Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports’ multi-Emmy Award-winning summer television series, “Havoline Football Saturdays,” continues its eleventh season this summer with Episode 5. The series, with six one-hour episodes, is hosted by Tim Brando and syndicated in 92 markets throughout the country.
This week’s show features Miami Hurricane great and ACC Digital Network analyst Clinton Portis. After a rough childhood in Gainesville, Portis was helped on the right path by his high school English teacher. He enrolled at Miami, and set a Hurricane freshman record with 838 yards rushing. As a junior, he ran for over 1,200 yards, helping Miami to an undefeated season and the 2001 National title. He was drafted by Denver in the 2nd Round of the 2002 NFL Draft. After two seasons with over 3,000 rushing yards, he was traded to Washington where he finished his career as the second-leading rusher in Redskins history. Portis talks about escaping the tough neighborhood to become an All-Pro and how the murder of teammate Sean Taylor inspired him to focus on his legacy beyond the football field.
Visit with Syracuse junior safety Durell Eskridge, who has become a leader for the Orange. Growing up in Liberty City outside Miami, Eskridge faced many hardships, including a period of living on the street. But he learned to appreciate the little things in life, and to make the most of opportunities. While working at Richardson Mortuary, he saw the hard realities of drugs and violence take the lives of friends. Inspired to beat the odds, Eskridge found a home at Miami Central High School and focused on building a future through football and education. Eskridge describes his path to Syracuse, where he considers his teammates brothers, and how Hall of Famer and Syracuse legend Floyd Little inspires him to be a role model for others.
Catch up with Pittsburgh’s explosive wide receiver Tyler Boyd, who shattered the Pitt freshman receiving records of Larry Fitzgerald last season. After a stellar high school career in western Pennsylvania leading Clairton to a 48-0 record his three years as a starter, big things were expected of Boyd by the Panthers’ faithful. He delivered, setting school and conference records while being named All-ACC. Boyd heads home to show us how he is preparing for an encore performance.
Finally, Road Trip to Columbia, South Carolina with Tommy Kane for the South Carolina-Clemson rivalry game. T-K checks out the tailgating traditions of the Gamecocks and gets on board the famous Cockaboose Railroad. Then it’s on to the game, where he witnesses one of the great entrances in college football, the Gamecocks’ traditional “2001, A Space Odyssey”.
For a complete listing of local affiliates and airtimes, please visit www.FootballSaturdays.com.
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