'Carson Palmer: A Football Life' Premieres Friday, September 14 at 8:00 PM ET
"Not everybody gets to win the Super Bowl. The adversity I went through I wouldn't change because it's made me who I am." – Carson Palmer
Eighth Season of Emmy-Nominated Series 'A Football Life' Airs Fridays at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network
The eighth season of NFL Network's Emmy-nominated series A Football Life premieres Friday, September 14 at 8:00 PM ET with a profile of former Pro Bowl quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Carson Palmer. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films features sitdown interviews with Palmer, former teammates Chad Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Jon Kitna, former coaches Pete Carroll, Marvin Lewis, Hue Jackson and Bruce Arians, family members and more.
Each episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – can be streamed live through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 and Roku). Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/watch.
Among the topics discussed in Carson Palmer: A Football Life are:
- The decision to remain in Orange County as a child so he could play quarterback in high school
- Nearly getting benched while at USC and his Heisman Trophy-winning senior season
- Sitting behind Jon Kitna his entire rookie season after being selected with the number one overall pick
- His career with the Cincinnati Bengals and the trade to the Oakland Raiders after he had announced he would retire
- Finishing his playing career with the Arizona Cardinals and moving to Sun Valley, Idaho
Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.
Carson Palmer: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:
Shaelyn Palmer – Wife
Jordan Palmer – Brother
Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals teammate
Chad Johnson – Cincinnati Bengals teammate
Jon Kitna – Cincinnati Bengals teammate
Marvin Lewis – Cincinnati Bengals head coach
Pete Carroll – Former USC head coach
Bruce Arians – Former Arizona Cardinals head coach
Hue Jackson – Former USC, Cincinnati Bengals & Oakland Raiders coach
Michael Bidwill – Arizona Cardinals owner
Steve Keim – Arizona Cardinals general manager
Patrick Peterson – Arizona Cardinals teammate
Terrell Owens – Cincinnati Bengals teammate
Frostee Rucker – USC, Cincinnati Bengals & Arizona Cardinals teammate
Norm Chow – Former USC offensive coordinator
Provided below are some select quotes from Carson Palmer: A Football Life:
- "Not everybody gets to win the Super Bowl. The adversity I went through I wouldn't change because it's made me who I am." – Carson Palmer
- "It drives him crazy to see selfish people; selfish quarterbacks drive him up a wall. He doesn't want the limelight, he doesn't want the spotlight – he doesn't ever want it to be about him." – Jon Kitna
- "I think he had an absolute, Hall of Fame, extraordinary career. He stood out." – Pete Carroll
- "He was a grinder. Like a blue-collar guy. Completely bucked the trend that I thought I was going to see." – Larry Fitzgerald
- "It's kind of like I had gone to USC at a time when they were down – I'll go change that atmosphere, I'll go change that environment, is what I thought." – Carson Palmer on being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals
- "From my aspect, I thought he was very patient. From our aspect, it was difficult because he was so doggone talented." – Marvin Lewis on not playing Carson Palmer his entire rookie season
- "A young person who wants to go out and learn how to throw a football, you watch all of his film because it's effortless." – Bruce Arians
This year, the 11-episode season of the highly-acclaimed series A Football Life airs Friday at 8:00 PM ET. Below is a broadcast schedule for the September and October episodes of A Football Life:
- September 21 – Lawrence Taylor
- September 28 – Tony Romo
- October 5 – Willie McGinest
- October 12 – Brian Dawkins
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