Year of the Bull - only on OLN - February 3

OLN Showcases the Struggles and Triumphs of Teenage Athletes in the Compelling Documentary, Year of the Bull, February 3

In the world of American high-school football, the pressure to win can often lead players to extremes for a chance to fulfill dreams of playing professional football. Premiering Sun., Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on OLN, Year of the Bull profiles the struggles of one such athlete, Taurean Charles, as he fights to get out of the inner-city and into a Division 1 collegiate football program. Filmed over the course of a year, this two-hour documentary offers a revealing look at Charles’ struggle to gain a scholarship in hopes of it leading to a career in the NFL. But the path to the professional league is marred with disappointing SAT scores, peer pressure, family conflict and internal struggles. Year of the Bull begs the ultimate question for Charles – what matters most: SAT scores or the final score of the big game?

Having lost his father at an early age, Charles lives with his mother and twin sister and believes football will enable him to provide his family with a better life. On the road to fulfilling that goal, watch as this young African-American carries the weight of this responsibility on the field – and off. This gritty documentary follows the football team captain during an entire season with the Miami Northwestern Bulls (which has a strong track record of producing NFL stars) as he fights for a scholarship and shoulders the hero’s role as team leader. Witness the elements that make the often intense pressure of high-school football unique: the state-wide media hype that invades a star athlete’s life, young men having to play through serious injuries, the school’s voracious appetite for a state championship and the recruiting frenzy from prestigious colleges across the country. But bearing the weight of a city’s overwhelming pressure to win can have large consequences for teenage athletes like Charles.

After leading his team to the state finals, Charles quickly learns that the road to a scholarship is just as much about grades as it is game play. With his low SAT scores but strong football performance under evaluation from college recruiters, Charles’ dream of going to college and providing for his family could be dashed. Will he beat the odds and make it?

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