NFL Films will show the life of the York County native and the road he took to make it as an NFL head coach.

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Folks in York County know all about Bruce Arians.

Later this week, the rest of the football world will, as well.

This coming Friday, NFL Films will air the hour-long documentary on Arians as part of its "A Football Life" series. The documentary is expected to detail Arians' long, nomadic journey as an assistant coach in the NFL, going on for decades, before finally landing a head coaching gig with the Arizona Cardinals.

Viewers will get an inside look at the stubborn, but honest, mentality that has made Arians one of the most respected coaches in the NFL. Included in the documentary are interviews with current NFL quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, all students under Arians during his time as an assistant coach and quarterback guru, as well as an interview with current Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.

Also included in the show will be the story of Arians' upbringing in York County — an area that helped shape him as a coach and person. Arians says the values he learned in the area are still ingrained in him today.

Back in October, the NFL Films crew was in York County shooting footage to include in the documentary. The crew went to BrewVino, the York City restaurant that has become the official location to watch Cardinals games every week; the Catepillar distribution plant, where Arians' father worked; York High and Small Field, where Arians attended and played high school football; his childhood house; and the York Barbell center.

Trent Cooper, the project director for NFL Films, did acknowledge that the bit the film crew shot at BrewVino didn't make the final cut for the show. In total, NFL Films shot more than 40 hours of original footage in a six-month span for the documentary, and then had to narrow it down to just 44 minutes to fit the hour-long time slot, with commercials, according to Cooper.

Every year, NFL Films does 13 documentaries within its "A Football Life" series, making Arians part of select company.

The idea to feature Arians in "A Football Life" began more than a year ago, when Cooper was part of a production team that orchestrated a one-on-one sit-down interview between Arians and NFL Network's Marshall Faulk. That's when Cooper got the idea to pitch a more in-depth feature on Arians to his bosses.

"I'm behind the scenes and I'm listening to Bruce talk to Marshall," Cooper said back in October when NFL Films was in York. "And I'm hearing there's so much depth and such a rich story here and I'm thinking to myself, 'How is this not a documentary? How are we not doing an hour-long piece on this guy?' He's fascinating."

Now, the entire football community and much of the country will learn about his story through the documentary.

The piece is scheduled to air on Friday at 9 p.m. on the NFL Network. You can also watch a two-minute trailer of the documentary on Youtube when you search, "A Football Life: Bruce Arians December 11th on NFL Network."

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com

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