Kirk Cousins and Marcus Mariota also star in Quarterback, Netflix’s first collaboration with the NFL.
After winning the Super Bowl this February, Patrick Mahomes is spending the summer on Netflix. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback is one of three main characters in the streamer’s newly announced documentary “Quarterback,” set to premiere later this year.
“Quarterback” will focus on Mahomes, Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings and Marcus Mariota of the Atlanta Falcons and their journeys through the 2022-2023 NFL season, which ended with Mahomes winning the Super Bowl and being named the game’s MVP. of his All three had significant seasons this year, with Mahomes setting a record for total offense, Cousins leading the Vikings to the NFC North Division title in a comeback, and Mariota assuming the role of starting quarterback in his first season with the Falcons. The show provides insight into the players on and off the field, and sheds light on their family lives.
Mahomes’ newly formed 2PM Productions banner is producing the series in partnership with NFL Films and Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions. The football star said in a statement: “I am excited to give fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at an unforgettable season for the entire Chiefs organization and my family. From the arrival of a newborn in the middle of the season to the return of the Lombardi Trophy to Kansas City, our team was there for it all. This new Netflix series shows the time, preparation and poise it takes to be an NFL quarterback and perform on the biggest stage.”
Manning is executive producing “Quarterback” for Omaha Productions. NFL Films are executive produced by Ross Ketover, Pat Kelleher and Keith Cossrow. The series marks Netflix’s first collaboration with NFL Films and follows a series of sports-focused documentaries that were recently greenlit by the streamer. A 2022 Tour de France documentary is expected to premiere on the streamer later this year, and a series on the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the Six Nations international rugby tournament is also in the works. In the first two months of the year, the tennis series “Break Point” and the golf series “Full Swing” also appeared on the network.
“Our goal is to give our members unprecedented access to the world’s greatest athletes, telling stories you won’t see anywhere else,” Brandon Riegg, vice president of Netflix Unscripted Series, said in a statement. “And it’s nowhere bigger than with NFL quarterbacks, who hold perhaps the most important and difficult position in sports. We look forward to sharing their stories with our members around the world.”
In the past, Netflix has been no stranger to documentaries about the professional and personal lives of athletes, but many of them — like “Last Chance U” and “Cheer” — have focused on college athletic leagues. Exceptions to this are the “Neymar” series about the Brazilian soccer star and the 2021 tennis documentary Naomi Osaka.
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