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“There were more good players here than anywhere I’ve been. And I’ve been on three Super Bowl teams.” – Buddy Ryan


Profiles the Tumultuous 1993 Season & Features Interviews with Oiler Players, Coaches & Front Office Staff


Warren Moon, Haywood Jeffires & Sean Jones In-Studio for ‘A Football Life: Backstory’ at 10:00 PM ET


Entering the 1993 NFL season, the Houston Oilers were considered Super Bowl favorites by many. Despite a loss in the 1992 AFC Wild Card Game to the Buffalo Bills, the Oilers had made the playoffs for six consecutive seasons and had added Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan to an offense that led the league in passing each of the previous three seasons. Yet instead of a run to a Super Bowl title, the 1993 season was filled with turmoil, dysfunction and heartbreak.


NFL Network’s two-time Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Tuesday, December 10 at 9:00 PM ET with Houston ’93: A Football Life. The one-hour documentary chronicles the up-and-down season for the 1993 AFC Central division champions, and features interviews with several players, coaches and front office staff.


Among the storylines discussed during Houston ’93: A Football Life are:


  • The 1992 AFC Wild Card Game in which the Oilers lost to the Buffalo Bills after leading 35-3 in the fourth quarter
  • The tension that existed between defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, and Ryan’s attempt to punch Gilbride on the sidelines during the season finale against the New York Jets
  • Quarterback Warren Moon’s benching after a 1-4 start to the season
  • Offensive lineman’s David Williams decision to miss a game and stay at home for the birth of his son, and the ensuing controversy that surrounded it
  • The loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1993 AFC Divisional Round at home


Emmy-nominated actor from CBS’ The Good Wife, Josh Charles, narrates.


Houston ‘93: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people:


Warren Moon – Oilers quarterback

Mike Munchak – Oilers offensive lineman

Buddy Ryan – Oilers defensive coordinator

Cris Dishman – Oilers defensive back

Haywood Jeffires – Oilers wide receiver

Cody Carlson – Oilers quarterback

Steve Underwood – Oilers Vice President

William Fuller – Oilers defensive lineman

Doug Dawson – Oilers offensive lineman

Tom Franklin – Oilers radio broadcaster

Floyd Reese – Oilers Assistant General Manager

Kevin Gilbride – Oilers offensive coordinator

Bruce Matthews – Oilers/Titans offensive lineman

Gregg Williams – Oilers assistant coach

Spencer Tillman – Oilers running back

Bubba McDowell – Oilers defensive back

Ray Childress – Oilers defensive lineman

Ernest Givins – Oilers wide receiver

Sean Jones – Oilers defensive end

Brad Hopkins – Oilers/Titans offensive lineman

Ronnie Jones – Oilers linebackers coach

John McClain Houston Chronicle

Ray Buck Houston Post


Provided below are some select quotes from Houston ‘93: A Football Life:


“There were more good players here than anywhere I’ve been. And I’ve been on three Super Bowl teams.” – Buddy Ryan


“We’re right there with the best shot ever and we blow the biggest lead in NFL history. That is going to stay with you for a while.” – Cody Carlson on the loss to the Buffalo Bills in the 1992 AFC Wild Card Game


“I certainly had heard of the difficulty in Chicago with Mike Ditka. Until you go through the actual experience of it I don’t think you have any idea how bad it really is.” – Kevin Gilbride on Buddy Ryan


“That was our primary purpose: to go out there and beat Buddy [Ryan] up every day because of the way he treated us.” – Haywood Jeffires


“When you look up ‘team’ in the dictionary and all of the positive characteristics and qualities about ‘team,’ we had none of those.” – Bruce Matthews


“I didn’t want to make [Jack Pardee] feel any more uncomfortable than he was, but I was very, very disappointed.” – Warren Moon on being benched by Oilers head coach Jack Pardee


“To feel that the winning somehow cured everything and that we all were singing ‘Kumbaya’ at the end of the day, absolutely not. Nothing slowed down; we still fought just as much, we still had just as many disagreements.” – Brad Hopkins on the Oilers’ 11-game winning streak during the 1993 season


“We had not prepared one iota for the cap. We ended up just destroying a really good team.” – Floyd Reese on the 1994 season


Following the episode, Jenn Brown hosts A Football Life: Backstory at 10:00 PM ET, a 30-minute show that provides a deeper look into the lives and story of each subject, features interviews with relevant individuals, and includes material that did not make the final edition of the episode. This week, Warren Moon, Haywood Jeffires and Sean Jones join the show in-studio.


Viewers will also have the opportunity to interact and offer their thoughts on Twitter by following @NFLNetwork and using the hashtag #AFootballLife.


Viewers can also interact with and follow the series on their phones and tablets with A Football Life Xtra. Located within the new NFL Mobile app, A Football Life Xtra features producer commentary, photos and artifacts from the NFL Films archives, and career stats and unique facts, as well as trivia games and polls on NFL legends. Visit on your mobile device to download NFL Mobile. Additionally, every episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Below is the broadcast schedule for the remaining episodes of A Football Life:


  • December 17 – Marty Schottenheimer
  • December 24 – Vince Lombardi, Part 1
  • December 31 – Vince Lombardi, Part 2
  • January 7 – Tiki & Ronde Barber
  • January 14 – Bill Parcells
  • January 21 – Jerry Smith
  • January 28 – Jerry Rice





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