Spotlights Syracuse Legend Larry Csonka, North Carolina Quarterback Marquise Williams and
All-Access with the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, Skipper at Virginia Tech and Chief Osceola at Florida State
Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” continues its twelfth season this weekend with Episode 5. The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in over 100 markets throughout the country.
This week’s show features a two-part spotlight of Syracuse running back and NFL Hall of Famer Larry Csonka. Growing up in Ohio and working on dairy farms, Csonka learned the importance of hard work and the ability to be self-sufficient. Despite quitting football in the 7th grade, he returned after gaining a working knowledge of the game. That knowledge, combined with size and strength, made him an imposing force at Syracuse and then in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins. The Hall of Famer led the Dolphins to the only undefeated season in history, all the while embracing a team-first attitude.
But the wilderness of Alaska was always on his mind, beginning at the age of five. Living in Alaska five months a year for almost two decades, Csonka revels in the natural beauty, often inviting former teammates to share the experience. Visit with Csonka in his Alaskan paradise as he talks about his love of life away from “the lower 48” and how that love resulted in his hosting the popular travel show “North to Alaska” for 16 years.
Then spend time with North Carolina’s Marquise Williams. The senior quarterback plays with a chip on his shoulder, and never wants to forget his small town roots. Growing up in Shelby, N.C., Williams has played QB since he was eight years old. But it took a move to Charlotte for high school to get recruiters to notice his talents. Nicknamed “Big Country,” he led Mallard Creek H.S. to a state title and committed to the Tar Heels after his junior season. Learn how playing behind Bryn Renner helped him become a better player and why he has become the leader of Coach Fedora’s spread offense.
And in All-Access, get a closer look at three ACC traditions. Get behind-the-scenes at the Carrier Dome, the imposing home field of Syracuse. Then visit with the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets as they maintain Skipper, the legendary cannon named in honor of JFK. And experience planting the spear with Florida State’s Chief Osceola.
For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit www.FootballSaturdays.com.
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