Former Ferris State University All-American football player Jake Visser has skills on the field and those skills could take him to the big screen according to a Grand Rapids Press article, "Football players compete in drills for minor roles in the Kurt Russell film 'Touchback'" published in the Wednesday edition.
Those who know Jake realize he has the kind of personality that can translate well in interactions like this one illustrated by the Grand Rapids Press:
As Jake Visser rushed through an agility course on Coopersville High School's football field, he slid into a bag instead of hopping over it.In the article, Visser's high standards of execution (as far as football drills are concerned) are quite obvious. The 6-foot-2, 270-pound former Ferris defensive tackle, a graduate and one of the best to play the position in Bulldog gridiron history, still has a lot of football left in him and could be ideal for a role like this and maybe more down the line.
Mark Ellis stopped him.
"Get on back here, big guy," he said. "Slow it down, eyes up ... I can't make you a Hollywood star if you're looking down."
Ellis, an athletic coordinator who worked on "We Are Marshall," put Visser and hundreds of other hopefuls to the test during tryouts Wednesday for 60 football player roles in "Touchback." The movie, which is shooting in Coopersville and the Grand Rapids area, is about a man who attempts suicide and wakes up in the past to relive his high school football stardom, which ended when he was seriously injured.
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