Former NFL player behind new CW high school football drama
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Former NFL player behind new CW high school football drama

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    Cody Christian, first row from left, Michael Evans Behling, Greta Onieogou, Bre-Z, Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Samantha Logan, Monet Mazur, Karimah Westbrook, Jalyn Hall, Rob Hardy, second row from left, Greg Berlanti, April Blair, Spencer Paysinger and Robbie Rogers participate in the The CW Network “All American” panel at the 2018 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton today in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. >> Former NFL player Spencer Paysinger is drawing on his high school days living between two worlds for his first major Hollywood project.

Paysinger grew up in economically depressed South Los Angeles, but he attended Beverly Hills High, where he captained the football team in the wealthy enclave. The culture shock he experienced is the basis for “All American,” debuting Oct. 10 on the CW.

Paysinger serves as a consulting producer. He’s not the only one with pro sports ties. One of the writers is Jon Alston, who played five years in the NFL. Retired Major League Soccer player Robbie Rogers is a producer.

The series shoots in some of Paysinger’s old haunts in South L.A., like a local park and the barbershop he has patronized since he was a kid.

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