We've been bringing you updates on the 30 for 30 documentary set to air December 12 on the Super Bowl-era Buffalo Bills teams, entitled "Four Falls of Buffalo." Via Alan Pergament of The Buffalo News, we have another few bits of behind-the-scenes information to pass along to you.
As you would expect, the two interviews conducted with kicker Scott Norwood were incredibly emotional, according to interviewer Michelle Girardi Zumwalt, now of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, who worked on the project before leaving NFL Films. Norwood likened his missed field goal at the end of Super Bowl XXV to a car accident.
"He said, ‘you are in shock, you know something bad happened,’" Zumwalt said of Norwood. "He pulled his socks up after the kick after he missed it, even though he didn’t have to. The look on his face. He was lost."
When the team returned from Tampa, Bills fans cheered "We want Scott!" at a rally held in downtown Buffalo the next day. Norwood fought back tears that day as he addressed the crowd, and still feels that emotion now, nearly 25 years later.
"He got choked up both times I talked to him," Zumwalt said. "It still affects him to this day. The part where he really is emotional is when he talks about the way Buffalo embraced him afterwards."
Norwood's miss takes a small part in the documentary, however, as the point of the film is the resilience it took to play in four straight Super Bowl games. The idea was first brought up by quarterback Jim Kelly while being interviewed for the incredibly popular "From Elway to Marino" 30 for 30 documentary. Director Ken Rodgers liked the idea and ran with it.
Set your DVRs and buy tissues.