The documentary "Born to Lead: The Sal Aunese Story," about former CU quarterback Sal Aunese, will make its TV debut on Friday night.

The film will be broadcast at 5 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network. An encore presentation will air at 11 p.m. MT.

Aunese is a former CU quarterback who passed away on Sept. 23, 1989, in Boulder after a fight with inoperable stomach cancer. The film, which has been years in the making, portrayed the life of a young man who grew up in Oceanside, Calif., destined for greatness on the field. Raised in a tight-knit Samoan family, Aunese was a star player in his youth and in high school.

The film captures footage from throughout Aunese's career and also features interviews with several members of his family, past teammates and coaches in high school and college and his close friends from Boulder.

"Born to Lead" was produced by George Antonopoulos and directed by Lara Slife. The film won awards at the FICTS sports film festival in Milan, Italy, and was selected for the Boulder International Film Festival earlier this year.

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