Those wishing to relive their glory days playing high school football might soon get that chance.
Gridiron Alumni founder Chris Hall currently is seeking former players on area high school teams to once again compete against their old rivals.
“We try to find the rivalries that are big in those areas,” Hall said. “Those are the games that kick in, the teams that hate each other.”
Hall said he is hoping to recruit players from Evans, Harlem, Greenbrier, Lakeside and Augusta Christian. The first 40 players on each team to sign up get to play. Potential players only have to be ages 18 and older.
“We don’t have (a maximum age limit), but we ask people to go to their doctors if they question if they should play again,” he said.
“We had a guy last year in California who was 60 years old. … He literally popped his eye out – his glass eye – for the game. He played defensive line the entire game and he was an animal.”
After competing in an alumni game three years ago, Hall said he loved the game, but not the overall experience.
“The people who ran it, you could tell they were just doing it for the money,” he said. “It was like a cattle call.
“I knew I could do this and do it better, so I started my own company (in November 2010.)”
Based in Redding, Calif., Hall said most of the games he conducted last year were on the West Coast. However, he’s looking to change that.
“I want almost all of my games in the South and I want very few games in California,” he said. “Georgia is electric. They love football, and I love being around people who love football.”
Thus far, some alumni games are scheduled in the Savannah area and another near Dalton. Hall said he needs more recruits before planning a game in Columbia County.
To sign up, or for information, call (503) 410-6396 or visit www.gridironalumni.com. If enough players enlist, games would be held in March or April.