A Football Life

A Football Life

  • 2011
  • 10 Seasons
  • 8.7  (580)

A Football Life is an Emmy-nominated documentary series that was created and produced by NFL Films. It was originally planned as a single documentary film profiling legendary football coach Bill Parcells. After the success of that initial program, the NFL Network began to air it as an episodic series. The show is notable for going into deep detail about a football player's life, often following his career from childhood leagues to college and eventually to the pros. The show features vintage footage and interviews as well as observations from league officials, family members, teammates, coaches, industry insiders and sports writers. When possible the show would also have new in-depth recent interviews with the subject themselves. Not all of the subjects were players. Several coaches were profiled as well. A few episodes covered certain groups of players or notable NFL moments. The Los Angeles Rams' famous defensive line the Fearsome Foursome were profiled as a group, and one episode details a 1972 game between the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers. That game was historic because it featured one of the single most famous plays in the league's history, the Immaculate Reception. Philadelphia Eagle teammates Reggie White and Jerome Brown were profiled as a pair. One interesting episode of A Football Life featured an entire franchise and city when it profiled the city of Cleveland and the 1995 Browns team. NFL Films also had an episode that paid homage to the company's president and founder, Ed Sabol. In addition to those special editions the show has also featured episodes about NFL superstar players, owners and coaches from the past and the present such as Tom Landry, Bill Belichick, Reggie White, Walter Payton, Kurt Warner, Mike Ditka, Tim Tebow, Ray Lewis, Al Davis, Steve McNair, Jimmy Johnson, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Tom Coughlin and Barry Sanders.

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Seasons
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
December 20, 2019
Summary not available
Thurman Thomas
5. Thurman Thomas
December 13, 2019
"The Thurmanator" led the NFL in yards from scrimmage four straight seasons. And he scored TDs in four straight Super Bowls. Yet Thomas's best trait was turning his biggest disappointments into motivation for his greatest triumphs.
Bruce Smith
4. Bruce Smith
November 29, 2019
He set the standard for defensive ends. An unstoppable force who helped lead the Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances on his way to becoming the NFL's all-time sack king.
Ronnie Lott
3. Ronnie Lott
November 1, 2019
He was the heart of the 49ers dynasty. An intimidating enforcer who became the prototype for defensive backs earning four Super Bowl rings and a gold jacket.
Tony Gonzalez
2. Tony Gonzalez
September 20, 2019
He described himself as the worst player on his youth football team, but he became the NFL's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end, and a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Terry Bradshaw
1. Terry Bradshaw
September 13, 2019
A Hall of Famer who won four Super Bowls as the Steelers quarterback and still enjoys his football life today after 35 years as a television analyst.
Description

A Football Life is an Emmy-nominated documentary series that was created and produced by NFL Films. It was originally planned as a single documentary film profiling legendary football coach Bill Parcells. After the success of that initial program, the NFL Network began to air it as an episodic series.

The show is notable for going into deep detail about a football player's life, often following his career from childhood leagues to college and eventually to the pros. The show features vintage footage and interviews as well as observations from league officials, family members, teammates, coaches, industry insiders and sports writers. When possible the show would also have new in-depth recent interviews with the subject themselves.

Not all of the subjects were players. Several coaches were profiled as well. A few episodes covered certain groups of players or notable NFL moments. The Los Angeles Rams' famous defensive line the Fearsome Foursome were profiled as a group, and one episode details a 1972 game between the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers. That game was historic because it featured one of the single most famous plays in the league's history, the Immaculate Reception. Philadelphia Eagle teammates Reggie White and Jerome Brown were profiled as a pair. One interesting episode of A Football Life featured an entire franchise and city when it profiled the city of Cleveland and the 1995 Browns team. NFL Films also had an episode that paid homage to the company's president and founder, Ed Sabol.

In addition to those special editions the show has also featured episodes about NFL superstar players, owners and coaches from the past and the present such as Tom Landry, Bill Belichick, Reggie White, Walter Payton, Kurt Warner, Mike Ditka, Tim Tebow, Ray Lewis, Al Davis, Steve McNair, Jimmy Johnson, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Tom Coughlin and Barry Sanders.A Football Life is a series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (118 episodes). The series first aired on September 15, 2011.

Where to Watch A Football Life

A Football Life is available for streaming on the NFL Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch A Football Life on demand at Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 15, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (580)