‘A Football Life’ Episode Dedicated to College Football
Additional Interviews Include Snoop Dogg & Matthew McConaughey
Episode Premieres Friday, January 2 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network
“It was just an epic, epic battle.” – Matthew McConaughey
“I’m still in misery over that game, forgive me.” – Snoop Dogg
The 2006 Rose Bowl featured the top two college football teams in the country, many future NFL players and became one of the greatest college football games of all time. It was a sporting event that lived up to all of the immense hype that preceded it, becoming a defining moment for the young men who played in it and creating expectations that few could have fulfilled.
NFL Network’s A Football Life continues Friday, January 2 at 9:00 PM ET with the story of the 2006 Rose Bowl between No. 1 USC and No. 2 Texas – the first time an episode of A Football Life has been dedicated to college football. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary focuses on Texas’ thrilling 41-38 victory, the season-long anticipation which preceded it, and the futures of quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Vince Young.
The 2006 Rose Bowl: A Football Life features sitdown interviews with Leinart, Young, former Texas head coach Mack Brown, former USC running back LenDale White, former USC wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, actor and Texas alumnus Matthew McConaughey, musician and USC fan Snoop Dogg, and more. The episode also includes Leinart and Young reuniting at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Following the premiere of The 2006 Rose Bowl: A Football Life on NFL Network, the episode – along with the entire A Football Life series – will be available on NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service. Providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience, allowing them to follow their favorite NFL teams and players. Visit NFL.com/now for more information.
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Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.
The 2006 Rose Bowl: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:
Matt Leinart – Former USC quarterback
Vince Young – Former Texas quarterback
Mack Brown – Former Texas head coach
Matthew McConaughey – Texas alumnus
Snoop Dogg – USC fan
LenDale White – Former USC running back
Dwayne Jarrett – Former USC wide receiver
Frostee Rucker – Former USC defensive end
David Thomas – Former Texas tight end
Kasey Studdard – Former Texas offensive lineman
Brian Orakpo – Former Texas defensive end
Michael Griffin – Former Texas defensive back
Cedric Griffin – Former Texas defensive back
Tim Crowder – Former Texas defensive end
Rey Maualuga – Former USC linebacker
Steve Smith – Former USC wide receiver
Ryan Kalil – Former USC center
Keith Jackson – Play-by-play announcer for the 2006 Rose Bowl
Dan Fouts – Analyst for the 2006 Rose Bowl
Jeff Fisher – Former Tennessee Titans head coach
Ken Whisenhunt – Former Arizona Cardinals head coach
Floyd Reese – Former Tennessee Titans general manager
Provided below are some select quotes from The 2006 Rose Bowl: A Football Life:
– “People will be talking about that game forever. We were a part of the game of the century. Probably the greatest college football game ever played. There have been some great championship games but just the magnitude of that game, the hype and all the players that were involved, I don’t know if there will be anything like that again.” – Matt Leinart
– “I make movies. We put narratives together for dramatic purposes. I’ve never seen a film that could rival actual dramatic effects that went on in that game, the back and the forth.” – Matthew McConaughey
– “We wanted to win by 30, 40 points and celebrate and dance and do what we do, and have the sideline full of celebrities that were enjoying the game. That’s the spirit that Pete Carroll brought back to USC.” – Snoop Dogg
– “From midseason on, everything we were doing was pitting our stats and our game against what USC was doing. Everything.” – Mack Brown
– “It was basically known that we were the underdogs. Us as a team and university and fans, we thought different.” – Vince Young
– “[The] reason why I came out early [was] because the Texans had the number one pick. I would have stayed if they weren’t going to pick me.” – Vince Young on the 2006 NFL Draft
– “That’s what he’s about: making big plays. I feel like if you’re a great player, you have to take risks sometimes. It definitely turned the dynamics of the game.” – Dwayne Jarrett on Reggie Bush’s failed pitch in the 2006 Rose Bowl
– “Vince Young was impeccable. He was immaculate. He was marvelous, effervescent. I hated everything about him that night.” – Snoop Dogg
– “The standard was so high for [Vince Young] and Matt Leinart coming out of that ballgame that neither one of them lived up to the hype that people felt like they should have.” – Mack Brown
– “When I look back, I feel like probably early on in my career I didn’t take it as seriously as I should have. I always loved the game; I was always practiced hard, I worked hard but I don’t think I studied like I should have.” – Matt Leinart on his NFL career
– “You can’t refer to him as a bust. It’s just unfortunate because [you] just felt like there was potential. It was just hard for him to reach it.” – Jeff Fisher on Vince Young
– “I think Reggie [Bush] should have been on the field…Honestly I put that on coaching.” – LenDale White on USC failing to convert on 4th-and-2
– “I’m still in misery over that game, forgive me. I have spats and spurts sometimes where I flash back. It’s a loss that lives with you.” – Snoop Dogg
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