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A Football Life

Showcasing the lives and careers of legendary players, coaches and executives, NFL Films examines the untold stories of the most influential NFL icons with unprecedented access. Each film tells the story of how their legacy is forever intertwined in the fabric of NFL history.


S9 Ep1 - Terry Bradshaw

Aired 9/13/2019

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.

S9 Ep2 - Tony Gonzalez

Aired 9/20/2019

Tony Gonzalez: A Football Life - 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.

S9 Ep3 - Ronnie Lott

Aired 11/1/2019

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.

S9 Ep4 - Bruce Smith

Aired 11/29/2019

Bruce Smith: A Football Life - 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.

S8 Ep1 - Carson Palmer

Aired 9/14/2018

The golden boy with the golden arm won the Heisman Trophy at USC and was the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft. In the NFL, he endured two torn ACLs, two trades, and one very public disagreement with an owner. But he still managed a 15-year career, and currently ranks 12th all-time in passing yards and touchdown passes.

S8 Ep2 - Lawrence Taylor

Aired 9/21/2018

L.T. has been in the spotlight from the moment he stepped into the NFL, and as destructive as he was on the field as one of the best defensive players of all time, he may have been more destructive to himself off the field. Through three decades of interviews, Taylor gives raw, unfiltered, honest answers about the highest and lowest points in a triumphant and tumultuous football life.

S8 Ep3 - Tony Romo

Aired 9/28/2018

The story of how a perfectionist with a love for sports went from small-town Wisconsin to become the face of America's Team for nearly a decade.

S8 Ep4 - Willie McGinest

Aired 10/5/2018

He played for a high school known for producing NFL players. At USC he became an All American. And he helped turn the New England Patriots into a dynasty. Willie McGinest is no stranger to success, but his journey to the top of the football world had anything but a smooth start.

S8 Ep5 - Brian Dawkins

Aired 10/12/2018

He was known as Weapon X on the field, but he was a gentle family man off it. A Football Life: Brian Dawkins looks at the two sides of Dawkins, from the beginnings of his superstar career, through his battles with depression, all the way to the Hall of Fame.

S8 Ep6 - Dwight Clark

Aired 11/2/2018

The story of the former 49ers wide receiver who thought he wouldn't make the team?but went on to make "The Catch," arguably the single greatest reception in NFL history. The play propelled San Francisco to a decade of dominance in the 1980s that saw the team win four Super Bowl titles. Stricken with ALS in his later years, Clark died on June 4, 2018.

S8 Ep7 - Bill Cowher

Aired 11/9/2018

He grew up in a Pittsburgh suburb, and as the Steelers head coach he won eight division titles and a Super Bowl championship. He'll always be known for his Western Pennsylvania roots and blue-collar toughness, but Bill Cowher now has a new home, and a softer side.

S8 Ep8 - Mike Holmgren

Aired 11/16/2018

He led two franchises to the Super Bowl and did something no coach had done in Green Bay since Vince Lombardi--win a title. He's also considered one of the great quarterback whisperers of all time, having coached Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Steve Young and Brett Favre.

S8 Ep9 - Cris Collinsworth

Aired 11/23/2018

First, he transformed from a gangly, rail-thin, 6-foot-5 Florida high school sprint champion to a star receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. After football, he evolved from an HBO feature reporter/funnyman to the most respected and decorated analyst in sports broadcasting.

S8 Ep10 - Doug Williams

Aired 12/7/2018

He grew up without running water in rural Louisiana. He played quarterback in an era when few African Americans did, overcoming prejudice and hardship to become a Heisman candidate, a first round draft pick, and ultimately, a Super Bowl MVP.

S8 Ep11 - Thurman Thomas

Aired 12/14/2018

The Thurmanator led the NFL in total yards from scrimmage four straight seasons and scored a touchdown in four straight Super Bowls. Yet throughout his life, his best trait was being able to take his biggest disappointments and turn them into motivation for his greatest triumphs.

S7 Ep1 - Dan Marino

Aired 9/15/2017

The singular talent and legacy of Hall of Famer Dan Marino, "The Quarterback's Quarterback."

S7 Ep2 - Emmitt Smith

Aired 9/22/2017

Emmitt Smith makes an indelible impact on the game of football and builds a case as the greatest running back of all time by breaking one of the NFL's hallowed records and making everyone around him better.

S7 Ep3 - John Madden

Aired 9/29/2017

The many football lives of Raiders Hall of Fame coach, broadcaster, commercial star and video game pioneer John Madden.

S7 Ep4 - Wes Welker

Aired 10/6/2017

Undersized and unwanted, Wes Welker overcomes obstacles to re-define the role of the slot receiver in the NFL.

S7 Ep5 - Sam Mills

Aired 10/13/2017

He was once deemed too short to play in the NFL, but Sam Mills became an All-Pro and built a legacy that still looms larger than life.

S7 Ep6 - Jim Kelly

Aired 11/03/2017

How does a man emerge a champion after a life filled with loss? Leading the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls is only part of Jim Kelly's legend.

S7 Ep7 - Larry Fitzgerald

Aired 11/10/2017

The globetrotting journey of Larry Fitzgerald - a man who's caught more than 1,000 passes, scored more than 100 touchdowns, visited nearly 100 countries, and lived one fascinating Football Life.

S7 Ep8 - Eddie George

Aired 11/17/2017

Eddie George played football for his father. After a brilliant career at Ohio State and with the Tennessee Titans, he started acting for himself.

S7 Ep9 - Joe Gibbs

Aired 11/17/2017

Hall of Fame Head Coach Joe Gibbs tries to balance his personal and professional life while building the NFL's most diverse dynasty.

S7 Ep10 - Jerry Jones

Aired 12/01/2017

Jerry Jones works his way up from greeter at his parents grocery store in Little Rock, Arkansas to become the only active owner in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

S7 Ep11 - Aeneas Williams

Aired 12/08/2017

Aeneas Williams's long journey from college walk-on to Hall of Fame defensive back to pastor in Ferguson, Missouri.

S7 Ep12 - John Randle

Aired 12/15/2017

Passed over by every NFL team, John Randle's madcap antics vault the undrafted free agent from rags to riches and stardom with the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.

S7 Ep13 - Lynn Swann & John Stallworth

Aired 12/22/2017

Two different personalities, two separate paths, one shared drive for greatness: the rivalry, friendship and artistry of Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth.