A Football Life

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A Football Life
A Football Life Season One DVD.jpg
Genre Documentary
Created by NFL Films
NFL Network
Narrated by Josh Charles[1]
Theme music composer David Robidoux[2]
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 44
Broadcast
Original channel NFL Network
Original run September 15, 2011 (2011-09-15) – Present (Present)
External links
Production website

A Football Life is a documentary series developed by NFL Films and aired on NFL Network that documents the lives of select National Football League players, coaches, owners, and teams. Friends, teammates, family members and other players and coaches associated with the subjects are interviewed.[3]

The name of the series originated in a quote from Steve Sabol of NFL Films:[4]

Originating as an NFL Network special on the career of Bill Parcells in November 2010,[5] it premiered as an episodic series on September 15, 2011, with the first part of Bill Belichick's documentary.[6] The documentary was viewed by about 657,000 viewers, the most-watched documentary in NFL Network's history, and was the second-most watched program in Boston at the time with 151,000 viewers, trailing behind a Boston Red Sox game.[7] Season One was eventually released on DVD.[8]

Season Two began on September 12, 2012, with The Faces of Tebow.[9]

The series was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology"[10] and "Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Episodic" for Belichick's episode[11] in 2012.[12]

Episodes[edit]

Season One[edit]

Source:[13]

No. Subject Original air date
1 Bill Belichick September 15, 2011
2 September 22, 2011
3 Reggie White/Jerome Brown September 29, 2011
4 Kurt Warner October 6, 2011
5 Walter Payton October 13, 2011
6 Ed Sabol October 20, 2011
7 Mike Ditka October 27, 2011
8 Tom Landry November 3, 2011
9 Al Davis November 11, 2011

Season Two[edit]

Source:[14][15]

No. Subject Original air date
1 Tim Tebow September 12, 2012
2 Ray Lewis September 19, 2012
3 Tom Coughlin September 26, 2012
4 Cleveland '95 October 3, 2012
5 Fearsome Foursome October 10, 2012
6 Steve McNair October 17, 2012
7 Eddie DeBartolo October 24, 2012
8 Chris Spielman October 31, 2012
9 Jimmy Johnson November 7, 2012
10 John Riggins November 21, 2012
11 Barry Sanders December 5, 2012
12 Marcus Allen December 12, 2012
13 The Immaculate Reception December 19, 2012

Season Three[edit]

Source:[16][17][18][19]

No. Subject Original air date
1 LaDainian Tomlinson September 3, 2013
2 Don Shula September 10, 2013
3 Darrelle Revis September 17, 2013
4 Derrick Thomas September 24, 2013
5 Steve Sabol October 1, 2013
6 Matt Millen October 8, 2013
7 Michael Strahan October 15, 2013
8 Pat Summerall October 22, 2013
9 Warren Sapp October 29, 2013
10 Randall Cunningham November 5, 2013
11 Cris Carter November 12, 2013
12 The Forward Pass November 19, 2013
13 Steve Gleason November 26, 2013
14 The Great Wall Of Dallas December 3, 2013
15 Houston '93 December 10, 2013
16 Marty Schottenheimer December 17, 2013
17 Vince Lombardi December 24, 2013
18 December 31, 2013
19 Tiki & Ronde Barber January 7, 2014
20 Bill Parcells January 14, 2014
21 Jerry Smith January 21, 2014
22 Jerry Rice January 28, 2014

Season Four[edit]

Season four was announced for September 12th, 2014. From the promotional trailers running on NFL Network episodes can be expected featuring stars like Terrell Davis, Lyle Alzado, Joe Greene, Eric Dickerson, Bill Walsh, Ricky Williams, Sean Taylor, Roger Staubach, and Doug Flutie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forsberg, Chris. "Belichick documentary set for NFL Network - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  2. ^ "CREDITS". Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  3. ^ September 23, 2011 (2011-09-23). "NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’ Chronicles the Lives & Legacies of Reggie White & Jerome Brown". Sportsmedianews.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  4. ^ Peter King (2011-09-18). "In his brilliance and impact on NFL, Sabol truly lived 'a football life'". SI.com. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  5. ^ November 20, 2010 (2010-11-20). "Parcells is what documentary says he is". sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  6. ^ "A Football Life: Bill Belichick". Patriots.com. 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  7. ^ ""A Football Life: Bill Belichick" Most-Watched Documentary Ever On NFL Network - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  8. ^ "NFL Network Presents: A Football Life - Season 1 DVD". NFL Shop. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  9. ^ Name * (2012-09-07). "9/7 – ‘The Faces of Tebow’ Debuts Sept. 12 on NFL Network | DC Sports Net". Dcsportsnetwork.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  10. ^ "Breaking News - Emmy-Nominated Series "A Football Life" Returns Wednesday, September 12 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network". TheFutonCritic.com. 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  11. ^ by TCIPF Staff (2012-03-20). "NFL Films is nominated for 8 Sports Emmy Awards! : NFL Films Blog". Nflfilms.nfl.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  12. ^ "The Emmy Awards - THE NATIONAL TELEVISION ACADEMY ANNONCES THE NOMINEES FOR THE 33RD ANNUAL SPORTS EMMY® AWARDS". Emmyonline.tv. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  13. ^ "A Football Life: Complete Episode List". Thetvdb.com. 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  14. ^ "NFL Network's A FOOTBALL LIFE to Return 9/12". tv.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  15. ^ "NFL Network's A Football Life Explores Life, Legacy of Steve McNair Oct. 17". titansonline.com. 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  16. ^ "'A Football Life' preview: LaDainian Tomlinson". National Football League. 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  17. ^ "'A first look at what NFL Films has in store for Season 3 of A Football Life'". Awful Announcing. 2013-09-01. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  18. ^ "'A Football Life Season 2013'". TV.com. 2013-09-03. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  19. ^ "NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’ Examines ‘The Great Wall of Dallas’ Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 9:00 PM ET'". NFLCommunications.com. 2013-11-27. Retrieved 2013-11-30.