The Man Behind Peyton Manning’s Recovery, Resurgence On Season Premiere Of 60 Minutes Sports



Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 10p ET/PT Only On SHOWTIME

150mph Electric Cars, a Controversial Poker Player, the Army-Navy Game, A Record-Setting Extreme Athlete and a Stampede of Brazilian Bull Riders Mark a New Season


NEW YORK (Aug. 27, 2014) SHOWTIME moves the sports edition of 60 MINUTES from Wednesday to Tuesday night on the premium network beginning in September, when 60 MINUTES SPORTS kicks off its third season with the inside story on Peyton Manning’s incredible comeback from neck surgery.  See Correspondent Jack Ford’s story featuring Manning, his brother Eli and Duke Football Head Coach David Cutcliffe, whose secret training Manning credits with saving his career, on the season premiere of 60 MINUTES SPORTS on its new night, Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.


Jack Ford and producer Rome Hartman take you behind-the-scenes for the making of this segment.

Throughout their NFL careers, Peyton and Eli, the New York Giants’ quarterback, have been privately coached by Cutcliffe – a relationship that goes back to their college days when the brothers both had him as a coach.  The private mini-camps Cutcliffe has run for them at Duke for several years took on a crucial role after Peyton’s nerve injury in 2012.  Ford’s story contains rare footage of those sessions along with Peyton’s most detailed comments about how Cutcliffe’s training enabled him to take the Broncos to the Super Bowl and be the NFL’s MVP again.  “I’ll be indebted to him forever,” says Peyton.

If anyone was ready for the challenge, it was Cutcliffe.  As Ford reports, at the same time he worked behind the scenes with Peyton Manning, he was in the midst of performing a miracle turnaround of the Blue Devil football team.  Duke had just one victory in the two years before he arrived as head coach in 2008; today they’re an emerging Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse with 10 wins last season.  No Duke football team had ever won that many games.  Cutcliffe was the consensus college 2013 “Coach of the Year.”

The Tuesday, Sept. 2 premiere also features Correspondent Jeff Glor reporting on “Formula E” electric cars that race at 150mph and a peek into the underworld of bare knuckle boxing, in which Correspondent Armen Keteyian explores a secretive sport some call “human cockfighting.”

Coming up on future editions of 60 MINUTES SPORTS this season, Correspondent James Brown profiles Phil Ivey, one of poker’s biggest winners and one of its most controversial players; Correspondent Jack Ford reports on the iconic Army-Navy Game and the efforts to turn around an Army team that has lost the last 14 contests; Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi profiles Mathias Giraud, the extreme skier and base jumper who keeps finding more records to break; and correspondent Bill Whitaker finds out there’s an awful lot of bull riding in Brazil – one reason why Brazilian riders are starting to dominate Americans’ favorite rodeo sport.

60 MINUTES SPORTS is produced by 60 MINUTES and is part of SHOWTIME Sports’ existing lineup of award-winning original programming, which includes INSIDE THE NFL, JIM ROME ON SHOWTIME, ALL ACCESS and live event series SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and ShoBox: The New Generation.

60 MINUTES SPORTS is co-executive produced by CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and 60 MINUTES Executive Editor Bill Owens and SHOWTIME Sports.

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