Panthers To Be Featured In Documentary

The story of the Lufkin Panthers could soon be on the big screen.

A film crew will follow the Panthers over the next six months. It all started when panther defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland was featured in a New York Times article.

A Los Angeles film maker read the article and was impressed that Jamarkus was more concerned about his grades than his on the field performance.

The footage filmed over the next few months will be used in an upcoming documentary.

"The goal is to really create a film about a small town in Texas and looking at that town through its football team and through its players and their families," said Jamie Patricof of Hunting Lane Film Productions.

"We make jokes about it all the time, just mess around with Jamarkus," Lufkin offensive lineman Drew Alexander said.  "He's getting all the attention from around the nation so we're going to have fun with it."

The film maker says the documentary could air in theaters or on ESPN.