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NFL Films: 30 years ago in Atlanta

The year was 1991.  The Berlin Wall had fallen two years ealier; the Oscar winners from that spring included Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Bates, Jeremy Irons, and Dances with Wolves among others; Mariah Carey‘s Emotions album was released that fall; and Desert Storm was making news headlines.*

Such is all the prologue you need for what 1991 was like.  Just sit back and enjoy this NFL Films production.


Part of me wishes that I had watched more Atlanta football back in the day so that I could have relished all of that end zone celebration.  Alas.

Please enjoy these videos as well:


*I was in fourth grade.  I remember the teacher bringing in a TV to the classroom for us to watch the news.  I didn’t understand the significance if what was happening, but I do remember many of my classmates began to worry about their fathers, who were in the military.

Pic cred: NFL Films YouTube screengrab

NFL Films on the Draft in 1985

If you’ve never known a world without cell phones (smart or unintelligent), if you’ve never known a world without high-speed internet (DSL at minimum), if you’ve never known a world without bookface, and you envision a past that was “thirty years ago,” the 1980s is likely your starting point. 


Bernie Kosar (left) and Dan Marino (right)

Take a trip down sports history with this NFL Films piece on the 1985 draft:


I want to know how long it took for the set decorator to dress the desk on screen at thirty seconds.  Was it a museum piece?  Notice the tea/coffee on the right side.  Observe the subsequent set-up of the desks.  If your profession involved sports and journalism, which desk do you remember having at home or the office?  The Mac at forty-five seconds was a common sight around campus when I was in college.  I only used them to check email, though.


Pic cred: YT screengrab


Calvin Johnson and the Sounds of the NFL

Former Georgia Tech and Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who retired from the game in 2016, got a “best of” compilation video on NFL Films’ YouTube channel today.  His catches were a thing of beauty, and not just because of the NFL Films visual style in capturing complete passes in the end zones or near the sidelines.  His bodyline was breathtaking and he could move down the field with more grace than I in a ballet recital. 

The content creation team for NFL Films should strongly consider putting closed-captions on their videos either via YT (and not that auto-generated stuff that might be improving in accuracy but the delays and missing subtitles leave so much to be desired) or in the exported file itself.  There’s got to be a considerable number of hearing-impaired NFL fans who would love to read what is spoken. C’est juste une idée.


Is It the Player, the Jersey, or both?

You might blame the outcome of this game to the goings-on of this year or you might wonder if an athlete renown for his offensive successes is more or less attributable to his actual abilities or the jersey he wore when he was winning nearly every game.

Ce n’est pas important?  Whatever the explanation, I had to smile just a bit upon watching this NFL Films video.  And, if you’ve never been a New England nor a Tom Brady fan, you probably did too.


Debates persist on whether or not it’s easier to or even feasible to cheer for a specific player or a team as a whole vis-a-vis basketball, baseball, football, futbol, hockey, or rugby (and volleyball if we want to go there). Some fans don’t care so much who is dunking, pitching, making touchdowns, or scoring goals so long as their team wins. Other fans pay much more attention to specific players and will transfer their support wherever these players go. What about the connection between a specific players’ athletic achievements and the corresponding teams?

My impression is that baseball players and basketball players don’t experience as jarring differences in performance when they change teams when compared to football players. That’s just based on games I’ve watched over the years. I haven’t been able to find any literature confirming or denying.

P.S. This game still stings.

NFL Films on Donnie Edwards and WWII veterans

I’ve written about NFL Films and their contributions to the application of slow-motion in televised football and documentary filmmaking.  Even though the distinct elements that compose an NFL Films product aren’t revolutionary in and of themselves, the editing, voice-over narration, and overall tone of their works makes them timeless and compelling.


After Donnie Edwards retired from the NFL, turned a family legacy and lifelong interest into the Best Defense Foundation.


The NFL Films voice-over guy should narrate the terms and conditions of every service agreement.