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The best of the best in Alabama High
School Football over the past 100 seasons.
High School Football & Hollywood
Portrayals of high school football in movies,
television, and literature
Hollywood portrayals of HS football, whether comedies or dramas, often portray
the game at the center of a small town's existence and the focus of its
All the Right Moves - A 1983 film about a Western Pennsylvania
football player desperate to earn the scholarship that would enable him to
escape his economically depressed town.
American Dreams - Character "JJ" Pryor was a star HS football
running back, and many of the early episodes centered on his games.
The Best of Times - A 1986 film based on an actual rivalry and game
between small town Taft (CA) High School (Wildcats) and the larger and
highly successful Bakersfield (CA) High School (Drillers) who actually have
the California high school record for most wins, most section titles, and
most State titles.
Bleachers - A novel published in 2003. It tells of the
fictitious Messina High School football team and its coach, Eddie
Rake. Rake with 418 wins, 61 losses, and 13 state championships
under his belt is on his deathbed, and many of his former players
return to Messina to say goodbye.
Dazed and Confused - A 1993 film set in Texas in 1976. It is not a
true high school football movie, but the main character Randy "Pink" Floyd,
played by Jason London, is the starting quarterback at his high school and
most of his friends play football as well.
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream - a book about the
1988 season of Permian High School in Odessa, Texas as they made a
surprising run toward the state championship. In the end, however, the
underdogs lost in the state semi-finals to Carter High School of Dallas.
This book ultimately spawned two other media properties:
Lucas - A 1986 film about the coming of age of a small,
intellectually gifted boy; one subplot revolves around his efforts to join
the school's football team.
Married... with Children - A 1987-1998 TV series which featured, Al
Bundy, a middle-aged Chicago area, shoe salesman whose lifelong claim to
fame was playing running back at (fictitious) Polk High and scoring "4
touchdowns in one game."
Nike'sFootball is Everything television and print ad campaign of
2006 featuring numerous NFL stars and coaches as members of the fictional
Marlin Briscoe High School Hawks football team.
Radio - A 2003 film based on the true story about T.L. Hanna High
School football coach Harold Jones and a mentally-challenged young man James
Robert Kennedy, nicknamed "Radio" who becomes the team manager.
Remember the Titans - A 2000 film based on the actual story of the
1971 team of T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Season - a 1999 ESPN television documentary of Eastern
Pennsylvania's North Penn High School.
Two-A-Days - MTV reality television documentary about the 2005 and
2006 football seasons at Hoover High School in suburban Birmingham, Alabama.