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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 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 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 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: Meet Bill Belichick

    Published: Sept. 15, 2011 at 11:21 p.m.

    In 2009, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick gave NFL Films access to his personal life on and off the field. If you think you know Belichick, think again.

  • '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: 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 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: 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 - 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: 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'- 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: 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.

  • Bill Belichick: A Football Life

    Published: Aug. 29, 2011 at 04:56 p.m.

    Check out the new NFL Network series, "A Football Life," for an intimate look at Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the first person ever wired for an entire season by NFL Films. For more, check out NFLFilms.nfl.com.

  • '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': 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': 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: 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.

  • 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': 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 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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