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Friday Night Lights

Updated: November 17, 2008, 5:40 PM ET
By Jon Gold

Twenty years is a long time.

You can see it in Don Billingsley's eyes, hear it in Brian Chavez's voice, feel it in Jerrod McDougal's words. The three former Permian Panthers are among six pivotal figures in Buzz Bissinger's seminal 1990 book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream, along with teammates Boobie Miles, Ivory Christian and Mike Winchell, who celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Texas State Championship run this year.

In 1988, Bissinger left his job with ...

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