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Patriots great Willie McGinest to be portrayed in the upcoming season of “A Football Life”

New England’s Hall of Famer will get an NFL Network special this fall.

Super Bowl XXXIX - Philadelphia Eagles vs New England Patriots - February 6, 2005 Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

In 2008, after 15 years in the NFL, Willie McGinest decided to retire from professional football and end what had been a highly successful career. The fourth overall pick of the 1994 NFL draft stepped away as a two-time Pro Bowler and the league’s all-time leader in postseason sacks – all while being one of the unquestioned leaders on three Super Bowl winning New England Patriots teams in the early 2000s.

McGinest remained busy even after announcing his retirement: He became a television personality through his work as an analyst for NFL Network since 2012. Furthermore, he returned to New England on a ceremonial one-day contract in 2015 to enter the organization’s Hall of Fame as a member of the team after having spent the last three seasons of his career with the Cleveland Browns.

All in all, McGinest had and continues to have a remarkable career – one that will be featured in the A Football Life documentary series this fall: NFL Films announced its schedule for the eighth season over the weekend, and the 46-year old will be the topic of an episode. It will be the seventh time that an ex-Patriot is extensively featured in A Football Life:

Bill Belichick (2011: season 1, episodes 1 & 2)

Bill Parcells (2013: season 3, episode 20)

Doug Flutie (2014: season 4, episode 6)

Curtis Martin (2016: season 6, episode 1)

Rodney Harrison (2016: season 6, episode 2)

Wes Welker (2017: season 7, episode 4)

You will be able to watch A Football Life: Willie McGinest on October 5, 8:00 p.m. ET on NFL Network.