In addition to the 4 hour time block dedicated to the State Farm Bayou Classic, NBC Sports will dedicate an additional 30 minutes to pay tribute the late Eddie Robinson. The tribute “Every Man a Tiger: The Eddie Robinson Story,” will air commercial free on November 24 at 12:30 p.m. CT on NBC just before the start of the football game.
A trailer of the film can be viewed at NBCSports.com.
Here are more details about the program as reported by NBCSports.com:
The film, narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Andre Braugher, tells the story of Coach Robinson’s remarkable career and his undying legacy through the eyes of many of his former players including Doug Williams, the Super Bowl XXII MVP who succeeded Coach Robinson as the coach at Grambling.
“Every Man a Tiger: The Eddie Robinson Story,” includes interviews with Coach Robinson, that NBC Sports compiled having broadcast the Bayou Classic since 1991, as well as archival footage compiled with the help of Coach Robinson’s family and the Grambling community. In addition to Williams, the film has interviews with other former Grambling players including NFL Hall-of-Famer Willie Davis and James Harris, the first black man in modern Pro Football history to start a game at quarterback. Additionally, there are interviews with Newark Star Ledger columnist emeritus Jerry Izenberg, who closely covered Coach Robinson and Grambling since the early 1960’s as well as NBC Sports’ commentator John Madden and Eddie Robinson biographer Richard Lapchick.