Diggs' role as Spencer's coach is also based on a real experience, though not exactly one single person — according to the Miami Sun-Sentinel, Paysinger got accepted at his new school because of his talent and the work of his family members at the Beverly Hills institution. The CW drama, which just finished its second season, is based on the true story of former NFL player Spencer Paysinger. With fans agreeing that it has elements of Friday Night Lights strewn through the series, along with a cast that features a breadth of young actors and bonafide stars like Taye Diggs, viewers might also be surprised to learn that the series is also rooted within a surprisingly true story. is the son of Renée Hayes; as well as the protégé of the late Corey James. It takes a look at a reality that exists for many Americans. All American is an American sports drama television series, created by April Blair that premiered on The CW on October 10, 2018. Men's Health participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. In order to make the recruitment legit, James had to reside at the Baker home to ensure that he could go to the school and ensure that the deal was legal. In a 2018 interview with ESPN, Paysinger talked about how proud he is of how the series depicts the stereotypes between the two suburbs of L.A., while still showing high school football as realistically as they can. After Spencer left Beverly Hills High School, he went to play for the Oregon Ducks at the University of Oregon. Spencer recalls that when he walked into Beverly Hills High School, it was "absolutely a culture shock." Paysinger, retired from the NFL since the start of the calendar year, is the inspiration behind The CW show "All American," which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. While it took some time for him to adjust, he eventually started to look at it as an opportunity and wanted to take advantage of it. And like All American's Spencer, he didn't want to go. is a student at South Crenshaw High School; a player for the Chargers. "Me and both my brothers got permits to attend Beverly because two of my uncles and my uncle’s wife all taught and coached at Beverly Hills High," he told the outlet. In April 2019, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on October 7, 2019. We may earn a commission through links on our site. After retiring from the game in 2017, he now serves as an executive consultant on the series. Beverly Hills came with "their own set of stereotypes. All rights reserved. All American Cast Rewatches the Show's Best Scenes A high-school kid from Compton is recruited to play football for Beverly High in Beverly Hills. The man behind the story currently serves as an executive consultant for the series. ", When asked about what he felt his story and All American are about, Spencer said, "it's about a kid diving into a whole new world, while still feeling an obligation to show respect to the world he comes from.". It's a story about overcoming adversity that takes a deep, hard look at privilege, racism, and the wealth gap. Darnell Hayes (Da'Vinchi) is a Character in "All American". "There are a lot of similarities within the show," he continued in the same interview. Like his namesake character, Paysinger stood out because he knew how to play both sides of the field. The CW series takes its background from Spencer Paysinger, a former NFL player whose career included playing stops with the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers and New York Giants, the team that helped him earn a Super Bowl ring in 2012. Like Spencer James, Spencer Paysinger grew up in South Central and played for a South Central high school football team. When Does 'All American' Season 2 Premiere? Television actor who is widely recognized for having portrayed As Paysinger continues his work on the show, he's got a lifetime of experiences to draw from, and he seems perfectly prepared for the story he wants to tell. The former football player said in the same interview that he thinks that mixed exposure helped shape him as a person. "In South Central, it definitely affected friendships," he said, but the strain wasn't only back home. According to Forbes, Paysinger later spent 7 years in the NFL with stints with the New York Giants, the New York Jets, the Miami Dolphins and the Carolina Panthers, before seemingly putting that on hold in late 2017. It’s not 100 percent my story but the bones of it are truly accurate.". But my parents were not having it." Ultimately, his parents got the deciding vote and Spencer was sent to play for Beverly Hills. Having just finished its second season, and with a third already confirmed, the drama follows the story of a young black man named Spencer James from the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles, who eventually gets recruited to join the Beverly Hills High School football team, finding himself immersed between two drastically different worlds. Spencer told ESPN, "I did not want to go to Beverly Hills. According Screen Rant, while he was on his high school team, he had the ability to play both wide receiver on offense and safety on defense. The story of All American, CW's hit series, is one that is truly American. But he is based off of a real person. One Rehearsal With Celine Dion Gave Josh Groban His Big Break, Sacha Baron Cohen Really Did Crash Mike Pence's CPAC Speech for 'Borat 2', ‘Practical Magic’ Costars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman Have a Bewitching Friendship, Some Say Lindsay Nichols' Death on 'The First 48' Could Have Been Avoided. Adrianna Freedman is the editorial fellow for Men’s Health, where she focuses on entertainment, music, health and fitness. All American star Da’Vinchi chatted with us about his character Darnell, and what we can expect from the rest of this season and next. The CW drama, which just finished its second season, is based on the true story of former NFL player Spencer Paysinger. In fact, the family was so well connected to the school that the weight room is now called the Paysinger Family Weight Room. All American brings together Taye Diggs and Daniel Ezra as a coach and player duo who work together to build a better future and a better football experience for Ezra's character of Spencer. Spencer Paysinger's life serves as inspiration for, consulting producer over the entire series. According to the Los Angeles Times, Spencer Paysinger's life serves as inspiration for All American. But, back home, his transition to Beverly Hills was causing a strain on his friendships. ", Spencer credits football as being the reason he was able to adjust. He is also currently involved in the production of the 2020 football documentary, Concussed: The American Dream, which will dig deep into head trauma and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in sports. As it turns out, All American is actually based on the true high school experience of one ex-NFL player. The story of All American, CW's hit series, is one that is truly American.It's the story of a young football player who works hard for his team —so hard that another coach … 2020 Bustle Digital Group. "I had the luxury of being a consulting producer to go within the writer’s room a couple days a week and also to be on set as often as I wanted. The vastly different backgrounds and worlds of Spencer and his Beverly Hills classmates and teammates serves to be a bit of a study in diversity and how someone's background can affect their personalities and reactions to the world around them. The series is inspired by the life of professional American football player Spencer Paysinger with Daniel Ezra in the lead role.. In the midst of quarantine, All American has become a surprise hit on Netflix. This post was originally published on Oct. 10, 2018. In the first twenty minutes of the series, Coach Baker (Diggs) recruits Spencer James for his team in Beverly Hills, aspiring to bring home a state championship for his school. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Spencer actually helped bring the show to air and has remained a big part of the production. Spencer is listed as an executive consultant throughout the show, as well as a co-producer for three episodes at the end of Season 1. We'll Be Able to Stream 'All American' Season 2 on Netflix Very Soon, Viewers May Know Who Spencer's Dad Is on 'All American,' But Dillon Is a Different Story. It's the story of a young football player who works hard for his team —so hard that another coach notices and recruits him for his own team. Our product picks are editor-tested, expert-approved. Paysinger himself is also very involved in the show, telling a local CBS news affiliate that he was consulting producer over the entire series. Many returned to the school after graduation to become coaches for the football program. "I think it gives me a good understanding of different ethnicities, different cultures and respecting them for how they were brought up, and hopefully they respect me and how I was brought up, he said. After that, though, another series begins to stand out: CW’s All American. This content is imported from {embed-name}. In reality, Paysinger’s family was well connected to Beverly Hills High School, with multiple relatives (including his dad) receiving academic permits to attend. Looking through the streamer's newly-implemented Top 10 shows list on their app, the top of the list looks like you might expect, with Tiger King atop the chart. "He's the heart of the show," April said. ET and stars Taye Diggs and Daniel Ezra. In an interview with the Paley Center for Media, executive produce April Blair said that she knew from the get-go that it was important for Spencer to be a part of telling his story for the CW. A coach from Beverly Hills saw him play and recruited him for his own team. Watchlist Added Playing for the Beverly Hills team helped him "assimilate himself and build up friendships. Despite his skill, he's an outcast because of his background and he has to work ten times harder to prove himself.

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