First came Formula 1 (Drive To Survive). Then came tennis (Break Point), golf (Full Swing), and more recently, cycling (Unchained). Now, in a bid to corner the sports content market once and for all, Netflix is hoping to throw a touchdown with NFL docuseries Quarterback.
The latest blast of binge fodder features exclusive access to Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, Minnesota Vikings’ Kirk Cousins, as well as the Atlanta Falcons’ Marcus Mariota over the course of the 2022 season; culminating in Mahomes’ second Super Bowl victory (this time against against the Philadelphia Eagles).
“The series follows the three QBs from the start of the season to the end, on and off the field, from inside the huddle with teammates to inside their homes with their families,” explains Peter White of Deadline.
“The move also comes after the NFL allowed quarterbacks to be mic’d up for every single game of a season — a season that saw Mahomes also set an NFL record for total offense on his way to winning the league and Super Bowl MVP awards, Cousins starring in the greatest comeback in NFL history, and Mariota starting his first season with the Falcons.”
“I’m excited for fans to get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at an unforgettable season for the entire Chiefs organization and for my family,” said Patrick Mahomes himself, who produced through his company 2PM Productions (in addition to being the very subject matter of Quarterback).
“From welcoming home a new baby in the middle of the season to welcoming the Lombardi trophy back to Kansas City, our crew was there for it all. This new Netflix series will show the time, preparation and balance that it takes to be an NFL quarterback and perform on the biggest stage.”
“Playing quarterback in the NFL is a unique experience that has some pretty incredible ups and downs,” added the legendary retired quarterback Peyton Manning, who produced through his company Omaha Productions.
“Thanks to this collaboration with our partners at NFL Films, 2PM Productions, and Netflix, fans will be given a unique and intimate look at what life is like as a starting QB.”
“We aim to give our members unprecedented access to the biggest athletes in the world, telling stories that you can’t see anywhere else,” said Brandon Riegg, Vice President of Netflix’s Unscripted & Documentary Series.
“And it doesn’t get any bigger than going inside the huddle with NFL quarterbacks, who hold perhaps the most important and difficult position in sports. We can’t wait to share their stories with our members around the world.”
While Quarterback has only been greenlit for a single season, depending on its eventual success, the expectation is that we’ll get to follow new quarterbacks in subsequent seasons.
Interestingly enough, Deadline has also noted we’re in for plenty more sports docuseries. Aside from the recent release involving the Tour de France, a Six Nations rugby project plus another about the FIFA World Cup are on the horizon.
Check out the trailer below.