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NFL Network Sets Documentary on '95 Browns

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 28, 2012

The official word: On December 17, 1995, the Cleveland Browns played their final game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium before relocating to Baltimore. The latest installment of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life chronicles the Browns’ final season in Cleveland under head coach Bill Belichick, looks at the immediate impact the relocation had on both the city and the organization, and discovers the roots of a football lineage seeded during that time which has reverberated throughout the football world in the 21st century.

 Airing Wednesday, October 3 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network, Cleveland ’95: A Football Life details the coaching staff and front office executives who took what they learned during their five years under Belichick and applied it throughout their football careers. From current NFL general managers Ozzie Newsome, Scott Pioli, Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Tannenbaum, to three-time national championship head coach Nick Saban, to former NFL head coach Eric Mangini and current Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, the Cleveland Browns under Belichick consisted of football’s next generation of leaders who continue to impact the game today.

 In all, Belichick’s staff in Cleveland included nine future NFL head coaches and general managers, and three head coaches at major college programs.

 The one-hour episode includes never-before-seen footage including Belichick meeting with his former staff in team meeting rooms and of Belichick at home. Additionally, pre and postgame footage from the Browns’ final home game is showcased.

 Emmy-nominated actor from CBS’ The Good Wife, Josh Charles, narrates.

 The story of the 1995 Cleveland Browns is told through interviews with the following people:

 Bill Belichick – New England Patriots head coach

Ozzie Newsome – Baltimore Ravens general manager

Nick Saban – University of Alabama head coach

Michael Lombardi – NFL Network analyst and former Cleveland Browns front office executive

Scott Pioli – Kansas City Chiefs general manager

Jim Schwartz – Detroit Lions head coach

Eric Mangini – ESPN analyst and former New York Jets/Cleveland Browns head coach

Thomas Dimitroff – Atlanta Falcons general manager

Phil Savage – Former Cleveland Browns general manager

Mike Tannenbaum – New York Jets general manager

Kirk Ferentz – University of Iowa head coach

Matt Stover – Cleveland Browns kicker, 1991-95

Steve Everitt – Cleveland Browns offensive lineman, 1993-95

Earnest Byner – Cleveland Browns running back, 1984-88; 1994-95

 For the first look at Cleveland ’95: A Football Life, visit:


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