“High school football. There’s nothing like it.” ~Coach Denny Duron
Calling all sports fans, teens and parents! Watch legendary coach and pastor Denny Duron come out of retirement to lead the football program he founded at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. God. Family. Football. is streaming now!
God. Family. Football. focuses on the 2022 high school football season at Evangel Christian Academy. The school, which has sent more players to the NFL and NCAA Division 1 college football programs than any other high school in the state, looks to rebuild its own football program after falling on rough times. Having previously won 14 state championships in the last 20 years, the Evangel Eagles are now coming off their worst season in school history, and redemption is everyone’s goal so they can regain their position as one of the top high school football teams in the country.
God. Family. Football. stars Denny Duron, who is a pastor as well as a former pro football player and coach. Retired for 30 years, he decides to return as head coach to lead the Evangel Eagles back to national prominence. The players face struggles and triumphs both on and off the field, but they are united by coach Duron’s formula for success: “God first, family second, and football third.” This six-episode series follows his journey of bringing the high school football program back to its former glory.
God. Family. Football. is a heartwarming docuseries that features the diverse personal stories of Evangel’s players, their parents, coaching staff, and the broader Shreveport community, set against the dramatic backdrop of the 2022 Louisiana high school football season. Pastor Denny Duron has returned to the head coaching position to lead a talented group of teens who have dreams of playing in college and the NFL. He’s a pretty remarkable guy for getting things done – Duron not only builds up the team, he builds a whole new playing field out of a muddy mess!
I must admit I’m not a football fan, so I watched this series with more interest in the team members themselves than in the game. My favorite is Rodrigo, the backup quarterback, an exchange student from Cancún, Mexico. He’s a really cool kid. I also like Nick, a special member of the team – he has a sensory processing disorder but he shows up every day, does all the drills, helps out, and everyone respects him. I think it’s really sweet that the jocks hang out with a special needs kid and treat him as one of their own.
That’s what I love about this series. No bullies! It puts the focus not only on being tough but being decent. Since Evangel is a Christian school, Coach Duron is able to teach his players in a Godly way. He prays with them, quotes from the Bible, and gives them Biblical advice, encouraging them to seek God’s wisdom and will for their abilities and talents. As a result, the coach says, “they are able to impact the entire rest of the student population. And hopefully, they’ll touch people the rest of their lives.” How much better the world would be if all students had a caring mentor leading us with love and ministering to us like that!
Russell Wilson, NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos and a devout Christian, is executive producer of God. Family. Football. “What drew me to this project and inspired me to help tell God. Family. Football.’s story of teamwork, hard work, and discipline was coach Duron’s faith-first approach to the game,” the Super Bowl champion said in a statement. “Duron not only preaches but exemplifies what it means to be a winner on and off the field, and it is an honor to be able to share his lessons and legacy.”
I found it ironic that the series makes NFL star and former Evangel standout Josh Booty look like a jerk, though. The absentee father of twins Peyton and Parker, Booty stayed out of their lives for 12 years but decides to come back now that his boys are on the high school football team. You can tell the twins are still angry with him. They even changed their last name to their mother’s maiden name. I can’t believe Booty says in an on-screen interview, “I want to be the best father I can be. But that’s hard to do from a distance.” No kidding! You shouldn’t have left your family then!
I’m really curious as to how Amazon got involved with God. Family. Football, since the series has strong Christian themes that were critical to telling the story. I commend them for not glossing over that aspect. Nevertheless, even viewers who aren’t religious will appreciate seeing the teens develop not only teamwork skills but many other qualities that will make them successful in life such as character, leadership, and perseverance. The series also teaches important lessons in goal-setting, success and failure. Best of all, God. Family. Football. contains no objectionable content of any kind. Thank you, Amazon, for streaming this wholesome, hope-filled, faith- and family-friendly series!
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