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NFL Network Recruits Brad Pitt to Narrate New Orleans Saints Doc

NFL Network has recruited movie star Brad Pitt to narrate a new documentary America’s Game: 2009 New Orleans Saints. Pitt has long been active in charity efforts in the Gulf region, which as devastated after Hurricane Katrina five years ago. The NFL says Pitt was chosen to narrate the documentary “because of his humanitarian efforts in the gulf region.”

The doc, not surprisingly, looks at the 2009 season of the New Orleans Saints, as told by players Drew Brees and Jonathan Vilma and head coach Sean Payton.

The addition of Pitt brings some star power to the project, which when combined with the feel-good story of the Saints and New Orleans, could bring in viewers that may not otherwise have tuned in.

America’s Game: 2009 New Orleans Saints, will premiere Wednesday, September 8 at 9 PM ET.

The full press release, with more information about the doc, is available after the jump.

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In Which Bashing Sports Media Figures Becomes Its Own Sport

Over at Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans examines the downfall of Jay Mariotti and bizarre behavior of Jason Whitlock with an eye toward the sports media’s “catty” takedowns.

For the The St. Petersburg Times TV and media critic, ‘it is small surprise that some of the highest-profile members of the Fourth Estate have now begun to get chewed up in the same buzzsaw once reserved for those making millions on the field.”

And later, “Still, it feels like a theme here. Opinionators whose brash, bold words entertain, amuse and anger, brought low when they go too far, sliced and diced by the very media which pushed them to prominence in the first place.” Read more