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Episode 295

Featuring Nick Alfieri

Football Star to Film-Maker – The Incredible Story of “Unicorn Town”

Today’s podcast is crazy and inspiring, and it takes me back to a time when I was playing pro-American football in Europe. It’s about a young man who went from being a college gridiron star at Georgetown to quitting the #1 graduate film school in the country, to creating an extraordinary new film and documentary called “Unicorn Town.” It’s a MUST-watch. I first heard of “Unicorn Town” while in the Bahamas delivering a keynote and it was recommended I watch “Unicorn Town” by one of the attendees, as it features a story that is similar to a past life of mine when I was a pro-football player in Europe. I watched the movie on the plane on the way home from the Bahamas and it blew me away. The film accurately and entertainingly depicted the life of an American football player playing pro football in a small German town and their quest to win a championship.

After watching “Unicorn Town” (produced and starring Nick Alfieiri), I immediately sent Nick a direct message asking if he would be a guest on the IMPACT Show. He obliged and shared that he’s been following me on social media for a long time and would love to share the behind-the-scenes making of Unicorn Town. Haha. Lets GOOO!!!!

You’re in for a real treat today. Get ready for some great wisdom and inspiration from an incredible young man who has a heckuva future in movie production.

On today’s IMPACT Show podcast, Nick and I discuss:

  • His career and scholastics at Georgetown, where he was team captain, All-Patriot League, and wore the coveted Joe Eacoabacci #35 Jersey his senior year, a tribute to a former Georgetown football captain who was killed in the September 11 attacks.
  • What made Nick leave film school at USC for European football to play in Germany for the Unicorns in Schwabisch Hall, Germany.
  • Why Nick decided to make a documentary of his football journey with the Unicorns.
  • The behind-the-scenes of a two-year project creating “Unicorn Town.”
  • Roadblocks, struggles, and lessons during the filmmaking process.
  • How breaking his collarbone ended up being one of his greatest blessings.
  • What’s next in Nick’s career?
  • Advice to a young aspiring filmmaker.
  • Nick turns the table and asks me a few deep questions

What a great story Nick shared on his two-year journey creating Unicorn Town. This is a must-watch movie and such a great podcast filled with passion and the persistent quest to WIN! Check out the trailer here.

You’re going to love this one as it truly is a great story. Please SHARE the episode on your social media and with anyone who needs a little gusto and inspiration in life. Be sure to tag Nick and me on Instagram and share your thoughts on the episode or the movie.

About Nick Alfieri:

Nicholas James Alfieri is an American football linebacker previously playing for the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns in the German Football League. He holds both U.S. and Italian citizenship and is on the roster of the Italy national American football team for the 2021 European Championship.

He played college football at Georgetown where finished his collegiate career with 322 total tackles, making him only the third player in school history to reach 300 career tackles. Alfieri earned All Patriot League honors and was a team captain in 2014. In 2014, he wore the Joe Eacobacci #35 Memorial Jersey, a tribute to a former Georgetown football captain who was killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

On December 16, 2015, it was announced that Alfieri had signed with the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League. He led them to German Bowls in 2017 and 2018, while finishing among the league leaders in tackles. He was joined on the team by his brother Michael ahead of the 2022 season. Alfieri announced his retirement from the Unicorns in February 2023.

Alfieri is from Bethany, Oregon. His father, Phil Alfieri, played college football at Oregon State from 1983-1987. His mother ran track at OSU from 1984-1988. His younger brother, Joey, played college football for Stanford University and is currently a player for the San Francisco 49ers. His younger brother Mikey Alfieri also played college football for OSU 2018 and 2020-2021 and plays now for the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns.

On his YouTube channel, Alfieri documents his thoughts and experiences about life in Germany as a football player. Alfieri has gained a large viewership especially in Germany, where his vlogs are appreciated for their interesting as well as entertaining content.

You can see the “Unicorn Town” Trailer below and watch it on Amazon Prime or several other streaming platforms. Check it out here.



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