The Walk-On: Inside Northwestern's Rise From Cellar Dweller to Big Ten Champ

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MEMOIR

1980s & '90s

Matt Stewart

Logline

The Walk-On details the true story of Matt Stewart, who overcame the struggles of being a walk-on football player to earn a full ride scholarship in the mid-1990's while at the same time his team, the Wildcats, captured the hearts of the nation by going from one of the worst teams in college football to winning the Big Ten championship and earning a berth in the Rose Bowl.

Genre

Memoir

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Male leaning

Setting

Evanston, IL, right outside Chicago

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2012

Starting Description

Northwestern football owns the longest losing streak in college football. This inside look by a former player describes how Coach Gary Barnett turned a group of losers into winners, and how that walk-on mirrored the team's success and defied the odds by earning a full ride scholarship.

Ending Description

In the final play of his final home game, with a second Big Ten championship on the line, walk-on senior Matt Stewart intercepts a final desperation pass by Purdue to secure the win and clinch a berth in the Citrus Bowl.

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Hard Copy Available

No

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Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Coming of Age, Happy Ending

Plot - Premise

Rags to Riches

Main Character Details

Name: Matt Stewart

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Insecure, Perseverance, Skillful, Adventurous, Complex, Educated, Engaging, Selfless, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Underdog, Naive, Faithful, Honorable, Masculine, Religious, Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Gary Barnett

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aggressive, Aspiring, Blunt, Educated, Empathetic, Unapologetic, Adventurous, Complex, Heroic, Outspoken, Perseverance, Visionary, Underdog, Confident, Engaging, Faithful, Honorable, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Badass, Decisive, Leader, Masculine

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Logline

The Walk-On details the true story of Matt Stewart, who overcame the struggles of being a walk-on football player to earn a full ride scholarship in the mid-1990's while at the same time his team, the Wildcats, captured the hearts of the nation by going from one of the worst teams in college football to winning the Big Ten championship and earning a berth in the Rose Bowl.

Short Summary

Northwestern football owns the longest losing streak in college football. This inside look by a former player describes how Coach Gary Barnett turned a group of losers into winners, and how that walk-on mirrored the team's success and defied the odds by earning a full ride scholarship.


In the final play of his final home game, with a second Big Ten championship on the line, walk-on senior Matt Stewart intercepts a final desperation pass by Purdue to secure the win and clinch a berth in the Citrus Bowl.

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About The Author

Core Theme

Rags to Riches

Characters

Main Character

Name: Matt Stewart

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Insecure, Perseverance, Skillful, Adventurous, Complex, Educated, Engaging, Selfless, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Underdog, Naive, Faithful, Honorable, Masculine, Religious, Confident

Character 1

Name: Gary Barnett

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aggressive, Aspiring, Blunt, Educated, Empathetic, Unapologetic, Adventurous, Complex, Heroic, Outspoken, Perseverance, Visionary, Underdog, Confident, Engaging, Faithful, Honorable, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Badass, Decisive, Leader, Masculine

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