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12.13.2011

CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR PRESENTS FIRST OF TWO-PART DOCUMENTARY “THIRD AND LONG” ON SATURDAY, DEC. 17

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CBS SPORTS BULLETIN BOARD

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CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR airs the first of a two-part documentary, THIRD AND LONG presented by State Farm, on Saturday, Dec. 17 (1:00-2:00 PM, ET).  Narrated by 1980’s Public Enemy rapper, author and producer Chuck D, THIRD AND LONG explores and celebrates the history, racial struggles, sacrifices and triumphs of African Americans in professional football from 1946, with the re-integration of the sport after a 13-year exclusion of Black players, through 1989, when Art Shell was named the first Black head coach of the NFL's modern era. The documentary examines the impact of societal events such as World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, Brown v. Board of Education, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy and the Vietnam War,  and adds a unique viewpoint by including the perspectives and experiences of some of the players' wives.  THIRD AND LONG also examines the critical role and contributions of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities during this time period.  Part Two will be aired on CBS Sports on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25 (4:00-6:00 PM, ET).  CBS Sports’ Suzanne Smith serves as coordinating producer.

 

Harold Bryant is Executive Producer & Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

 

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