"Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country" is a reality docu-series on Esquire Network that is a spin-off of "Friday Night Tykes" focusing on one of the great football hotbeds of America; Western Pennsylvania, where football is life.

Digging deep into the birthplace of football legends, the series focuses 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.

The quest for gridiron glory is anything but child's play.

"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.

'Friday Night Tykes' Moves to USA From Esquire Network


Network: Esquire
Genre: Reality
Premiere Date: March 22, 2016
Seasons: 1
Production Companies:
441 Productions
Texas Crew Productions
Electro-Fish Films

Esquire Explores Youth Football in 'Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country' — Premiering Tuesday, March 22, the new spin-off series heads to Beaver County, the birthplace of legends in the shadow of shut down steel mills, where youth football is not a pastime, but a birthright. Read more...

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