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‘Friday Night Lights’ stars raise money for football players

| Source: news8austin.com

“Friday Night Lights,” a film about the 1988 Odessa Permian High School Panthers football team, is currently in production in Central Texas. On Tuesday the stars took a break from filming in Taylor and announced plans for a benefit concert in the area.

Country music superstar Tim McGraw and actor-musician Billy Bob Thornton will headline the concert. Proceeds will go to Gridiron Heroes — a charity that helps support high school football players who suffer paralyzing spinal cord injuries.

The inspiration for the concert is San Antonio Madison football player and student David Edwards. He suffered a spinal cord injury during a playoff game against Westlake last season.

“You can go down a laundry list of needs that a family has to go through when something like this happens. From parents having to quit jobs and things like that. So, we’re going to have fun. We’re going to have a great time, but it’s all about raising as much money as we can to make it easier on these families,” McGraw said.

The show is set for Saturday, April 10 at Auditorium Shores. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 6 at Front Gate Ticket locations or online.

Advance tickets are $20. Tickets bought at the gate will be $25. High school students get a break, their tickets are $15.

Capital Sports and Entertainment, who puts on the Austin City Limits festival, is producing the show. News 8 Austin and Time Warner Cable are sponsoring the concert.

By: Victor Diaz
Copyright © 2004 TWEAN d.b.a. News 8 Austin

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