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Tom Brady, Michael Strahan team up for TV series about sports

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Tom Brady and Michael Strahan may have been rivals on the gridiron — particularly in Super Bowl XLII — but the two have teamed up on an upcoming television series about sports’ collective impact on society.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Brady and Strahan are named as two of eight executive producers on “The Religion of Sports,” which will premiere on the AT&T Audience network on Nov. 15.

The series “will examine instances where specific sports profoundly influence societies and cultures in a manner that extends beyond entertainment value,” writes The Hollywood Reporter. Episodes will also investigate how sports in a broader sense often has a spiritual impact upon societies all over the world.

Statements issued by both Brady and Strahan reveal their respective reasons for taking initial interest in the project.

“I’ll never forget watching ‘The Catch’ in Candlestick Park with my dad,” Brady said Wednesday in a statement. “I was 4 years old, in awe of it all. In a lot of ways, I’ve dedicated my life to replicating that feeling. Now, playing on the same stage as my childhood idols, I’m fortunate to have a pretty unique perspective on football and the sports world. I can think of no better vehicle than Religion of Sports to share some of what I’ve learned and dig a little deeper into that feeling, the sort of spiritual experience that sports creates for players and fans alike.”

Added Strahan: “Growing up in Germany, I never imagined myself to be a professional athlete. At that point, I was a professional fan. Watching the reaction of the country when Germany won the World Cup back in 1990 showed another level of fandom that I had never seen. Sports can be that void that brings everyone together regardless of any barriers socio-economic standing, race and religion. To be a part of this project, Religion of Sports, brings full circle the things that I have learned as a child without even knowing that in some ways, I was having a religious experience. Religion of Sports will be the bridge that connects the passion of religion with the passion of sports.”

The report indicates that upcoming episodes will take look inside the worlds of NASCAR and the CFL’s Calgary Stampede. The rise in popularity of UFC and MMA fighting reportedly will also examined.

[Pro Football Talk]