“The Rocket” is a small town story inspired by true events. A high school football player suffers a severe head injury and loses his entire life plan. The heaviness of a broken relationship with his father, and losing the identity of football star push him to seek a new way to prove himself. Despite being an unlikely runner, the Cross Country Coach brings the young man aboard the team out of necessity. Through much struggle, doubt, and determination, he attempts to find a new way to attain greatness. With colorful characters, youthful insights, and nostalgic storytelling, “The Rocket” brings together the elements of family, loss, failure, and redemption. The entire story is based on real characters and events that took place in the Midwest in 1999.