Tuesday Night Programming Celebrates Top Prep Level Football Talent from Around the Nation
"Football Town" Series Returns with Executive Producer Cam Newton
Starting September 12, Tuesday nights on NFL Network introduces viewers to some of the rising football talent at the prep level with the premiere of Football Town: Valdosta, GA at 10:00 PM ET, followed by Elite 11 at 10:30 PM ET.
Both series are the latest developments for NFL Media's original content arm, as the Football Town franchise returns to television following a two-year hiatus while Elite 11 makes its NFL Network debut as a six-episode series.
"The passionate nature of football at the high school level is one of the underlying elements that makes series like 'Football Town' and 'Elite 11' so worthwhile," said Brian Lockhart, NFL Network Vice President and Senior Coordinating Producer, Original Content. "It's remarkable how the game of football can be the heartbeat of communities like Valdosta, as well as the determining factor in the future of 24 young men from various backgrounds. We're excited to bring these stories to viewers, highlighting the ways the game binds towns together and instills values and memories that last a lifetime."
Executive Produced by Panthers QB Cam Newton, Football Town heads four hours south of Atlanta to Valdosta, Georgia, home to the most-winningest high school football program in the nation – the Valdosta Wildcats. Following nearly 90 years of dominance that produced Super Bowl-winning talent like Patriots receiver Malcolm Mitchell, the Wildcats are looking to re-establish the program that earned the coveted nickname of "Titletown." Over the course of six episodes, viewers will get an inside look at the Wildcats' 2016 season as experienced by the coaches and players as they fight to bring a state championship back to Valdosta for the first time in 18 years.
In time with the linear debut on Tuesday, Sept. 12, new episodes of "Football Town: Valdosta, GA" will also air on Snapchat under the title "Football Town." The Snapchat Show will be available for 48 hours in Snapchat's "Discover" section every Tuesday for six consecutive weeks.
At 10:30 PM ET following Football Town: Valdosta, GA, viewers will get an inside look into the preeminent offseason showcase for rising high school senior quarterbacks on Elite 11. For two weeks during the summer of 2017, NFL Network chronicled the journey of the nation's best young athletes center as they establish their place in an exclusive fraternity that includes the likes of notable first overall draft picks Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Jameis Winston and Jared Goff.
"In my seven years of being the head coach of Elite 11, this year's group of quarterbacks, bought into the process better than any class before them," said Elite 11 head coach Trent Dilfer. "They are extremely talented and all of them are on their individual journeys to the QB mountain top where the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and others sit."
Over the six-part NFL Network series developed with Student Sports, DLP Media Group and MM Productions, 24 of the nation's best high school quarterbacks converge in Southern California and compete for the chance to advance to the finals at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, OR and be named Elite 11 MVP. Over the course of the series, players will receive guidance from current and former NFL greats including Dilfer, Jerry Rice, Richard Sherman, Deshaun Watson, Odell Beckham Jr, Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Pierce.
"A handful of these 2017 Elite 11 Quarterbacks have a legitimate shot of dominating college football and ultimately will have the opportunity to have successful NFL careers," Dilfer added. "In this class, one quarterback in particular exceeded all expectations. He earned the highest grade that I've given out in seven years, and by all accounts is the definition of a blue chip, 'can't miss' prospect."
The future success of Elite 11 players is unquestioned with 24 of the NFL's 32 starting quarterbacks in 2017 having gone through the program and 80% of QBs on NFL rosters holding alumni status. Additionally, since 2003, 10 Elite 11 participants have gone on to win the Heisman Trophy and seven have been selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft over the past decade.
Throughout the season, fans can access clips and bonus content from Football Town: Valdosta, GA and Elite 11 on NFL.com, and share their thoughts on each episode by using the hashtags #FootballTown and #Elite11 on Twitter.
Football Town: Valdosta, GA is produced by Magical Elves and Tenafly Film Company with executive producers Cam Newton, Dan Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Josh Sugarman, Sean Devaney, Michael Gleaton. Elite 11 is a produced by Student Sports, DLP Media Group and MM Productions with executive producers Michael Hughes, Mark Mayer, Andrew Bark and Brian Stumpf.
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