On Sunday, Feb. 23, NFL Network will provide a marathon of programming in honor of Black History Month, highlighted by the premiere of “NFL 360: Fritz Pollard – A Forgotten Man” at 8 p.m. EST.
In “A Forgotten Man,” NFL Network analyst Nate Burleson is joined by Pro Football Hall of Famers Tony Dungy and Art Shell, Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II, Fritz Pollard III and New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan as they showcase the life of Fritz Pollard. Burleson speaks with African American luminaries about their experiences in comparison to what Pollard faced nearly a century ago.
As a College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, prolific businessman and civil rights advocate, Pollard pushed the NFL toward reintegration and to form a greater appreciation for the contributions of all its players. Pollard's legacy lives on through the Fritz Pollard Alliance, and through his years of advocacy which has brought together NFL front-office personnel committed to equal opportunity.
Sunday's marathon of programming begins at 8 a.m. EST with Super Bowl XXII, the game in which Doug Williams became the first African American quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Following the broadcast, “Doug Williams: A Football Life” (noon EST) tells the story of Williams’ journey from rural Louisiana to becoming a first-round draft pick and Super Bowl MVP.
“Jerry Rice: A Football Life” (1 p.m. EST) captures Rice's road to the NFL and the impact he made along the way.
“Michael Strahan: A Football Life” (2 p.m. EST) focuses on his successes on and off the field and the obstacles he has had to overcome.
“Top 10 HBCU Players” (3 p.m. EST) reveals the ten most legendary NFL players from historically black colleges and universities, how their contributions have become a rich part of NFL history, and how they have impacted countless communities through their efforts on and off the field.
“The Timeline: 91 Falcons” (4 p.m. EST) features interviews with Deion Sanders, Brett Favre, Jerry Glanville, MC Hammer and more as they discuss the culture-changing season that took place in Atlanta that year.
“The Super Bowl That Wasn't” (5 p.m. EST) tells the story behind the 1993 Super Bowl being moved from Arizona to Los Angeles due to the state's refusal to honor Martin Luther King Jr's birthday as a holiday — a decision that cost the state nearly $350 million in revenue, but more importantly, a reevaluation of its position on the civil rights issue.
Back-to-back episodes of “A Football Life” look at the unmatched talent and humble nature of Walter Payton (6 p.m. EST), and NFL Legend and prominent civil rights advocate Jim Brown (7 p.m. EST).
After “A Forgotten Man” debuts at 8 p.m. EST, “Orangeburg: A Town, A Team, An American Tragedy” (9:30 p.m. EST), documents the 1968 massacre in South Carolina and recounts the devastating story of how three young men lost their lives during a civil rights protest and the political activism by black student-athletes that followed.
“Breaking Ground: A Story of HBCU Football and the NFL” (11 p.m. EST), narrated by actor Chadwick Boseman, features interviews with Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Mel Blount, 1987 NFL Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams and former NFL punter Marquette King.
Sunday, Feb. 23
8 a.m. – Super Bowl XXII – Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos
12 p.m. – Doug Williams: A Football Life
1 p.m. – Jerry Rice: A Football Life
2 p.m. – Michael Strahan: A Football Life
3 p.m. – Top 10 – HBCU Players
4 p.m. – The Timeline: '91 Falcons
5 p.m. – The Super Bowl That Wasn't
6 p.m. – Walter Payton: A Football Life
7 p.m. – Jim Brown: A Football Life
8 p.m. – NFL 360: Fritz Pollard – A Forgotten Man
9:30 p.m. – Orangeburg: A Town, A Team, An American Tragedy
10 p.m. – The Super Bowl That Wasn't
11 p.m. – Breaking Ground: A Story of HBCU Football & the NFL