We Are Marshall is the story of the Thundering Herd football team and the 37 players who were killed in a plane crash in 1970. The movie talks about the rebuilding of the team and the healing of the community. Jack Lengyel, played by Matthew McConaughey, gathers the team together in the cemetery where six of the players are buried, and gives them a speech about the teammates they lost and about the game they are about to play.
This is the final resting place of six members of the Thundering Herd. The plane crash was so severe their bodies were unable to be identified. So they were buried here together. Six men, six teammates, six sons of Marshall. This is our past, gentlemen. This is where we have been. This is who we are.
"Today I want to talk about our opponent. They're bigger, faster, stronger, more experience. And on paper, they're just better and they know it too. But I want to tell you something that they don't know. They don't know your heart. I do. I've seen it. You have shown it to me. You have shown this coaching staff. You have shown your teammates. You have shown yourselves just exactly who you are in here. When you take that field, today, you've got to lay it hard on the line. With the souls of your feet, with every ounce of blood in your body. Lay it on the line. You can do that. If you do that, we cannot lose. We may be behind on the scoreboard at the end of the game, but if you play like that, we cannot be defeated.
We came here today to remember. six young men and 69 others who will not be on the filed today, but they will be watching. You can bet your ass that they'll be gritting their teeth at every snap of that football. How you play today is how you'll be remembered. This your opportunity to rise from the ashes and grab glory. We are Marshall!"
Memorial to Marshall students who died in plane crash at