For as long as Geoffrey Harvin can remember, he has wanted to be in the football industry. Playing, coaching, scouting — it didn't matter. He was just hoping for his big break.
Then one day last fall he got an idea for a screen play.
"This is going to be a blockbuster," says Harvin, working on the play at a Starbucks in Santa Monica. "It has play-action, blocking, passing, a significant yardage gain … everything you could want in a screen play. I'm going to make a name for myself with this play. Football ignored me before, but they won't be able to now."
Once Harvin is done with the play, he plans to shop it around to some of the major teams.
"The Steelers, the Patriots, the Colts, Florida, USC — you know, all the major franchises," he said. "I'm an artist first, but I also want to make a living off of my craft and they have the most money to spend. I want this screen play to be seen by people. I want it to have the biggest audience it can so it can change lives, change scores."
But he is also prepared to go to lesser-known organizations if the bigger teams don't bite.
"They're so conservative and mainstream they might not want to take a chance on an up-and-coming offensive coordinator like me. Even though with this screen play, I'll be a sure thing," says Harvin. "So a team looking to put themselves on the map might be the best fit. The Lions or Rams, for example. Or maybe a non-BCS conference team. They may not have as much money to spend, but they also would probably give me more creative freedom."
So far Harvin has spent 11 months on his screen play, working odd jobs as a waiter and bartender at nights to pay his rent. He thinks he can have it finished by January or February.
"I'm still working on a few parts of it," he says. "Do I want there to be trapping? Trapping and pulling? Pulling only? What about a reverse or a double reverse? Should I involve the fullback more? These are all things that a screen play writer must consider. It's a very delicate process."
Harvin's roommate says he has seen the screen play and that it will definitely turn some heads.
"It's a total disaster," says Greg Sanchez. "This guy knows absolutely nothing about football. Nothing. He says his screen play has this big surprise ending that no one has every used before: the guard getting open downfield for a touchdown. Yes. He's right. That's never been done before. It's because it's illegal. Offensive linemen aren't eligible receivers. He's such a clueless, self-important moron."
Harvin disagrees — and says his roommate is just upset because he's several months late on his share of the rent.
"Great art always pushes boundaries and norms," he says. "This screen play will reinvent the game of football."