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A Spike reality TV original series which debuted in 2009, 4th and Long chronicles a competition pitting 12 hopeful athletes, six wide receivers and six defensive backs, against each other. The winner of the contest receives a spot in the Dallas Cowboys training camp and could even go on to secure a chance to actually play for the Cowboys. Former Cowboy player and fan-favorite Bill Bates coaches the defensive backs, while career coach Joe Avezzano mentors the wide receivers.

The players come from a variety of athletic backgrounds, not all of them football. For instance, while Jesse Holley had previously failed a tryout with the Bengals and Steve "Speedy" Gonzalez was an Arena League player with the Manchester Wolves, Preston McGann had not played high school football and was instead a baseball player. The show features guest appearances from NFL greats such as former star wide receiver Jerry Rice and ex-Cowboy Moose Johnston.

Spike TV
1 Season, 10 Episodes
May 18, 2009
Reality, Sports
7.4/10
Cast: Michael Irvin
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4th and Long Full Episode Guide

  • Weeks of hard work wrap up with an exhausting set of drills at the Cowboys Valley Ranch training facility, as well as a final 4 quarter game to determine which of them will receive an NFL contract from Jerry Jones himself. Guest appearances by Jerry Jones and Terence Newman.

  • The 5 remaining players go head to head in a series of drills designed to test an essential skill set for special teams players: delivering and shedding blocks.

  • Fatigue and injury has started affecting everyone but former Cowboy Daryl Johnston arrives to rally their spirits and encourage them through an exhausting drill known as the "Super Gauntlet".

  • The players learn the benefits of being a pro football player after earning a night on the town. Next, they participate in a conditioning drill which won't stop till one of them quits.

  • With the camp at its halfway point, the 8 remaining players collide at breakneck speeds while vying for supremacy in the Yards After Contact drill.

  • The Coaches and Michael Irvin push the players hard in preparation for the two most critical situations in all of football: the last two minutes of the half, and the last twenty yards before the endzone. Guest appearance by Darren Woodson.

  • Prior to full pads, Hall of Fame RB Tony Dorsett gives a pep talk, followed by an 11 on 11 game and a visit from Jerry Jones.

  • A test is held on ball-handling and takeaway skills.

  • Six wide receivers take on six defensive backs in a full contact drill to gauge their 4th quarter skills.

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