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  • 'A Football Life': Jerry Rice- Obsession with perfection

    Published: Jan. 29, 2014 at 09:03 p.m.

    Jerry Rice started off his career slowly, but he became motivated by doubters and turned into an incredible wide receiver. Find out how he took off after he learned the offense, but secluded himself from everyone in the process.

  • 'A Football Life': Jerry Rice- Career comes to an end

    Published: Jan. 29, 2014 at 11:20 p.m.

    Jerry Rice moved on to Oakland (where he lost a Super Bowl to Tampa Bay), Seattle and Denver. Once he failed to earn a starting role with the Broncos, he retired, but see how he managed to stay in the spotlight.

  • 'A Football Life': Jerry Rice- Rivalry with Deion Sanders

    Published: Jan. 29, 2014 at 09:03 p.m.

    Jerry Rice had to get used to new teammates, but he continued to stay motivated to become the best wide receiver in the NFL. Check out how Deion Sanders came to San Francisco and caused a major stir.

  • 'A Football Life': Jerry Rice- From rags to riches

    Published: Jan. 29, 2014 at 09:03 p.m.

    Jerry Rice thrived at a small school in Mississippi, but scouts doubted his ability to make the transition to the NFL. See how the San Francisco 49ers traded up to get Rice, but were a bit shocked at his early struggles.

  • 'A Football Life Backstory': Jerry Rice's work ethic

    Published: Jan. 29, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.

    Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders talk about the work ethic of Jerry Rice, including how he would come to training camp two days before the rookies even arrived.

  • 'A Football Life Backstory': Jerry Rice's legacy

    Published: Jan. 29, 2014 at 11:01 p.m.

    Former coach Steve Mariucci and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders talk about what made wide receiver Jerry Rice so great and his enduring legacy.

  • A Football Life extra: Best of Jerry Rice

    Published: Jan. 24, 2014 at 04:04 p.m.

    Take a look back at some of the greatest plays and moments in Jerry Rice's Hall of Fame career.

  • 'A Football Life': Jerry Smith - Staring death in the face

    Published: Jan. 22, 2014 at 02:36 a.m.

    When former Washington Redskins tight end Jerry Smith retired, he moved to Texas and opened up a gay bar. Later he was diagnosed with HIV, and passed away at the age of 43.

  • 'A Football Life': Jerry Smith - Private life becomes public

    Published: Jan. 22, 2014 at 02:34 a.m.

    Former Washington Redskins tight end Jerry Smith met with a reporter for a feature and it ended up being a big moment in history. See how the profile on Smith led to the first retired professional athlete to reveal his homosexuality.

  • 'A Football Life': Leon Sandcastle

    Published: April 1, 2013 at 08:59 a.m.

    Leon Sandcastle's improbable rise to fame and the NFL's top draft prospect didn't happen overnight. The Emmy Award-winning series "A Football Life" takes an in-depth look Sandcastle's incredible life.

  • 'A Football Life: Bill Parcells'- The start of something special

    Published: Jan. 14, 2014 at 09:00 p.m.

    Bill Parcells' first head coaching job came with the New York Giants. Find out how he was able to overcome a slow start and tragedy in his family to start an impressive career and win a Super Bowl.

  • Randall Cunningham -- The ultimate weapon

    Published: Nov. 5, 2013 at 08:59 p.m.

    Randall Cunningham was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, despite numerous experts saying that he would be a project. He took center stage when Buddy Ryan took over as head coach and eased him in as a starter.

  • 'A Football Life': Houston '93- Houston, we have a problem

    Published: Dec. 10, 2013 at 10:14 p.m.

    The Houston Oilers had some major tension within the organization before the 1993 season even got started. Kevin Gilbride and the offense clashed with Buddy Ryan and the defense, leading to major fireworks.

  • Barry Sanders: A Football Life extended preview

    Published: Dec. 3, 2012 at 04:23 p.m.

    Get an extended look at the upcoming episode of "Barry Sanders: A Football Life." See the premiere on Wednesday December 5th at 8pm ET on NFL Network.

  • 'A Football Life': Jerry Smith - Living a double life

    Published: Jan. 22, 2014 at 02:33 a.m.

    Former Washington Redskins tight end Jerry Smith found his calling on the football field, but it was not an easy life. See how a closeted gay man became a dominant tight end in an intolerant era.

  • 'A Football Life: The Forward Pass'- Inventing the pass

    Published: Nov. 19, 2013 at 08:56 p.m.

    See how Notre Dame's Knute Rockne helped popularize the forward pass, which became prominent despite numerous issues with the ball itself and some awkward rules in the early days.

  • A Football Life: Ray Lewis

    Published: Sept. 14, 2012 at 02:44 p.m.

    Get ready for "A Football Life: Ray Lewis," which will air Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

  • 'A Football Life Backstory': How Jerry Smith changed perception

    Published: Jan. 21, 2014 at 10:33 p.m.

    Former Washington Redskins teammate Calvin Hill discusses how Jerry Smith changed his perspective on homosexuality and gay rights.

  • Randall Cunningham -- Here comes Hollywood

    Published: Nov. 5, 2013 at 08:59 p.m.

    Did you know that Randall Cunningham once left a preseason game early to go to a party thrown by Whitney Houston? Find out how comparisons to Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky put him into the spotlight.

  • 'A Football Life': Vince Lombardi- Heavens weep in Green Bay

    Published: Dec. 31, 2013 at 09:00 p.m.

    Vince Lombardi's battle with colon cancer ended in 1970. Take a look at how family members, former players and fans gathered together to remember a man that had an incredible impact on their lives.

  • A Football Life: The myth of Tom Landry

    Published: Nov. 3, 2011 at 10:47 p.m.

    Tom Landry, the man underneath the hat, was more than just the Cowboys' coach. He was a symbol and an icon.

  • 'A Football Life': Jerry Smith - A known secret

    Published: Jan. 22, 2014 at 02:30 a.m.

    Could Jerry Smith be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame if not for one fluky play? We take a closer look at Smith's legacy and learn about his personal life and how he kept it separate from football.

  • 'A Football Life': Tiki and Ronde Barber- Tiki's retirement causes problems

    Published: Jan. 7, 2014 at 08:56 p.m.

    Ronde and Tiki Barber had careers full of accolades, but Tiki's career had a rough ending when he decided to announce his retirement during the season. Find out why he worked his way out of the good graces of Giants fans.

  • 'A Football Life: Randall Cunningham' - Born again

    Published: Nov. 6, 2013 at 01:07 a.m.

    When Randall Cunningham left Philadelphia, he returned home to Las Vegas to work at his wife's marble company; however, he came out of retirement and began a remarkable transformation with the Minnesota Vikings.

  • Randall Cunningham -- So long, Philadelphia

    Published: Nov. 5, 2013 at 08:59 p.m.

    Randall Cunningham became a prominent figure in Philadelphia, but he struggled in playoff games and started putting blame on his coaches late in his career. Check out Cunningham's sour ending as an Eagle.

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