Doubleheader of New ‘A Football Life’ Episodes Friday, December 5 on NFL Network

Friday, December 5 on NFL Network –

‘Roger Staubach: A Football Life’ at 9:00 PM ET

‘Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers: A Football Life’ at 10:00 PM ET

NFL Network’s documentary series A Football Life returns with a doubleheader of new episodes Friday, December 5. At 9:00 PM ET, A Football Life profiles Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, followed by legendary Chicago Bears teammates Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers at 10:00 PM ET.

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates both episodes.

Following the premieres of Roger Staubach: A Football Life and Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers: A Football Life on NFL Network, the episodes – along with the entire A Football Life series – will be available on NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service. Providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience, allowing them to follow their favorite NFL teams and players. Visit for more information.

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Roger Staubach: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Roger Staubach

Marianne Staubach – Wife

Jennifer Staubach Gates – Daughter

Jeff Staubach – Son

Michelle Staubach Grimes – Daughter

Amy Staubach Mentgen – Daughter

Stephanie Staubach Phillips – Daughter

Troy Aikman – Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback

Bill Belichick – New England Patriots Head Coach

Gil Brandt – Former Dallas Cowboys Vice President of Player Personnel

Bob Lilly – Dallas Cowboys Teammate

Brad Sham – Dallas Cowboys radio announcer

Mike Ditka – Dallas Cowboys Teammate

Craig Morton – Dallas Cowboys Teammate

Charlie Waters – Dallas Cowboys Teammate

Drew Pearson – Dallas Cowboys Teammate

Steve Young – Hall of Fame Quarterback

John Elway – Hall of Fame Quarterback

Chris Christie – Governor of New Jersey

Provided below are select quotes from Roger Staubach: A Football Life:

“All of us quarterbacks who have come since Roger, we’ve been playing catch up trying to live up to an image and to a position that he helped create.” – Troy Aikman

“That’s what made Roger great. He would feel you coming and he would just spin out like he had eyes in the back of his head.” – Bob Lilly

“I did not fit his ideal, perfect quarterback because I did run quite a bit. But he also saw that I would figure out how to win.” – Roger Staubach on how his style clashed with Cowboys head coach Tom Landry

“Right now if you asked us it’s your dad versus Kevin Durant in a free throw competition for one shot. You have to make one and if you don’t, you lose a million dollars. We might take Dad.” – Jeff Staubach

“He’s the kind of guy that when you got in a huddle, you wanted to follow him. It’s that simple.” – Mike Ditka

“Roger brought out the hero in all of us.” – Drew Pearson

“He’s everything that people think that he is and that’s rare. Roger is held to such a lofty standard that it would be hard for anyone to be able to live up to that, but he does.” – Troy Aikman

Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Dick Butkus

Gale Sayers

Ricky Butkus – Dick’s son

Nikki Butkus – Dick’s daughter

Matt Butkus – Dick’s son

Helen Butkus – Dick’s wife

Gaylon Bullard – Gale’s son

Ardie Sayers – Gale’s wife

Mike Ditka – Chicago Bears teammate

Jack Youngblood – Hall of Fame defensive end

Rick Telander – Chicago sportswriter

Dan Pompei – Chicago sportswriter

Ed O’Bradovich – Chicago Bears teammate

Doug Buffone – Chicago Bears teammate

Provided below are select quotes from Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers: A Football Life:

“Chicago is a city of iconic images often paired together…The Windy City rests on the shoulders of two legends with two football lives that will be forever intertwined.” – Rick Telander

“They provided an incredible yin and yang. From Butkus you have this great brutality. From Sayers you have grace.” – Dan Pompei

“I played against him every day in practice. There is nobody, no one as tough as Dick Butkus. The only advice that Coach Halas gave to me was to watch out for him.” – Gale Sayers

“You didn’t talk about the interceptions he made or the way he could drop into coverage or all of those things. He was a complete football player, but what people remember about him was the contact part of it.” – Mike Ditka on Dick Butkus

“People think I played 10 years. I played 68 ball games.” – Gale Sayers

This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for upcoming episodes of A Football Life:

  • December 19 – Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith
  • January 2 – The 2006 Rose Bowl


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