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Tonight’s NFL Network 100th episode of ‘A Football Life’ to feature former Vikings, Seahawks DT John Randle

​​‘John Randle: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, December 15 at 9:00 PM ET​

“A lot of people wouldn’t believe my story. If it didn’t happen, you couldn’t write that script.” – John Randle

NFL Films Celebrates 100th Episode in Series History

NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life celebrates its 100th episode on Friday, December 15 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of Pro Football Hall of Famer John Randle. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films features sitdown interviews with Randle, fellow Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Brett Favre, former teammates and defensive coaches, and more.

John Randle is a classic rags-to-riches story, rising from abject poverty to become the highest-paid defensive player in history at the time. On the field, Randle went undrafted, yet recorded more sacks than any other defensive tackle ever has in the history of the NFL. John Randle: A Football Life examines Randle’s story of his resilience and American dream despite adversity.

Among the topics discussed in John Randle: A Football Life are:

  • John’s struggle growing up poor in a 20-by-20 foot shack with no indoor plumbing
  • His mother’s influence on his journey to playing college football
  • John’s struggle making an NFL roster at less than 250 pounds – almost 40 pounds less than average defensive tackles – but finally receiving the opportunity to play with the Minnesota Vikings
  • His intense style of play and becoming one of the top defensive lineman in history
  • His philanthropic involvement with St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development after his son survived a potentially fatal infant disorder

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

John Randle: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

John Randle

Candace Randle – Wife

Martha Randle – Mother

Dennis Randle – Brother

Ervin Randle – Brother

Cris Carter – Hall of Fame wide receiver

Brett Favre – Hall of Fame quarterback

Tony Dungy – Former Vikings defensive coordinator

Brian Billick – Former Vikings offensive coordinator

Henry Thomas – Vikings teammate

John Teerlinck – Former Vikings defensive line coach

Kevin Gogan – Former NFL offensive lineman

Julie Sjordal – St. David’s Hospital CEO

Provided below are some select quotes from John Randle: A Football Life:

“A lot of people wouldn’t believe my story. If it didn’t happen, you couldn’t write that script.” – John Randle

“I have definitely lived the American dream. I am living it – not just lived it. I am living it now. In this country, you can make it. You can make something out of yourself.” – John Randle

“Everybody called him ‘Little Muscle,’ wasn’t a very big guy. Wherever you put him, he showed up.” Henry Thomas

“You just knew when the games were really on the line and critical, John had that knack of getting that ball when you needed it.” –Tony Dungy

- “You are a Randle. You have to do more than what the average person is doing. When you say ‘Randle’ it stands for we are hard-working people and we keep pushing ourselves and we are just never going to give up. And I keep carrying this name and taking it to as many places as I possibly can.” John Randle on his mother’s words

“My brother, he didn’t come out of a big Division I college, and then he didn’t get drafted. Nobody had any real interest in him. All he did was come out and work hard.” Ervin Randle

This season of NFL Network’s A Football Life concludes Friday, December 22 at 9:00 PM ET, with a profile of Hall of Fame wide receivers Lynn Swannand John Stallworth.

Since the creation of the series in 2011, A Football Life has been nominated for five Sports Emmy awards. The debut episode featuring New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on September 12, 2011 averaged 735K viewers and remains the most watched premiere, followed closely by the episode on the late defensive end Lyle Alzado (682K overall viewers). Also in the top five: Barry Sanders (590K), Ray Lewis (582K), and the late Sean Taylor (536K). Belichick Part II is the sixth-most watched episode (534K), followed by Ricky Williams (523K), Jerome Bettis (521K) and a pair of Dallas Cowboys to round out the top ten: Roger Staubach (513K) and Emmitt Smith (508K).

To produce the 100 episodes NFL Films has conducted more than 2,000 interviews, including sitdowns with 88 Pro Football Hall of Famers. Twenty-five different defensive players have been profiled, as well as 20 running backs,17 head coaches, 15 quarterbacks, 12 wide receivers, five duos, one trio (the ’72 Dolphins Perfect Backfield), and a Foursome (the Fearsome).

In this its 7th season, Friday night premieres of A Football Life have averaged 346K overall viewers. Since 2016, A Football Life Friday night premiere episodes have increased viewership by 15%, which includes 2017′s first 4 episodes:

  • Dan Marino
  • Emmitt Smith
  • John Madden
  • Wes Walker


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