Today, Amazon Freevee greenlights God. Family. Football., an unscripted, coming-of-age docuseries following former football player and high school football coach Denny Duron. He has come out of a 30-year retirement to lead the football program he founded at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana back to national prominence. With the perennial high school football powerhouse—14 State Championships in the last 20 years—coming off their worst season in school history, redemption is everyone’s goal. As the team faces struggle and triumph both on and off the field, they are united by Coach Denny’s formula for success: “God first, family second, and football third.”
God. Family. Football. will feature the rich and diverse personal stories of Evangel’s players, coaching staff, and the broader Shreveport community, all set against the dramatic backdrop of the 2022 Louisiana high school football season. The series is produced by Propagate, Watershed, and Ascending Media Group.
Evangel Christian Academy is a small private high school in northwest Louisiana, that has sent more football players to the NFL and NCAA Division 1 college football programs than any other high school in the state. Although the Evangel Eagles have a legacy that includes winning a National Championship and 29 District Championships, their combined 2020 and 2021 record of 3-16 represents their worst losing stretch in school history.
“When it was clear that we had entered a season where we were literally starting over as a football team, I could not resist the opportunity to be a part of it…it felt just like 1989 when we started the first time,” said Coach Denny. “I believe God called me then, and I believe He is calling me again.”
“High school football is a transformative experience for 16,000-plus teams and towns across the country, with wins and losses felt not just by the coaches, players, and parents, but the community as a whole,” said Lauren Anderson, head of AVOD Original Content and Programming at Amazon Studios. “Coach Denny developed a winning strategy for the Eagles over three decades, leading by example through faith, family, and football. We look forward to sharing the team’s comeback story and that familiar Friday-night camaraderie with our Freevee audience, as the Eagles’ emotional and inspirational football season unfolds.”
God. Family. Football. hails from Propagate and is executive produced by Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, and Drew Buckley. The series was created and executive produced by Aaron Benward of Watershed. Jared Goetz of Ascending Media Group also serves as executive producer. Rob Gehring serves as showrunner and executive producer. Gehring created the visual storytelling style for Hard Knocks and directed five seasons of the Emmy-winning series.