This coming-of-age story is set within a small New Zealand town in 1985. Drew is seventeen, struggling with homosexuality. Scared of judgement and alienation, he conceals, and attempts to control, a ritual of self-harming. Drew meets Shane Andrews, a football star at school, and a sexual relationship develops. My Football Hero weaves the power of love between central characters, endeavoring to ask can unconditional love allow self-acceptance?