NFL Network's 'A Football Life' to Feature Hall of Fame Coach John Madden

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NFL Network's 'A Football Life' to Feature Hall of Fame Coach John Madden

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'John Madden: A Football Life' Premieres Friday, September 29 at 9:00 PM ET​

"How can you find a game that you really like and you can stay in it your whole life? I'm so damn lucky that I was able to do that." – John Madden

NFL Network's Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Friday, September 29 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and former Emmy Award-winning broadcaster John Madden. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films features sitdown interviews with Madden, Raiders Hall of Famers Art Shell and Jim Otto, NBC sports personnel Bob Costas, Dick Ebersol, Fred Gaudelli and Al Michaels, and more.

Each episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on smartphones through NFL Mobile from Verizon, and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV).

Household NFL name John Madden stepped onto the scene in 1969 as the Oakland Raiders head coach, leading the franchise to its first Super Bowl victory in 1977. Following his coaching career, Madden went on to become a 16-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and the poster child for the Madden NFL video game franchise. John Madden: A Football Life examines Madden's storied football life and the legacy he has left on the game and its players.

Among the topics discussed in John Madden: A Football Life are:

  • His 10-season career as head coach for the Oakland Raiders
  • Defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1977 and leading the Raiders to their first Super Bowl title
  • His 30-year career in broadcasting
  • The development of EA Sports' Madden NFL
  • His enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

John Madden: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

John Madden

Joe Madden – Son

Mike Madden – Son

John Robinson – Former USC Head Coach

Art Shell – Raiders Hall of Fame Tackle

Jim Otto – Raiders Hall of Fame Center

George Atkinson – Former Raiders Defensive Back

Ice Cube – Actor/Musician

Bob Costas – NBC Sports

Cris Collinsworth – NBC Sports

Fred Gaudelli – NBC Sports

Al Michaels – NBC Sports

Dick Ebersol – NBC Sports

Joe Buck – Fox Sports

Trip Hawkins – Founder of Electronic Arts

Sandy Montag – John Madden's Agent

Provided below are some select quotes from John Madden: A Football Life:

- "How can you find a game that you really like and you can stay in it your whole life? I'm so damn lucky that I was able to do that." – John Madden

- "He was a Hall of Fame football coach. He was a gigantic television star. Why? Because the bit of advice that everybody gets that's easy to say but hard to follow: be yourself. He was able to be himself…and people loved him." – Bob Costas

- "He was so detailed; and yet at the same time, he could not hide his passion, or most of all, his sense of joy that he was at this game." – Dick Ebersol

- "John would say 'I can't believe that I'm best known for a video game.' I don't think any of us could've imagined that that would happen." – Trip Hawkins

- "We love John Madden. He was truly himself. He was true to the people that were around him. He cared about people. He loved people. He loved his players. He loved his family. He only wanted the best for all of us." – Art Shell

This year, the 13-episode season of the highly-acclaimed series A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET. Below is a broadcast schedule for upcoming episodes of A Football Life:

  • October 6 – Wes Welker
  • October 13 – Sam Mills
  • November 3 – Jim Kelly​

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