A current Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, the movie chronicles the struggles of the Manassas High School football team in North Memphis, whose inner-city student-athletes receive hard knock lessons both on and off the field.
"When I was coming up and I went to high school, it was my dream to be a football player, and I broke my leg in the last day of camp," said Diddy, who remembered facing some of the same trials as the young men in the movie. "The movie really moved me in a personal way, but it could touch people in so many other ways."
The team's coach, Bill Courtney, vowed that he and his players would remain grounded even with all the hoopla surrounding the film.
"At the end of the day, this is a neat moment in time but it can't be any more than that," said Bill. "Because if it defines us -- if at 20 years old this is the best thing that ever happens to you -- then you have a real deficiency in your soul."
Undefeated opens in limited release Friday, February 17.