Maybe some day, years from now, some filmmaker will make a heroic sports movie about Tom Brady or LeBron James. Maybe. But most heroic sports movies aren’t about athletes like those two, who are great from the get-go and win lots of championships over long careers.
No, most heroic sports movies are about scrappy underdogs who come out of nowhere to win championships. (And yes, smart alecs, Air Mail Pilot knows that James will be starring as himself in a remake of Space Jam this summer, but that’s totally different.)