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This banner was held up for McAdory High football players to run through prior to their playoff game against Pinson Valley on Friday. The banner has attracted nationwide criticism because of its reference to the Trail of Tears, the forced removal of Native American nations from east Alabama and elsewhere to what is now Oklahoma. Both Jefferson County Superintendent Dr. Stephen Nowlin and the McAdory principal have apologized with online statements.