ARMANTI “MONEY” EDWARDS grew up dreaming of playing quarterback for a big-time college football program. His father, FREDDIE EDWARDS, always told Armanti that he shouldn’t let his lack of height and weight guide his life; that he should "Find a way." Believing that his son would one day make someone very rich, he gave Armanti the nickname, "Money."
Even though he eventually gets the opportunity to quarterback his hometown high school team, Armanti sees his dreams crushed when no major collegiate program recruits him at the position he loves. Meanwhile, Freddie, who has been his biggest supporter, is charged with murder and may go to prison for life. Seeing these events as a sign he is not destined to play football, Armanti is about to give up when COACH JERRY MOORE, from Appalachian State (a little-known school in the Great Smokey Mountains) offers him a full football scholarship. Although Coach Moore does not promise him the quarterback position, Armanti accepts the challenge to fight for the starting job.
Armanti soon discovers that getting the starting quarterback position will be harder than he expected as he must beat out not one, but two former championship winning quarterbacks. In the midst of Armanti’s struggle to win the starting quarterback job, Freddie is sentenced to 35 years in prison. Now imprisoned, there's little chance that Freddie will ever see his son play. Armanti is crushed, inconsolable and once again questions his future in football. After some careless, self-destructive, and callous acting out, Armanti finds his way again with the help and guidance of his loving mother, MISS DEBORAH ANDERSON, and the fatherly Coach Moore.
Armanti rededicates himself, becoming App State’s starting quarterback. The biggest challenge of his young career comes in his sophomore year as the University of Michigan - the most successful football program in college football history - invites the lower division Mountaineers to play them in Ann Arbor. The "Big House" is the largest stadium in the country; a place where small schools are routinely sacrificed for the sake of a "Money Game." Against all odds, Armanti leads his team in a nail-biting, roller coaster win over the mighty Wolverines, 34-32. The game is hailed nationally as the "Greatest Upset in College Football History." Yet, more important than defeating Goliath and fulfilling his father's prophecy is the solace Armanti finds in his new home, surrounded by his newfound family.
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