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[02/23/16 - 10:00 AM]
Esquire Network Explores Youth Football in the Birthplace of Legends with "Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country"
The 12-episode series spin-off will focus on Beaver County, where youth football is not a pastime, but a birthright.

[via press release from Esquire Network]

ESQUIRE NETWORK EXPLORES YOUTH FOOTBALL IN THE BIRTHPLACE OF LEGENDS WITH "FRIDAY NIGHT TYKES: STEEL COUNTRY"

Football Fanaticism in the Shadow of Shut Down Steel Mills on Tuesday, March 22 at 10/9c

LOS ANGELES - February 23, 2016 - Esquire Network's hit franchise Friday Night Tykes next turns its lens on one of the great football hotbeds of America; Western Pennsylvania, where football is life. FRIDAY NIGHT TYKES: STEEL COUNTRY premiering Tuesday, March 22 at 10/9c will dig deep into the birthplace of football legends. The 12-episode series spin-off will focus on Beaver County, where youth football is not a pastime, but a birthright, and young children are pressured to become superstars, not just from parents and coaches, but their entire communities. The documentary series is about more than just football, it's about the choices parents are making for their children, and the community that surrounds America's favorite sport. Youth football embodies the essence of these small working class towns. The game acts as a bond connecting the community culturally, socially and emotionally. In a place where the majority of the population has next to nothing, youth football is everything.

Formerly the backbone of industrial America, a once flourishing county is now filled with inoperable steel mills and rusting bridges connecting communities linked by hard times. However, these small towns are drawn together by the great tradition of football, which serves as a light in an often bleak and unspoken area of the country. Examining the heart of football, these 10 and 11-year-olds ambitiously fight for not just their communities but also a future in the home where some of football's most notable legends began. This Western region of Pennsylvania was once home to NFL greats like Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, and Darrelle Revis. Despite the odds, each team holds onto their passion for the game, in hopes to continue the legacy.

Meet the teams:

Aliquippa Lil Quips: Aliquippa is arguably the most respected football organization in Beaver County, not only because their community has produced football legends - but because every year their youth football teams dominate in almost every single age group.

Ambridge Lil Bridgers: Looking to remove the "razzle dazzle" out of the offense and return to "smash mouth, ground-and-pound," new Head Coach Moses Cox is ready to keep Ambridge a powerhouse in the league. They also have a secret weapon, a former female pro football player on the coaching staff, Felicia Mycyk.

Beaver Falls Lil Tigers: "Coach Teen's" style of coaching is to teach the kids through positive reinforcement. His philosophy is to keep the kids engaged. He will never bench a kid for making a mistake. Beaver Falls made it to the championship game last year (against Central Valley), but lost in overtime - and the coaches and parents are still bitter about it.

Blackhawk Lil Cougars: These coaches and kids have been working together for six years and it shows on the field. They are tight, disciplined, and play smart. Head Coach Chaz Jannuzi feels this is their year to strike - its championship or bust.

Central Valley Lil Warriors: The defending champs and the team everyone seems to love to hate. Coach Todd Alexander is no-nonsense. He runs his practice like a drill sergeant. He's loud, intimidating, and all business! And it seems to be working, because Central Valley hasn't lost a game since 2012.

Monaca Lil Indians: As the oldest youth football program in Beaver County, Monaca is also the smallest team. The Lil Indians often lose their best prospects to the larger, more affluent Central Valley.

The quest for gridiron glory is anything but child's play. FRIDAY NIGHT TYKES: STEEL COUNTRY premieres Tuesday, March 22 at 10/9c on Esquire Network.

FRIDAY NIGHT TYKES: STEEL COUNTRY is produced by 441 Productions, Texas Crew Productions and Electro-Fish Films for Esquire Network. Matt Maranz, Matt Blaine, David Karabinas, Terry Stewart, Chris Elley, Cile Spelce, Andrew Morreale and Gabe Honig are executive producers.

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About Esquire Network

Esquire Network champions the pursuit of a well-played life. The lifestyle and entertainment network features programming that speaks to classic and contemporary passions and interests, from fashion and style to food and drink, travel, family and relationships. Building on Esquire magazine's 80 years of insight into what makes men tick, Esquire Network is available wherever viewers are watching: in nearly 70 million homes nationwide, online at http://esquiretv.com, On Demand, via mobile with the Esquire TV Now app and other platforms. Esquire Network is a unit of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. To find Esquire Network, visit: http://esquiretv.com/channelfinder. For more corporate information, visit www.nbcuniversal.com.





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