1st and 10 to Life (original unedited version)

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20th Century (multiple decades),2000s

D.W. Painter

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1st and 10 to Life is a faith based drama about a troubled young man who encounters hardships and a lack of identity while growing up. Through his troubles he loses faith in God and humanity. He lands in prison after a big mistake. In prison he discovers an extraordinary talent for football.



Short Summary

Chuck Moses tries hard to find himself while growing up in a faith based middle classed white home. He has no friends and feels he has no purpose. He rebels against God, who he feels is responsible for his troubles.

In prison he realizes life can be much harder than he realized in his naïve youth. He uses his trials as ways to empower himself physically, and more importantly, spiritually. His unusual route to the NFL makes him realize GOD was someone that always had faith in him.


USA. Utah (several NFL cities, prison)

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Rebellion Against 'The One'

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Happy Ending,Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Chuck Moses

Age: 6-29

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Modest,Aspiring,Empathetic,Faithful,Engaging,Insecure,Heroic,Underdog,Naive,Religious,Selfless,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Jose Melendez

Age: middle aged

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Underdog,Confident,Empathetic,Funny,Outspoken,Skillful,Leader,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Dallin Moses

Age: middle aged

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Badass,Aspiring,Masculine,Modest,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Selfless,Religious

Additional Character Details

Name: Xavier Vison

Age: 20's

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Masculine,Villainous,Narcisstic,Confident,Criminal,Leader,Unapologetic,Power Hungry

Development Pitch

1st and 10 to Life is a faith based drama that involves a modest and naïve young man who grows up and learns life's valuable lessons while in prison. Even though one might suspect his prison sentence might be unjustified, the prison environment allowed Chuck to renew his faith in God as well as humanity. He becomes harder, sharper, and understands that finding your place in the world can take a lot of time and heartache. He has one good friend, Jose, who shows him the ropes in prison. Jose's tragic encounter with antagonist Xavier really tests Chuck's faith again. Chuck releases his inner anger through NFL action. He ultimately gets his wish with a final encounter with Xavier in the NFL Championship. He also realizes that he must forgive Xavier to keep that hate from taking over his life. A surprise happy ending is in store for Chuck and the audience as well!!

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Authorhouse2

Year Published: 2009

Hard Copy Available



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