The story of Ray-Ray McElrathbey, a freshman football player for Clemson University, who secretly raised his younger brother on campus after his home life became too unsteady.
The beginning parts of the film are showing what it is like to start in the world of college football. The practice, the workouts, the studying, the hard work, the determination, and that’s not even including school.
On the home front, things aren’t going so well when Ray-Ray gets a call and finds out his little brother is staying somewhere else because his mom is locked up again. Ray-Ray decides to take on his brother.
Next, Ray is dealt a rough hand. He is having to try and chase his dream but also be the parent to his brother. It happens in poverty level communities, and too often, men and women have to make these types of decisions. They have to give up their careers, give up their aspirations to do what’s right for their family, and it’s not fair. As a country, we need to do better and provide better assistance to those who are stuck in situations beyond their control.
Transition into the film’s meat, Coach goes and gets Fahmarr, and they move Ray-Ray and him into an apartment. We see things start to fall into place here, and we see a lot of your prototypical Hollywood-like things that fall into place.
In conclusion, the system of which was in place sucked because Ray-Ray was forced to make decisions that were for the best of his family while trying to live out his dream. The film is layered very well. It sets the stakes, places the obstacles in front of you, and shows you how he overcame everything to attempt to do both.
Safety is an inspirational story that shows us the importance of being there for each other.