American Underdog


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The Heart of American Underdog

Life made them underdogs. Faith made them champions. From Kingdom Story Company and The Erwin Brothers—the directors of I CAN ONLY IMAGINE—comes AMERICAN UNDERDOG, based on the inspirational true story of Kurt and Brenda Warner. Undrafted as a quarterback out of college, Kurt found himself stocking shelves in a grocery store to help support Brenda and her two kids, all while trying to hold onto his fading dream of becoming an NFL quarterback. This movie is sure to inspire the dreamer in all of us!

Kurt and Brenda Warner

Kurt and Brenda Warner’s incredible true story of faith, family, and football was made for the big screen. You’ll soon find out why when Lionsgate releases AMERICAN UNDERDOG, in theaters everywhere beginning Christmas Day. Learn more about the Warners at and

Kingdom Story Company

The incredible success of I CAN ONLY IMAGINE birthed Kingdom Story Company—a premiere moviemaking and creative entertainment studio focused on telling meaningful stories that inspire and impact people. Kingdom Story Company creates life-impacting stories from a variety of talented storytellers.


Directors Jon and Andrew Erwin are lifelong storytellers who, for more than a decade, have been telling Kingdom stories as full-time filmmakers. Their inspiring movies engage and draw people to a hope and truth that is needed today more than ever. Producer and actor Kevin Downes, who along with the Erwin Brothers and Tony Young founded Kingdom Story Company, has been telling high-impact stories through film for more than 20 years.


Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide

This AMERICAN UNDERDOG Discussion Guide leads you through 5 discussions that highlight Biblical examples of experiences and lessons learned through Kurt and Brenda Warner’s journey in life.

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Team Discussion Guide

Team Discussion Guide

Sports teams are encouraged to watch this movie together in theaters and experience the unbelievable career path that Kurt Warner took. Teams will be inspired, encouraged, and motivated by what can happen when you have a never-give-up attitude and take advantage of each opportunity that is given. The movie shows us what is possible when dreams are pursued with the right heart and mind.

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Date Night Discussion Deck

Date Night Discussion Deck

Based on themes and the storyline from AMERICAN UNDERDOG, this Date Night Discussion Deck can spark conversations with your significant other and help you connect more deeply through these helpful conversation starters!

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Discussion Guide For Blended Families

Discussion Guide For Blended Families

Viewing AMERICAN UNDERDOG through the lens of our own story as a blended family with seven kids was inspirational! With the myriad of challenges faced by stepfamilies (co-parenting, schedules, financial, emotional just to name a few) often stepparents and kids feel like underdogs.

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Scott Hamilton
"AMERICAN UNDERDOG is a beautiful story that inspires on every level. Kurt Warner never quit in any aspect of his life. His dream to play in the NFL was rooted in tenacity, love, perseverance, unwavering faith, and the understanding that the only failure is to quit. Everyone will find a connection in this story that will inspire them to stay in the game because that is the only way to win."
Scott Hamilton, Olympic Gold Medalist
Tony Dungy
“This is not just a football movie. This is a life movie and a faith movie. Thank you, Kurt for story, your testimony, and how it is going to encourage people to persevere.”
Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy, All Pro Dad National Spokesman
Dabo Swinney
“Inspirational. Motivational. Spiritual ... an amazing movie.”
Dabo Swinney, Head Football Coach, Clemson University
Melinda Doolittle
AMERICAN UNDERDOG is a must-see movie! Kurt Warner’s story is awe-inspiring and a true example of perseverance and faith. You’ll laugh, cry, and ultimately leave the theater feeling like you can conquer anything. A true Christmas miracle!”
Melinda Doolittle, Recording Artist and Author
“You have GOT to see it. And I’m not just talking to my fellow NFL fans. I’m talking to my friends here who crave a good love story, my friends who delight in an inspiring underdog story, and my friends who relish seeing how God chooses to display His power through people that the world often overlooks.”
Mandisa, Recording Artist
Michael Catt
AMERICAN UNDERDOG is a must see. Our family is going opening day—Christmas Day. The story of Kurt Warner put to film is absolutely amazing and incredibly encouraging. It's a reminder to never give up on your dreams. This world is full of dream killers. AMERICAN UNDERDOG is a reminder to the faith family that God makes the impossible, possible. Take your friends and family to see it.”
Pastor Michael Catt, Executive Producer of Woodlawn, Courageous, Fireproof
Bonnie Curry
“I don't even like football, and I loved this movie! Stellar performance by Zachary Levi and the uplifting story is perfect for the holidays. A movie you can proudly take your family to enjoy.”
Bonnie Curry, Host 94.9 KLTY/Salem Media, and Nationally Syndicated Host of Abide Radio
Janice Gaines
AMERICAN UNDERDOG is a movie you don’t want to miss! I’ve long admired Kurt and Brenda Warner for their courageous faith and willingness to press through adversity. I’m so glad the world will finally get to catch a glimpse of this incredible story!”
Janice Gaines, Recording Artist and Speaker
Patsy Clairmont
"I know the Kurt Warner family and from experience I can tell you their hard work ethic is their way of life—big dreams and great hearts. You’ll be inspired by Kurt’s faith-based win!"
Patsy Clairmont, Author, Creative Coach
Dan Wood
"AMERICAN UNDERDOG is the genre of movie we need across all demographics during these days. The challenges faced and overcome set against the backdrop of an NFL dream coming true, captures the heart, mind and soul of the viewer. A real family friendly presentation of a passionate journey that can teach us all how to cheer and battle for each other.""
Dan Wood, Executive Director, NCCAA
AMERICAN UNDERDOG shows that while failure is part of life, it doesn’t have to be what defines us. Kurt’s story shows you can rise above any challenge with hard work and dedication.”
Wally, WayFM Morning Show Host
Leeann Dearing and Michelle Fortin
"We laughed, we cried, we hugged our families a little tighter. AMERICAN UNDERDOG is a MUST see! This story is incredible and inspiring. Brenda Warner is #wifegoals. Anna Paquin and Zachary Levi are fantastic. Take the whole family and a box of tissues."
Leeann Dearing and Michelle Fortin, Comedians
Sandi Patty
"I could not be more excited for my friends Brenda and Kurt Warner and this movie. I have always loved their story and have been a big fan of their relationship long before the NFL. I’m so excited that people are going to get to see what true champions look like."
Sandi Patty, Contemporary Christian Singer
Heather Land
"Y’all, I have always rooted for the underdog. Heck I've been one myself. This movie mixes two of my favorite things: a real-life love story and an amazing underdog story. AMERICAN UNDERDOG is a gem!"
Heather Land, Social Media Sensation, Comedian, Author
Mark Merrill
AMERICAN UNDERDOG is a heartfelt story about a man who stayed faithful to his loved ones and his dreams while facing incredible difficulties. It’s a movie that will give you hope and inspiration.”
Mark Merrill, President, Family First
Jen Hatmaker
"Okay, hold the phone: football and romance? You do not want to miss this movie that is full of heart!"
Jen Hatmaker, Best Selling Author and Speaker
Anita Renfroe
"Y’all, I’m jazzed for this movie about my friends Kurt and Brenda Warner. Go see it! If you love football or a true love story, this is the movie for you!"
Anita Renfroe, Nationally Known Comedian and Author
Point of Grace
"Point of Grace loves movies inspired by a true story and family friendly! Thanks to our friends Brenda and Kurt Warner for sharing their fantastic story that you don’t want to miss!"
Point of Grace, Grammy-nominated, Dove-Award-Winning Trio
Annie Downs
"There's just nothing quite like the fire of a competitive spirit up against a daunting opponent when the clock is running out. In sports (and in life), these are the moments that show us who we truly are and give us the chance to be brave and rise to the occasion. And they're the moments that made me hold my breath, sit on the edge of my seat, and absolutely love AMERICAN UNDERDOG."
Annie Downs, New York Times bestselling author


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Behind the Story
Kurt Warner's Hall of Fame Speech
Destiny Belongs to the Underdog
Kurt Warner & Zachary Levi

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