For more than 40 years, NFL Films has
been recording everything from bone-crushing hits to
bleep-worthy huddles. Yet each season they still have a few
new tricks in their playbook.
They intensely study film and read everything from scouting reports
to the local sports pages.
They learn the details of the offense's game plan.
They understand exactly how the defensive coordinator thinks.
Basically, to survive in this game, they must immerse themselves in
every facet of what goes on between the yard markers in the
National Football League.
But when the ball flies off the tee and the first player dives into
the human wedge that protects the kick returner, these guys aren't
on the field of play.
It only feels that way.
Since 1962, NFL Films has brought to football fans the winning
touchdowns, the crushing tackles, and the type of insight into the
game that no other league can match. NFL Films is without peer. Its
dynasty has outlasted the Packers of the '60s, Steelers of the
'70s, 49ers of the '80s, and Cowboys of the '90s. And thanks to its
brilliant innovations and the artistry of the sport's premier
cinematographers, NFL Films only gets better each season.
"I've been working at Films since I got out of high school in 1983,
and I've got to tell you, it's the best job on the planet," says
Craig Johnson, who's positioned behind the sidelines most Sundays
picking up the sights and sounds of the NFL. "It's a fantastic
experience, one that gives you the type of flexibility you don't
often find in the TV or film industry."