen, coach Herman Boone says the essence of the movie is true.

"It's true that I gave them that powerful speech that  many of them say today they still hear it ringing in their ears because I was not going to tolerate individuals making people guilty of crimes based on the color of their skin," Boone said.

Having a movie made about yourself can be surreal but Boone did have one bone to pick about the casting.

"They could have found somebody better looking than Denzel to portray me, I mean after all Jesus Christ ya know," he said. "But Denzel is one of the most dynamite human beings god has ever put on this earth."

But it's not just the movie that brought the team together, they became a family that season in 1971.

"We're getting up there in age, it's fun to be with them," Yoast said. "You listen to them talk now and I don't think they're near as good as they think they were but they were good enough."

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