‘Football Town’ Highlights 2015 Season of NFL Network Original Programming

New Original Series for 2015, ‘Football Town: Barrow, Alaska’ Premieres Sept. 22 on NFL Network at 9:00 PM ET

Emmy-Nominated ‘Undrafted’ Returns for Second Season on Tuesdays at 8:00 PM ET Starting Sept. 22; Premieres on CBS Sept. 16 at 10:00 PM ET

Emmy-Nominated ‘A Football Life’ Returns for Fifth Season Starting Friday, Sept. 18 at 9:00 PM ET

NFL Films Special ‘Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and the 2014 Patriots’ Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 8:00 PM ET

‘America’s Game: 2014 Patriots’ Premieres TONIGHT at 10:00 PM ET

‘Catching Odell’ Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 8:00 PM ET

September 8, 2015: NFL Network’s coverage of the 2015 NFL season features a slate of original programming, highlighted by the premiere of a new documentary series Football Town and two, one-hour specials Catching Odell and the exclusive NFL Films special Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and the 2014 Patriots. In addition to the new original programming, NFL Network will return the Emmy-nominated series Undrafted for a second season, along with the fifth season of A Football Life and the one-hour show, America’s Game.

Following its airing on NFL Network, all original programming shows and series are available on demand in two ways: through a viewer’s cable or satellite providers on demand offering, and digitally through NFL Media’s NFL Game Pass subscription product (click here for details).

Football Town

New for 2015, NFL Network introduces Football Town, a series which will explore small towns and cities where football is much more than a sport – it’s the thread that weaves the community together. The subject for the first season premiering Tuesday, September 22 at 9:00 PM ET is Barrow, Alaska and the Barrow High School football team.

Football Town: Barrow, Alaska is an eight-episode cinematic docu-series that will follow the incredible journey of the Barrow High School Whalers, who live at the northernmost point in the United States, as they attempt to win the state championship for the first time in school history. Following the premiere episode on September 22, Football Town: Barrow, Alaska will air Tuesdays at 8:30 PM ET on NFL Network, with a special encore presentation of each episode every Thursday following the Thursday Night Football postgame show.

320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the Barrow High School Whalers play on a blue turf football field located on a narrow peninsula between the Arctic Ocean and a frozen lagoon. Despite never having experienced the Friday night lights of the lower 48 states, the Barrow High School team lives for football. Over the past 10 years in Barrow, football has been something for the small Native American community of 4,000 people to rally around and believe in. With no highway roads in or out of Barrow – and with the closest opponent 500 miles away – the team must fly to every away game.

Football Town: Barrow, Alaska is co-produced by NFL Network in association with Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars, Alone) and Northern Lights Media.

Link to a trailer for Football Town: Barrow, Alaska: https://youtu.be/zLcy81LvxDw

Undrafted

The Emmy-nominated series Undrafted returns for a second season with a special premiere on CBS Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 PM ET. The special on CBS includes an extended peek at the new NFL Network series, Football Town: Barrow, Alaska.

Undrafted premieres on NFL Network Tuesdays at 8:00 PM ET beginning September 22 through November 3, with a special encore presentation of each of the eight episodes Thursday following the Thursday Night Football postgame show.

All eight episodes tell the stories of players who were undrafted and are currently working to make their dream of playing the NFL a reality. The following players are profiled this season on Undrafted: (click links below to view an embeddable clip on each athlete)

Undrafted is co-produced by NFL Network in association with Mandalay Sports Media, DG West and Indigenous Films.

A Football Life

The fifth season of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life premieres Friday, September 18 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of former All-Pro running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, “The Nigerian Nightmare” Christian Okoye.

A Football Life airs Fridays at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network throughout the 2015 NFL season with 13 new episodes. The individuals profiled this season on A Football Life include the following:

Christian Okoye – 9/18 at 9:00 PM ET Dexter Manley – 9/25 at 9:00 PM ET
Jerome Bettis – 10/2 at 9:00 PM ET Terrell Owens – 10/9 at 9:00 PM ET
Dick Vermeil – 10/30 at 9:00 PM ET Mike Singletary – 11/13 at 9:00 PM ET
Charles Haley – 11/20 at 9:00 PM ET  

Link to a trailer for the 2015 season of A Football Life: http://bit.ly/1N8AIKC

Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and the 2014 Patriots

NFL Network provides an exclusive, inside look at how a championship team is built with Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and the 2014 Patriots Wednesday, September 9 at 8:00 PM ET.

The one-hour show provides an encompassing behind-the-scenes look at the Super Bowl-winning 2014 New England Patriots as told by the men who designed it – Belichick, Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, president Jonathan Kraft and the entire Patriots coaching staff. It is the first time NFL Films has had access to interview and tell the story of a team’s season through the recollections of an entire coaching staff. The show features a lengthy interview with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who discusses an array of topics ranging from preseason roster moves to the pivotal play at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.

The following Patriots personnel were interviewed:

Robert Kraft: Chairman & CEO Jonathan Kraft: President Bill Belichick: Head Coach
Nick Caserio: Director of Player Personnel Josh McDaniels: Offensive Coordinator Matt Patricia: Defensive Coordinator
Scott O’Brien: Special Teams Coordinator Ivan Fears: RB Coach Brian Daboll: TE Coach
Chad O’Shea: WR Coach Dave DeGuglielmo: OL Coach Brendan Daly: DL Coach
Patrick Graham: LB Coach Brian Flores: Safeties Coach Josh Boyer: DB Coach
Ernie Adams: Director of Football Research Berj Najarian: Director of Football Administration Stephen Belichick: Defensive Assistant

Link to a trailer for Do Your Job: Bill Belichick & the 2014 Patriots: http://bit.ly/1Jh5iR2

America’s Game: 2014 Patriots

Two nights before the New England Patriots open the 2015 NFL regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, NFL Network presents America’s Game: 2014 Patriots which examines the Super Bowl XLIX champions. The one-hour show premieres TONIGHT at 10:00 PM ET on NFL Network, and features interviews with tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Julian Edelman and defensive back Devin McCourty.

Actor and Boston native Chris Evans narrates.

Link to a trailer for America’s Game: 2014 Patriots: http://bit.ly/1PKasDJ

Catching Odell

With a spectacular one-handed catch on Sunday Night Football last year, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. went from rookie to instant celebrity. NFL Network provides inside access into Beckham’s life with Catching Odell which premieres Wednesday, September 23 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

Catching Odell provides a behind-the-scenes look into Beckham’s private training in the offseason, his preparation for the upcoming season, and how the pressures and weight of expectations both frighten and motivate him. Additionally, the one-hour documentary takes viewers back to Louisiana where Beckham was raised and offers an intimate view into his life off the field in New York City.

Catching Odell is co-produced by NFL Network in association with Engel Entertainment, Inc.

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