Screenshot via ESPN Trailer


The other half of the original Friday Night Lights story is that much closer to being told. On Monday, ESPN released a trailer for “What Carter Lost”, their 30 for 30 documentary that will feature the 1988 Dallas Carter team.

The feature will air on August 24th at 9:30 PM Eastern Time. The ESPN PR post gives some insight into exactly what the production will entail:

“With 21 players who were offered college scholarships and several who went on to the NFL, Carter took on the best that Texas had to offer, including the Odessa Permian team that inspired Friday Night Lights, as well as the worst: in a racially charged state-wide dispute over one player’s algebra grade and Carter’s legitimacy. Somehow, the team won the championship that year. Yet not too long after, the legacy they worked so hard for was thrown away after a group of players made a terrible decision. With personal interviews with players, coaches and family members, as well as glimpses of their lives today, “What Carter Lost” is ultimately about what Carter found.”

The 1988 Dallas Carter team was immortalized as the villains of the 2004 film adaptation of the Friday Night Lights book by H.G. Bissinger. The book version was a New York Times bestseller, and the film ranks at #37 on Entertainment Weekly’s “50 best high school movies” list.


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