Spencer Paysinger is a former linebacker who played American football in the NFL from 2011 to 2017. He grew up in south Los Angeles and went to Oregon to play college football.
He joined the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and was on the team that beat the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLVI.
Paysinger later played for the Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets, and the Carolina Panthers. After leaving the NFL in 2018, the former player started working in TV.
Is All American Based on a Real Story?
All American is based on the life of football player Spencer Paysinger, but only in a general way. Many of the real facts about his life have been changed, and the show has full control over how the story is told.
The main character's name has changed from Spencer Paysinger to Spencer James, for example.
Robbie Rogers, the producer, told ESPN, “It's a real story, or at least it's based on a real story, so it's good to put a face on it. It was very important to hear it from Spencer himself.”
In the first season, Daniel Ezra plays Spencer James, who is being recruited by Coach Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) from Beverly Hills High, a rival school.
Paysinger went to the same high school, Beverly High School when he was in college. It was there that he started making a name for himself in the game. Both Netflix and HBO Go let you stream the show.
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What Happened to Spencer Paysinger?
Spencer Paysinger, who grew up in a rough neighborhood, has talked about how hard it was for him to get used to Beverly Hills High.
He has also talked about how his teenage years were filled with drugs and violence, and how a football scholarship to the University of Oregon helped him escape.
Dane Morck, a producer, said, “One of the things I've always found interesting about Los Angeles is how different the neighborhoods are, even though they are right next to each other.”
“That has always been interesting to me because when you grow up here, you tend to keep your head down and deal with what's in front of you.
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“At the same time, I realized I was talking to someone who had found success in a tough place. He was a modern-day hero on his path, and that really interested me.”