Tillman “A Football Life” debuts Oct. 28

Posted by Darren Urban on August 10, 2016 – 7:57 pm

NFL Films is rolling out a new round of its excellent series “A Football Life.” Last season it was the Bruce Arians story. Kurt Warner got one before that. Now, it will be the Pat Tillman episode. It will debut Oct. 28 on the NFL Network at 6 p.m. Arizona time (9 p.m. ET). Yes, I’m sure it’ll be on the web at some point. No, they didn’t way when.

NFL Films is also doing a new series called “The Timeline,” which chronicles moments that have helped shape the NFL in one way or another. The debut episode on Sept. 9 will be”9/11,” about how the NFL dealt with the crisis of Sept. 11, 2001. I remember it well, since I was in my second season covering the Cardinals. With an odd number of teams at the time, there was a bye every week, and the Cardinals — not a good team at the time — actually had their bye date to open the 2001 season. So the league started play Sept. 9 while the Cards waited for their “opener,” scheduled for Sept. 16 in Washington against the Redskins.

That Tuesday, tragedy happened. The games the following weekend were canceled, although it took a little time to make that call. And, to bring this post full circle, while I watched the aftermath of the Towers falling on TV while sitting in the media room at the Cardinals’ complex, Pat Tillman sat next to me — a story I have written about many times. It’s a story I told during an NFL Films interview for the Tillman “A Football Life.” We’ll see if it’s included.



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  1. By Scott H on Aug 11, 2016 | Reply

    I’m surprised this wasn’t done sooner. But better late than never. I will not miss this one. Cardinals players / coaches have made for some excellent Football Life programs – the ones for Warner and Arians were so well done. Such great stories. And Pat Tillman will be no different.

  2. By Jim Richardson on Aug 11, 2016 | Reply

    Thanks for the heads up. I read your blog that you wrote about Pat Tillman and many of the posts that were made by other fans. It brought back many memories. I live in Tucson. On 9/11 I was working for the University of Arizona Medical Center. I was just getting out of the shower that morning when my wife told me an airplane had hit the World Trade Center. I knew immediately that this was not an accident. There was no way an airplane would accidentally hit the World Trade Center. I remember getting dressed as fast as I could and driving to the hospital, where we set up TVs in the cafeteria so everyone could watch what was going on. My right hand person who worked for me was in Denver attending a conference sponsored by the insurance broker Marsh & McLennan. They were also watching what was going on with more horror than I was because Marsh & McLennan had an office in the World Trade Center that perished that morning. A Marsh employee from Phoenix that I knew, Gary Bird, was in the New York office that morning and he died when the towers collapsed. My number two couldn’t get back to Tucson because of the flights being canceled for a few days, so I told her to rent a car and drive back. Another thing I remember about that year is the Arizona Diamondbacks. They played in the World Series that October against the Yankees and won. The Diamondbacks conducted the World Series with great class and respect for the Yankees and New York. Finally, I remember the day that it was reported on the news the PatTillman had died. I was driving my car at the time I heard it on the radio and it was like someone punched me in the gut. I had to pull over to the side of the road to get my breath and compose myself.

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