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who is the show all american based on
Who is the show all american based on: The downfall of All American’s Spencer James is partly inspired by the experiences of former NFL player, Spencer Paysinger according to ESPN. The drama series is based on pseudonyms and take a few imaginative liberties but provides a clear snapshot to the contrast of Paysinger’s teenage years as an elite athlete from an area of roughness within South Central L.A. who played football at high school in the luxurious surroundings in Beverly Hills and didn’t seem to be a good fit for either of the areas, ESPN explains.
Spencer Paysinger is the real Spencer Paysinger went on to be a part of teams such as that of the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, and New York Giants, but before becoming an NFL player, he was an undergraduate of Beverly Hills High School. As per Men’s Health, All American’s story of Spencer’s selection through Coach Baker (Taye Diggs) to Beverly Hills isn’t so true to reality. Although Spencer was required to relocate with his coach to go to the school of All American, in actuality, Paysinger was a family man with plenty of connection to the high school he attended, and the weight room was even named after his family.
Yet, All American makes an effort to remain true to the Paysinger story. The star athlete even took Ezra and Diggs to his area to gain a deeper understanding of his growing up and be better informed about them of their All American characters.
I wanted to tell the tale of how we’re more alike on these two tracks than you think, Paysinger said to ESPN. As a native of South Central, and knowing the way South Central is portrayed in Hollywood as a desolate place that is rife with violence from gangs, drugs, and all that, it is important for people to be aware that the sun shines in South Central as long as it is shining within Beverly Hills. One thing I would like viewers to understand is South Central is also a gorgeous location. It’s a beautiful area. It’s a home that I still call my home today. I believe we’ve succeeded in doing this.