I think it was a Hallmark movie or something like that, its was a very low budget film I had to watch with my family, my mom has always been big into the true story/hallmark channel/feel good movies
It starts off with this old man (who was some athlete) who keeps coming into a diner or some kind of shop and one of the patrons happens to recognize him and tries to initiate conversation on the typical lines "you used to be big back in the day", can’t remember exactly what happens next but this guy is persistent, it turns out he’s some documentary maker and wants to interview the old man and somehow persuades him to go through with it.
They find a producer and you watch this guy’s life unfold, he makes it to the big time but something unfair happened, someone takes a cheap shot and hes injured, he gets married, his wife dies giving birth to his child, a couple years later his child dies, he finds out about a young struggling teenager who’s baby is going to die and he decides to give all of his remaining money to pay for the operation needed to save her child.
I think the documentary was meant to pay for some kind of operation or a comeback for the old man but unfortunately the guys in the editing rooms accidentally sent out clips comprised of everything that was meant to be cut out from the movie.. or it just didn't fair well, the producer loses money and tells the old man I never want to see you ever again.
The man who set this all up, while researching he came across information about the child he saved and he asks the old man if he would like to meet them, and so the movie ends with the old man finding out the child is an aspiring athlete with a chance to make it big and he decides to mentor the kid, and the movie ends, and I cant seem to remember the title but the basic story-line has stuck with me forever.