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 8
No. of episodes 111
Release
Original network NFL Network
Original release September 15, 2011 (2011-09-15) – Present (Present)
External links
Website
Production website

A Football Life is a documentary series of 111 episodes, 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]

History[edit]

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 The 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 10, 2014.[20][21]

No. Subject Original air date
1 "Mean Joe" Greene September 12, 2014
2 Brandon Marshall September 19, 2014
3 Sean Taylor September 26, 2014
4 Warren Moon October 3, 2014
5 Eric Dickerson October 10, 2014
6 Doug Flutie October 17, 2014
7 Terrell Davis October 24, 2014
8 Ricky Williams October 31, 2014
9 Earl Campbell November 7, 2014
10 Csonka, Kiick & Morris November 14, 2014
11 Lyle Alzado November 21, 2014
12 Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers November 28, 2014
13 Roger Staubach December 5, 2014
14 Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith December 19, 2014
15 2006 Rose Bowl January 2, 2015
16 Bill Walsh January 23, 2015
17 Joe Namath January 30, 2015

Season Five[edit]

Season Five began on September 18 at 9 pm, and it had 13 new episodes including Terrell Owens, Dick Vermeil, Paul Brown, and more.[22]

No. Subject Original air date
1 Christian Okoye September 18, 2015
2 Dexter Manley September 25, 2015
3 Jerome Bettis October 2, 2015
4 Terrell Owens October 9, 2015
5 Alan Page October 16, 2015
6 Steve Largent October 23, 2015
7 Dick Vermeil October 30, 2015
8 Paul Brown November 6, 2015
9 Mike Singletary November 13, 2015
10 Charles Haley November 19, 2015
11 Bruce Arians December 11, 2015
12 Marshall Faulk December 18, 2015
13 Ken Stabler December 25, 2015

Season Six[edit]

Season Six premiered Friday, September 16 at 9:00 PM ET and aired 13 new episodes starting with the story of Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin, and including Brett Favre, Chuck Noll, and Jim Brown.[23]

Two mini-episodes were released on the NFL's official YouTube channel. In contrast to the television series, these two episodes feature fictional characters Rod Tidwell and Frank Cushman from the movie Jerry Maguire.

No. Subject Original air date
1 Curtis Martin September 16, 2016
2 Rodney Harrison September 23, 2016
3 Chad Johnson September 30, 2016
4 Steve Young October 7, 2016
5 Brett Favre October 21, 2016[a]
6 Pat Tillman October 28, 2016
7 Michael Vick November 4, 2016
8 Jim Brown November 10, 2016
9 Steve Smith Sr. November 18, 2016
10 Chuck Noll November 25, 2016
11 Troy Aikman December 2, 2016
12 Charles Woodson December 9, 2016
13 Kevin Greene December 16, 2016

Season Seven[edit]

Season Seven of A Football Life premiered on Friday, September 15 at 9:00 PM ET and subsequently aired 13 episodes beginning with the former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino. Other episodes featured former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden, former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former Washington Redskins coach and current NASCAR owner Joe Gibbs.[25]

No. Subject Original air date
1 Dan Marino September 15, 2017
2 Emmitt Smith September 22, 2017
3 John Madden September 29, 2017
4 Wes Welker October 6, 2017
5 Sam Mills October 13, 2017
6 Jim Kelly November 3, 2017
7 Larry Fitzgerald November 10, 2017
8 Eddie George November 17, 2017
9 Joe Gibbs November 25, 2017
10 Jerry Jones December 1, 2017
11 Aeneas Williams December 9, 2017
12 John Randle December 15, 2017
13 Lynn Swann & John Stallworth December 22, 2017
  1. ^ This episode first aired on CBS.[24]

Season Eight[edit]

Season Eight of A Football Life premiered on Friday, September 14 at 9:00 PM ET and subsequently aired 11 episodes. It will feature Mike Holmgren, Dwight Clark and The Catch, Lawrence Taylor, Thurman Thomas, Carson Palmer, Brian Dawkins, Doug Williams, Willie McGinest, Cris Collinsworth, Tony Romo and Bill Cowher[26]

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  5. ^ "Parcells is what documentary says he is". sun-sentinel.com. 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
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  21. ^ "Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon Featured on 'A Football Life'". NFLCommunications.com. 2014-09-30. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
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