Documentary Chronicles Undefeated ’64 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Team Featuring Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson
The next installment in ESPN Films’ SEC Storied series, “Before They Were Cowboys,” premieres on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 9 p.m. ET on SEC Network. The film looks at how Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson teamed up to help lead the 1964 Arkansas Razorbacks football squad to its only undefeated season in history, long before they joined forces to win two Super Bowls with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.
This evocative and revealing SEC Storied documentary tells the remarkable backstory of two extraordinary men linked by alphabet, alliteration, uniform numbers (60 and 61) and fate. But they were also brought together by Frank Broyles, the legendary coach who taught them how to make their own histories. Broyles is just one of the film’s witnesses to those great old days when Jones was an offensive guard with an eye for the dollar sign, and Johnson was a nose guard with a grasp of X’s and O’s.
Back then, they were vital senior members of the 1964 undefeated team that won a national championship. But “Before They Were Cowboys” shows just how they came to be two of the biggest men in the NFL.
The film is directed by Corey Frost and narrated by country singer Trace Adkins. An encore presentation will air on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Advance digital screeners are available upon request.
About SEC Storied
ESPN Films launched the SEC Storied documentary series in September 2011, presenting fans the opportunity to explore the rich athletic history of the Southeastern Conference. From extraordinary athletes and coaches to defining games and moments, the series has featured films that focus on the SEC’s recent and more distant past, including one of the most-viewed documentaries in ESPN history, “The Book of Manning.” In 2015 SEC Storied received its first two Sports Emmy nominations for both “Outstanding Sports Documentary” and “Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics” with the film “It’s Time: The Story of Brad Gaines and Chucky Mullins.”
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN launched SEC Network on August 14, 2014. The network televises over 45 SEC football games, 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and other events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming includes in-depth analysis and storytelling in studio shows such as SEC Nation, daily news and information with SEC Now, original content such as SEC Storied and SEC Inside, and more. Hundreds of additional live events are available for streaming exclusively on SEC Network’s digital companion, SEC Network+, via WatchESPN and SECNetwork.com. The network has 70 million subscribers in the US and is also available in more than 50 countries throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa via ESPN Player, ESPN’s sports streaming service in the region.