Esquire docuseries travels to steel country to film kids playing tackle football

By Lynette Rice
February 23, 2016 at 05:00 PM EST
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Little kids in the Lone Star State aren’t the only ones playing tackle football.

For a new edition of Friday Night Tykes — the Esquire docuseries that chronicles the disturbing practice of grade schoolers engaging in tackle football — the production team travels to Beaver County, Pennsylvania, to film the “Mighty Mite” division of gridiron action.

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The players are only 10 and 11 years old. 

The area was chosen because of its steep tradition of churning out NFL players like Joe Namath, Joe Montana, and Mike Ditka. Unlike Texas where football is “religion,” the narrator says, it’s “life” in this backbone of industrial America.

Esquire will premiere Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country on March 22 at 10 p.m. ET, following the finale of Friday Night Tykes (from San Antonio) at 9 p.m. ET.

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