via press release:
NFL MEDIA RECOGNIZES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF JOHN F. KENNEDY’S ASSASSINATION
The Untold NFL History of That Day in Dallas
A First-Hand Remembrance by Former Cowboys Scout Gil Brandt
A Recollection of NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s Decision to Play That Weekend
An Examination of the Kennedy Family’s Love for Football, the Legacy of that Day in Dallas, and Roger Staubach’s Lost Life Magazine Cover
In a collaborative effort between NFL Network, NFL.com, and NFL Films, NFL Media recognizes the 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination with a multi-part series: The Untold NFL History of That Day in Dallas.
Beginning Wednesday on NFL.com/JFK and continuing through Sunday on NFL Network, NFL Media delivers five features centered around the events of November 22-24,1963 and their connection with the NFL.
Features will be aired during NFL Total Access Kickoff on Thursday at 6:00 PM ET, NFL Total Access Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM ET, and NFL GameDay Morning on Sunday at 9:00 AM ET.
· Feature: Former Dallas Cowboys Scout Gil Brandt Relives the Weekend of November 22-24,1963
Synopsis: NFL.com college analyst Gil Brandt was a scout for the Dallas Cowboys in 1963 and vividly remembers that November weekend. In the feature, Brandt recalls being with the Cowboys when the 35th President of the United States was killed in their city and the impact the incident had on the team. Additionally, Brandt provides a tour of Dallas’ historical locations and describes the impact the assassination had on the city.
· Feature: NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s Decision to Play
Synopsis: President Kennedy died at 1:00 PM CT on Friday afternoon and less than 48 hours later NFL games were scheduled to be played. With the nation paralyzed, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle decided the games would. NFL Media recounts that decision with former CBS news anchor Dan Rather, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, former NFL players Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, Bobby Mitchell & Raymond Berry and author Michael McCambridge.
· Feature: The Kennedys: The First Family of Football
Synopsis: The Kennedys’ love for football has been evident throughout the family’s history. NFL Network’s Mark Kriegel travels to the family’s compound in Hyannis Port, MA and also connects with former Harvard teammates of Ted Kennedy, John Culver and Dick Clasby, and Rose Kennedy’s niece Mary Jo Clasby. Kriegel even discovers the Kennedys once talked about buying the Philadelphia Eagles.
· Feature: The NFL’s Legacy of that Day in Dallas
Synopsis: Over the last 50 years, the NFL season has coincided with world altering events. NFL Network reporter Steve Cyphers looks at’s varied presence in-and-around transcendent world events including the Iran hostage crisis, the Gulf War, September 11th attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the Sandy Hook School shooting.
· Feature: Roger Staubach’s Lost Life Magazine Cover
Synopsis: Navy quarterback and eventual 1963 Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach was set to grace the cover of Life magazine on November 29,1963. However, with approximately 300,000 copies printed, Life magazine made the decision to halt production with news of the assassination. A new cover commiserating John F. Kennedy was designed for the weekly issue. As a result, Life magazine with Staubach’s cover is now one of the rarest, most collectable Life magazines ever printed. NFL Media interviews Staubach, former Life executive Terry Murphy, curator of The 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Gary Mack and magazine historian Dr. Steven Lomazow about the unique piece of history.