ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series directed its lens at Jim Tressel and Maurice Clarett for a two-hour movie that premiered Saturday night.
Those of us who lived through the year Clarett played for the Buckeyes and the following months in which his standing at The Ohio State University spiraled down hill, expected the film to be over loaded with salacious details of a player-coach relationship that derailed in a very public way.
Instead Youngstown Boys pulled the curtain back on misunderstood and mis-characterized relationship that may be stronger today than it was in the Buckeyes championship season of 2002.
Youngstown Boys took time to lay the foundation for both Tressel's and Clarett's success. It lead viewers down the trail that lead both men to Columbus and put them on a certain collison course which included the highest highs and the lowest lows.
What it did not do is drag either man through the mud. If anything, it cleared some of the mud off the backs of two men who until this film have kept the details of their relationship largely to themselves.
I came away from the film having more respect for both of them. Anyone who watched it should have learned there is much more to playing and coaching at Ohio State than anyone not associated with the program could possibly imagine.
It's easy to dimiss Jim Tressel as a coach who gave Maurice too much until this documentary shows you he learned how to treat players while watching his father coach at Baldwin Wallace.
His father rarely spoke with players about X's and O's chosing instead to ask players about life and dreams and goals outside of football.
Tressel spoke of a football team as a family and of each of his players as members of that family. That is why he refused to kick Clarett to the curb even while Maurice was running OSU into the ground verbally.
On Clarett's end, I have always know him to be an engaging young who never shied away from an opportunity to strike up a conversation. He was opinionated to be sure and more than a little confident. But his willingness to share his thoughts made a conversation something to remember.
This isn't to say either man is without fault and neither would claim to be faultless today. However we judged them ten years ago, none of us every could have envisioned a day when both would appear on ESPN speaking of one another with respect and admiration.
Who's going to find fault in that?