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A Look Back At The 3rd Annual Gridiron Glory Media Day

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Gridiron Glory’s third annual Media Day on Sunday brought roughly 80 players and coaches from area high schools to the campus of Ohio University in preparation of the upcoming 2018 season.

Fourteen different teams from all four of Gridiron Glory’s conferences were represented at the event. Players left Media Day with a package of gifts from the Gridiron crew as well as a meal provided by the university.

But that’s not to say the show’s reporters didn’t walk away with what they wanted also. Players were shuttled through three main stations throughout the three-hour event, getting their headshots taken, – as well as posing for GIFs to be used for social media content – checking out the new set of Gridiron Glory and answering questions from the program’s most curious reporters in the interview session.

Not all coaches were just along for the ride, either. Six coaches, one from the FAC and five more spanning both sides of the TVC, participated in a round table with Gridiron Glory Season 20 Host Blake Baker in the studio.

To top off Media Day, an all-star panel of Southeast Ohio football knowledge answered questions for the crowd of 80-plus. Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class of 2014 member Paul Culver II and his sons – Paul III, Chad, Kevin and Kyle – make up the Culver family of coaches at Sheridan High School. All five of them, as well as Kevin’s wife Kelly Brennan Culver, joined Paul II for the biggest panel ever assembled at Gridiron’s Media Day.

Paul III is currently the head coach at Sheridan High School. Kevin won Gridiron Glory Player of the Year in 2005 and played football for Ohio University from 2006-2010. Kelly worked as a reporter for Gridiron Glory from her freshman year until she graduated from Ohio University in 2010.

The players and coaches in the audience ended the day with anecdotes and experience spanning generations of the Culver family. During Kevin and Kyle’s 2005 senior year at Sheridan, all five Culvers were either coaching or playing for the Generals.

The panel discussed that family atmosphere they shared at Sheridan and how that dynamic affected their lives beyond football, not to mention the state of football and how they each learned to be successful while playing and coaching the game

For more detailed looks at the day players and coaches went through at the third annual Media Day, keep an eye on social media throughout this week. Bits of interviews, quotes from the coaches round table and more content from the day will appear on all Gridiron’s social media platforms throughout the week leading up to Week One.

Be sure to follow Gridiron Glory on Twitter and Snapchat @GridironGlory. On Facebook and YouTube, you can find the show by simply searching ‘Gridiron Glory.’ The program’s host is also on Twitter @GGHostBlake.

Finally, tune into the show each Friday night! It airs live starting at 11:30. If you can’t catch the action on Fridays, Gridiron Glory airs again Saturday mornings at 11 a.m.