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Brothers of the Gridiron through thick and thin

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Dacula football superstars reunite with former high school classmates to create a television  documentary about living the dream of making it to the big time and the NFL.

by Melissa Booraem

Gwinnett has some of the best high school football programs in the state, so it shouldn”t come as a surprise that a pair of Dacula High School brothers – sticking to their game plan – made it to the National Football League.

David and Kenny Irons, nicknamed "Brothers of the Gridiron," have been the subject of a recent television-bound documentary created by a Lawrenceville production company and are examples of several recent Gwinnett athletes that have made it in professional sports.

Life is My Movie Entertainment has been following the Irons brothers for the past two years. Partners of the company Ronald English, Nathan McGill and Vincent Vittorio, also Dacula High School graduates, have been working to find a home for the program on television when the footage is released in the fall of 2008.

Irons brothers clear the goal post

Kenny and David Irons were both standout running backs at Dacula High School, breaking many of the records at the school and helping the program gain respect in the county.

The brothers originally enrolled in separate colleges, but came together at Auburn University in 2004, had successful junior and senior seasons with the Auburn Tigers, and then entered the 2007 NFL Draft.

Kenny was the 49th pick in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft and was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals. He reportedly signed a four-year, $5 million contract. David was picked up by the Atlanta Falcons as the 194th pick in the sixth round. His reported salary is $2.2 million over four years with a $120,000 signing bonus.

Showing just how tenuous success in the world of professional athletics can be, Kenny sustained a knee injury during his first pre-season game in August and will miss the 2007 season. He is expected to make a full recovery for next season.

Football runs in Irons blood

The Irons family has football in their blood – and throughout their ranks. Gerald Irons, Kenny”s and David”s father, played college ball at Maryland-Eastern Shore, and spent six years with the Oakland Raiders and four with the Cleveland Browns before retiring in 1979. Older brother Gerald Junior played at Nebraska as a defensive lineman, while Uncle Grant Irons played for Notre Dame and now plays for the Oakland Raiders.

Recording success

The documentary follows Kenny and David through their last season at Auburn University and continues through the NFL draft. Life Is My Movie Entertainment is producing the special in association with Athletes In Life, a company dedicated to helping high school or semi-pro athletes prepare for the next level. Check out the progress of the television-bound program at www.lifeismymovie.com