ESPN Airs The Bravest Team

  • August 27, 2002
On September 11, 2001, the New York City Fire Department lost 343 men, including 22 active and former members of the department's football team. Surviving members of that team struggled to overcome the emotional loss and shock and rebuilt their team. NFL Films, which usually reserves its slow-motion in-depth treatment for pro football, chronicles their 2002 season in "The Bravest Team: The Rebuilding of the FDNY Football Club" premiering Tuesday, September 10 at 9 PM on ESPN. The film opens just weeks after the attacks when raw emotions led to the team's passionate debate over whether to completely disband their football team which had been an FDNY tradition for 30 years. The response was over-whelming. The Bravest Team follows the FDNY football team through its five-game 2002 National Public Safety Football League season to its biggest game of the year: a showdown with "The Finest" - the NYPD Football Club.

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