Arian Foster's words have now been immortalized on film.
Director Todd Martin said his team first came across the poem "Where We Dwell" last year on Foster's website.
"We were deeply inspired by his words and thought they would serve as a powerful backbone for a potential short film," Martin said.
After devising a treatment for the film, they pitched the vision to Foster's team who gave their blessing. The project began with a team of five: co-directors Martin, Evan Metzold, and Anderson Wright and producers Max Pava and Jake Rubin. Talent and additional staff was enlisted during filming which took place in five different states (New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts) over a 12-day period.
The film shows young athletes and their journeys in pursuit of greatness, accompanied by a narrated reading of "Where We Dwell."
"Their stories are paralleled by athletes everywhere, who know that though adversity arises, it can always be conquered," Martin said. "Triumph may offer respite and pave the road ahead, but true athletes believe it is the courage to continue that counts."
Poetry has a therapeutic effect on the All-Pro running back too, who once admitted it was his first love. Even during the football season, he would jot down poems daily in his journal.
"I've always been a writer," Foster said in his October interview with Texans Radio. "I feel like I'm just like a narrator of my world and the world that's going on around me. I mean, I've always felt like that. It just helps me cope with what's going on."
Snapchat premiered the film Super Bowl Sunday on its newly launched content service, Snapchat Discover. For more info, check out www.foreverwerun.com.
Arian Foster's poem is now a short film.