If high school football fields are hallowed ground, then legendary coaches are the parishioners. One of those is undoubtedly the great John Outlaw, who compiled a 303-87-3 career record, with 84 wins at Arkadelphia (Ark.) before crossing state lines to Texas where he won 57 wins at Sherman and 162 victories at Lufkin, where his career concluded. Outlaw is a rare coach to win state championships in two different states.
But, like so many other great high school coaches, Outlaw was so successful because he truly invested in the lives of his players and fellow coaches. “I gave everything I had for him because he gave everything he had for us. I would have run through a brick wall for him. He was selfless. I always felt that his only agenda was helping all of us learn how to compete and prepare to win on and off the field," former Outlaw player Doug Rice, who would go on to play college football at SMU, said of his former coach in Rex Nelson's passionate tribute to Outlaw.
Outlaw passed away two days before Christmas in 2011, and now filmmaker Matthew Skinner is making a documentary to remember the beloved coach. Due out in 2014, Skinner talked to Outlaw's former players, including current Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt, and if the final product is anything like the trailer, this will be required viewing for any high school football coach.