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Documentary on the Legendary Al Davis Debuts Friday, November 11 at 10:00 PM ET – A Day After Raiders Open 2011 ‘Thursday Night Football’ Schedule Against Chargers


‘Ed Sabol: A Football Life’ Premieres Thursday, October 20 at 10:00 PM ET


Hall of Famers & Super Bowl-Winning Coaches Mike Ditka (October 27) & Tom Landry (November 3) Are Also Featured



Legendary NFL icon Al Davis, NFL Films founder Ed Sabol and Super Bowl-winning head coaches Mike Ditka and Tom Landry are the subjects of this season’s final four episodes of NFL Network’s critically-acclaimed documentary series A Football Life, beginning with Sabol on Thursday, October 20 at 10:00 PM ET. All four men are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


The life and legacy of the late Al Davis is explored in Al Davis: A Football Life on Friday, November 11 at 10:00 PM ET, offering an in-depth look into his six decades in professional football. A Football Life, produced by NFL Films, looks at all aspects of his career and features previously unseen interviews with Davis and those who knew him best.


The one-hour documentary on Davis debuts the night after the Raiders play the San Diego Chargers to kickoff NFL Network’s 2011 Thursday Night Football schedule on November 10 at 8:00 PM ET.


This week on Thursday, October 20 at 10:00 PM ET, Ed Sabol: A Football Life chronicles the profound and enduring impact that Sabol and NFL Films have had on the NFL, and how they revolutionized the way the game of football is viewed and remembered. In addition to interviews with Sabol, his son Steve and daughter Blair, A Football Life follows Ed throughout his entire Hall of Fame experience, capturing footage from the Enshrinees Dinner and behind-the-scenes of his induction speech.


To view the trailer of Ed Sabol: A Football Life, please click on the following link:


Mike Ditka: A Football Life debuts on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 PM ET and examines the career of the first tight end to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and former head coach of the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints. Ditka’s wife Diana, former Bears quarterbacks Jim McMahon and Jim Harbaugh, former Saints running back Ricky Williams and others discuss the on-field and off-field life and personality of the head coach who led the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl XX victory.


The winningest coach in Dallas Cowboys history, Tom Landry, is profiled in Tom Landry: A Football Life Thursday, November 3 at 10:00 PM ET, providing a look into the life of the legendary man in the hat. The story of the Hall of Famer’s legacy is told through the words of former Cowboys players such as Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson and Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, New York Giants teammate Frank Gifford, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and others.


The first installment of the series – Bill Belichick: A Football Life – was the most-watched documentary in the history of NFL Network.


Produced by NFL Films, A Football Life provides an intimate look into the lives of individuals who forever changed the complexion of the NFL. Narrated by the Emmy-nominated actor of CBS’ The Good Wife, Josh Charles, the series has already explored the legacies of such seminal figures as New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner, and late teammates Reggie White and Jerome Brown.


To read blog posts from the NFL Films producers visit Additional video highlights of previous A Football Life shows are on at

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