Josh Jacobs “being hit up” about making a movie of his life

AP

Raiders first-round pick Josh Jacobs hasn’t taken his first NFL snap yet, but the story of the running back’s rise to the professional ranks has apparently been enough to pique the interest of Hollywood.

In an essay for The Players Tribune earlier this year, Jacobs wrote about sleeping in his father’s car and moving from motel to motel for a couple of years while growing up in Tulsa as his father tried to land a steady job that would allow them to hold onto an apartment.

“I’m never going to forget the nights spent in the back of that Suburban,” Jacobs wrote. “I’ll never forget the motels. The gunshots. The helicopters. I know what it’s like to be scared. To be hungry. To have nothing in my future but uncertainty.”

Jacobs said that he’s “being hit up by big-name producers” about using those memories as the basis for a movie about his life. He said he doesn’t “feel like right now is the right time” to do that, but isn’t sure what the final decision will be.

“Because it’s taking the story into a deeper level,” Jacobs said, via NBCSportsBayArea.com. “It’s saying some things that I left out in the story that would probably be shown in the movie and I don’t know if I want to do it. I still have to talk to my family about it and see how they feel about it and things like that. But I haven’t really thought about it too much.”

Learning the Raiders offense and getting acclimated to life in the NFL leaves little time to consider other things, so an appearance on Hard Knocks may have to suffice for the time being.

29 responses to “Josh Jacobs “being hit up” about making a movie of his life

  1. He doesn’t “feel like right now is the right time” because it isn’t. He has survived, but he hasn’t accomplished enough worthy of a movie. He needs to lose some ego and show what he can do in a team environment.

  2. How about a movie about some poor kid who becomes a doctor and does something positive for others?

  3. It’s the story of millions of people. I’m sure it’s playing on rerun on Lifetime right now. How about playing football. After he rushes for 19,000+ yards, then he can make a movie.

  4. redlikethepig says:
    June 21, 2019 at 8:52 am
    How about a movie about some poor kid who becomes a doctor and does something positive for others?
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    People make those movies. Have you been watching them?

  5. There are plenty of these stories in ALL of the top 4 sports (NFL,MLB,NBA, even NHL). They are feel good stories but my favorite is Robert Smith RB for the Vikings. Who left millions to become a Dr.

  6. Gee, I feel bad for the kid, growing up like that, putting himself thru everything, only to end up being drafted by the Raiders.

  7. There are over one million doctors in the US. 400 possible new nfl players per year and maybe 3000 somewhat active players per season.

    You may feel the doctors are far more important but it’s apples and oranges.

  8. There’s a lot to take in your rookie season so timing is not right. I would also talk with Michael Oher about the movie making experience. Read some articles where he wasn’t happy about how some parts of his life were portrayed and the liberties directors and producers take with your life story yo make it more Hollywood.

  9. Maybe not this year, but next year, yes. Don’t want to risk injury or not making it, then having all those extra millions disappear…

  10. No. I wouldn’t go to see any movie about Jacobs.
    Why? because the Pat Tillman movie got ZERO media coverage.
    If anything, Jacobs story should be about how people need to not have children unless they can afford to take care of them.
    Moreover, his story is a prime example of how ineffective government programs are at helping the poor. No way the media does anything to expose government inefficiency.

  11. redlikethepig says:
    June 21, 2019 at 8:52 am

    How about a movie about some poor kid who becomes a doctor and does something positive for others?
    ___________

    Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. Starred Cuba Gooding, Jr. Highly recommended.

  12. Here’s the problem I see with making a movie about any athlete who had a tough life growing up and faced unbelievable adversity as Josh Jacobs apparently did.
    First — millions of other kids had the same kind of life as he did, but they aren’t celebrities, so no one cares about them.
    Second — if they make a movie about his life, they’ll do what they always do — take poetic license and make up things which never happened.
    Remember “The Blind Side” a few years ago, which was about Michael Oher and the struggles he had growing up? Everyone I know who saw it was moved to tears, including me. But one man who wasn’t was Michael Oher. At first he praised the movie and went along with it as being factual. But later on, he made comments saying he wasn’t all that thrilled with the movie and the way things were portrayed, saying many of them never happened at all. It didn’t stop the movie from making millions of dollars though and people to this day believing everything that was in it. It’s still the highest grossing movie ever made about football.
    I’ll give you another one. I am a history nut so when “The Butler” starring Forest Whitaker ( one of my favorite actors) came out, I couldn’t wait to see it. The promos stated it was the true story of a man named Cecil Gaines who served in the White House during 8 different Presidential administrations as a waiter and butler, and shows how he was able to actually influence the Presidents he served under. Well, guess what. It’s all a bunch of baloney. In fact, Cecil Gaines wasn’t even the guy’s real name, it was Eugene Allen, and many of the things which supposedly happened with the character based on his life, never happened at all. What the movie producers did was take events which happened to other people at different times in history and changed them around so it looked like they involved their fictional character, Cecil Gaines. And worse, they made up many of them as well.
    So I hope if they do a story about Josh Jacobs, it will just be a documentary and not a movie production with actors and actresses. I’d much prefer to see it done that way than have it phonied up by Hollywood.

  13. I’m kind of surprised about the negativity just because he was approached concerning a movie about his life. Any movie watcher realize there are thousands of movies that are unwatchable. See Amazon prime. But it doesn’t mean his life isn’t interesting or inspiring to some.

  14. Seems like it might make a good 30 for 30 or NFL Life episode, if he ever accomplishes something in the NFL.

  15. redlikethepig says:
    June 21, 2019 at 8:52 am
    How about a movie about some poor kid who becomes a doctor and does something positive for others?
    ——————————————————————————————–
    Inspiring kids who share a similar story isn’t something positive.

  16. 4 sports (NFL,MLB,NBA, even NHL). They are feel good stories but my favorite is Robert Smith RB for the Vikings. Who left millions to become a Dr.
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    Although Smith didn’t – he’s been an analyst for ESPN, Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network.

  17. All these people accusing Hollywood of making stuff up and misrepresenting the facts when they do movies like this. Sad. That’s what’s wrong with America today, too many people are so untrusting and suspicious of our institutions. If you can’t trust Hollywood, then what have we become?

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