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NFL Films to mark 100th season with “A Lifetime of Sundays” on ESPN, ABC

A Lifetime of Sundays, the acclaimed football-focused feature-length documentary from director Joe Lavine, will enjoy its television premiere on Disney-owned broadcasters ABC and ESPN later this month. As part of the ...
August 16, 2019

A Lifetime of Sundays, the acclaimed football-focused feature-length documentary from director Joe Lavine, will enjoy its television premiere on Disney-owned broadcasters ABC and ESPN later this month.

As part of the celebration of the National Football League’s 100th season, the 90-minute NFL Films documentary paints a portrait of the matriarchs of four American football families that have played a crucial role in the league’s history. Profiled in the film are Virginia Halas McCaskey, owner of the Chicago Bears; Martha Ford, owner of the Detroit Lions; Patricia Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers; and Norma Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Narrated by Academy Award-winner Regina King, the film brings the four women – otherwise known as the Fab Four of Football – together to discuss the history of the gridiron game. Through first-hand interviews with players, coaches and family members, as well as rarely seen archive, A Lifetime of Sundays will provide intimate insight into the personal and professional lives of the women who have helped shape America’s favorite pastime.

A Lifetime of Sundays is co-executive produced by Julie Haddon, Jane Skinner Goodell and Bill McCullough and NFL Films.

A Lifetime of Sundays premieres Aug. 25 on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET/PT followed by a Sept. 1 debut on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET/PT. The film also will be available via ESPN’s VOD service until Sept. 15 when it moves to ESPN+.

“The NFL’s centennial season is the perfect opportunity for us to tell compelling stories about this great game, and these four extraordinary women – whose lives have been defined by football – generously gave us unprecedented access sharing their deep and passionate connections to the NFL. Through their eyes, we are able to bring to life an important part of NFL history that has previously not been told,” said Julie Haddon, the NFL’s SVP of global brand and consumer marketing, in a statement. “These women have blazed a trail, helping to shape their clubs, their communities and the league, inspiring generations of women to come.”

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Jillian Morgan is a staff writer at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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