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Tim Layden grew up in Whitehall, worked at the Times-Union and Newsday on Long Island after college before landing every sportswriter’s dream gig – Sports Illustrated.

He has been around the world and covered every imaginable sport in his time there.

Not bad for a Whitehall kid.

Layden went back to Whitehall this fall to revisit the town that shaped him and the football experience that is a constant in small rural towns all across the country.

The story in the Oct. 5 edition, “There is something about football,” is an ode to a time when football was everything in small towns and how that seems to be slipping away.

Layden interviewed former coaches, current players and the eight seniors from the team that he quarterbacked to an unbeaten season.

The story says a lot about how the world has changed along, how Whitehall has changed and how the sport of football has changed.

It is Tim Layden at his best.

If you ever played football, if you ever watched football, it deserves your attention.



Ken Tingley is Editor of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y. and writes a regular blog called "The Front Page."

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