EXCLUSIVE: The NFL has teamed up with United States Army Green Beret and NFL Legend Nate Boyer to promote Boyer’s debut as an instructor. MVP, in addition to the non-profit on which the film is based.
The film dramatizes the formation of Merging Vets & Players (MVP), a non-profit created by Boyer and Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer. Boyer also stars in the film alongside Tom Arnold, Jarrod Bunch, Rich Eisen, Jay Glazer, Talia Jackson, Vietnam veteran Dan Lauria, Mo McRae, Christina Ochoa and Dina Shihabi. Hall of Fame athletes Randy Couture, Tony Gonzalez, Howie Long and Michael Strahan all came as themselves. Balboa Production partners Sylvester Stallone and Braden Aftergood Executive Produce with J. Craig, Jay Glazer, Mo McRae, Joe Newcomb and Shanna and Rob Schanen. WME Independent currently handles worldwide sales of the film, which is active in the market.
Merging Vets & Players was founded in 2015 as a non-profit that aims to bring together combat veterans and former professional athletes to help them find purpose, identity and the locker room again when the uniform comes off. MVP now has chapters in seven cities across the United States (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle) that meet at the gym on a weekly basis. After training as a group, both veterinarians and athletes recover on the wrestling mats and engage in what they call The Huddle, which at its core is a peer-to-peer coaching session where vulnerability is encouraged.
Completely busy on location in Los Angeles, MVP showed both military veterans and former professional athletes in front and behind the camera. Nearly half of the crew consisted of veterans, and each veteran figure represented on screen was played by an actual veteran.
The NFL has been an advocate for the program since its inception and is excited to further publicize the work being done to help both veterans and athletes as they enter the next phase of their lives. The NFL is planning screenings and events centered around the Super Bowl, NFL Combine and NFL Draft in an effort to raise awareness of the film and the MVP organization.