ESPN announced that the upcoming premiere this week of a movie about the incredibly inspirational story of 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson. Titled 24 Strong, the half-hour special will talk about Dobson’s life told by the people who knew him best.

If you are unfamiliar with Dobson’s story, Dobson was a high school football player in Knoxville, Tennessee. In December 2015, Dobson was killed in a random drive-by shooting while he and others were inside a house. Dobson was shot and killed after shielding three girls from gunfire, saving their lives.

Former President Barack Obama tweeted about how Dobson was a hero in sacrificing his life so others could live. He posthumously received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in 2016.

ESPN 30 for 30 tweeted out the trailer Monday and it seems like 24 Strong will be an incredibly inspirational story.

Based on the trailer, 24 Strong will not just cover Dobson’s life, but will also talk about the people around him as well as Fulton High School and its football team after Dobson’s death. According to WVLT in Knoxville, ESPN cameras were filming at the high school on the day arrests were made in connection with the murder.

I can’t imagine the amount of courage one must have to do what Dobson did. We all would love to think that if we were in that situation, we would protect those around us as well. But we won’t know that unless we were actually in that situation and we hope to never experience that.

Zaevion Dobson is and will always be a hero. His selfless act saved three people and that act should never be forgotten.

24 Strong will premiere Thursday, November 28 at 7:30 ET on ESPN2.



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