NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It's the annual game that brings out the barbecue grills, fish fries, and fellowship. It's a community revival of sorts and a North Nashville family reunion wrapped into one the John Merritt Classic. Though it brings thousands from across the city and region to Tennessee State University, it all started years ago with one man John Merritt, the coach who took Tennessee State to its highest level of football in the program's history.

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