Wondering just what's become of other iconic figures from sports films past? We asked the screenwriters of some memorable movies to bring us up to date on their creations. The following samples—from the ridiculous to the canine—make it clear that there are second acts in sports cinema. For more on each, go to SI.com/mag
ROBERT (BOBBY) BOUCHER, JR.
"After lunch we walk over to the Hudson River. He likes to look out over the water on summer afternoons. He tells me about a smartphone app he's developed that combines his wife's love of astrology, his mama's bayou wisdom and his knowledge of football. I have no idea how it works."
—Tim Herlihy, co-screenwriter of The Waterboy (1998)
"In 1999, Henry stepped on a football and tore the ACL in his right knee. For treatment, he returned to Dr. Kersten, the orthopedist who had set his arm when he was 12. Within a week Henry was kicking 75-yard field goals for the Oak Park Eagles.... The Chicago Bears made him the youngest first-round pick in NFL history."
—Sam Harper, screenwriter of Rookie of the Year (1993)
"He moved on to other challenges, like establishing the Roy Munson Global Foundation, through which he brings bowling education to needy kids in the third world. Says Roy, 'There are plenty of charities out there schlepping fresh water, computers and medical supplies into the bush, but nobody's taking bowling pins and balls.' "
—Mort Nathan, screenwriter of Kingpin (1996)
"It wasn't always wine and Milkbones for the four-legged star. After red-leashing as a freshman, Buddy saw a lot of playing time the next season, although he was suspended for two games in 2006 for an ugly crotch-biting incident involving Joakim Noah.
—Aaron Mendelsohn, co-screenwriter of Air Bud (1997)
EVERETT COLLECTION (THE WATERBOY)
COURTESY OF FOX (ROOKIE OF THE YEAR)
RYSHER ENTERTAINMENT/GETTY IMAGES (KINGPIN)
BUENA VISTA PICTURES/PHOTOFEST (AIR BUD)