The start of the NFL season is right around the corner — 48 hours and counting actually — and fans everywhere are back in the mood for some gridiron action. BUt with all the clashing of the pigskin titans that goes one, we forget the poetry of the game. NFL Network reminds us of that poetic background football has with it’s documentary series A Football Life, which begins airing it’s third chunk of documentaries tonight.
It’s not as sappy and sentimental as Ken Burns Baseball documentary series, but it’s just as good and gets across some of the best stories ever told, or not told, in NFL history.
The premiere episode focuses on what is likely the best team the San Diego Chargers had that never won anything at all. The episode follows the Chargers 2006 season, which saw them run away with the AFC, boast a milestone year with running back LaDainian Tomlinson and nearly break the streak of losing that had plagued the team since it’s last Super Bowl appearance in 1995.
Not only did the 2006 Chargers fizzle out when it mattered most, but the documentary covers all the failures of a team that many think should have had and could of had a dynasty in the mid-2000s.
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 3
Start Time: 9pm ET
TV: NFL Network
Episode: LaDainian Tomlinson and the 2006 San Diego Chargers
Live Stream: NFL Network Mobile
A Football Life airs a new episode each Tuesday through the NFL season. Stay tuned to Flicksided for more information on this season of A Football Life.