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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- 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': 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 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': 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 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: 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.

  • '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 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 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.

  • 'A Football Life: Vince Lombardi': A dynasty is built

    Published: Dec. 24, 2013 at 08:51 p.m.

    Did you know that Vince Lombardi almost left Green Bay to be the head coach of the New York Giants? Learn more about that part of his life, as well as the development of his signature play, the power sweep.

  • A Football Life: Landry's system

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

    Tom Landry believed in his system almost to the point that any player was expendable, even Roger Staubach.

  • 'A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas'- The perfect unit

    Published: Dec. 3, 2013 at 09:00 p.m.

    Which players comprised "The Great Wall of Dallas?" Check out the guys who came out of nowhere to form one of the best offensive lines that helped pave the way for three Hall of Famers.

  • 'A Football Life: The Forward Pass'- Football saves the play

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

    The forward pass became a key part of a football game, but defenses were making it nearly impossible to complete a pass. Find out how the game became more wide open thanks to guys like Bill Walsh.

  • 'A Football Life: Bill Parcells'- Bad tuna turns green

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

    The New York Jets went 1-15, but that did not stop Bill Parcells from taking over as head coach in 1997. It took some tough love and honesty, but Parcells became a major part of the Jets' turnaround.

  • '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': 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.

  • 'A Football Life: Bill Parcells'- The Parcells coaching tree

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

    Get a look into Bill Parcells' decision to become the head coach of the New England Patriots. Also, see how Parcells employed some incredible assistants that have now become Super Bowl winning coaches.

  • 'A Football Life: Bill Parcells'- Coaching career ends

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

    Bill Parcells came back to coaching for the final time in 2003 when he became the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. See how he turned around the Cowboys and got enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • 'A Football Life': Tiki and Ronde Barber- Barber brothers take off

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

    Tiki Barber got off to a solid start in New York, but it took a little while before Ronde Barber could make a name for himself. See how both brothers started to excel, which included a Super Bowl title for Ronde.

  • 'A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas'- The first Super Bowl

    Published: Dec. 3, 2013 at 09:00 p.m.

    Did you know that actor Gary Busey used to hang around the Dallas Cowboys? Learn about Busey's fandom and check out how the Cowboys won their first Super Bowl with "The Great Wall of Dallas."

  • 'A Football Life: Vince Lombardi': Lombardi saves the franchise

    Published: Dec. 24, 2013 at 08:51 p.m.

    In 1959, the Green Bay Packers were in danger of losing their franchise. The Packers hired Lombardi and he immediately brought his tough style into Green Bay and turned the team into a winner. Check out the turnaround.

  • '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: 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.

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