Sept. 18, 2013
CBS Sports Network presents MARCHING ON: 1963 ARMY-NAVY REMEMBERED, a documentary about the monumental football game played between Army and Navy on Dec. 7, 1963, 15 days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The one-hour documentary airs on Sunday, Nov. 17 (6:00 PM, ET), 50 years to the week after Kennedy’s death.
Through the lens of this historic game, the documentary explores the impact Kennedy’s death had on the nation, and the game’s role in the country’s healing process. Interviews include Senator John McCain; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, whose father was a Navy assistant coach at the time; former Navy coach Wayne Hardin and former Army coach Paul Dietzel; Navy players Roger Staubach, Skip Orr and Tom Lynch; and Army players Rollie Stichweh, Dick Nowak and John Seymour; as well as Tony Verna, the game’s television producer, a number of Kennedy historians, including Robert Dallek, and many others associated with the game.
The game, which was played in front of 102,000 fans at Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa., also had important implications on the field, as a win would put No. 2-ranked Navy into the National Championship.
“The 1963 Army-Navy game was about much more than legendary players from nationally ranked teams playing to a thrilling finish,” said CBS News Legal Analyst Jack Ford, the executive producer of the documentary. “It was about a nation, mourning the shocking loss of a charismatic and inspirational leader, embracing one of its great sports traditions. It was about a game – one of the greatest games in a long and rich history – that helped the nation march on through its grief and begin to heal.”
Ford is executive producer. Kyle Meek serves as producer. Emilie Deutsch is Vice President, Features and Original Programming, CBS Sports. For more information, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.