I mentioned “The Pistol:Special Editon” in my last post. I thought I’d share a little more about this DVD, quickly becoming one of our favorites.
We were asked recently by a church buyer if we could find “The Pistol.” I was excited to track it down because I remember watching it with my basketball team as an 8th grader. We all loved it, and I still remember the impact the coach who showed it had on me as a coach and as a teacher. As I reflected on it, I remembered that it was a film that wasn’t specifically a Christian film, but was popular with Christians. Curiosity led me to do a little more digging.
My memory served me correctly. Pistol Pete’s story was one of great success on the court, fame, injury, depression, a downward spiral, and ultimately faith in Christ. Wikipedia states…
A leg injury during the 1977-78 NBA season started the downward spiral into alcoholism which had started with one sip at 16 years of age (Pete quote), and signaled the decline of his career. After the injury forced him to leave basketball in the fall of 1980, Maravich became a recluse for two years. Through it all, Maravich said he was searching “for life.” He tried the practices of yoga and Hinduism, read Trappist monk Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain and took an interest in the field of ufology, the study of unidentified flying objects. He also explored vegetarianism and macrobiotics. In 1982, he became a Christian and began traveling the country sharing his new found faith in Jesus Christ
Turns out he died on the court while playing a pickup game when he was Pasadena to tape an interview for Focus on the family. Shortly before his death he was quoted as saying; “I want to be remembered as a Christian, a person that serves Him to the utmost. Not as a basketball player.” I’ll say he was remembered as both.
You can buy the Pistol: Special Edition at FamilyChristianMovies.com