Game Time: Tackling the Past

Pro-football star Jake Walker returns to the small hometown he left in pursuit of a Hall of Fame football career. But when he finds that his contract isn’t being renewed, he’s forced to reconnect with …



Humility, Forgiveness, Hard-Work Ethic/Maximum Effort

Universal Truth

Being a good person is more than just looking like one.


Ryan McPartlin, Josh Braaten, Katie Carr, Maxwell Perry Cotton, Catherine Hicks, and Beau Bridges


Pro-football star Jake Walker (played by Ryan McPartlin: “Chuck”) is just one season away from setting the all-time receiving record that will guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame. But when he gets news that his father, Frank Walker (played by Beau Bridges: “My Name is Earl,” “Fabulous Baker Boys,” “Stargate SG-1”), has suffered a serious heart attack, Jake leaves training camp and returns to Riverton, the small hometown he’s avoided for nearly 15 years. Past memories of glory and regret resurface as Jake is forced to reconnect with the family and community he abandoned in pursuit of his career. A call from his agent delivers another crushing blow—Jake’s contract is not being renewed. Stripped from the thing he cares about most, the real Jake begins to emerge from behind his armor, while his mom (played by Catherine Hicks: “7th Heaven”) teaches him to see that life is more than the accumulation of personal stats. But when he’s offered a lucrative contract with another team, he must decide whether to go back to the career he thought he loved or stay in Riverton and embrace the people who have always been there for him.

World Premiere

NBC, Saturday, September 3, 2011

“A touching story…The cinematography is wonderful…”

Game Time: Tackling the Past’ Wins 2012 Kids First! Best Award. Read more at

“This is the best Family Movie Night movie yet! The story is filled with life lessons that Jake learns such as the importance of teamwork, forgiveness, humility, and making the right decision just because it’s the proper thing to do.” Read more at

Game Time’s heavy emphasis on football is sure to make it attractive to male viewers, while its character-centered drama will interest women…” Read more at

‘Gametime: Tackling the Past’ wins Best TV Show of the Week. Read more at

“An inspiring story of forgiveness and perseverance that will have families cheering from the sidelines – or at least from their living rooms.” Read more at

Ryan McPartlin as Jake Walker
Josh Braaten as Dean Walker
Katie Carr as Sarah Tate
Maxwell Perry Cotton as Micah
Catherine Hicks as Anna Walker
Beau Bridges as Frank Walker

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