CFL America Radio
By CFL America
CFL America Radio is where North American football is celebrated through game replays, old radio shows, and documentaries in the public domain on the history, remembrances, culture, lore, and legends of pro football in Canada, America and around the world. Additionally, every few weeks journalist Scott Adamson and armchair historian Greg James, from their 55 yard line cheap seats, sit down with authors and historians who, through their works, have given all of us a close-up look and perspective at the gridiron game we have grown up with and enjoy no matter where on the map we may call home.
The 2005 Grey Cup
The 93rd Grey Cup game was played on November 27, 2005, before 59,157 fans at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.
December 02, 2022
The 2004 Grey Cup
The 92nd Grey Cup was played on November 21, 2004, before 51,242 fans at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa.
November 25, 2022
The 2003 Grey Cup
The 91st Grey Cup was played on November 16, 2003, before 50,909 fans at Taylor Field in Regina.
November 18, 2022
The 2002 Grey Cup
The 90th Grey Cup was played on November 24, 2002, before 62,531 fans at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
November 11, 2022
The 2001 Grey Cup
The 89th Grey Cup was played on November 25, 2001, before 65,255 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
November 04, 2022
The 2000 Grey Cup
The 88th Grey Cup was played on November 26, 2000, before 43,822 fans at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.
October 28, 2022
The 1999 Grey Cup
The 87th Grey Cup game was played on November 28, 1999, before 45,118 fans at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.
October 21, 2022
The 1998 Grey Cup
The 86th Grey Cup game was played on November 22, 1998, before 34,157 fans at Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg.
October 14, 2022
The 1997 Grey Cup
The 85th Grey Cup game was played on November 16, 1997, before 60,431 fans at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
October 07, 2022
The 1996 Grey Cup
The 84th Grey Cup game was played on November 24, 1996, before 38,595 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton.
September 30, 2022
The 1995 Grey Cup
The 83rd Grey Cup game was played on November 19, 1995, before 52,064 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. This was the first Grey Cup to be played in the province of Saskatchewan, and again featured a U.S.-vs-Canada match up.
September 23, 2022
The 1994 Grey Cup
The 82nd Grey Cup was played on November 27, 1994, before 55,097 fans at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. It was the first championship in professional football history to feature a U.S.-vs-Canada match up.
September 16, 2022
The 1993 Grey Cup
The 81st Grey Cup was played on November 28, 1993, before 50,035 fans at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.
September 09, 2022
The 1992 Grey Cup
The 79th Grey Cup was played on November 24, 1991, before 51,985 fans at Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg. With a kickoff temperature of -16C, this was the coldest Grey Cup final ever.
September 02, 2022
The 1991 Grey Cup
The 79th Grey Cup was played on November 24, 1991, before 51,985 fans at Winnipeg Stadium in Winnipeg. With a kickoff temperature of -16C, this was the coldest Grey Cup final ever.
August 26, 2022
The 1990 Grey Cup
The 78th Grey Cup was played on November 25, 1990, before 46,968 fans at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.
August 19, 2022
The 1989 Grey Cup
The 77th Grey Cup game was played on November 26, 1989, before 54,088 fans at the Sky Dome in Toronto.
August 12, 2022
The 1988 Grey Cup
The 76th Grey Cup game was played on November 27, 1988, before 50,604 fans at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa. This was the first Grey Cup game between two teams from west of Ontario.
August 05, 2022
The 1987 Grey Cup
The 75th Grey Cup game was played on November 29, 1987, before 59,478 fans at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.
July 29, 2022
The 1986 Grey Cup
The 74th Grey Cup game was played on November 30, 1986, before 59,621 fans at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.
July 22, 2022
The 1985 Grey Cup
The 73rd Grey Cup game was played on November 24, 1985, before 56,723 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
July 15, 2022
The 1984 Grey Cup
The 72nd Grey Cup was played on November 18, 1984, before 60,081 fans at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. This was the first Grey Cup ever held in Edmonton.
July 08, 2022
The 1983 Grey Cup
The 71st Grey Cup was played on November 27, 1983, before 59,345 fans at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.
July 01, 2022
The 1982 Grey Cup
The 70th Grey Cup was played on November 28, 1982, before 54,741 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
June 24, 2022
The 1981 Grey Cup
The 69th Grey Cup was played on November 22, 1981, before 52,478 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
June 17, 2022
The 1980 Grey Cup
The 68th Grey Cup was played on November 23, 1980, before 54,661 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
June 10, 2022
The 1979 Grey Cup
The 67th Grey Cup game was played on November 25, 1979, before 65,113 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
June 03, 2022
The 1978 Grey Cup
The 66th Grey Cup game was played on November 26, 1978, before 54,695 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
May 27, 2022
The 1977 Grey Cup
The 65th Grey Cup game, also known as The Ice Bowl, was played on November 27, 1977 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The game set a Grey Cup attendance record of 68,318.
May 20, 2022
The 1976 Grey Cup
The 64th Grey Cup game was played on November 28, 1976, before 53,467 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. Notably, all the points scored in this game were by Canadians.
May 13, 2022
The 1975 Grey Cup
The 63rd Grey Cup game was played on November 23, 1975, before 32,454 fans at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. It remains the only Grey Cup game in the modern era in which no touchdowns were scored.
May 06, 2022
The 1974 Grey Cup
The 62nd Grey Cup was played on November 24, 1974, before 32,450 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. This was the last Grey Cup game played at Empire Stadium.
April 29, 2022
The 1973 Grey Cup
The 61st Grey Cup was played on November 25, 1973, before 36,653 fans at CNE Stadium in Toronto.
April 22, 2022
The 1972 Grey Cup
The 60th Grey Cup was played on December 3, 1972, before 33,993 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton. Before 2021, it was the last Grey Cup to be played in December.
April 15, 2022
The 1971 Grey Cup
The 59th Grey Cup was played on November 28, 1971, before 34,404 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. This game was notable for its steady rainfall and first-ever play on artificial turf.
April 08, 2022
The 1970 Grey Cup
The 58th Grey Cup was played on November 28, 1970, before 32,669 fans at CNE Stadium in Toronto.
April 01, 2022
The 1969 Grey Cup
The 57th Grey Cup game was played on November 30, 1969, before 33,172 fans at Montreal's Autostade. This game begin the tradition to play for the Grey Cup on a Sunday.
March 25, 2022
From The 55 Yard Line- Sunday With The Voice of the Argos, Mike Hogan
After a nearly two month break, Scott and Greg return to talk about the upcoming season with the radio voice of the Toronto Argonauts, Mike Hogan. In an easygoing Sunday morning conversation, the three talk about his love of the CFL and the Argos, and his memories of seasons pas
March 25, 2022
Glory Days- The 1991 Toronto Argonauts
The companion documentary to the must read book, "Year of the Rocket," by Paul Woods. This is the story of the 1991 Toronto Argonauts, a year in which the Argos were purchased by Bruce McNall, John Candy, and Wayne Gretzky, who then signed Raghib "Rocket" Ismail to what was at the time, the largest contract in football history, and then went on to win the coldest Grey Cup ever played, in storybook fashion.
March 24, 2022
The 1968 Grey Cup
The 56th Grey Cup game was played on November 30, 1968, before 32,655 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
March 18, 2022
The 1967 Grey Cup
The 55th Grey Cup game was played on December 2, 1967, before 31,358 fans at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa.
March 11, 2022
Joe Montana- Immortality
Struggles in the 1990 NFC Championship Game and an elbow injury cause Joe to be traded in 1993.
March 08, 2022
Joe Montana- Crossroads
Montana turns a grim 1988 season into a Super Bowl XXIII victory, followed by another win.
March 07, 2022
The 1966 Grey Cup
The 54th Grey Cup game was played on November 26, 1966, before 36,553 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. This was the Saskatchewan Roughriders's first Grey Cup championship.
March 04, 2022
Joe Montana- Gut Check
Not that far removed from his second Super Bowl ring, Joe encounters a few hurdles in his career.
March 03, 2022
Joe Montana- A Star Is Born
Joe leads the 49ers to two Super Bowl victories before marrying the girl of his dreams in 1985.
March 02, 2022
Joe Montana- Camelot
Though Joe starts his career on the bench in 1979, he wins the NFC Championship two years later.
March 01, 2022
Joe Montana- Growing Up Montana
Doubt from Joe's coaches makes his transition from Pennsylvania to Notre Dame difficult.
February 28, 2022
The 1965 Grey Cup
The 53rd Grey Cup game was played on November 27, 1965, before 32,655 football fans at CNE Stadium in Toronto. It is commonly known as the Wind Bowl, with wind speeds reaching 64 km/h.
February 25, 2022
Black History Month: Engraved On A Nation- The Chuck Ealey Story
A look at the legacy and inspiring life of CFL legend Chuck Ealey. Experience the joys and the highs, the electricity and the love, the pains and the sorrows, the perseverance and fight for equality.
February 22, 2022
The 1964 Grey Cup
The 52nd Grey Cup was played on November 28, 1964, before 32,655 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
February 18, 2022
Black History Month: The Life And Times Of Warren Moon
Although Warren Moon was overlooked time and again throughout his career, his perseverance led to an unusually long and extremely successful stint as a quarterback in the NFL. In addition to having to fight against the perception that he didn't have what it takes to lead an NFL team, he also had to fight against prejudice in a league that had few black quarterbacks. After being passed over by the NFL, Moon went to Canada and led his Edmonton Eskimos to five Grey Cups before being the subject of a bidding war among NFL teams. He would play professional football for 23 years and become the first quarterback to pass for over 60,000 yards in his career. Moon was the first 40-year-old to throw five touchdowns in a game and pass for 400 yards. He is also the only player in both the American and Canadian football halls of fame.
February 17, 2022
Edmonton Eskimos Grey Cup Dynasty
When a person talks of dynasty in football, usually the thoughts go to the Pittsburgh Steelers of the seventies, the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers of the nineties or the modern-day New England Patriots or even Alabama Crimson Tide or Clemson Tigers. However, in Canada, football dynasty talk invariably leads to the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos of the late seventies and early eighties. In the United States, the City of Pittsburgh claims the moniker of “City of Champions.” Between the Eskimos and the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL, that claim may rightfully belong to Edmonton. This mini documentary takes a look back at one of the greatest football teams in sports history.
February 14, 2022
The 1963 Grey Cup
The 51st Grey Cup was played on November 30, 1963, before 36,545 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver.
February 11, 2022
Centered largely on the 30 years after his Hall of Fame coaching career, this documentary explores football icon John Madden’s extraordinary impact on America’s most popular sport, the indelible mark he made on broadcast television and how he revolutionized the video game industry.
February 10, 2022
Maybe the most important decision Fran Tarkenton ever made was in 1957, when as a high school senior leading Athens High School to the Georgia state championship, he went with his heart and chose to go to the University of Georgia over Georgia Tech and Auburn. The rest is football history. "Scramblin' Fran" tells the story of the quarterback's unlikely rise at Georgia, highlighted by a memorable SEC title in 1959. The film traces his steps toward a long, successful pro career that saw him go from an unconventional, trailblazing "scrambler" with the Vikings to veteran savior with the Giants, to an icon in Minnesota who, in his second stint with the team, led them to three Super Bowls. Now a successful entrepreneur, Tarkenton will proudly retrace his steps - from his beginnings in Georgia all the way to a return visit to Athens for "G-Day" in 2018 - in this documentary about a football legend.
February 09, 2022
Black History Month Presentation- From The 55 Yard Line, African Americans In The CFL With Dana Auguster
A replay from August 2021, in which Scott and Greg are joined by fellow Sports History Network member, Dana Auguster, of the Historically Speaking Sports podcast to talk about the important role African Americans have played in Canada, both on the field, as well as in the front office. Beginning with Robert "Stonewall" Jackson and continuing to the present with Clarence "Pinball" Clemons, the three talk about their contributions and look back at the greatest players many Americans may never have heard of or seen play.
February 06, 2022
Black History Month Presentation- Fritz Pollard, The Forgotten Man
Fritz Pollard grew up in Rogers Park, Illinois, a largely white suburb of Chicago. The seventh of eight children, young Fritz experienced racism first hand and learned from his family how to pick his battles and subdue his emotions in order to achieve his goals in a predominantly white world. A three-sport athlete at Lane Tech High, Pollard had notions of attending Dartmouth to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Leslie. But fate intervened. During a stopover in Providence in January 1913, Fritz had his first view of the Van Wickle gates sparkling in the sun; his career at Brown had begun. During the 1915 and 1916 Brown football seasons, Pollard achieved legendary status, compiling “firsts” as frequently as he gained first downs. The first black to play in the Rose Bowl (1916), Fritz was also named to Walter Camp’s All America Team, and was the first African American in Camp’s backfield. Nicknamed “the human torpedo,” Pollard had almost single-handedly defeated Yale and Harvard (Brown’s first win over the Crimson) in 1916. The Bruins were the first college team to defeat both Ivy powerhouses in the same season. For his exploits at Brown, Pollard was elected to the National College Football Hall of Fame in 1954 — the first African American ever chosen. As a professional player, Pollard continued to garner “firsts” in spite of the overt racism of the period. He was among the first African-Americans in the APFL and NFL leagues and, along with Jim Thorpe, was the major gate attraction. A Black man playing football in a predominantly white environment was a novelty in the 1920s. Fritz Pollard was the first African American to play on a championship team (1920), as well as the first Black quarterback (1923) and coach (1919). Pollard’s efforts on behalf of African American athletes were Herculean. He organized Black teams such as the Chicago Black Hawks and the Brown Bombers in order to promote integrated competition in professional football. A true renaissance man, Pollard broke barriers of every sort — in business and the entertainment industry, as well as in sports. At various times, he ran a newspaper, an investment advisory firm, and a coal company. His outgoing, engaging personality smoothed many a pathway in the business and professional worlds, and even led to some dabbling in politics.
February 06, 2022
The 1962 Grey Cup
The 50th Grey Cup between Hamilton and Winnipeg, also known as the Fog Bowl, was played at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto on December 1, 1962 before 32,655 fans. It remains the only Grey Cup game ever suspended during play.
February 04, 2022
WFL America Radio - Philadelphia Bell vs Chicago Fire
Complete game broadcast from 1974 World Football League game between the Philadelphia Bell and the Chicago Fire.
February 02, 2022
The 1961 Grey Cup
The 49th Grey Cup between Hamilton and Winnipeg was played on December 2, 1961, before 32,651 fans at CNE Stadium in Toronto. This was the first Grey Cup to go into overtime.
February 01, 2022
Getting Stung In The WFL
Upton Bell was the owner of the long defunct Charlotte Hornets of the World Football League, a short-lived league that played one full season in 1974 and half of the 1975 season. But, man, it was an exciting time! This story has an unlikely cast of characters, from a world-renowned TV mogul to a world-class con man, a cantankerous sports announcer, an immortal pro golfer, and hey, what story would be complete without a world famous kidnapping victim? The Charlotte Hornets football team was also a financial nightmare! But Upton Bell wouldn't change one minute of it!
January 31, 2022
From The 55 Yard Line, Border Boys- A Conversation With PFRA & CFL Historian Ryan Christiansen
In their first podcast of 2022 Scott and Greg sit down and talk about Scott's impressions about the new USFL and the news conference he attended in Birmingham for the hub city in season one of the fledgling league. After which, Scott and Greg talk with PFRA and CFL historian Ryan Christiansen to discuss his newly published book Border Boys, about the men who brought Winnipeg their first Grey Cup championship. Available in both the United States and Canada, the book details the history of Canadian football prior to the official start of the CFL when rugby unions governed the sport and how Canadian football evolved and was influenced by American innovations. With an in-depth discussion of how football on the continent evolved, Ryan introduces readers to the American and Canadian matchups that predated the NFL/CFL exhibitions of the 50s and 60s. Further, the book details the football legacy and traditions of North Dakota State University, Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and University of North Dakota, and the contribution of the "Swede Belt's" Robert Fritz, Fritz Hanson, Bud Marquardt and Herb Peschel to the total Canadian/American team effort that was the 1935 Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Winnipegs of the Manitoba Rugby Football Union.
January 28, 2022
The 1960 Grey Cup
The 48th Grey Cup between Ottawa and Edmonton was played on November 26, 1960, before 38,102 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver.
January 21, 2022
John Madden: A Name Synonymous with Football
Madden's passion and excitement for the game was infectious. His legacy will live forever. He helped teach generations about the game of football through all of the media he was involved in. A humble spirit, a man who didn't care about looks, a man who didn't judge a book by its cover. As a coach, he allowed his players the freedom to be themselves, be it to sit on their helmets or grow out their hair if they wanted. He made his players realize their inner potential when he coached for the Raiders. He didn't care about wearing ties. He was a man's man. He was the type of guy you could sit down and have a beer with.
January 17, 2022
The 1959 Grey Cup
The 47th Grey Cup game between Hamilton and Winnipeg was played on November 28, 1959, before 33,133 fans at CNE Stadium in Toronto.
January 14, 2022
"The Last Super Bowl" by George R. R. Martin, A Review By The Bastards of Kingsgrave
From 2015, Amin and the Vassals review George R. R. Martin’s "The Last Super Bowl" in a spoiler filled discussion that was recorded before the Super Bowl, which thus explain their pro-Seahawks hopes. Sports are universally beloved. Geographically, athletic competitions take on various forms; the NFL, NBA, MLB are strong in America; NHL in Canada; Premier League in Europe; and Cricket in India. But the now legendary George R. R. Martin wrote about the downfall of them all in “The Last Super Bowl,” a fantastically written short story in February 1975’s issue of Gallery Magazine, a men’s magazine. The story is actually two tales, as he covers the last Super Bowl which takes place in January 2016 and interjects the depiction of that Super Bowl, between the Green Bay Packers and the Hoboken Jets, and the downfall of real sports. Real sports, in the 2016 of Martin’s fictional world, have been overtaken in popularity by simulated sports. Simulated sports are controlled by a computer that can put any team, from any era, against any other for the enjoyment of the spectators. The technology he describes in the computers that control the simulated sports may have been a thing of science fiction in 1974, when I assume he wrote the piece, but here in 2022, our computers are powerful enough to create those simulations. Just look at video games like Electronic Arts’ Madden and FIFA series. The implications that computer simulated games would overtake the real thing isn’t so far fetched now, but back in 1975, Martin was looking to a future where the complexities of computers and their power seemed infinitely abundant. The last Super Bowl – just think about it. No more National Football League, no more National Basketball Association, no more Major League Baseball, the players all replaced by pixels and simulations. The piece is entitled “The Last Super Bowl” because the NFL was the last sport to fall to the computerized simulations. Martin explains that the NBA and NHL disbanded in 2010, while the MLB lasted just until 2014, with the NFL holding on just long enough to have one last Super Bowl in 2016. Why have the real leagues folded to simulations? Money, of course, which is the underlying scariest thing about this piece. The power of the media, which still exists to a certain degree, functions in Martin’s simulation to make decisions not in the interest of art or tangible implications for the cultures we live in but for profit and a healthier bottom line. These are things that aren’t science fiction, as they are now an overt fact of our society. You can read it here at Sportsmaster Simulations...
January 09, 2022
The 1958 Grey Cup
The 46th Grey Cup game was played between Winnipeg and Hamilton on November 29, 1958, before 36,567 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. This was the first Grey Cup game to be played under the aegis of the newly formed Canadian Football League.
January 07, 2022
The 1957 Grey Cup
The 45th Grey Cup game between Hamilton and Winnipeg was played on November 30, 1957, at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. This was the first Grey Cup game to be covered on coast-to-coast television.
December 31, 2021
In Tribute, Conversations With the Ghost of John Madden
A celebration of his life and influence on football and our popular culture, from both the Coach himself and the funny man who will no doubt keep his spirit alive for many years to come.
December 29, 2021
The 1956 Grey Cup
The 44th Grey Cup game between Edmonton and Montreal was played on November 24, 1956, before 27,425 fans at Varsity Stadium in Toronto.
December 24, 2021
The 1955 Grey Cup
The 43rd Grey Cup game between Edmonton and Montreal was played on November 26, 1955, before 39,417 football fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. This was the first Grey Cup played in Vancouver.
December 18, 2021
The 1954 Grey Cup
The 42nd Grey Cup of Edmonton versus Montreal was played on November 27, 1954, before 27,391 fans at Varsity Stadium at Toronto.
December 12, 2021
True Double Blue- Paul Woods, John Candy And The Year Of The Rocket
On the eve of the Grey Cup, author Paul Woods returns to talk about his best selling book, "Year of the Rocket," about that one time in CFL history where the league upstaged the NFL and with a trio of celebrity owners set about making the CFL cool again. The book tells the story of how Rocket Ismail came to Canada and signed the largest contract in sports, and also how John Candy became the unofficial commissioner of a league that in the 21st Century could use some of that celebrity magic and cache to help it become relevant and cool again. With history as our guide we also talk about the future of the league, American press coverage of it, and how the lessons of the past apply to the CFL today.
December 11, 2021
The 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
For the first time in NFL History, a Super Bowl Champion was crowned on their own home turf as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers captured their second Vince Lombardi Trophy. Tampa Bay made history with Tom Brady turning the franchise 17-year playoff win drought into Super Bowl glory, with a 31-9 victory over the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.
December 10, 2021
The 2019 Kansas City Chiefs
The magical story of the 2019 Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs who earned the franchise their first-ever NFL and post merger Super Bowl championship in 50 years!
December 09, 2021
The 2017 Philadelphia Eagles
The magical story of the 2017 Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles who earned the franchise their first-ever Super Bowl and first NFL championship in 57 years!
December 08, 2021
The 2016 New England Patriots
Re-live the story of the 2016 New England Patriots and their run to Super Bowl LI told through the eyes of Julian Edelman, Dont'a Hightower and LeGarrette Blount. Narrated by Chris Evans.
December 07, 2021
The 2015 Denver Broncos
Re-live the story of the 2015 Denver Broncos and their run to Super Bowl 50 told through the eyes of Von Miller, Demarcus Ware and Peyton Manning.
December 06, 2021
The 2013 Seattle Seahawks
Re-live the story of the 2013 Seattle Seahawks and their run to Super Bowl XLVIII told through the eyes of Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and Head Coach Pete Carroll. Narrated by Jim Caviezel.
December 05, 2021
A Conversation With Rich Podolsky- The Bombers' Indian Jack Jacobs and The NFL Today On CBS
On the eve of the Grey Cup semi-finals Scott and Greg sat down with Rich Podolsky, author of the best selling book "You Are Looking Live!: How The NFL Today Revolutionized Sports Broadcasting" to discuss with him his reflections and remembrances of his time at CBS Sports on the ground breaking pregame show where he was a writer. They talk about Brent Musburger and the entire NFL Today team, including Jimmy The Greek and Greg's school boy crush, Jayne Kennedy. In addition to the NFL Today, Rich also talks about Winnipeg Blue Bomber great and CFL Hall of Famer, Indian Jack Jacobs, whose talents are indeed remembered by Oklahoma University were he was a star, and whose achievements were profiled by Rich in an amazing article he wrote for the Oklahoma University Foundation's Sooner Magazine.
December 05, 2021
The 2012 Baltimore Ravens
Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, Linebacker Ray Lewis & Head Coach John Harbaugh Recount the Baltimore Ravens’ 2012 Super Bowl winning season. “We weren’t pretty. We weren’t perfect… But at least we were us.”– John Harbaugh
December 04, 2021
The 2011 New York Giants
Re-live the story of the 2011 New York Giants and their run to Super Bowl XLVI through the eyes of Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Victor Cruz & Head Coach Tom Coughlin. Narrated by Alec Baldwin.
December 03, 2021
The 2010 Green Bay Packers
This documentary details the exciting story of the 2010 Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers, as told through voices of Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Cornerback Charles Woodson, and Quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
December 02, 2021
The 2009 New Orleans Saints
A look back at New Orleans Saints' 2009 Super Bowl triumph over Indianapolis Colts at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. Despite trailing 10-6 at the half-time interval, the Saints rallied in the second half to secure a 31-17 victory, claiming their first Super Bowl title in the process
December 01, 2021
The 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers
With the toughest schedule in the league, the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers faced a rough road to a record sixth Super Bowl victory. Find out what philosophy SS Troy Polamalu lives and plays by, how QB Ben Roethlisberger felt to achieve every football players' dream, what coaching point Head Coach Mike Tomlin made after watching practice tape that paid off with an interception being returned for touchdown and more
November 30, 2021
The 2007 New York Giants
The story of Super Bowl XLII champion New York Giants. Featuring interviews with Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, head coach Tom Coughlin, and defensive end Michael Strahan. Narrated by James Gandolfini.
November 29, 2021
The 2006 Indianapolis Colts
The story of Super Bowl XLI champion Indianapolis Colts. Featuring interviews with Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning, head coach Tony Dungy, and center Jeff Saturday. Narrated by Donald Sutherland.
November 28, 2021
The 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
For most NFL players, the onset of retirement is a sad occasion. Not so for Jerome Bettis. After Super Bowl XL, Bettis, the heart and soul of the Pittsburgh Steelers, hung up his cleats with the Vince Lombardi Trophy in his hands. Entering the 2005 season, many thought Bettis prolific career was still incomplete. Nicknamed The Bus for his battering runs, he was one of the leagues greatest players to have never won a world title. Still, the Steelers team around him had all the markings of a champion; a precocious quarterback, a physical defense, and the motivation to win a ring for their future Hall of Famer. It didn't come easy. After an 11-5 regular season, Pittsburgh became the first sixth-seeded team to reach a Super Bowl, winning three dramatic playoff games on the road. Then, in Bettis hometown of Detroit, the Steelers beat the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10, allowing the veteran to call it quits in storybook fashion.
November 27, 2021
The 2004 New England Patriots
The first 30 days of October in 2004 were pure bliss for sports fans in New England. The Patriots were the darlings of the NFL, boasting two Super Bowl victories over the past three years, and an NFL-record 21-game winning streak. But Halloween proved to be a nightmare for New England. In Pittsburgh, the Patriots fell to Ben Roethlisberger's Steelers, and also lost their All-Pro cornerback, Ty Law, to a season-ending injury. In the weeks that followed, other key defensive backs missed time as well, leaving a once-dominant defense vulnerable to the pass. Such losses would be too great to overcome for most teams. But the Patriots bounced back better than anyone imagined possible. Utilizing a patchwork secondary, which included 33-year-old wide receiver Troy Brown as a nickel back, New England defeated Peyton Manning's Colts in a divisional playoff, and then won the rematch against Big Ben in Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship. All that stood between the Patriots and a third world title in four seasons was the most fearsome receiver in the game, Philadelphia's Terrell Owens, in Super Bowl XXXIX. So join NFL Films as they tell the story of the '04 Patriots, a team as resilient and creative as any in NFL history. America's Game uses exclusive interviews from Bill Belichick, Brown and Tedy Bruschi to recount New England's bid to become a dynasty.
November 26, 2021
The 2003 New England Patriots
Bill Belichick admitted it was one of the toughest coaching decisions he'd ever had to make. Less than a week before the start of the 2003 season, his New England Patriots released Pro Bowl safety and team captain Lawyer Milloy. It was the kind of move that might ruin most teams. But the Patriots weren't like most teams. Plus, New England had a capable replacement at safety in Rodney Harrison. Despite his newcomer status, Harrison won over teammates with his aggressive play, and was voted a defensive captain after only a few games. With Harrison patrolling the secondary, and linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Willie McGinest up front, the Patriots defense allowed the fewest points in the league that season. Yet even with all that defensive firepower, this was still Tom Brady's team. The New England quarterback, just 26 at the time, went on to win his second Super Bowl MVP award in three years by out-gunning the Carolina Panthers, 32-29. Join NFL Films as they retell the story of the '03 Patriots, a club well on their way to becoming a dynasty.
November 25, 2021
The 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jon Gruden was ahead of the curve when it came to coaching football. At 31, he was already an offensive coordinator in the pro ranks. At 34, he became one of the youngest NFL head coaches ever. So the asking price for his services was steep in 2002: Two first round picks, two second round picks, and $8 million. But for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it proved to be a bargain. Gruden inherited a Buccaneers team that was already playoff-caliber, as Tampa Bay reached the postseason four times in the previous six years. But the organization wanted more from Gruden. With a star-studded defense that included Warren Sapp, John Lynch and Derrick Brooks in place, the Buccaneers asked their new hire to lead them to a world title. The workaholic Gruden soon won over his charges, and advanced the team to Super Bowl XXXVII against his former team, the Oakland Raiders. With first-hand knowledge of Oakland`s system, Gruden prepared Tampa Bay for its opponent as well as any team in Super Bowl history.
November 24, 2021
From The 55 Yard Line- Ron Snyder and The Baltimore Stallions, America's CFL Champion
On the day the USFL was "rebooted and reimagined," Scott and Greg sat down with sports historian and Baltimore native Ron Snyder to discuss his book on the CFL Colts/Stallions entitled "The Baltimore Stallions: The Brief, Brilliant History of the CFL Champion Franchise," as well as the rich legacy of football in Baltimore and how the departure of the NFL Colts opened the door for the team to claim the unofficial title of "America's CFL Team." Not only are the Stallions and football history of Baltimore discussed, but they also embark on a conversation about the future of the sport, through the lens of learned history and knowledge gained (through amazing books like Ron's) that provide lessons on how leagues can avoid the mistakes of the past in starting up and also older leagues looking to expand beyond their borders.
November 24, 2021
The 2001 New England Patriots
It was the hit felt from Boston to Bangor. In Week 2 of the 2001 season, New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe absorbed a vicious blow from Jets linebacker Mo Lewis, shearing an artery behind his ribs. He was out indefinitely. The 2001 season appeared lost. But in stepped backup Tom Brady, a former sixth round draft choice, and New England sports history was changed forever. Over the next few weeks, Brady compiled a 5-3 record as a starter. When Bledsoe returned to reclaim the starting role, many assumed the job was his. Instead, head coach Bill Belichick made a gutsy call in Week 11, opting to stay with Brady for the rest of the year. The move, or non-move, paid off handsomely. Brady led the Patriots to an unforgettable win over the Raiders in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. Against the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, Brady drove the Patriots 53 yards in the final two minutes, setting up the biggest kick of Adam Vinatieri's career - a 48-yarder for the title. Join NFL Films as they retell the story of the '01 Patriots, the club that launched a dynasty.
November 23, 2021
The 2000 Baltimore Ravens
The debate over the NFLs greatest defense has raged for some time. Fans in Dallas are squarely behind the Doomsday Defense. Minnesota had the Purple People Eaters, while Chicago had the 46. Still, in 2000, the Baltimore Ravens were as good as any in that group, and possibly even better. Statistically speaking, the Ravens defense was without equal. Led by Pro Bowlers Ray Lewis, Sam Adams and Rod Woodson, Baltimore allowed the fewest points ever in a 16-game season - 165, an average of just over 10 per contest. Amazingly, they played even better in the postseason, allowing just 16 points combined in wins over the Broncos, Titans and Raiders. But it was the Ravens efforts in Super Bowl XXXV against the Giants that clinched their inclusion amongst the greatest defenses of all time. Baltimore's offense, with Trent Dilfer at quarterback, held it's own and the defense took care of the rest, forcing five turnovers in one of the most dominating performances ever. Join NFL Films as they retell the story of the 2000 Ravens.
November 22, 2021
The 1999 St. Louis Rams
This documentary uses the insight of Kurt Warner, Dick Vermeil and D'Marco Farr to tell the story of the 1999 Rams. With the humble Warner at the controls, the team's high-powered offense including: Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and Marshall Faulk, became known as "The Greatest Show on Turf." Warner saved his best for the game's ultimate stage, throwing for 414 yards and two touchdowns to win Super Bowl XXXIV.
November 21, 2021
The 1998 Denver Broncos
The 1972 Miami Dolphins were getting antsy. Their title as the league's only undefeated team was in jeopardy. With just three games left in the 1998 season, the 13-0 Denver Broncos played relentlessly and boasted a Hall of Fame talent in exactly the right spot. At quarterback, 38-year-old John Elway played with the joy of an athlete in the prime of his career. Plus, star tailback Terrell Davis was on his way to becoming just the fourth player in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season. Add to this mix the Orange Crush defense, and the Broncos believed they had the stuff for an unbeaten season. But it wasn't to be. The New York Giants upset the Broncos in Week 15. Still, Denver didn't allow the letdown affect them for very long. The Broncos may not have matched the '72 Dolphins, but they did wallop the '98 Dolphins and the Jets in the playoffs en route to Super Bowl XXXIII. There, John Elway won MVP honors in his final game, throwing for 336 yards as Denver won back-to-back world titles.
November 20, 2021
The 1998 Minnesota Vikings
This documentary chronicles a team which posted the NFL's best regular-season record before losing in the NFC Championship Game. Their story is told by former head coach Dennis Green, wide receiver Cris Carter, and defensive tackle John Randle.
November 19, 2021
The 1997 Denver Broncos
By 1997, there was little else for John Elway to prove. Entering his 15th NFL season, the Denver quarterback was in third place in most major passing categories, behind only Dan Marino and Fran Tarkenton, and had made the two-minute offense into his own personal playground. But something was missing from Elway's resume: a Super Bowl ring. The Broncos no longer relied on Elway to win games by himself. Terrell Davis, a former sixth-round draft choice, led the AFC in rushing with 1,750 yards and 15 touchdowns. The defense, led by Steve Atwater and Pro Bowl newcomer Neil Smith, had plenty of star power. Even better, head coach Mike Shanahan was considered one of the most innovative minds in the NFL. Denver finished the regular season with a 12-4 record, and then won three playoff games as a wild card entry to reach Super Bowl XXXII. There, against the defending champion Green Bay Packers, Elway captured that elusive championship.
November 19, 2021
From The 55 Yard Line- The USFL and Football For a Buck, With Jeff Pearlman
Scott and Greg put on their parachute pants and fire up the Commodore 64 as they sit down with prolific sports author Jeff Pearlman to talk about the United States Football League and stories from his book, "Football for a Buck," about the wild times of a league that left us way to soon and whose impact has gone beyond the field and with us still today, be it in the form of an attempted coup or the two point conversion. We do discuss, albeit briefly, the topic of the new Fox Sports league coming in 2022 that is planning on using the USFL's logos and names. During the conversation Scott represented his Birmingham Stallions, and Greg his Chicago Blitz, as Jeff tells tales of a league that, had the owners not listened to one thinned skinned man and foolishly sued the NFL and put a drunk Howard Cosell on the witness stand, at least a few of the teams might still be around today, except for teams like definitely neither the New Jersey Generals or "the Gunslingers of San Antoin..." The book, as Jeff tells it, was inspired by a high school term paper project, which goes to show that no matter our age, football truly is a sport that keeps all of us fans forever young.
November 19, 2021
The 1996 Green Bay Packers
The Lombardi Trophy was on its way back to Lombardi Country. Vince Lombardi's Packers won Super Bowls I and II in the mid-1960s by playing with confidence and faith. Nearly 30 years later, Green Bay's 1996 team, led by coach Mike Holmgren, used those same virtues to carry the franchise to its third Super Bowl title. Holmgren was known for his intensity on game days, and an ability to mentor quarterbacks, qualities that would serve him well with the Packers. By '96, Holmgren had molded Brett Favre into an NFL MVP who could use his West Coast system in spectacular fashion. Statistically speaking, the Packers had never played better. Led by Favre and All-Pro defensive end Reggie White, Green Bay tied a franchise record for wins, led the league in scoring, and gave up the fewest points. But on a team renowned for its star power, it was return man Desmond Howard -- considered a disappointment in the pros at that point - who made the greatest impact against New England in Super Bowl XXXI. Yes, there was a 29-year wait between celebrations. But in Titletown, U.S.A., it was worth it.
November 18, 2021
The 1995 Dallas Cowboys
Dominance in the NFL starts at the very top. There have been only five NFL dynasties during the Super Bowl era -- four of them were forged by the vision of a single head coach. The 1995 Dallas Cowboys were the exception. They won their third world championship of the 1990s under new leadership in Barry Switzer. Despite being without Jimmy Johnson, who had led the Cowboys to two Lombardi Trophies, and being burdened with free agent losses, off-the-field distractions and injuries, Dallas was determined to capture its third title in four years. The Cowboys overcame these obstacles thanks largely to the stellar play of "the Triplets" -- Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin -- and the acquisition of a fourth superstar, All-Pro cornerback Deion Sanders. Still, it was the player opposite Sanders who made the biggest impact in Super Bowl XXX. Cornerback Larry Brown became one of the unlikeliest MVPs in Super Bowl history, intercepting two passes in a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. At last, Dallas was a dynasty.
November 17, 2021
The 1994 San Francisco 49ers
Prior to the 1994 season, quarterback Steve Young had already enjoyed great success in the NFL. A two-time All-Pro with the San Francisco 49ers, Young was considered one of the NFL's most nimble and accurate passers. But Niners fans felt differently about him. In their estimation, Young had a flaw that was difficult to overcome: He wasn't Joe Montana. Montana led San Francisco to four Super Bowl victories. Young, as the starter, had yet to win one. So the team was determined to build a champion around their talented quarterback in '94. The front office went on a shopping spree in the free agent market, landing, among others, superstar cornerback Deion Sanders. Those additions -- and a career year from Young -- helped put the team in the same class as any of the 49er clubs from Montana's era. San Francisco went 13-3 to earn home-field advantage in the playoffs, where it swept past the Chicago Bears, and its chief rival, the Dallas Cowboys, to reach Super Bowl XXIX. There, Young surpassed his legendary predecessor with a record-breaking performance against the San Diego Chargers.
November 16, 2021
The 1993 Dallas Cowboys
Talent is a cure-all in the NFL. That's the lesson of the 1993 Dallas Cowboys. That season, the Cowboys were saddled with injuries, a key holdout, and tension between the owner and head coach. But Dallas overcame all those distractions thanks largely to the star power of its roster. For starters, the Dallas "Triplets" were in their primes. Quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith and wide receiver Michael Irvin were among the best at their positions. In all, 11 Cowboys were named to the Pro Bowl, including eight on offense. Still, the Cowboys got off to a discouraging start, losing their first two games while Smith sat out due to a contract dispute. From there, Smith got his new deal, and the team had new life. Dallas became the first team to begin a year 0-2 and go on to win a Super Bowl. Join NFL Films as they retell the story of the '93 Cowboys, a club that never succumbed to controversy.
November 15, 2021
The 1992 Dallas Cowboys
In 1992, many pundits felt that the Dallas Cowboys were too young to contend for a Super Bowl title. But head coach Jimmy Johnson and team knew otherwise. The Cowboys set out to prove they were already a force to be reckoned with. And so they did. Dallas shined thanks in part to its "Triplets" on offense: quarterback Troy Aikman, receiver Michael Irvin, and the NFL's leading rusher, Emmitt Smith. The defense was just as impressive. Linebacker Ken Norton Jr. and pass rusher Charles Haley inspired a stingy unit to become a championship-caliber one by the playoffs. The Cowboys then peaked at the right time, beating the 49ers in an epic NFC Championship Game in San Francisco, and dominating the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII.
November 14, 2021
The 1991 Washington Redskins
In 1991, Joe Gibbs took note of Mark Rypien's ability to throw an accurate, deep pass which, combined with the speed of wide receivers Art Monk, Ricky Sanders and Gary Clark, helped lead the Redskins to victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI. The story of Super Bowl XXVI champion Washington Redskins. Featuring interviews with head coach Joe Gibbs, Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, and defensive lineman Charles Mann. Narrated by Donald Sutherland.
November 13, 2021
The 1990 Buffalo Bills
This audio documentary focuses on the team that was defined by a missed 47-yard field goal that kept them from winning the big one in Tampa. Bills fans know the story of the team's rise from oblivion in the 1970s and 1980s to AFC superpower in the 1990s, when it lost four Super Bowls in a row. But even knowing the downer ending, the hour special narrated by Alec Baldwin manages to be suspenseful, humorous and loaded with history lessons. Much of the entertainment is supplied by former Bills linebacker Darryl Talley, the self-proclaimed Rodney Dangerfield of the defense who always got media respect for being a quote machine. Early on, Talley recalled the dark days of the Bills, when the team was the target of knock-knock jokes. When asked who was there, the answer would be "Owen. Like 0-8." Whether he is explaining his nickname for quarterback Jim Kelly (Heathcliff), what he would have called the Bickering Bills or envisioning coach Marv Levy charming aliens, Talley is a super entertainer. "If we had aliens on this planet," praised Talley, "I bet Marv could sit down and talk to them."
November 12, 2021
The 1990 New York Giants
When Phil Simms sprained his foot against the Buffalo Bills in Week 15, an unproven Jeff Hostetler was thrust to the forefront. Hostetler exceeded expectations by winning four straight starts, including two playoff games, to reach Super Bowl® XXV. Veteran Otis Anderson, a fill-in for the hobbled Rodney Hampton, rushed for 102 yards as New York beat Buffalo, 20-19, in one of the most thrilling Super Bowls ever.
November 11, 2021
The 1989 San Francisco 49ers
What's the best way to replace a coaching legend? Quietly. When Bill Walsh retired from the San Francisco 49ers following the 1988 season, the team opted not to sign a big name as his successor. Instead, the organization stayed in-house, hiring defensive coordinator George Seifert. It was perfect casting. The stoic Seifert promptly led the team to new heights in his first year on the job. The 49ers were already a dynasty, winning three Super Bowls over the decade, so Seifert wasn't pressed to make any great changes. The team's West Coast offense then kept humming along. Joe Montana completed over 70 percent of his passes, a personal best, while throwing to one of the NFL's greatest receiving tandems: Jerry Rice and John Taylor. The 49ers were a force against the pass as well, with Charles Haley leading the defense with 10.5 sacks. Blessed with all that firepower, the Niners went 14-2 during the regular season, and then rolled through the playoffs to reach Super Bowl XXIV. There, San Francisco was at its best on both sides of the ball against the Denver Broncos.
November 10, 2021
The 1988 Cincinnati Bengals
The story of the 1988 Cincinnati Bengals, considered one of the best teams to fall just short of winning a Super Bowl. Featuring interviews with quarterback Boomer Esiason, head coach Sam Wyche, and defensive lineman Tim Krumrie. Narrated by Jeffrey Wright.
November 09, 2021
The 1988 San Francisco 49ers
A world championship was at stake, and the San Francisco 49ers were in a panic. Trailing 16-13 late in Super Bowl XXIII, the offense was 92 yards away from a championship. It was a moment for legends. Bit by bit, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana marched the 49ers the length of the field. His 10-yard scoring strike to John Taylor with 34 ticks left on the clock lifted the Niners to a third Super Bowl title. The drive was a culmination of a season's worth of execution, raw athleticism, and tenacity for the '88 49ers. Despite a quarterback controversy and a 6-5 start, the team never lost their focus.
November 08, 2021
The 1987 Washington Redskins
During the 1987 season, Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs had a lot of explaining to do. He told backup quarterback Doug Williams he was being traded to the Raiders, and then reconsidered just hours later. The coach also demoted Jeff Bostic from starting center to snapper on punts, angering the veteran to the point of demanding a trade. Worse yet, Gibbs had to counsel his entire team as they sat out on strike -- while coaching their replacements. But Gibbs had all the right answers that year. Washington went 3-0 during the player's strike, and Williams and Bostic joined the starting lineup due to injuries. Both quarterback and center were at times spectacular during the regular season, and the team won the NFC East title with an 11-4 record. Washington ran through the playoffs and into Super Bowl XXII, where Williams provided one of the greatest single-game performances in NFL History. Down 10-0, Williams and the Redskins exploded for five second-quarter touchdowns enroute to a stunning 42-10 victory.
November 07, 2021
The 1986 New York Giants
The New York Giants hadn't won an NFL championship in 30 years before Bill Parcells' led them to two Super Bowl victories in 5 years. 1986 the Giants were loaded. On defense, Lawrence Taylor, considered by many to be the best Outside Linebacker ever to play the game, won the NFL MVP Award. He and Middle Linebacker, Harry Carson, both future Hall of Famers, led an overwhelming defense. On offense, the Giants were led by Tight End Mark Bavaro, 1500 yard rusher, Joe Morris and Quarterback Phil Simms, a good quarterback who had yet to prove he could be great. In Super Bowl XXI he did just that with a precision passing game that is unmatched as the Giants defeated the Broncos 39-20.
November 06, 2021
The 1985 Chicago Bears
The 1985 Chicago Bears were larger than life. They had in-your-face personalities. They boasted Hall of Fame-caliber players. But most importantly, the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. Chicago dominated opponents like few others. The Bears offense was a reflection of their hard-nosed head coach, Mike Ditka. First and foremost, Ditka liked to establish the run, with Walter Payton rushing for 1,551 yards on 324 carries. Still, the coach could be creative, too. He occasionally used a 300-pound rookie named William "Refrigerator" Perry at the goal line, to the delight of teammates and fans alike. Perry was also a part of Chicago's "46 Defense", which is widely considered the best in league history. The scheme -- designed by defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan -- so overwhelmed opponents a world title seemed inevitable. And it was. Chicago lost just one game prior to reaching Super Bowl XX, where it whipped the New England Patriots for their first NFL championship since 1963.
November 05, 2021
The 1984 San Francisco 49ers
The fabled West Coast offense wasn't invented in San Francisco, but the father of the system, Bill Walsh, certainly perfected it there as head coach of the 49ers. With quarterback Joe Montana at the controls, the Niners were a dominant passing team, winning four Super Bowls in the 1980s. And of those four, their record-setting season in 1984 may have best captured the deadly efficiency of the West Coast attack. The Niners receiving corps had many ways to beat you. To move the chains, Montana found Dwight Clark, and Russ Francis. For the deeper routes, Joe Cool had Renaldo Nehemiah, then the world record holder in the 110-meter hurdles, and Freddie Solomon, a former college quarterback. With Walsh scripting the first 15-20 plays of each game, Montana soon found the hot receiver and the Niners became the first team in NFL history to go 15-1 during the regular season. Practicing against the West Coast offense had its privileges, too. The 49ers defense was well-versed in defending the pass, and it showed on the game's grandest stage. San Francisco picked off two Dan Marino passes in a 38-16 win over Miami in Super Bowl XIX, the team's second world title in four seasons. Join NFL Films as they retell the story of the '84 49ers, a club as balanced as any in pro football history.
November 04, 2021
The 1983 Los Angeles Raiders
Led by head coach Tom Flores, the 1983 Los Angeles Raiders entered Super Bowl XVIII as underdogs. But the Raiders proved that they were the NFL's best as they manhandled the highest scoring team in the league, the Washington Redskins, 38-9 to win their third Vince Lombardi Trophy. Al Davis has done more than anybody in the history of the game - through personal achievement, team achievement and contribution to the game - and has demonstrated more than ever that he is and always will be committed to excellence. Flores' unit sported a 12-4 record, led on offense by Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen and Cliff Branch. The defense was anchored by Hall of Famers Howie Long, Ted Hendricks and Mike Haynes, as well as star cornerback Lester Hayes. Interviews with Marcus Allen, Todd Christensen and Howie Long take you inside all of the action of one of the greatest teams in NFL history. Al Davis summed up Super Bowl XVIII perfectly: "Not only in my opinion are you the greatest Raider team of all-time, I think you rank with the great teams of all time that have ever played any professional sport.
November 03, 2021
The 1982 Washington Redskins
The 1982 NFL season wasn't a marathon, it was a sprint. A players strike reduced a 16-week schedule to nine that season, leaving teams scrambling to reach the playoffs. Most clubs appeared frantic and rusty after the layoff. But the Washington Redskins dominated all comers under head coach Joe Gibbs. Washington hired Gibbs in 1981, and just one season later, had molded the team in his hardnosed image. The offensive line, nicknamed The Hogs, was equally adept at blasting holes for fullback John Riggins as they were protecting their Pro Bowl passer, Joe Theismann. Powered up front, Washington muscled through the final stretch and lost only once during the regular season. From there, the postseason was expanded to four rounds and included 16 teams. But while the road to Super Bowl XVII was a unique one, Gibbs Redskins won the NFL title by sticking with its tried-and-true running game. Led by a big day from Riggins, Washington ran over the Miami Dolphins, 27-17.
November 02, 2021
The 1981 San Francisco 49ers
Three teams have won 5 Super Bowls. The San Francisco 49ers were the first to do it. In 1981, just 2 years after finishing with a 2 and 14 record, Head Bill Walsh's "West Coast Offense" fueled the 49ers victory over the Bengals in Super Bowl XVI. The story of San Francisco's 1981 season is told by Wide Receiver Dwight Clark, Offensive Lineman, Randy Cross and Hall of Fame Defensive Back, Ronnie Lott.
November 01, 2021
The 1981 San Diego Chargers
The story of the 1981 San Diego Chargers, considered one of the best teams to fall just short of winning a Super Bowl. Featuring interviews with quarterback Dan Fouts, tight end Kellen Winslow, and running back Hank Bauer. Narrated by Tom Selleck.
October 31, 2021
The 1980 Oakland Raiders
Nobody loves reclamation projects more than Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. Jim Plunkett knew this. A former Heisman winner out of Stanford, Plunkett was cast out of New England and then released by San Francisco before arriving at Davis' doorstep in 1978. It proved to be a perfect match. In week 6 of the 1980 season, head coach Tom Flores gave Plunkett his chance. From there, he rewarded the team's confidence in him by leading Oakland to Super Bowl XV. There, backed by a renegade defense led by the incredible Lester Hayes, Plunkett won game MVP honors with two touchdown passes to Cliff Branch as Oakland beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10.
October 30, 2021
The 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers
By the fall of 1979, Pittsburgh was known as the City of Champions. That October, the Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win the World Series, their second championship of the decade. Meanwhile, the Steelers had constructed a dynasty, boasting three world titles over the past five years. The fan base no longer hoped for victories. Now they expected them. So the standards were high for the 79 Steelers. But every player on the team was confident it could meet them. Once you have the taste of victory, it's awful hard to give that up, recalled John Banaszak. The attitude was: Were going to win this every year. Banaszak was one of several lesser-known Steelers who played a prominent role that year due to injuries. Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris and Lynn Swann, all future Hall of Famers, were lost for parts of the season. But their backups capably filled in the gaps, and the Steelers went 12-4 during the regular season enroute to a win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV.
October 29, 2021
The 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers
Terry Bradshaw was always at his best on Super Bowl Sundays. The Pittsburgh quarterback went a perfect 4-0 in Super Bowl play during the 1970s, throwing for 932 yards and nine touchdowns combined as the Steelers became a dynasty. But Bradshaw's most validating season during that run, and perhaps in his entire career, came in 1978. Bradshaw led the AFC in passing as the Steelers went 14-2 during the regular season. His main target was Lynn Swann, who posted career highs in catches and receiving yards. In the playoffs, Bradshaw found a new hot receiver in John Stallworth, who caught 10 passes against Denver, and caught one touchdown versus Houston in the AFC Championship game. Finally, in Super Bowl XIII, Bradshaw out-dueled Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach by throwing for four touchdowns in what became a classic shootout.
October 28, 2021
The 1977 Dallas Cowboys
With an imaginative, high-scoring offensive and a crushing defense, Dallas cruised through the regular season, the playoffs and the Super Bowl. The story of the 1977 Cowboys is told by Tony Dorsett, Thomas Henderson, Charlie Waters and Drew Pearson and each relate contribute to the story of their championship season. Each former player is able to offer insights (often humorous!) into their championship run. Tony Dorsett, Heisman Trophy winner, was the super-rookie that everyone expected to be the final piece of the puzzle in Dallas' return to championship form. It took him a while to learn the complex Dallas offense, but when he did, he was exciting to watch! Thomas Henderson was the maverick who gave himself his own nickname of "Hollywood Henderson" and rubbed everyone the wrong way! Charlie Waters was the safety who was the leader of the "Doomsday Defense" anchored by a defensive line composed of Harvey Martin, Randy White and Ed "Too Tall" Jones. Waters was the brain behind Doomsday who kept all the "personalities" working. Drew Pearson was Mr. Clutch because when team leader Roger Staubach needed a pass completion, he looked for the man who gave clutch performances when the game was on the line. These very different men talk about the struggles, the successes and the eventual victory in Super Bowl XII in which the often hated Dallas Cowboys rode to victory with a powerful defense and a well-executed offense.
October 27, 2021
The 1976 Oakland Raiders
In 1976, the Oakland Raiders reached the summit of professional football by defeating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. It was the culmination of more than a decade of excellence under the leadership of Raiders owner/coach, Al Davis. The 1976 Raiders suffered some early setbacks, losing several defensive linemen to injury. Head coach John Madden found a quick solution, dropping his 4-3 scheme in favor of a 3-4. Offensively, the Raiders had an embarrassment of riches. Four starters -- receiver Fred Biletnikoff, tight end Dave Casper, and the left side of the line, guard Gene Upshaw and tackle Art Shell, are in the Hall of Fame, while quarterback Ken Stabler, and wide receiver Cliff Branch were among the finest at their position. The regular season felt like a formality, as Oakland tied a club record with 13 wins. In the playoffs, Oakland squeaked past New England and stormed past the archrival Pittsburgh Steelers. The Raiders' performance in Super Bowl XI, including a breathtaking interception return by Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown, places them among the greatest teams of all time.
October 26, 2021
The 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers
The 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers quickly discovered that one of the most difficult feats in all of sports is defending a world title. At the beginning of the season, coach Chuck Noll's team didn't even look like they had the stuff to reach the playoffs, let alone win back-to-back championships. Fresh off an upset in Super Bowl IX, the Steelers were not a dynasty just yet, not even with nine future Hall of Fame players. In Week 2, the team lost at home to O.J. Simpson's Buffalo Bills for a 1-1 start. But thanks to their defense, which featured a front four called the "Steel Curtain," the club pounded out 11 straight wins, much to the delight of their blue-collar fans. Still, Pittsburgh's season may be best remembered for the ballet-like moves of wideout Lynn Swann. In Super Bowl X, Swann set a record with 161 receiving yards on four catches, including a game-sealing, 64-yard touchdown grab to beat the Dallas Cowboys and clinch their second-straight Super Bowl title.
October 25, 2021
The 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers
It was perhaps the finest collection of talent in NFL history - and in 1974 nearly no one knew it. For five seasons, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll had meticulously built the team in his own image - tough and physical. In 1974, he added a draft class that included four future Hall of Famers. By the postseason, the team that would become the decade's best was ready to arrive. The Steelers rose to the top of the football world by upsetting the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. It would be the first of four world championships in six years.
October 24, 2021
The 1973 Miami Dolphins
It was a dilemma no other NFL team had ever faced: How do you improve on perfection? The 1972 Miami Dolphins became the first team in pro football history to finish a season unbeaten, going 17-0 with a Super Bowl title. That kind of success could make anyone complacent. But head coach Don Shula was not going to allow it. He believed his Dolphins could perform even better. Still, the 1973 Dolphins did not match the same level of success as the season prior. They exceeded it, according to Shula. In Super Bowl VIII, Miami pummeled the Minnesota Vikings for its second-straight world championship. "I think that we're a better football team than we were a year ago at this time," said Shula afterward. "I think us going back-to-back in Super Bowls is more meaningful."
October 23, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line- Ottawa Football and Canadian Sports History With Howie Mooney
In this episode Greg sits down for a conversation with Ottawa sports historian Howie Mooney, co-author of Third & Long: The Proud History of Football in Ottawa, co-host of The Sports Lunatics podcast, and feature writer with the Fired Up Network, to talk not just Rough Rider, Renegade, and RedBlack history, but also the sports landscape in Canada. Howie tells a number of stories and the two also talk about the world of podcasting. Lastly, the delve in and geek out with a talk about simulation sports, as both Greg and Howie are both avid board and computer gamers.
October 23, 2021
The 1972 Miami Dolphins
The team wasn't especially big, quick, or flashy. It rarely blew away opponents. Its best player was a fullback, its defense was anonymous, and it played without its Pro Bowl quarterback for most of the year. Still, the 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only team to finish a season undefeated -- 17-0, to be exact -- in National Football League history. Fresh off a Super Bowl loss the season prior, Miami played like a team determined to win a championship, racking up 14 straight regular season wins. The Dolphins offense relied heavily on their ground game, running the ball 613 times and boasting the first pair of 1,000-yard runners in Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris. On the other side of the ball, the "No Name Defense" was no less dominant, giving up the fewest points in the league. Then, in the postseason, Miami enjoyed the return of quarterback Bob Griese, who was sidelined most of the season due to leg and ankle injuries. In Super Bowl VII, Griese threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Howard Twilley for the game's first score before a few scares by George Allen's Redskins threatened the Dolphins' bid for an unbeaten year.
October 23, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line- North America and Britain's Games With Michael MacCambridge
In the episode Scott and Greg sit down with noted professional football historian Michael MacCambridge, whose award-winning book "America’s Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured A Nation" is widely considered the definitive modern history of pro football in America. We discuss his current book, which is devoted to professional football in England, entitled "Red Letters: Two Fervent Liverpool FC Supporters Correspond through the Epic Season That Wouldn’t End," his thoughts on the state of professional football and fandom, as well as his upcoming future book about professional sports in the America of the 1970s.
October 06, 2021
The 1971 Dallas Cowboys
Halfway through the 1971 season, the Dallas Cowboys had every reason to be worried. A quarterback controversy brewed between Craig Morton and Roger Staubach. A contract dispute had brought star running back Duane Thomas to a vow of silence. Making matters worse was a 38-0 beating by the St. Louis Cardinals. It seemed certain that the team that "couldn't win the big one" would fall short of a title yet again. With a 4-3 record after seven weeks, head coach Tom Landry named Staubach the team's starter. Dallas wouldn't lose another game that season. With Staubach firmly at the controls, the Cowboys barreled through the rest of the regular season and the playoffs enroute to Super Bowl VI. There, against the Miami Dolphins, Dallas changed its runner-up identity forever with a 24-3 victory.
September 11, 2021
The 1970 Baltimore Colts
By any other standard, it was a season of triumph. Eleven regular season wins, two more in the playoffs, and then the crowning glory of victory in Super Bowl V. But for the 1970 Baltimore Colts, the victory remained in the shadow of a devastating defeat - their crushing upset loss to the Jets two years earlier in Super Bowl III. America's Game relives the Colts bittersweet season from their regular-season rematch against the Jets, through the first year of a merged NFL, to the comedy of errors that was Super Bowl V. As told by men who lived it - Bubba Smith, Bill Curry, and Mike Curtis - the story of the 1970 Baltimore Colts offers a rare glimpse into the proud heart of a champion. For some, it was a moment of sweet redemption. For others, it was a reminder of what could have been.
September 10, 2021
The 1969 Kansas City Chiefs
They entered Super Bowl IV as 13-point underdogs. But the 1969 Kansas City Chiefs' decisive victory over the Minnesota Vikings put to rest any questions as to whether the fledgling American Football League could compete against the established NFL. It also validated the careers of five future Hall of Fame players and their flamboyant head coach Hank Stram. To become world champions, Kansas City had to overcome more than its share of adversity. Quarterback Len Dawson missed nearly half the season with a knee injury, then was forced to deal with family tragedy and a shocking news story.
September 09, 2021
The 1968 New York Jets
Prior to the 1968 season, the AFL was considered a minor league compared to the more established NFL. The league had already lost Super Bowls I and II. So the success of the New York Jets, and their quarterback, Joe Namath, could not have come at a better moment. Namath, who had a quick release and charisma to burn, piloted a Jets offense that set a franchise record by scoring 419 points that season. Still, his high-flying attack played into the perception that the AFL had finesse teams. But the Jets also led the league in defense, and possessed a punishing ground game that produced 22 touchdowns. This was a veteran group that bowed to no one - not even the powerful Baltimore Colts of the NFL. The Colts were heavily favored over the Jets entering Super Bowl III, which made Namath's now famous, guarantee of victory before the game, all the more surprising. "Broadway Joe" then orchestrated one of the greatest upsets in pro football history, winning a world title for New York ... and the AFL at large.
September 08, 2021
The 1967 Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers have long been one of the most celebrated franchises in football history, and this documentary focuses on one of the team's greatest seasons. The 1967-1968 squad had one of the most memorable post-seasons in NFL history including the epic "Ice Bowl" victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Players from that team offer their memories and insights into that campaign.
September 08, 2021
The 1966 Green Bay Packers
This episode chronicles the first team to win a Super Bowl, the 1966 Green Bay Packers, led by legendary head coach Vince Lombardi and quarterback Bart Starr. The Green Bay Packers were rated as the 6th greatest Super Bowl winning team by a Blue Ribbon panel of experts.
September 06, 2021
The 1969 Minnesota Vikings
The team credo of the 1969 Minnesota Vikings was "40 for 60." In extreme cold with no heaters, in wins, in losses, all 40 members of the team gave it their all for all 60 minutes of the game. The 1969 Vikings, known for their "Purple People Eaters" defensive line and 12 consecutive victories set a record for consecutive wins and defeated the Cleveland Browns in the NFL championship game to reach Super Bowl IV before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs. Their story is told by Hall of Fame head coach Bud Grant, star quarterback Joe Kapp, and defensive end Jim Marshall, who played for 20 seasons and never missed a game.
September 05, 2021
The Perfect Running Back Committee
Larry Csonka, the late Jim Kiick, and Mercury Morris are still remembered for achieving something that no other NFL team ever has: Perfection. These three running backs were a part of what is still seen in history as the best football team of all time: the 1972 Miami Dolphins. “We did one thing: we hit perfection. When you become a definition, not just a number, then you are in a special place.” – Larry Csonka In this documentary, Kiick and Morris traveled to Alaska where they are reunited with Csonka. The three teammates reminisce about their past while fishing, highlighting the incredible bond that was forged between them.
September 04, 2021
Disposable Heroes- The Other Side of Football
The documentary primarily focuses on two ex-players: Jim Otto and Roger Stillwell. Otto was a star center for the Oakland Raiders during the 1960s and 1970s. On the surface, his story seems to represent all that is right about pro football; after a long career he was elected to the NFL’s Hall of Fame and then enjoyed great business success as a restaurant franchise owner. Viewers learn, however, that Otto’s health is terrible, though he was just 46 at the time of filming. The most-moving story in Disposable Heroes belongs to Roger Stillwell, a 6-foot-6 defensive lineman from Stanford University, who achieved a brief moment in the sun with the Chicago Bears. Stillwell’s career ended in an instant during a 1977 game against the Minnesota Vikings
September 03, 2021
The 2005 NFL Draft
Aaron Rodgers drops in the draft while waiting in the Green Room, while former New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi enjoys his best draft ever. Features interviews with Aaron Rodgers, Justin Tuck, Mike McCarthy, Bill Polian, Cadillac Williams, Ronnie Brown and more.
September 02, 2021
The 2004 NFL Draft
When number one overall pick Eli Manning refuses to play for the San Diego Chargers, it triggers the biggest showdown between an organization and player in two decades and alters the fortunes of quarterbacks Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger. Additionally, the University of Miami (FL) sets an NFL record for most first-round selections with six. Features interviews with Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Mike Mayock, Leigh Steinberg, Peter King, Mel Kiper, Jr. and more.
September 01, 2021
The 1995 NFL Draft
Despite wowing at the NFL Scouting Combine, workout warrior Mike Mamula struggles on the field. Highly-touted running back Kijana Carter has a disappointing career, while draft afterthoughts Terrell Davis and Curtis Martin become stars. Features interviews with Tom Coughlin, Tony Dungy, Derrick Brooks, Curtis Martin, Terrell Davis, Kijana Carter and more.
August 31, 2021
The 1994 NFL Draft
Against the backdrop of highly-touted quarterbacks Trent Dilfer and Heath Shuler jockeying for position, a verbal on-air spat between ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. and Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Tobin, and the NFL becoming a year-round sport, the NFL Draft becomes the must-see event it is today. Additionally, players such as Kurt Warner, Rod Smith, Jeff Garcia and D’Marco Farr go undrafted. Features interviews with Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Bill Tobin, Trent Dilfer, Mel Kiper, Jr., Peter King and more.
August 30, 2021
The 1985 NFL Draft
Bill Walsh trades up with the New England Patriots and lands wide receiver Jerry Rice. But was that the original plan? For the first time, former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche reveals Walsh’s frantic efforts to trade for the top-billed receiver in the draft, Eddie Brown, while Bernie Kosar stuns the world by entering the supplemental draft and landing in Cleveland. Features interviews with Jerry Rice, Bruce Smith, Randall Cunningham, Doug Flutie, Herschel Walker, Ernie Accorsi and more.
August 29, 2021
The 1984 NFL Draft
Engaged in a bidding war with the USFL, the 1984 NFL Draft takes place in one marathon day after the USFL Draft had concluded. Future Hall of Famers Reggie White and Steve Young signed with the USFL, while Boomer Esiason fell to the second round of the NFL Draft after saying he did not want to play in the USFL. Additionally, the first overall pick is traded twice and NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. makes his ESPN debut. Features interviews with Boomer Esiason, Steve Young, Irving Fryar, Peter King, Mel Kiper, Jr. and more.
August 28, 2021
The 1975 NFL Draft
In a draft that would be remembered for Walter Payton, top pick Steve Bartkowski sets the NFL world afire by asking his college dorm-mate Leigh Steinberg to negotiate his contract. Features interviews with Leigh Steinberg, Gil Brandt, Hollywood Henderson, Dan Fouts, Steve Bartkowski, Robert Brazile and more.
August 27, 2021
The 1974 NFL Draft
The Pittsburgh Steelers change the way organizations view the NFL Draft by adopting a philosophy of building a championship team through the draft and selecting four future Hall of Famers in Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster. Features interviews with the first ‘draftnik’ Pete Marasco, Lynn Swann, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, and more.
August 26, 2021
The 1965 NFL Draft
The 1965 Draft was the most fiercely fought event between the rival National and American Football Leagues. It was a fierce battle for such future Hall of Fame greats Joe Namath, Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers. The two arch-enemies competed for the top college talent by breaking gentlemen agreements, testing limits of NCAA boundaries, and even sabotaging each other with “dirty tricks” and deceptions that mirrored the real-world Cold War and the spy movies and TV shows of the era. Features interviews with Joe Namath, Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers, Craig Morton, Fred Biletnikoff, Ron Wolf and more.
August 25, 2021
The 1964 NFL Draft
In a draft that included 11 Hall of Famers – more than any other draft in NFL history – the Dallas Cowboys revolutionize the scarcely covered player selection meeting and plant the seeds for a national phenomenon with the selections of Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes and Mel Renfro. Additionally, the New York Jets lay the foundation for their Super Bowl III championship with the selection of six eventual starters, and number one overall pick Dave Parks later makes history by being the first marquee player to challenge the league on player movement. Features interviews with Roger Staubach, Bill Parcells, Peter King, Bobby Beathard, Dan Daly and more.
August 24, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line- Bryant Turner, Jr., True Blue Bomber
Scott and Greg are joined by former CFL All-Star Bryant Turner, Jr., who talks about his love for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, his best memories from his playing days and how important fan/player relationships are in professional football. From 2011 through 2015 Bryant spent five seasons in blue and gold, followed by two seasons in with the British Columbia Lions. During his time in Winnipeg, as a defensive tackle, he appeared and started in 71 games, in which he recorded 26 sacks, five forced fumbles and 75 total tackles. He also appeared in three playoff games for the Bombers, including the 2011 Grey Cup.
August 24, 2021
Larger Than Life- The Red Grange Story
How do you turn two tons of copper into a statue? Illinois alumnus George Lundeen has been doing this for more than 30 years. Lundeen creates realistic portrayals of athletes, presidents and animals in his Colorado studio. Now, Lundeen has been given the honor of creating a 12-foot replica of one of the University's most famous alumni, Harold "Red" Grange. As an artist, Lundeen is faced with the task of creating a piece encompassing the persona of an individual whose very name is synonymous with Illinois Football. This program is a companion piece to the sculpture that now stands west of Memorial Stadium in Champaign. This documentary takes viewers behind the scenes at Lundeen's studio to learn how he envisioned his giant likeness of Grange. Alongside the progression of Lundeen's work, viewers will also learn the history of Red Grange at Illinois. The program takes us past Grange's accomplishments on the gridiron, to reveal him as an the first sports superstar and a man who transformed the NFL.
August 23, 2021
The 1985 Chicago Bears
In 1985 the Chicago Bears dominated the game and embodied everything that encapsulated that memorable decade: flash, chaos and a get-out-of-my-way attitude. Their Super Bowl winning season had it all - the birth of Buddy Ryan's 46 Defense, the loss to the Dolphins that ruined their perfect season, the "Super Bowl Shuffle" and a colorful group of misfits who became the toast of football.
August 22, 2021
An Unauthorized History of the NFL
Hosted by Jessica Savitch, "An Unauthorized History of the NFL" was the first episode of the long running Frontline. It took a look at the secret connections of the NFL and the world of sports gambling and organized crime.
August 21, 2021
League of Denial
The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault: thousands of former players have claimed the league tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. What did the NFL know, and when did it know it?
August 20, 2021
Two weeks into the 1987 season, the NFL's players went on strike. As the strike fanned fires across the country, no one felt the heat more than the 1,500 replacement players, who were caught in the crosshairs of media fueled controversy between owners, players and fans alike.
August 19, 2021
The Autumn Wind Against the World
An intimate look inside one of the great rivalries in the history of the National Football League - Raiders legend Al Davis and former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle. Their battle grew so intense that players, owners, franchises - even the League itself - became characters in a three-decade long Shakespearean feud that changed football forever. As the Raiders play their inaugural season in Las Vegas with a brand-new stadium, something Al Davis often dreamed of building himself, it's time to examine the adversarial relationship between the two visionaries most responsible for building the league to its current greatness and who, in the course of trying to destroy each other, created the NFL landscape that thrives today.
August 18, 2021
The American Game- The Heisman
The Heisman Trophy, named for famed college football coach, John Heisman, was first awarded in 1935. The coveted award, revered in the world of sports, is given to the most "outstanding player in college football" annually.
August 17, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line- African Americans in the CFL
Scott and Greg are joined by fellow Sports History Network member, Dana Auguster, of the Historically Speaking Sports podcast to talk about the important role African Americans have played in Canada, both on the field, as well as in the front office. Beginning with Robert "Stonewall" Jackson and continuing to the present with Clarence "Pinball" Clemons, the three talk about their contributions and look back at the greatest players many Americans may never have heard of or seen play.
August 17, 2021
The American Game- College vs Pro
College football and professional football have not always co-existed peacefully. The college game was the country's introduction to the game, so when pro football came along, it was first viewed as not only inferior but as intrusive.
August 16, 2021
The American Game- Bowls, Polls and Champions
Determining the best college football team each season has always been a controversial discussion. Bowl games and the various polls have played major roles over the decades, and today it has evolved into the College Football Playoff.
August 15, 2021
The American Game- Games of the Century
What defines a "Game of the Century"? What are the necessary criteria? Some of the games highlighted are 1935 Notre Dame-Ohio State, 1966 Notre Dame-Michigan State, and 2006 USC-Texas.
August 14, 2021
The American Game- Rivalries
Some of the greatest rivalries in college football are highlighted: Harvard-Yale, Lehigh-Lafayette, Auburn-Alabama, Ohio State-Michigan, USC-UCLA, Florida-Florida State, Iowa-Iowa State, Army-Navy, Texas-Oklahoma, Southern-Grambling
August 13, 2021
The American Game- Notre Dame
Love them or hate them, Notre Dame set the gold standard for college football in the 1920's, and they remain relevant today because college football fans want them either to win or lose, there's no in between with the Fighting Irish.
August 12, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line- Lamar's Gamble With Billy O'Connor and Frank Pace
Scott and Greg are joined by retired New York firefighter and Vietnam veteran Billy O'Connor, and television producer (four time Emmy nominee) Frank Pace, co-hosts of the A Mick A Mook and a Mic podcast to talk about their new book, "Lamar's Gamble: A Tale of the AFL-NFL Merger." The authors discuss, in addition to their book and podcast, their thoughts and perspectives on the NFL of today vs. the time period in which their book is based. They also leave room for a discussion with Scott and Greg on New York vs. Chicago style pizza, the football cathedral that is Wrigley Field, as well as somber moment of Billy's firsthand recollections of September 11th.
August 12, 2021
The American Game- Television
The role of television in the growth of college football cannot be underestimated. From hand-held cameras to instant replay to ESPN and voices like Keith Jackson, all played a role in taking the game from a regional to a national game.
August 11, 2021
The American Game- Recruiting
As far back as the 1880's coaches figured out they needed the best players in order to win games. From the "ringers" of the early days to the 24/7, day to day grind of the 21st century, recruiting is essential to the college game.
August 10, 2021
The American Game- Integration
Integration in college football, though slow in its infusion through the '60s and '70s, not only changed the game itself in many ways, more importantly, it allowed many of the game's biggest stars to emerge.
August 09, 2021
The American Game- Evolution
Innovations in the game of college football include better equipment, evolving offensive strategies, defenses trying to keep step with the offensive mindset, strategies of physical conditioning, nutrition and injury recovery.
August 08, 2021
The American Game- The Culture
College football is more than just a sport -- it's a cultural phenomenon. To understand the game, you have to understand how much everything around it matters, too -- from the team colors to the uniforms to the bands, the mascots and more.
August 07, 2021
Saturdays in the South, A History of SEC Football, Part 8: SEC, SEC, SEC! 2010-Present
The SEC has a run of seven straight national titles, and nine in 12 years. Expansion in 2012 gives the conference 14 schools. Meanwhile, Nick Saban arguably becomes the greatest coach in the history of college football.
August 06, 2021
Saturdays in the South, A History of SEC Football, Part 7: Faith, Family & Football 2000-2009
Nick Saban comes to LSU in 2000 and eventually wins the Tigers' first national championship since 1958 - a feat matched by Les Miles. At Florida, Tim Tebow becomes a cult hero and wins two national titles with Urban Meyer's Gators.
August 05, 2021
Saturdays in the South, A History of SEC Football, Part 6: Revolution 1990-1999
The 1990s bring change, with expansion and the sport's first-ever conference championship game. Florida's Steve Spurrier fashions an era of high-octane offense, and his Gators form a rivalry with Tennessee and QB Peyton Manning.
August 04, 2021
Saturdays in the South, A History of SEC Football, Part 5: Star Power 1980-1989
The 1980s begin with Herschel Walker leading Georgia to a national title as a freshman. After Bear Bryant retires in 1982 and passes away four weeks later, control of the SEC is eventually transferred to Pat Dye and Bo Jackson at Auburn.
August 03, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line- Chicago, America's Pro Football Capital With Joe Ziemba
Scott and Greg discuss with Joe Ziemba, noted author of When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL and Cadets, Cannons and Legends: The Football History of Morgan Park Military Academy, the impact of Chicago in the formation of American professional football, and how it was the Cardinals and not the Bears who were the city's original entry into the NFL. We then follow the story of the Cardinals from their birth on the South Side to their eventual departure from the city, but not before they played the Toronto Argonauts during their last season in Chicago.
August 03, 2021
Saturdays in the South, A History of SEC Football, Part 4: The Best Years of Their Lives 1969-1979
As a new decade dawns, quarterbacks Archie Manning, Bert Jones and Condredge Holloway build memorable legacies. Bear Bryant begins a new run of dominance at Alabama, and the rise of television sports transforms the SEC.
August 02, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line- Going Deep With Matt Dunigan
On the cusp of the long awaited 2021 CFL season, Scott and Greg sit down for a lengthy conversation with Canadian football legend, two time Grey Cup champion, author, hall of famer and all around great guy, Matt Dunigan. We talk about his long and storied career, his first years in Edmonton, his time in Toronto, and the challenges facing the league. Additionally, he regaled us with his story of the fajita incident with Bruce McNall.
August 01, 2021
Saturdays in the South, A History of SEC Football, Part 3: The Third Rail 1960-1970
In the 1960s, as Georgia Tech leaves the conference and the Civil Rights Movement becomes embedded in the history and image of the region, Bear Bryant, hired in 1958, becomes the face of Alabama - and SEC football.
August 01, 2021
Saturdays in the South, A History of SEC Football, Part 2: A Call to Duty 1933-1959
Multiple SEC schools claim national titles from the 1930s through the '50s, including LSU with star running back Billy Cannon in 1958, prior to Cannon's epic game-winning punt return against powerhouse Ole Miss a year later.
July 31, 2021
Saturdays in the South, A History of SEC Football, Part 1: Beginnings 1869-1932
In the aftermath of the Civil War, America's South is looking to put the past behind it, and finds one path in a growing cultural passion of the North - football. In December 1932, the Southeastern Conference is officially formed.
July 30, 2021
2010-2019 | Eye on the Prize, The History of The Green Bay Packers
"We need to exemplify the history and tradition…making sure we're leaving this a better place, for the next generation." - Mike McCarthy. Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers tells the remarkable story of the Packers, from the team's humble beginnings to its centennial season.
July 29, 2021
2000-2009 | At the Door, a History of The Green Bay Packers
"Thank goodness I got to live out my dream…because I don't know if I would've done very well at anything else." - Brett Favre. Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers tells the remarkable story of the Packers, from the team's humble beginnings to its centennial season.
July 28, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line- Football Canada With Jim Mullin
On what is our tenth interview show (remember, the first 55 Yard Line show was just Scott & Greg, so that doesn't count) on the Sports History Network and CFL America Radio, from Vancouver, Jim Mullin, the president of Football Canada, host of Gridiron Nation on TSN, and member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame selection committee, joins us to talk not only about the upcoming season, but also Canadian football, CFL and British Columbia Lions history. As to what we learned, among the many things is that the CFL does not own the Grey Cup!
July 28, 2021
1990-1999 | Return to Glory of The Green Bay Packers
"It's one of the greatest turnarounds in league history." - Bob Harlan. Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers tells the remarkable story of the Packers, from the team's humble beginnings to its centennial season.
July 27, 2021
1980-1989 | Down But Not Out, The History of the Green Bay Packers
"They had one good season in 1989, and that turned out to be a fluke!" - Cliff Christl. Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers tells the remarkable story of the Packers, from the team's humble beginnings to its centennial season.
July 26, 2021
1970-1979 | Great Losses of The Green Bay Packers
"The glory years had ended and Green Bay was still Green Bay." - Larry McCarren. Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers tells the remarkable story of the Packers, from the team's humble beginnings to its centennial season.
July 25, 2021
1960-1969 | Lombardi Reigns
"Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." - Vince Lombardi. Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers tells the remarkable story of the Packers, from the team's humble beginnings to its centennial season.
July 24, 2021
1950-1959 | Two Extremes of The Green Bay Packers
"I can say to you sincerely…the best way for you to guarantee the current and future success of the Green Bay Packers is to build a new stadium." - George Halas, Chicago Bears Founder. Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers tells the remarkable story of the Packers, from the team's humble beginnings to its centennial season.
July 23, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line- Symbiosis of Football Literature and Film With Chris Willis
For those of us over a certain age, who have loved professional football, be it in Canada or America, we have come to it through two primary means- books and film. For those of who truly love books we have gained a deeper understanding of the game through the words and literary artistry of writers like Chris Willis, who is the resident historian at NFL Films, where he oversees all aspects of research for the company and their producers. In 2002 he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the HBO documentary- The Game of Their Lives: Pro Football in the 1950's." He is a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) since 1993 and writes for the Pro Football Journal. In addition to his work with NFL Films, he has authored many fine books. His first, Old Leather: An Oral History of Early Pro Football in Ohio, 1920-1935, was published in 2005 by Scarecrow Press. Old Leather was given the 2005 Nelson Ross Award by the Professional Football Researchers Association for recent Achievement in Football Research and Historiography. His second book, The Columbus Panhandles : A Complete History of Pro Football's Toughest Team, 1900-1922, was published in 2007 by Scarecrow Press. His third book was released in September of 2010, The Man Who Built the National Football League: Joe F. Carr is a biography of the former NFL president from 1921-1939. His fourth book, Dutch Clark: The Life of an NFL Legend and the Birth of the Detroit Lions, is about the man who played seven seasons in the NFL and was the first big star for the Lions. His fifth book, A Nearly Perfect Season: The Inside Story of the 1984 San Francisco 49ers, and contains over 30 interviews from that team that went 18-1 and won Super Bowl XIX and is considered one of the NFL's greatest teams. In 2017, he wrote Walter Lingo, Jim Thorpe and the Oorang Indians, another story about the early days of the NFL, and in 2019 he completed his full-scale biography, Red Grange- the Galloping Ghost, which was published in conjunction with the NFL's 100th season. Currently Chris is working on a biography of Bronko Nagurski, former Chicago Bears Hall of Fame fullback, which is scheduled to be published in August of 2022. In this episode, Chris joins the show to talk about his career as an author and as part of the team of creative geniuses at NFL Films. He tells us about his approach to his writing and research, how many of his books came to be, and he also shares with us personal stories of the man your hosts and guest continue to idolize and be inspired by- Steve Sabol.
July 23, 2021
1940-1949 | Last Hurrah of The Green Bay Packers
"You have to give credit to Lambeau, to the people running the ball club…and of course, the fans!" - Charley Brock. Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers tells the remarkable story of the Packers, from the team's humble beginnings to its centennial season.
July 22, 2021
1930-1939 | Picking Up the Pieces, The History of the Green Bay Packers
"I was intrigued that a little town like Green Bay could play in the National Football League and hold their own." - Clark Hinkle Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers tells the remarkable story of the Packers, from the team's humble beginnings to its centennial season.
July 21, 2021
1919-1929 | Humble Beginnings of The Green Bay Packers
"The Packers' improbable, unprecedented success is living proof that truth is stranger than fiction." - David Maraniss Legacy: 100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers tells the remarkable story of the Packers, from the team's humble beginnings to its centennial season.
July 20, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line- Third and One From the Gun With Dave Naylor
As the 2021 CFL season approaches, Dave Naylor of Canada's TSN takes time with us to talk about where the league is headed using history as a guide. In particular we talk in-depth about the American expansion of the 1990s when the CFL first sought to expand its reach south.
July 20, 2021
Pittsburgh Steelers: Super Team XIII
Narrated by Jack Fleming. They were the first, those Pittsburgh Steelers, to win three straight Super Bowls with a victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII. Relive the glory that was the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978 many times over.
July 19, 2021
The Super Steelers of 1975
Narrated by Jack Fleming. They were perhaps the finest collection of football players ever to grace an NFL gridiron. In the 1970’s the Pittsburgh Steelers, with the fabled “Steel Curtain” defense, a powerful running attack and an electric passing game, rolled to four Super Bowl Championships. The best of the lot had to be the 1975 team that capped off a celebrated season with a thrilling Super Bowl victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
July 18, 2021
From the 55 Yard Line- Roughrider Memories with Don Charabin and Rob Vanstone
In this episode, Don Charabin from the Third Down Gamble podcast, and Rob Vanstone of the Regina Leader-Post join us and reminisce about growing up in the prairie towns of the province of Saskatchewan where one team symbolizes what makes the Canadian Football League so special. We recall the heroes of the game whom they idolized in the 60s and 70s, and talk about the era when the wheat grew tall and the Chinook wind blew cold, in a community where only two TV channels were on the air, and as