Third and a Mile: Heroic Trials of African-American Quarterback

Based on the critically acclaimed book, Third and a Mile recounts the heroic trials and triumphs the African-American quarterback has faced for over half a century.

Pioneers like James Harris, Marlin Briscoe and Joe Gilliam Jr. overcame great adversity to open the door for Doug Williams and his Super Bowl MVP performance. Their sacrifice and determination have allowed todays stars such as Vince Young and Donovan McNabb to succeed.

Third and a Mile is a tribute to the perseverance these athletes demonstrated in order to succeed and ESPN is proud to bring their inspirational story to DVD, said Tori Stevens, Vice President of ESPN Home Entertainment and Branded Experiences.

Through dramatic game footage and revealing interviews with teammates, coaches and the players themselves including Tony Dungy, Daunte Culpepper, Steve McNair and more, Third and a Mile gives a first-hand account of how far African-American quarterbacks have come in todays NFL.

Its been twenty years since Doug Williams persevered to become the first African-American quarterback to win the Super Bowl. said Trevor Drinkwater, president and CEO of Genius Products. And coming off the media frenzy that followed Donovan McNabbs early season comments, it is obvious that this topic is as hot as ever.

This DVD is packed with three hours of bonus material including a Super Bowl XXII Memories featurette about Doug Williams historic MVP performance. Condensed collegiate games include Donovan McNabbs unbelievable come-from-behind victory against Virginia Tech, Steve McNairs record-breaking game against Southern University and Vince Youngs MVP performance against USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl. The DVD also includes extended interviews with Warren Moon, James Harris, Randall Cunningham and more.

ESPN Third and a Mile

For over half a century, black athletes have fought to break down sports racial barriers; yet one struggle remains as controversial as ever. Join New York Times sports columnist William C. Rhoden and a celebrated panel of players and experts as they relive the trials and triumphs of the African-American quarterbacks of the NFL. Ignoring death threats, hate mail and six decades of racial injustice, these were the men who shattered stereotypes and leveled the playing field at football stadiums across the country. Featuring classic pro and college gridiron footage, insightful commentary and candid conversations with legendary quarterbacks Marlin Briscoe, Warren Moon, Doug Williams and more, Third and a Mile is an inspirational tribute to those courageous young men whose persistence and sacrifice paved the way for Donovan McNabb, Vince Young and a generation of todays pro superstars.

DVD Bonuses include: Super Bowl XXII Memories with Doug Williams; Condensed Games; Donovan McNabb–Syracuse vs Virginia Tech (1998); Michael Vick–West Virginia vs Virginia Tech (2000); Steve McNair–Southern University vs. Alcorn State (1994); Akili Smith–Washington vs. Oregon (1998); Vince Young–Texas vs. USC (2006 Rose Bowl); Daunte Culpepper–New Mexico vs. Central Florida (1998); Extended Interviews; Warren Moon; James Harris; Marlin Briscoe; Randall Cunningham; Vince Evans; Doug Williams

Third and a Mile: The Book

“Third and a Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of the Black Quarterback” (ESPN Books $24.95)chronicles for the first time the heroic struggle to topple the sports worlds staunchest racial barrier. Filled with personal accounts and firsthand recollections, the book tells the story of Briscoe, Evans, Harris, Moon and Williams as well as many other NFL legends. The book is written by New York Times Sports Columnist William C. Rhoden.

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