Since its first season in 2011, the Bengals have rarely been seen or discussed on the NFL Network and NFL Film's A Football Life documentary series. That will change when A Football Life: Paul Brown airs on NFL Network Friday, November 6 at 9:00 p.m. EST.
One of the great coaches in the history of the NFL, Brown's life will be chronicled on the NFL Network's popular documentary series that features some of the most influential figures in the history of the game. "This season Paul Brown will have a long overdue episode dedicated to his legacy," Lindsay Spieler of NFL Films said in May 2015 when the episode was first announced.
You can watch a preview of the episode here.
Brown was a pivotal figure in the NFL's rise in the 1950s and 60s, winning seven league championships as coach of the Cleveland Browns - (the team is named after him) four in the AAFC and three in the NFL.
Being fired by the Browns is the reason why the Cincinnati Bengals exist. Brown went on to create the Bengals' franchise in 1968. With Brown at the helm (1968-1975), the Bengals became the quickest expansion team to make the playoffs, a record they held until 1996 when the Jacksonville Jaguars made the playoffs in their second season in the league. The Bengals had made the playoffs in their third season. In his 23 seasons with the Bengals' franchise as Coach, President, General Manager and Owner, the Bengals were 171-168-1 (.504), had 7 playoff appearances (5-7; .417) and 2 Super Bowl appearances (0-2).
Brown is credited with a number of football innovations. He was the first coach to use game film to scout opponents and hire a full-time staff of assistants. He created the practice squad/scout team, and the draw play. All of this and more is sure to be chronicled in the episode.
As evidenced by being featured on A Football Life, Brown is regarded as one of the biggest contributors to the dominance of the NFL and that will be seen when the episode airs next Friday.