68-page edition: Gridiron 2014 arrives on Sunday

Published 10:35am Friday, August 15, 2014

The Daily Leader’s annual football tradition returns this Sunday – bigger and better that ever.

With 68 pages packed with season previews, feature stories, schedules and more, Gridiron 2014 will be included with home-delivery copies of The Daily Leader only. For those who don’t have a home subscription, there also will be copies available in The Daily Leader office beginning Monday for $5 each.

“Gridiron 2014 is a magazine you won’t want to miss,” said Daily Leader Editor Rachel Eide. Readers will immediately notice the magazine boasts a fresh, new design created by Katie Williamson and assembled by Abbey Barker, both of The Daily Leader news staff.

This year’s cover features a photo by Daily Leader sports photographer Jonathon Alford of Brookhaven High School’s Leo Lewis, who’s already a top recruiting prospect by SEC schools and other major universities. The cover layout was designed by Williamson, who also wrote a feature story about the top linebacker for Gridiron.

Besides the hefty serving of local season previews by Sports Editor Marty Albright and sports writers, this year’s Gridiron also includes feature stories and photo layouts covering everything from booster clubs to tailgating to cheer squads compiled by Daily Leader Lifestyles Editor Julia V. Pendley, news intern Lyndy Berryhill and contributing writer Kim Henderson. There’s even a “Legends of local Pigskin” feature with information about some of the top stars of years past.

“When we began meeting to discuss Gridiron magazine, the excitement could barely be contained inside the walls,” said Daily Leader Publisher Otis Raybon. “Our entire staff wanted to give our readers a keepsake magazine. We think you’ll agree that they did just that and then some.

“Kristi Carver, advertising coordinator, and Tracy McGuffee, advertising representative, worked alongside their newsroom coworkers and offered suggestions for features and stories that made the magazine attractive to our advertisers,” Raybon said.

“I am proud of the effort and teamwork of our entire newspaper. I know that our readers and subscribers will enjoy the magazine.”