John Riggins was a trailblazer—a man who walked a different path than the rest of us mortals while carving out a place as an NFL legend.
He's also the next person of interest for NFL Films' A Football Life.
Riggins is one of 26 NFL running backs to have broken the 10,000-yard barrier during his career. He is also a Super Bowl Champion and MVP, was elected into the Hall of Fame back in 1982 and once sat out an entire season while with the Washington Redskins in 1980 due to a contract dispute.
Here are the details you'll need to catch his story:
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Network: NFL Network
Trailer: Watch the trailer here, courtesy of NFL Films.
Some More Details of Riggins' Life to Pique Your Interest
Riggins' NFL career was one worthy of enshrinement.
He rushed for 11,352 yards and 101 touchdowns and caught 250 passes for 2,090 yards and 12 touchdowns during his 14-year career.
He was also known as a party animal—a label he happily earned. Unfortunately, his party-animal lifestyle came back to bite him when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated in 1992 (h/t New York Times).
Riggins wasn't just a brute athlete, though. He was an actor since his days at Centralia High, and he made it to the big time with appearances in Guiding Light, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and One Tree Hill (h/t LJWorld.com).
Make sure you catch all the back stories behind Riggins' life and career when NFL Network presents its latest A Football Life edition next Wednesday, November 21.