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New ESPN SEC Storied Documentary “Before They Were Cowboys” About Jimmy Johnson, Jerry Jones and 1964 Arkansas Razorbacks Coming Soon

The latest Hog-related ESPN documentary will air December 28th on the SEC Network.

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ESPN announced on Thursday they are adding to the Arkansas-related set of films we’ve seen in recent years with a new documentary titled “Before They Were Cowboys,” which will look at Jerry Jones, Jimmy Johnson, and the 1964 Razorback football team.

This is from the official press release:

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.

With any luck, the film will include a discussion about how Arkansas was the only undefeated team that season, which included a win over Texas, who beat Alabama in their bowl game, and Alabama also still claims the national title because the polls at the time crowned national champions after the regular season, not the polls. That was the last year of that system.

This is not the first SEC Storied film to feature Arkansas. 40 Minutes of Hell about Nolan Richardson and the 1994 basketball team was released in 2012. ESPN also recently produced a 30 for 30 about John Daly this year, and Greater, about Brandon Burlsworth, was a full length feature film released earlier this year. The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain, an independent documentary about, obviously, Mustain, Houston Nutt, and everything surrounding the Springdale 5 over the last few years of the Nutt era, was released in 2013.