During the month of February, NFL Media features a slate of programming and content across NFL Network and NFL.com commemorating Black History Month. These features, docuseries, and specials capture the spirit of Black History Month, celebrating individuals, stories and events that have made an indelible mark on the NFL.
Every Friday night in February from 8:00 – 11:00 PM ET, NFL Network will feature a mix of new series and specials, plus encore presentations of original programming in celebration of Black History Month.
On Friday, February 15 at 9:00 PM ET, NFL Network premieres the one-hour special, The Super Bowl That Wasn’t, which explores the story behind how Arizona lost the Super Bowl in 1993 by refusing to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday as a holiday – a decision which caused the state to lose an estimated $350M in revenue before voters changed their minds later in 1993, re-instating the holiday.
This often-forgotten piece of NFL history will be recounted from various perspectives, including: NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, former Philadelphia Eagles Owner Norman Braman, Pro Football Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams, NFL Legend and Arizona-native Rodney Peete, Political Strategist Donna Brazile, Civil Rights advocate Dr. Todd Boyd, Rapper and Civil Rights advocate Chuck D, former Arizona Governor Fife Symington, and local activist Rev. Warren Stewart.
The following Friday, February 22, features a special edition of NFL 360: Impact & Influenceat 9:00 PM ET. Hosted by Melissa Stark, this episode tells the story of how NFL players and legends will join members of the Atlanta community during Super Bowl week to create a mosaic honoring a special group of pioneers in the city’s civil rights history. The episode also focuses on the humanitarian work of Saints TE Ben Watson who alongside wifeKirsten, epitomize “Impact & Influence” through their fight against sex trafficking and sexual abuse, with particular attention paid to victims in their city of New Orleans.
Six-part series Indivisible with Nate Boyer airs on NFL Network with back-to-back episodes during the 8:00 PM ET hour every Friday during the month of February. First announced earlier this month as part of the NFL’s new social justice initiative [/Pages/NFL-LAUNCHES-INSPIRE-CHANGE,-FURTHER-ADVANCING-NATIONAL-CONVERSATION,-PROGRESS-ON-SOCIAL-JUSTICE-.aspx]”Inspire Change,” the series features Green Beret and former NFL player Nate Boyer traveling across the country to six NFL cities – Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Green Bay, Dallas and Philadelphia – for real conversations with NFL players and local leaders on the social issues at the heart of each community.
Indivisible features appearances from a host of current and former players including:Andrew Whitworth, Matt Forte, Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman, Tony McGee, Jamal Lewis, Harry Sydney, Mike Daniels, Connor Williams, Vince Papale and Chris Long.
NFL.com will also feature clips from all Black History Month programming, as well as longform written content. Additional installments within the Impact & Influence series can also be viewed online at NFL.com/ImpactandInfluence.
NFL Network’s Black History Month programming also includes encore presentations of the following:
Friday, February 8
- 9:00 PM ET: Breaking Ground: A Story of HBCU Football & The NFL – An in-depth look at the legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities told through first-person interviews and profiles of four notable HBCU alums, Jerry Rice, Doug Williams, Mel Blount and Marquette King. Narrated by Chadwick Boseman.
- 10:00 PM ET: Top 10 HBCU Players – The ten most legendary NFL players hailing from historically black colleges and universities.
Friday, February 15
- 10:00 PM ET: Doug Williams: A Football Life – He grew up without running water in rural Louisiana. He played quarterback in an era when few African Americans did, overcoming prejudice and hardship to become a Heisman candidate, a first-round draft pick, and ultimately, a Super Bowl MVP.
Friday, February 22
- 10:00 PM ET: Jim Brown: A Football Life – The football life of perhaps the greatest player in NFL history, a prominent Civil Rights advocate, and his wide-ranging impact both on and off the field.
(Press Release Provided by the National Football League)