by Chris Bahn
Posted 5/7/2013 10:51 am
Updated 2 years ago
The life story of northwest Arkansas real estate developer and former University of Arkansas football star Jim Lindsey not only sounds like something from a movie, it is actually becoming a movie.
Lindsey, who grew up in rural Arkansas, starred for Razorbacks' national championship football team and became a successful developer after a pro football career, is the subject of an upcoming documentary set for a fall release. The project is titled "The Jim Lindsey Story" and will be narrated by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Here's the trailer:
Jones and Lindsey were teammates on the Arkansas teams that between 1963-65 won 22 straight, including the 1964 national championship. They remain close friends.
"He was my bus riding partner. We would talk about our dreams, our ambitions," Jones said. "I remember his insight into life was amazing at such a young age."
Lindsey, a native of Forrest City, was a second round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 1965. He bought land in northwest Arkansas with his a $75,000 signing bonus and eventually grew a development business into a real estate company and a successful apartment and golf course operation. Lindsey now owns and operates more than 37,000 apartment units and 42 golf courses.
Lindsey & Associates ranks third on Arkansas Business' recent list of largest residential real estate agencies. Last year the agency reported $358.92 million in sales.
Promotional material describes the film as a "Southern success story. … about a delta boy who went from the henhouse to the penthouse."
Among those interviewed for the film are College Football Hall of Fame coach Frank Broyles, former Arkansas head coach Ken Hatfield, former NFL players Fred Cox and Dave Osborn, and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant.
"The documentary shows how he evolved from a child to the influence he is today," Jones said. "It depicts his will, desire and ambition to achieve."
Clint Fullen, who has a master's in documentary filmmaking from the University of Arkansas and a pair of undergraduate degrees from the UA, is the film's director and producer. Fullen's work has been featured on "PBS Frontline" and "PBS Planet Forward."
Emmy Award winners Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter serve as executive producers.