Oct 24, 2012 — Over the past generation, Belle Glade Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla., has sent 30 players to the NFL. The school is proud of that record, but it might have come at a cost. Bryan Mealer's Muck City spotlights the stories of players, their families, their coach and a town that struggles to win a spot on the field — and life.
Nov 8, 2011 — Bob Costas talks to Robert Siegel about his new book, the history of football, and what's really our "national pastime."
Nov 22, 2010 — The BCS — the current system of bowl games — uses computer formulas and polling to pick the top teams in college football. The bowl commission argues that the current setup makes every game important. But many sports fans argue it's time for playoffs in college football.
Feb 4, 2010 — During his nine years as the coach of the Baltimore Ravens, Brian Billick led the team to a Super Bowl win in 2001. Now a commentator for Fox Sports and the NFL Network, he joins Fresh Air to discuss the upcoming Super Bowl — and the future of the NFL.
Nov 30, 2008 — ESPN football reporter Sal Paolantonio has a new book out, purporting to examine "How Football Explains America." As he tells host Liane Hansen, the way the rules are constructed lends the sport a uniquely American mythos.
Apr 11, 2007 — Guest host Dave Davies talks with Peter Berg, executive producer of NBC's Friday Night Lights, who also directed and co-wrote the 2004 film of the same title. Both are adapted from H.G. Bissinger's book about the high-stakes world of Texas high-school football. The TV series, which won a Peabody Award, ends its first season tonight.
Oct 7, 2005 — One-quarter of the way through the NFL season, there are already some surprising breakout teams and unexpected upsets. Renee Montagne speaks to Andy Benoit, author of Touchdown 2005: Everything You Need to Know About the NFL This Year, about the season.
Oct 15, 2004 — NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Robert Timberg about his new book, State of Grace: A Memoir of Twilight Time. Timberg's book recalls his days playing sandlot football around New York City, and the young men he played ball with.