Now The Hollywood Reporter has word of Garrison's next step: He's writing a screenplay, based on real events, about a football team from a Texas school for teenagers convicted of violent crimes. Think The Longest Yard, but with kids, and inspiring, rather than whatever The Longest Yard was supposed to be. The script will focus on what happened in 2008, when the bad-kids team played against a Christian school and found an unexpected level of compassion and sportsmanship.
Garrison tells THR he was "moved to tears" when he heard the story. "I knew who those kids were because I was one of them. I knew what it was to be locked away and feel hopelessness and feel like, 'Will I ever have another redeeming quality; will I have a second chance?'" Garrison, now in rehab, may have tapped into the perfect Hollywood fable: a man seeking redemption by writing a screenplay about people seeking redemption. He already has a producer on board, Dallas-based sports documentarian and motivational speaker Steve Riach. There are still some details to be worked out -- like, for instance, whether Garrison can actually write -- but it has potential to be an uplifting sports drama along the lines of The Blind Side, which everyone wants to duplicate now.