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'Real Sports' revisits ex-USF player Schuyler's survival story


Published:   |   Updated: August 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Tonight's season premiere of HBO's “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” will revisit the story of Nick Schuyler, the former University of South Florida football player and sole survivor of a 2009 accident that killed Schuyler's three fishing companions when their boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico.

Schuyler's story, including details of 46 hours the men spent clinging to the overturned hull of the boat during a storm, has since been turned into the memoir “Not Without Hope” and is the basis of an upcoming movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The sports journalism series, which aired the first interview with Schuyler after the accident, will catch up with the former player, now one of the top-ranked competitors in the fitness craze CrossFit, “to see how he has picked up the pieces of his life,” HBO said.

The episode will also address tensions between Schuyler and the families of the men who died, who have since questioned Schuyler's account of the accident.

Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith and Schuyler's USF teammate Will Bleakley died before Schuyler was rescued by the Coast Guard 35 miles west of Tampa.

The episode airs at 9 p.m. on HBO and will repeat on HBO and HBO2 at various times through Sept. 16.

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