STILLWATER, Minn. — The Minnesota High School Football season gets underway this week, with coaches and their players starting practice across the state.

In honor of this annual tradition, Randy Shaver went into the archives for a favorite prep story he did all the way back in 1996, on legendary Stillwater head football coach George Thole.

At one time George was the all-time leader in prep career wins in Minnesota. He is also a HUGE character, and in Randy's words... "one of my favorites."

"When football starts in Minnesota I think fondly of George.”

By the way... you don't have to wait for game day to talk high school football in Minnesota. As Randy Shaver returns for the 36th year of the Prep Sports Extra, he and photojournalist Craig Norkus will preview the big games every week on YouTube with the new "Prep Sports Extra Preview."