In the annals of sports writing, there is no more hallowed figure than Vanderbilt graduate Grantland Rice. By his own estimate, over his half-century career, Rice wrote more than 22,000 columns, 7,000 sets of verse, and over a thousand magazine articles. Rice was friendly with Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Christy Mathewson, Babe Didrikson, and Bobby Jones, and with his pen, maintained a ruling perch across the sports world for the first half of the twentieth century.
But his story began in the heart of SEC country, as "Granny" Rice was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., went to Vanderbilt, and then began a remarkable journalism career, with his first job at the Nashville Daily News for $5 a week.
This is the story of not an athlete but an observer, poet and storyteller - a giant in the world of sports. Directed by Joe Lavine, "By Grantland Rice" is a unique opportunity to relive sport's golden era through the eyes of a reporter who had a front row seat to it all.