Archived copy as title NFL player missing current team parameter All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from March Archived copy as title link. Jon Abbate is proud that the movie shows his alma mater as a nurturing place. Abbate was placed on season-ending injured reserve on September 1, , with an ankle injury. He had 15 tackles in that game, the first Bowl Championship Series bowl game participation for Wake Forest.

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Abbate was picked up by the Redskins lluke the offseason but was then released due to failing his physical. Orange Bowl fans hold five fingers in the air at the start of the fourth quarter to honor the memory of Luke Abbate.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. After redshirting his first year in college, Abbate immediately became a starter in He also had 25 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks that season.

“The 5th Quarter”: A movie, a tribute

What started as a quiet tribute to Luke among the Abbate family — when Jon would hold up five ahbate to his parents and siblings in the stands — grew as the kuke progressed. But I’d be in the same situation with my height as a knock.

Abbate spent the remainder of the off season with the Saints after failing his physical with the Redskins. Two of his three daughters are graduates: Abbate was on the roster of the Sacramento Mountain Lions formerly known as the California Redwoods for parts of the and seasons.


Footage from actual football games appears in the movie, as do scenes filmed during and after the WFU-Duke game. As the season progressed, Abbate’s teammates, Abvate Forest fans, lyke even fans of opposing teams began holding up five fingers as well—a tradition that attracted much media attention during the Deacons’ successful year. Before his junior season, Abbate asked head coach Jim Grobe whether he could switch his jersey number from 40 to 5, the number his brother had worn.

Along with the dramatic issues addressed in the movie — reckless teenage driving, family tragedy and organ donation — the portrayal of Wake Forest as a caring community will be poignant for graduates, says Bieber.

And, although having lost their starting quarterback, starting running back, and starting defensive end to injuries at the beginning of the season, Wake Forest went on to complete their most successful season in school history, winning 11 games against 2 losses.

In a severe case of irresponsible and reckless teen-age driving, and over the objections of Luke and the other young passengers, the driver lost control of the car at nearly 90 miles-per-hour, spinning off a narrow road and landing in an embankment some seventy feet below.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Harrison Kennesaw, Georgia College: During that redshirt freshman season, Abbate had tackles, including 13 tackles for a loss. Wbbate from ” https: In paying homage to Luke, Jon would signal his family sitting in the stands Section 5 by holding up his hand with all 5 fingers abate.


The Abbate family founded The Luke Abbate 5th Quarter Foundation for the purposes of educating young people nationwide to the dangers and life-altering consequences of irresponsible driving.

Five avbate were almost immediately identified, including a young mother who was suffering abbaet serious heart disease. Wake Forest has a big role in the movie, too, both behind-the-scenes and in front of the camera.

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Archived copy as title link. During the season, Abbate led the team in tackles with second in the ACC.

He did this at the end of the third quarter. Grobe agreed, and Abbate wore the number throughout his junior season. Jon Abbate is proud that the movie ababte his alma mater as a nurturing place.

Luke Abbate 5th Quarter Foundation

Jon Abbate born June 18, abbaate a former American football linebacker. Additionally, the Abbate family created the “Five Foundation” to raise awareness among young people of the responsibilities and dangers of driving. Archived copy as title NFL player missing current team parameter All articles with unsourced statements Articles with luks statements from March And, in so doing, dedicated the new season to the memory of his brother.

He had a late interception in the endzone against rival University of North Carolina.