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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.

Season 7 Episodes

Aeneas Williams

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

Dan Marino

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

Eddie George

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

Emmitt Smith

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.

Jerry Jones

Jim Kelly

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.

Joe Gibbs

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

John Madden

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

John Randle

Larry Fitzgeraldl

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.

Lynn Swann & John Stallworth

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.

Sam Mills

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.

Wes Welker

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


Season 6 Episodes

Curtis Martin

The inspiring story of Curtis Martin, who rose from the streets of Pittsburgh to become a Hall of Fame running back.

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Rodney Harrison

One of football's greatest safeties and one of its most controversial players remains a vital and passionate voice of the game.

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Chad Johnson

The unpredictable life of the endzone dancing, trash talking, name-changing receiver who was "always open".

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Steve Young

The long climb to the top for Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, as told by Young himself through excerpts from his autobiography.

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Brett Favre

Brett Favre's incomparable journey from Kiln, Mississippi to Green Bay to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Pat Tillman

The extraordinary life and legacy of the Arizona Cardinal who left the NFL to defend his country after 9/11.

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Michael Vick

The most exciting player of his generation relives his rise, fall and long road to redemption.

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Jim Brown

The football life of perhaps the greatest player in NFL history and his impact both on and off the field.

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Steve Smith Sr.

An intimate look at the mercurial wide receiver as he recovers from a career-threatening injury and reflects on a spectacular career.

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Chuck Noll

A revealing look at the legendary yet largely unknown head coach who built the Steelers dynasty of the '70s.

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Troy Aikman

The undaunted leader of the Cowboys dynasty reveals the hidden struggles of his football life.

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Charles Woodson

After 18 NFL seasons, one of the game's greatest defensive backs finally retires and tells his story.

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Kevin Greene

The life and times of Mean Joe Greene, foundation of the Steel Curtain and the first Pittsburgh Steeler to have his number retired in 50 years.

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Season 5

Jerome Bettis

From Detroit to Notre Dame, LA to Pittsburgh and finally to Canton, a grand tour on the only Bus to stop at the pro football Hall of Fame.

Season 5

Marhsall Faulk

One of most exciting and dynamic players in NFL history, Marshall Faulk rose from the streets of New Orleans to launch the Greatest Show on Turf.

Season 5 Episodes

Christian Okoye

The story of football's Nigerian Nightmare, who left an indelible impression on the game and his opponents.

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Dexter Manley

The rise, fall, and redemption of one of the most dominant and beloved players in Washington history, the Secretary of Defense who was functionally illiterate and became addicted to drugs.

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Jerome Bettis

From Detroit to Notre Dame, LA to Pittsburgh and finally to Canton, a grand tour on the only Bus to stop at the pro football Hall of Fame.

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Terrell Owens

An unvarnished look at one of the most talented and polarizing players in NFL history.

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Alan Page

One of the most impressive careers in pro football history was just the beginning for the great Alan Page.

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Steve Largent

Before the Seahawks ever reached the Super Bowl, the greatest player in team history paved the way in Seattle.

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Dick Vermeil

A Super-Bowl winning coach who nearly drove his teams to exhaustion, pushed himself even harder, never lost his players' affection and was never embarrassed to show his.

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Paul Brown

You don't know football unless you know Paul Brown, the man responsible for inventing the modern game as we know it.

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Mike Singletary

The heart and soul of the legendary 1985 Chicago Bears defense, Mike Singletary shares a life full of lessons learned from the game.

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Charles Haley

The only player in NFL history with 5 Super Bowl rings, Charles Haley's road to Canton was paved with memorable stops in Dallas and San Francisco.

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Bruce Arians

The extraordinary story of the lifelong assistant turned overnight success who has led the Arizona Cardinals back into contention.

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Marshall Faulk

One of most exciting and dynamic players in NFL history, Marshall Faulk rose from the streets of New Orleans to launch the Greatest Show on Turf.

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Ken Stabler

The legend of the Snake, Ken Stabler, the late and beloved quarterback of the Oakland Raiders of the 1970s.

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