Runt of the Litter, a touchdown at Polk County High School

Published 3:47 pm Friday, April 16, 2010

Bo Eason, a former NFL star turned screenwriter, performed on Friday, March 26, his autobiographical play, Runt of the Litter, for Polk County High students. The North Carolina Arts Council, Watson Flooring and Appliance and Tryon Fine Arts Center made possible Easons performance that chronicles his life story of overcoming numerous obstacles to fulfill his 20-year plan, accomplish his dream of playing professional football and becoming the best in the league at his position.

Easons performance reflected the sheer grit and determination he possessed to accomplish a plan he wrote as a nine-year old and never lost sight of in spite of numerous injuries, being told he was too small to play college football and being passed over by every college team in the country. After repeatedly showing up for practice at a small Division II college, he earned a spot on the team and became the first safety chosen in the 1984 NFL Draft. He played five years for the Houston Oilers.

Following his football career, Eason has embarked on a career as a writer and performer, performing in television and movies before writing Runt of the Litter, which is directed by Larry Moss and is being re-created as a movie. Eason has also been hired to screenwrite several upcoming feature films.

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Football players from Polk County High School as well as Landrum High School served as ushers for Easons evening performance at the Tryon Fine Arts Center which was attended by a sold out crowd of students and adults. After his performance, Eason joined the student volunteers for an informal pizza party.