'A Football Life' To Feature First College Game in 2006 Rose Bowl Special

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The episode will include interviews with Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Matt Leinart and Vince Young, among others

A Football Life, the NFL Network's Emmy-nominated documentary series, will feature its first-ever episode focusing on a college game: the 2006 Rose Bowl.

The episode analyzes not only what is remembered as one of the best college bowl games in history but also the tremendous hype surrounding it, and it includes interviews with USC fan Snoop Dogg and Texas alum Matthew McConaughey, along with coaches and players.

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The game pitted undefeated USC and quarterback Matt Leinart against undefeated Texas and quarterback Vince Young. USC was ranked No. 1 in the country and Texas was ranked No. 2, and four players from that game were Top 10 picks in the 2006 NFL draft.

The 2006 Rose Bowl also marked the last game for ABC Sports announcer Keith Jackson, and it was also the last college game aired on ABC under the ABC Sports moniker, as it soon afterward adopted the ESPN name.

"I make movies," McConaughey says in the episode. "We put narratives together for dramatic purposes. I've never seen a film that could rival actual dramatic effects that went on in that game — the back and the forth."

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Texas beat USC 41-38 in a dramatic come-from-behind victory.

"We wanted to win by 30, 40 points and celebrate and dance and do what we do, and have the sideline full of celebrities that were enjoying the game," says Snoop Dogg. "I'm still in misery over that game."

See the trailer for Friday's episode below.

A Football Life has been nominated for three Emmys across its four seasons and 58 episodes.

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