'Friday Night Lights' Star Takes in Saturday Game
'Friday Night Lights' Star Takes in Saturday Game
It wasn't exactly Friday Night Lights but Saturday was close enough.  Scott Porter, who plays the Dillon Panthers' former quarterback, Jason Street, on the NBC football drama, came wearing a backward-donned Nebraska ball cap and a Maurice Purify jersey to last Saturday's Husker's game against Texas A&M.

The young actor took a break from his regular Friday Night Lights filming schedule to take in an actual football match with his family.

“I'm going to make it a yearly journey,” Porter said while touring the press box prior to the start of last Saturday's Big 12 Conference game.

Porter managed to squeeze in the weekend match while filming the 12th episode of 22 installments for this, Friday Night Lights' sophomore season.  The first and last time he had the chance to watch a Husker game was last year when they went up against Missouri.

The 28-year old Porter was born in Omaha and has been a Nebraska follower since childhood.  He revealed that he became a fan of the Huskers' wide receiver, Maurice Purify, after seeing the Texas-Nebraska game last year from a bar in Austin.  Porter still remembers how Purify had broken away for a long touchdown during that game.

Porter himself was a wide receiver in high school so playing a football athlete on Friday Night Lights comes quite naturally to him.  The series continues to flounder in the ratings even as stars like Porter maintain their pride for the show, while recognizing its limitations.

“I don't think it's a show that will follow kids to college,” Porter remarked.  “I don't think it's a [Beverly Hills] 90210.  We're a very genuine, honest show.  It's about the town of Dillon, and I think once people leave Dillon, you're not going to follow them for an extended length of time.”

Still, the actor is ready to milk the Friday Night Lights experience for all it's worth.

“I'll take it as long as I can get it,” Porter said about the irony of portraying a 17-year old character on the program when he's well past his teens.  “As long as I can play young, I will,” he stated, also pointing out that many of his fellow Friday Night Lights cast members are in their mid-20s.

-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: JournalStar.com
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