Former Husker receiver, Ricky Simmons, makes a stop at UNL premiering his full-feature documentary - 'Look Like Somebody.' produced by WMK Media
LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Last Friday's team meeting for the Husker football players and staff looked to a former player for inspiration. Ricky C. Simmons, starting Split End for the 1983 team, and now a motivational speaker, took the opportunity to premier a full feature documentary about his life in the Nebraska football team room. The film has not yet been made available to the public and Simmons could not think of a better audience to share it with for the first time. "I have been speaking to groups across the country for over 12 years and I believe this new film can have an impact beyond what I can deliver with my typical speech. To be able to come back to the stadium where it all started was very special to me." Simmons said.
The film follows him from Greenville, Texas to his playing days in Lincoln, Nebraska, and his struggle with addiction. A portion of the film included the story of the 1983 National Championship game against Miami in which the Huskers decided to go for a 2-point conversion to win the game rather than tie, showing the teams desire to earn a perfect 13-0 record. "We felt like it was important to educate the younger generation of players or fans about the programs winning attitude and tradition, on top of the main message of the film, which is to Look Like Somebody." said Michael J. Murphy, co-director of the documentary.
The screening of the film was followed by a question-and-answer session that saw many players and coaches raising their hands. Ricky was sure to let the team know, "Now that you are here, you are my little brothers and the players before me, they are my big brothers. We are all here for you, wanting to see you be successful not just on the field but in life. The one thing I regret is not putting in the work, I don't want you to look back at your time here and regret the same thing." The players responded to the film with a round of applause and the Q&A session was closed out with the entire team shouting "Look Like Somebody". Each player was given the opportunity to pick up a graphic novel adaptation of the film, sponsored by SOS Heating & Cooling, so they could take the message with them.
Ricky is partnering with WMK Media to schedule screenings with Ricky in attendance for schools, correction facilities and rehabilitation centers across the state of Nebraska. "The Look Like Somebody message is a mission, not a movie," said Walt Sanders, co-director of the film. Ricky Simmons and team are now seeking more partners to spread his message of wasted potential, redemption and spreading positivity. They are seeking corporate sponsors to make the screening opportunities available to 200 Nebraska audiences, free of charge. "We are ready to travel to every community in Nebraska so that we can deliver this experience and reach Nebraska student athletes." Simmons said.
Highlights of the evening can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt20ZTr5LtU
WMK Media is a Film Studio based in Omaha, Nebraska. Look Like Somebody is the first of what they hope are many full feature documentaries they can make to try and have a positive impact on the world.
SOS Heating and Cooling is an Omaha based HVAC company that has been in business since 1950 servicing Omaha, Council Bluffs, Bellevue, Elkhorn, Gretna, Ralston, La Vista, Papillion, Bennington, and surrounding communities in Nebraska and Iowa.
Michael Murphy, WMK Media, 1 4022902104, [email protected]
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