Emmy-Nominated Series Continues Tuesday, October 8,

at 9:00 PM ET

Matt Millen Live In-Studio for A Football Life: Backstory at 10:00 PM ET 

Matt Millen’s football life went from successful to complicated. His journey started at Penn St. where he was an All-American standout. He flourished in the NFL for 12 seasons and won four Super Bowl titles. After retirement, Millen entered the broadcast booth where he, again, thrived. Yet, Millen wasn’t satisfied. A rekindled passion to contribute to a team’s win-loss record led him to Detroit where he was named the Lions’ president and CEO in 2001. The next seven years would muddle his legacy and ultimately overshadow the immense success of his playing career.

NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Tuesday, October 8 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of Matt Millen – a four-time Super Bowl champion.  The one-hour special chronicles Millen’s journey from a decorated winner to the face of turmoil. Matt Millen and his son Matthew open up about his tenure as the face of the Detroit Lions in the film.  

Emmy-nominated actor from CBS’ The Good Wife, Josh Charles, narrates.

Featured stories in Matt Millen: A Football Life:

  • Hometown All-American: After the University of Colorado and Maryland failed at recruiting Millen, the Pennsylvania native ended up at nearby State College and Penn St. Despite having a rocky relationship with legendary head coach Joe Paterno during his playing days, Millen thrived and was named an All-American as a junior. He became a beloved Nittany Lion and remained close to Paterno long after he left campus.
  • Just Win Baby: Millen’s win at all-cost attitude was suited perfectly for the team that drafted him in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft – the Oakland Raiders. Despite a team filled with veterans, Millen quickly became a defensive leader and won two Super Bowls with the organization.

Matt Millen: A Football Life looks at a number of stories during his time with the Silver and Black, which includes the incident with then New England Patriots general manager Pat Sullivan and Millen’s key substitution in Super Bowl XVIII.  

  • Savvy Veteran: After spending his first nine seasons with the Raiders, Millen moved on to play for the 49ers where he brought toughness and leadership to San Francisco.  After winning his third Super Bowl ring, he would then head to the Nation’s Capital to finish his career with the Washington Redskins. His leadership skills would be evident, once again during the Redskins’ 1991 playoff run. While deactivated for each game, Millen became a de facto coach. The Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI, Millen’s fourth and final championship.  
  • The Next John Madden: Millen’s football intelligence made for a natural transition from the field to the broadcast booth where he became a color analyst for FOX. However, despite his undeniable talent at his new craft, he never enjoyed being in front of the camera. He viewed the color analyst position as shallow and unfulfilling; he had a desire to be closer to the outcomes of games and not finish every season with a 0-0 record.
  • Franchise Builder: In wanting to get closer to the game of football, Millen didn’t realize he was distancing himself from it when he took the job as president and CEO of the Lions. He quickly recognized he had no interest and experience with marketing, finance, and human resource issues he was now responsible to make. With final say on all personnel moves, his bad decisions piled up. Three games into the 2008 season, seven years after taking the job, he was fired. It marked, for the first time in football, Millen had failed.

Matt Millen: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people:

Matt Millen

Pat Millen – Millen’s wife

Matthew Millen – Matt’s son

Andy Melosky – Matt Millen’s high school coach

Randy White– Hall of Fame defensive lineman

Mike Munchak – Penn St. Teammate

Howie Long – Former Raiders teammate

Tom Flores – Former Raiders head coach

Steve Young – Former 49ers teammate

Charles Haley Former 49ers teammate

Ronnie Lott – Former 49ers teammate

Keena Turner – Former 49ers teammate

Martin Mayhew – Former Redskins teammate

Joe Gibbs – Former Redskins head coach

Darrell Green – Former Redskins teammate

Artie Kempner – TV Director

Richie Zyontz – TV Producer

Ron Wolf – Former Packers General Manager

Bob Padecky – Sportswriter

Mike O’Hara – Sportswriter

A sneak peek of the documentary can be seen here:

A Football Life: Backstory – Immediately Following at 10:00 PM ET 

New this season, A Football Life: Backstory airs following each A Football Life episode at 10:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Hosted this week by Jenn Brown and Paul Burmeister, the 30-minute show provides a deeper look into the Matt Millen’s life and story.

This week, Matt Millen will be live in-studio along with his two sons Matthew and Marcus.


A Football Life: Xtra


Viewers can also interact with and follow the series on their phones and tablets with A Football Life Xtra. Located within the new NFL Mobile app, A Football Life Xtra features producer commentary, photos and artifacts from the NFL Films archives, and career stats and unique facts, as well as trivia games and polls on NFL legends. Visit on your mobile device to download NFL Mobile. Additionally, every episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.





Airing on Tuesday nights at 9:00 PM ET throughout the NFL season, A Football Life series examines the iconic individuals and subjects that have had an undeniable and profound impact on the history of the National Football League, offering an inside look into their untold stories.


A broadcast schedule for future episodes of A Football Life:

  • October 15 – Michael Strahan
  • October 22 – Pat Summerall
  • October 29 – Warren Sapp
  • November 5 – Randall Cunningham
  • November 12 – Cris Carter

Please click on the following link to view the trailer for this season of A Football Life:


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