LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The memory of former Lufkin Coach John Outlaw lives on in East Texas and now his story is being aired for the entire state as part of Fox Sports Southwest's kick off of the 2017 high school football season.
According to the movie's Facebook page, "Outlaw: Life Death and Texas Football" will air on Fox Sports Southwest on August 21 at 7pm.
"This film is for all the children that will never have the chance to be coached by John Outlaw," Matt Skinner states on a website dedicated to the film.
The film has a "Friday Night Lights" feel and shows what the Lufkin Panthers experienced with Outlaw in charge, then the team reacting to his death and coming back for another playoff season under their new head coach, Todd Quick. The name John Outlaw will always mean a great deal inside Lufkin city limits.
Coach Outlaw died in December of 2011 leaving behind a legacy of great leadership on and off the football field.
"He knew children all by their name. He never forgot any kid that ever played for him, he was a truly selfless individual," said Matt Skinner, Director.
Skinner befriended the coach in 2008 while shooting a documentary focused on the team.
"I have him in the locker room, I have him on the side line, I have him goofing around with coaches," said Skinner.
Skinner's says Outlaw's dynamic form of leadership made him an icon and his strong values made him a father figure to all who knew him.
"He empowered those around him he inspired people, he's selfless," said Skinner.
The film will feature games and moments from the 2008 season along with footage from 2012, the first season without Coach Outlaw.
Lufkin Athletic Director Todd Quick worked with Outlaw for 26 seasons and he says the principles he instilled in his team will carry on through generations.
"It's going to benefit our kids, it's going to benefit and let everybody see what kind of man he really was," said Quick.
And offer hope, to any one any need of love and leadership.
"Its just a part of teaching them and allowing them to grow up and mature, we're in the business of producing good people," said Quick.
To view the trailer visit http://www.coachoutlaw.com/