'The Timeline: The Ice Bowl' Premieres Friday, December 29 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network
One-Hour Show Examines the Legacy of the 1967 NFL Championship Game Between Green Bay Packers & Dallas Cowboys
"That game will live forever." – Bill Mercer
The third season of NFL Network's Emmy-nominated documentary series The Timeline from NFL Films continues Friday, December 29 at 9:00 PM ET with The Ice Bowl, telling the story of the 1967 NFL Championship Game played between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys – the coldest NFL game ever played.
Directed by Michael Meredith – son of the late Dallas Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith – The Timeline: The Ice Bowl examines the historic game played between the Packers and Cowboys for the 1967 NFL Championship. The one-hour show features Meredith's journey over four years and nine states to interview surviving members of the Ice Bowl, and to understand more about the game's legacy and significance 50 years after it took place. The Ice Bowl features interviews with players such as Bart Starr, Jerry Kramer, Dave Robinson, Mel Renfro, Chuck Mercein, Lance Rentzel and Donny Anderson, former Cowboys Director of Player Personnel Gil Brandt, Cowboys broadcaster Bill Mercer, Meredith's former spouse Cheryl King, and more.
The Ice Bowl includes interviews with the following people and more:
Bart Starr – Hall of Fame Packers quarterback
Dave Robinson – Hall of Fame Packers linebacker
Jerry Kramer – Packers guard
Chuck Mercein – Packers fullback
Tom Brown – Packers safety
Boyd Dowler – Packers wide receiver
Donny Anderson – Packers halfback
Mel Renfro – Hall of Fame Cowboys safety
Rayfield Wright – Hall of Fame Cowboys tackle
Walt Garrison – Cowboys fullback
John Niland – Cowboys guard
Lance Rentzel – Cowboys wide receiver
Pettis Norman – Cowboys tight end
Ralph Neely – Cowboys tackle
Lee Roy Jordan – Cowboys linebacker
Gil Brandt – Cowboys Player Personnel Director
Bill Mercer – Cowboys broadcaster
Cheryl King – Don Meredith's former spouse
Cherry Starr – Bart Starr's wife
Chuck Lane – Packers Public Relations Director
Willem Dafoe – Actor
Provided below are some select quotes from The Ice Bowl:
- "Of all the games I ever played, the Ice Bowl has to be the greatest one of all. I'm still carrying it with me. I believe I can do about anything I want to try to do. That game not only helped me become a better person but also a lot of other Packers and probably Cowboys too." – Donny Anderson
- "I can still see that game in my mind. I'm 91 years old now and it's like it was yesterday…I can imagine it's going to go on and on. That game will live forever." – Bill Mercer
- "First of all, the cold. It was extreme – it was arctic cold. It was a classic football game in an incredible setting." – Jerry Kramer
- "It was probably the greatest moment in football history for us. It just changed our lives." – Cherry Starr
- "My whole life would have been different. [Don Meredith's] life would have been different. Not only did it break my heart – it wounded my soul. You don't ever get over something like that." – Cheryl King
- "I don't agree with many things the Dallas Cowboys say but they're right: that game should have been postponed." – Dave Robinson
- "Whatever they're going to do, they won't be able to go that far in this weather on that field without having an interception or dropping a couple of passes and having a fourth down. It just never happened." – Bill Mercer
- "To their credit, they reached inside themselves mentally and got themselves together and did what championship teams do." – Lance Rentzel
- "The winning play in the Ice Bowl was not even in the playbook. We didn't have a quarterback sneak. That was an improvisation." – Chuck Mercein
- "We came back and we played better. We took control of the next four, five years in the NFL." – John Niland
The latest edition of The NFL Films Podcast features Michael Meredith, along with NFL Films producers David Plaut and Julia Harmon, discussing the making of The Timeline: The Ice Bowl.
The season finale of The Timeline airs Friday, February 2 at 10:00 PM ET with The Helmet Catch, telling the story of the moment that New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree secured a seemingly uncatchable pass that thwarted the New England Patriots' chance at a perfect season that was set to end in a Super Bowl victory.
To view the trailer for this season of The Timeline, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxSHdf5U_GI
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