FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The film profiling entrepreneur and former Razorback Jim Lindsey debuts Thursday, August 29 at Fayetteville's UARK Bowl. Two days later, Coach Bret Bielema's team will kick off the 2013 football season.
"The Jim Lindsey Story" is narrated by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Fifty years ago, Jones and Lindsey contributed to the University of Arkansas' longest winning streak in school history.
Between 1963 and 1965, the Razorbacks captured 22-straight victories and a national championship. According to Emmy Award winner and executive producer Larry Foley, Lindsey helped lead the Hogs to the title.
In 1965, the Minnesota Vikings drafted Lindsey in the 2nd round. As a captain for Minnesota, the athlete won the 1969 NFL championship.
During the off-seasons, Lindsey bought real estate in Northwest Arkansas. In 1968, Lindsey purchased a tract of land on the edge of Fayetteville. Three years later, he sold a portion of that plot to General Growth Properties. The area is now known as the Northwest Arkansas Mall.
"It was an extremely profitable sale," Lindsey said. "I probably, I don't know, made well over $1 million buying and selling property while I was playing up in Minnesota."
After retiring from the NFL, Lindsey began developing homes and apartments in Fayetteville. He founded Lindsey & Associates Inc., Lindsey Construction Co. and Lindsey Management. Lindsey now owns and operates more than 37,000 apartment units and 42 golf courses-across eight states.
"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."
Following the private premiere, Coach Frank Broyles and past teammates will join Lindsey in a panel discussion. The forum will also include: Ken Hatfield, former Razorback head coach; Bill Gray, former Arkansas quarterback; and Harold Horton, Razorback Foundation vice president. Foley will moderate the program.
"Fayetteville is where Lindsey launched his athletic career. Northwest Arkansas is his home for business," director Clint Fullen said. "There is no better place to unveil his story."
"Lindsey is an influential business leader whose story needs to be told," Foley said. "This film is a must-see for Arkansans."
"The Jim Lindsey Story" will be available for purchase Friday, August 30.
The Fayetteville Public Library is hosting a free public screening Sunday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m. "The Jim Lindsey Story" will appear at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival on Friday, October 18.
For more information, visit jimlindseystory.com.