Season Wraps Up with Georgia Tech Quarterback Justin Thomas, Former NC State great Jerricho Cotchery, Florida State’s Inspirational Payton Poulin and All-Access Gameday Around the ACC
Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” completes its twelfth season this weekend with Episode 6. 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 Georgia Tech starting quarterback Justin Thomas. A star player out of Prattville High School in Alabama, Thomas seemed destined for a legendary career at the University of Alabama. He led his team to the state title and was heavily recruited by the Crimson Tide and Florida State. The young man whose middle name is Bryant, after the legendary Crimson Tide coach, committed to Alabama. But after talks of a position change, he de-committed and signed with Georgia Tech and never looked back. See how that decision was the best for both Thomas and the Yellow Jackets.
Spend time with former NC State receiver Jerricho Cotchery. The 12-year NFL pro is currently playing for the Carolina Panthers. But life hasn’t been so easy for the former Wolfpack great. Growing up in a big family in Birmingham, Alabama, Cotchery joined a gang at the age of 12. But surviving a car crash that killed his friend pushed Cotchery to change his life. That included dedicating himself to football, where he became a two-time All-State receiver. He attended NC State with future NFL Quarterback Philip Rivers, and together they assaulted the Wolfpack record book. But family has always been a priority as we head home with Jerricho to meet his wife and 4 adopted children.
Then meet an inspiration to the Florida State football team in Payton Poulin. The longtime Seminoles fan suffers from schizencephaly, similar to cerebral palsy, but has fought to live a normal life. With a goal of attending FSU, he chose schoolwork over physical therapy while in High School. After admission to FSU, he was invited to attend a practice by head coach Jimbo Fisher and Poulin instantly connected with the team. He has not missed a practice since. Hear how his fight off the field inspired the Seminoles to the 2014 National Championship.
And with college football starting in two weeks, All-Access lets fans get ready for the season by enjoying all the sights and sounds of gameday on campuses around the ACC.
For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit www.FootballSaturdays.com.
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