With Revealing Episodes on Game Changers Steve Young, Ray Lewis, Troy Aikman, Cris Carter, and Tony Dungy
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NEW YORK—September 15, 2022—EPIX’s celebrated docuseries NFL Icons continues its second season with five new episodes, featuring pro-football greats who have made distinct and impactful contributions to the sport. Produced by the award-winning filmmakers at NFL Films, episodes 204-208 of NFL Icons include revealing portraits of Steve Young (October 1), Ray Lewis (October 8), Troy Aikman (October 15), Cris Carter (October 22), and Tony Dungy (October 29). Episodes premiere on Saturdays at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT.
Narrated by accomplished broadcaster Rich Eisen, the engaging series pulls from decades of interviews, highlights, mic’d-up sound, and never-before-seen off-the-field moments and revealing new interviews with the subjects.
Executive producers of NFL Icons are Ross Ketover, Patrick Kelleher, Brian Rolapp, Hans Schroeder, Michael Wright, and Rachel Brill. Ken Rodgers is the senior coordinating producer and Paul Camarata is the series producer.
Episode 204 – NFL Icons: Steve Young – debuts Oct. 1.
Hall of Fame 49er traces his journey from miscast running quarterback at pass-happy BYU, to bank-breaking USFL prospect in LA, to understudy-turned-replacement for legendary Joe Montana in San Francisco. The influence of Young’s parents on the development of his mental toughness, challenges of his NFL baptism-by-fire with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and battling the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl races of the early 1990s. Overcoming self-doubt as the face of a franchise and finding peace after football.
Episode 205 – NFL Icons: Ray Lewis debuts Oct. 8.
The NFL’s all-time leading tackler shares stories of how he turned personal pain into the fuel for a Hall of Fame career. Memories of Lewis’s complicated NFL Draft Day experience that included the funeral for his best friend. The opportunistic start of his iconic college career as a Miami Hurricane, and role in creating the identity of the expansion Baltimore Ravens beginning in 1996. Tales of two Super Bowl championships, including his dramatic final act in the New Orleans “Blackout Super Bowl.”
Episode 206 – NFL Icons: Troy Aikman debuts Oct. 15.
The legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback explains the unexpected turns in his life and career, and how, in each case, teammates were the critical factor. Navigating a childhood move from LA to rural Oklahoma, the leadership of a struggling high school team, and the transfer from Barry Switzer’s Sooners to the UCLA Bruins. The Hall of Famer’s role in transforming Dallas from loser to three-time Super Bowl champion, rise in broadcasting to the Monday Night Football booth, and self-fulfillment in business.
Episode 207 – NFL Icons: Cris Carter debuts Oct. 22.
Wide receiver Cris Carter’s winding road from a childhood in Middletown, Ohio to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton—including stops as a celebrated Ohio State Buckeye, through adversity with the Philadelphia Eagles, and redemption with the Minnesota Vikings. How arguably the greatest hands in history propelled Carter to 1,101 career receptions, 130 touchdown catches, and gold jacket immortality. Stories of his complicated relationship with Buddy Ryan and Carter’s mentorship of Randy Moss.
Episode 208 – NFL Icons: Tony Dungy debuts Oct. 29.
How the first Black head coach to win a Super Bowl created an unconventional path and became a sports icon. Transitioning from University of Minnesota starting quarterback to defensive back for Pittsburgh’s legendary Steel Curtain, Dungy blended lessons from everywhere to become a patient, inspirational teacher of football and life. Reflections on the influence of Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, and Dennis Green, and the challenges of his climb up the coaching ladder with Tampa Bay and Indianapolis.
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