Keeping Up with the Cardinals
Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill had a feeling his team would have a historical season in 2015, so he wasn’t afraid to open up the doors to NFL Films cameras to document every step of the way. The NFL Films crew embedded with Bidwill’s Cardinals for the entire season, the first time a documentary crew has gone the length of a season with an NFL team. It was a project of epic size: 1,000 hours of footage, 250 player and coaching wires in 18 games and 85 practices, 600 meetings captured on tape. The resulting 8-episode series, All or Nothing, premieres today in full on AmazonPrime. “It’s a good thing they edited some of it,” jokes cornerback Patrick Peterson.
As Peter King wrote in his MMQB, the series includes a poignant scene of Cardinals players reacting to teammate Tyrann Mathieu’s season-ending injury, the first time we’ve seen a team react openly to what an injury to an important player truly means. “It was heartbreaking to see him go down the way he went down,” Peterson says. “What is even more mind boggling is that coach gave him the opportunity to lead prayer that night and he said, ‘Lord give us strength, if it’s the last two minutes, just to go out there and play this game like it’s our last play.’ And then he got hurt in the last two minutes of that football game. And that was wild.”
For Peterson, 2015 was a special season off the field. His daughter, Paityn, was born Nov. 27, and cameras followed Peterson to the hospital on the night Paityn was born, and captured him on dad duty, changing diapers and rocking her to sleep. In 10 years, the series will serve as an elaborate home video for Paityn Peterson.
The timing of the series release could not be better for fans missing their football fix. “Being a football fan that I am, this time of the year is always the dry, dead part and you are looking for something to look forward to,” Peterson says. “I think this will blow the football world away.”
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