Pro Football Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Drew Pearson Featured on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

‘Drew Pearson: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, December 3 at 9:00 PM ET & PT on NFL Network

“Drew was as tough mentally and physically as they’ve ever come.” – Danny White

The 10th season of the Emmy-nominated and highly acclaimed NFL Films-produced series A Football Life continues Friday, December 3 at 9:00 PM ET and PT on NFL Network with a profile of Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Drew Pearson. The one-hour show features sit-down interviews with Pearson, former teammates such as Roger StaubachDanny White and Joe Theismann, and others.

Among the topics discussed in Drew Pearson: A Football Life include:

  • The disappointment of not being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020, and the elation of being selected in 2021
  • His ability to make tough catches in crucial moments
  • The “Hail Mary” catch in the 1975 NFC Divisional game against the Minnesota Vikings
  • The tragic car accident in 1984 and its effect on him
  • His memorable appearance at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Drew Pearson: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people:

  • Drew Pearson
  • Britni Pearson – Daughter
  • Tori Pearson – Daughter
  • Joe Theismann – High School teammate
  • Roger Staubach – Dallas Cowboys teammate
  • Danny White – Dallas Cowboys teammate
  • Charlie Waters – Dallas Cowboys teammate
  • Billy Joe DuPree – Dallas Cowboys teammate
  • Tony Dungy – Pro Football Hall of Famer & former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back
  • Joe Bellissimo – High School football coach
  • Rick Gosselin – Sportswriter & Pro Football Hall of Fame voter

Provided below are some select quotes from Drew Pearson: A Football Life:

– “People talk about the Hail Mary and all of these other clutch catches. The greatest catches to me are those third-and-longs; catching the tough passes, going into that zone where nobody wanted to go.” – Drew Pearson

– “Right away when we’re just running routes, I recognized that there is something special here. He was really a heck of an athlete.” – Roger Staubach

– “I think Drew was as tough mentally and physically as they’ve ever come.” – Danny White

– “When I think of Drew Pearson, I just think of that fearless guy who is going to catch every ball that is close to him no matter what the defense does…Somehow he’s able to make the play even when everybody knows they’re going to him. To me, that’s greatness.” – Tony Dungy

– “We know what a Hail Mary is: your back is against a wall, it looks like all is going to be lost, but some way, somehow, you find whatever it takes to overcome. That’s the story of my life.” – Drew Pearson

– “That’s the way Drew ran his routes: he didn’t slow down on the break. If you ever needed him on 3rd-and-7, go to Mr. Clutch.” – Charlie Waters

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This season of A Football Life concludes with San Francisco 49ers general manager and Pro Football Hall of Fame safety John Lynch on Friday, December 24 at 9:00 PM ET and PT on NFL Network.


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