Pat XO: Directors' Moment
About the film
"Pat XO," directed by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters and produced by Robin Roberts, tells the remarkable story of Pat Summitt as it has never been told before. This raw, authentic portrait takes the camera from the filmmaker's hands and places it with those who know her best. With Pat's son, Tyler, as the lead storyteller, we hear never-before-told recollections from assistant coaches, former players, such as Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings and Michelle Marciniak, and fans such as Peyton Manning and Kenny Chesney.
Click here to learn more about the film and its directors, Lax and Stern Winters.
Summitt's difficult decision
An important scene from "Pat XO" shows how Summitt had to come to the difficult decision of stepping down as head coach at Tennessee, an announcement that came less than a year after her diagnosis with early onset dementia. She left the bench after 38 years with the Lady Vols and eight national titles. Even more impressive, she left the court as the winningest coach, man or woman, in NCAA Division I history.
Summitt, known as one of the toughest players and coaches in basketball, opens up to her son about all of the emotions that came with such a life-changing decision and shows a side of her that many have not seen.
"I don't think she really wanted to [step down]," Stern Winters said. "I think she could have coached forever."
Lax explained how family, as always, helped Summitt come to terms with the decision.
"I think that she had a good heart-to-heart with her son, Tyler, and I don't think that it was a decision that she came to on her own," Lax said. "I think that they came to it together, and that is how close they are. And once they were able to come to that decision together, I think that made her comfortable enough to do it."
DIRECTORS' TAKE: LAX, STERN WINTERS ON 'MOMENT'
"Pat XO" directors Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters explain the importance of the "decision" scene:
There are rare people who get to live in a certain time in which you're able to sort of do something more, and Pat did that -- and men respected what she did, and that changed everything for women. Basically, she made the winner's circle genderless, because she has this social context of what she accomplished.Sally Jenkins, co-author of Pat Summitt's book 'Sum It Up,' on the legendary coach