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In fall 2009, boys from around Lake Norman, NC, north of Charlotte, pulled on helmets and strapped on pads to play American football, one of the country's most popular sports. The Pop Warner football league has been helping youngsters play the sport since 1929. Photo is part of a series of images documenting one team of North Carolina boys learning and playing the sport in Cornelius, NC in fall 2009. They're playing in the Lake Norman Giants league.