NFL and DIRECTV Extend NFL SUNDAY TICKET In New Multi-Year Deal

nfl-logoNew Agreements Also Renew NFL Network with TV Everywhere, Expand DIRECTV’s Digital Rights and Continue Distribution of New DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE Channel

 NEW YORK and EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 1, 2014 – The National Football League and DIRECTV have extended and expanded DIRECTV’s exclusive rights to carry NFL SUNDAY TICKET and its package of every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game through a new multi-year agreement.

The new agreement also expands DIRECTV’s rights to stream NFL SUNDAY TICKET live on mobile devices and via broadband, known as NFL SUNDAY TICKET.TV, as previously announced.

Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Under the new pact, DIRECTV will also continue to broadcast its RED ZONE CHANNEL and its new DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE channel that debuted this season. In addition, DIRECTV and the NFL also extended their NFL Network distribution relationship with DIRECTV to offer its customers TV Everywhere access to NFL Network anytime, anywhere on virtually any device.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with DIRECTV,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “DIRECTV and NFL SUNDAY TICKET have served our fans well for 20 years and continue to complement our broadcast television packages. We also appreciate DIRECTV’s commitment to NFL Network, which it has carried since the channel launched in 2003.”

“This new agreement is a testament to the terrific long-term relationship we have with the NFL and its millions of fans across the country,” said Mike White, chairman, president and CEO of DIRECTV. “NFL SUNDAY TICKET has always been the

centerpiece of DIRECTV’s sports leadership and we’re pleased to continue our relationship with the NFL and be a part of the league’s future growth and success.”

Under the new NFL SUNDAY TICKET agreement, DIRECTV will continue to offer all out-of-market Sunday afternoon games in HD. DIRECTV customers who purchase NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX will also have access to the online/mobile service to watch their games on virtually any device; a Game Mix channel with up to eight games on one screen; both the RED ZONE CHANNEL and new DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE channel; and Short Cuts, which offers replays of each Sunday game in 30 commercial-free minutes.

The new DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE channel is devoted entirely to fantasy football and fields a team of fantasy experts offering real-time game-to-game fantasy analysis and statistics powered by Fantasy.

ESPN College Football Week 6 – TV Schedule, College GameDay, SEC Nation and More

2010 -- ESPN College Football LogoESPN College Football Week 6 – TV Schedule, College GameDay, and More

Monday, September 29, 2014


College Football: 11 of 17 Undefeated Teams & Three Matchups between Ranked Squads  

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ESPN’s college football game schedule for this week will include 11 of the remaining 17 undefeated teams, highlighted by three telecasts between programs in the top 25 rankings and two between unbeaten teams. Overall, ESPN platforms will televise games involving 17 of the top 25 ranked teams.

  • ESPN & ABC will combine to televise three games between ranked teams on Saturday, Oct. 4 beginning at noon with No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 12 Mississippi State in a matchup of unbeaten SEC squads on ESPN. Saturday night matchups will include No. 15 LSU at undefeated No. 5 Auburn at 7 p.m. on ESPN and unbeaten No. 19 Nebraska at No. 10 Michigan State on ABC at 8 p.m.
  • ESPN’s weeknight lineup – highlighted by Thursday and Friday doubleheaders – will include three undefeated teams, highlighted by a showdown between two from the Pac-12: Arizona at No. 2 Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 10:30 p.m. The second game of the doubleheader on Friday, Oct. 3 will showcase undefeated No. 18 BYU against Utah State at 10:15 p.m.
  • ABC will carry two of the undefeated teams in a split regional telecast on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 3:30 p.m.: No. 1 Florida State against Wake Forest and No. 7 Baylor at Texas.
  • ESPN2’s Saturday night game will include undefeated Georgia Tech against Miami (Fla.) at 7:30 p.m. while ESPN’s late Saturday telecast at 10:30 p.m. will pit unbeaten No. 8 UCLA against Utah.

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ESPN’s College GameDay Heads Ole Miss and the Grove for the First time  

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ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show – will make its first-ever stop at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., in advance of No. 11 Ole Miss vs. No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday, Oct. 4. The weekly three-hour Emmy Award-winning show (Saturday 9 a.m. – noon) will set up on The Grove in the heart of one of the best tailgating scenes in the country.

GameDay is hosted by Chris Fowler, along with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack and reporting by Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, Scott Van Pelt, George Whitfield and Gene Wojciechowski.


College GameDay Nuggets:

  • Now with a visit to Ole Miss, GameDay has originated from the campus of every SEC school except one – Mississippi State.
  • Of the 65 Power Five schools – GameDay has visited 50. The show has not yet been to Louisville, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Virginia, Maryland, Indiana, Rutgers, Minnesota, Illinois, Baylor, Kansas, Iowa State, Cal, Washington State and Mississippi State.
  • Ole Miss is the 76th team showcased in a College GameDay site.
  • Lee Corso has put on headgear representing 49 different teams.
  • This is the 30th time GameDay will be at the site of an Alabama game. The Tide are 18-11 in the previous 29.
  • Lee Corso has won his last three Week 6 picks.  His last Week 6 loss was picking Alabama on the road at South Carolina in 2010.

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SEC Network Football: Tripleheader with SEC Nation at Mississippi State
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SEC Network heads into week six of the college football season with a tripleheader of conference matchups Saturday, Oct. 4. Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor will call Florida at Tennessee at noon, followed by Vanderbilt at No. 13 Georgia and South Carolina at Kentucky.

SEC Nation’s Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum, host Joe Tessitore and reporter Kaylee Hartung will be in Starkville, Miss., in advance of No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 12 Mississippi State. The show will be live from “The Junction” from 10 a.m. – noon, previewing the games of the day and bringing the sights and sounds of a Bulldog game day.

 Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators
Sat, Sep 27 noon Florida at Tennessee
Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer & Maria Taylor
4 p.m. Vanderbilt at No. 13 Georgia
Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Laura Rutledge
7:30 p.m. South Carolina at Kentucky
Tom Hart, Matt Stinchcomb & Heather Mitts

In addition, on SEC Film Room analyst David Green sits down with Vanderbilt’s first-year head coach Derek Mason prior to his team’s matchup against Georgia to breakdown the Xs & Os of the season thus far. SEC Film Room airs Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10 p.m.

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SEC Network to Air Three-Part Series on Nine Coaches’ Wives in the SEC
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On Saturday, Sept. 27, College GameDay aired a seven-minute feature on the wives of nine head football coaches in the Southeastern Conference. Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 p.m. ET, the SEC Network will air a three-part series on Jen Bielema, Jill Freeze, Kristi Malzahn, Kathy Miles, Megan Mullen, Carol Muschamp, Kathryn Richt, Terri Saban and Jerri Spurrier.

The Better Half: SEC Wives portrays how instrumental these women are in their husbands’ careers and in the college football landscape, while also capturing the lifestyle that comes with being married to an SEC coach. Each episode, airing over consecutive Wednesdays, includes expanded footage from time spent with each woman as she lives, and prepares to help their families navigate one of college football’s biggest stages.

In the first show, viewers will sit down and learn the history and moments that have shaped each wife. The following Wednesday, Oct. 8, fans will spend a day in the life of the women and in the final show, Wednesday, Oct. 15, learn what a game day is like as a coach’s wife.

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NFL Media Programming Notes: 9.30-10.5

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL Network Shows and Scheduled Guests

For a full description of each show, please click the show’s link

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: NFL Total Access Kickoff at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network; NFL Thursday Night Kickoff at 7:30 PM ET on CBS & NFL Network

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward, San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy and San Francisco 49ers safety Antoine Bethea on Sound FX Friday, October 3 at 10:00 PM ET 

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon and Colts P Pat McAfee on Wednesday, October 1

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: ‘Friday Night Spotlight’ – Last of the Undefeated: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver AJ Green and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson           

  • Content

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy on The Coaches Show Podcast & Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson on the Moving the Sticks Podcast


Thursday Night Football – Giants vs. Redskins at 8:25 PM ET on CBS & NFL Network

Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network kicks off Thursday, October 2 at 8:25 PM ET when quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers host quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings. Play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms have the call, with Tracy Wolfson providing reports from the sideline.

Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET with NFL Total Access Kickoff on NFL Network. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci are live outside Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin to provide analysis of Vikings-Packers and highlight the atmosphere and festivities outside the stadium.

Provided below is a list of topics they will discuss:

  • A behind the scenes feature with Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and his mother at Teddy’s first career NFL start and win
  • How the Green Bay Packers got their offense back on track
  • How rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater ignited the Minnesota Vikings offense
  • A closer look at Vikings triple threat Cordarrelle Patterson
  • Why Packers running back Eddie Lacy is off to a slow start and how he can turn it around
  • Are the 3-1 Dallas Cowboys for real?

At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network and CBS, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher host NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. Eisen, Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci will also appear on the show.

During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Lexus Halftime Show on CBS, providing first half highlights and analysis. Following the game, Eisen, Irvin, Faulk, Mariucci and Sanders host the Mazda Postgame Show, which features complete game highlights and analysis, as well as on-set interviews with players from the winning team.


Finding Giants – Premieres TONIGHT at 9:00 PM ET

Before an NFL team can achieve success on the field, it is up to the hard work of the team’s scouts to scour the country to find the future players of the organization. For the first time ever, NFL Network – in association with NFL Films and Moondog Films – provides a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of professional scouts and follows the long process of what it takes to build a championship team.

NFL Network presents Finding Giants, a four-part series premiering Tuesday, September 30 at 9:00 PM ET and airing each Tuesday through October 21. All four episodes provide an intimate look into the New York Giants organization, one of the most successful NFL franchises with eight championship titles, including four Super Bowls. Each week on NFL Network, a first look of the new episode will air following the Thursday Night Football game, beginning Thursday, September 25 following the Giants-Redskins game. Digitally, Finding Giants will be made available on NFL Now through the service’s premium tier, NFL Now Plus. ($1.99 per month)

On NFL Now Plus, the full six-episode, “director’s cut” edition of Finding Giants will be available. NFL Now is the League’s next-generation video service and provides fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere accessible through apps and browsers across an array of Internet-connected devices. Offered for free with a premium tier, NFL Now allows fans to customize their own video stream of short-form videos and highlights from NFL Media and all 32 NFL clubs.

Finding Giants offers an in-depth look at scouting and team building in today’s NFL and shows what it takes to find and draft the best players to fit an organization. Finding Giants will also give fans a unique look at the personal side of working in the NFL as scouts and their wives balance life on the road with family life at home.

Additionally, Finding Giants will show footage inside the Giants’ draft war room during the 2014 NFL Draft, in which the Giants selected such players as Odell Beckham, Jr., Weston Richburg and Andre Williams.

To view the trailer for Finding Giants, visit:

Warren Moon: A Football Life – Friday at 9:00 PM ET

Warren Moon’s career is a living example of the adage great things come to those who wait. The Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback was told he could not play the position by Arizona State, had to play at the junior college level before leading the University of Washington to a Rose Bowl victory, and had to play six seasons in the Canadian Football League before making it to the NFL.

NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, October 3 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of Moon. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary focuses on Moon’s football career, beginning in high school and all the way up to his current career as the radio analyst for the Seattle Seahawks.

Warren Moon: A Football Life features interviews with Moon, his former wife Felicia Moon, his children Jeffrey, Chelsea, Joshua and Blair, his former agent Leigh Steinberg, former teammates Cris Carter, Ernest Givins and Bruce Matthews, and more.

Following the premiere of Warren Moon: A Football Life on NFL Network, the episode – along with the entire A Football Life series – will be available on NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service. Providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience, allowing them to follow their favorite NFL teams and players. Visit for more information.

Every episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Among the topics discussed in Warren Moon: A Football Life are:

  • The passing of his father when he was seven years old and how the need to be the ‘man of the house’ shaped his persona and story
  • Having to enroll at West Los Angeles junior college after Arizona State took back their offer to him to play quarterback
  • Leading the University of Washington to a victory in the Rose Bowl
  • Signing to play with the Edmonton Eskimos six weeks before the NFL Draft and winning five championships in the CFL
  • Being coveted in free agency and signing the largest contract in NFL history at the time with the Houston Oilers
  • His relationship with Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Warren Moon: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Warren Moon

Pat Moon – Warren’s mother

Kim Moon Odom – Warren’s sister

Felicia Moon – Former wife

Jeffrey, Chelsea, Joshua & Blair – Warren’s children

Cris Carter – Minnesota Vikings teammate

Jim Mora – Former University of Washington defensive coordinator

Michael Jackson – University of Washington teammate

Leigh Steinberg – Agent

Hugh Campbell – Former Edmonton Eskimos head coach

John McClain Houston Chronicle

Bruce Matthews – Houston Oilers teammate

Haywood Jeffires – Houston Oilers teammate

Ernest Givins – Houston Oilers teammate

Floyd Reese – Former Houston Oilers general manager

Brian Billick – Former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator

Lorenzo Romar – University of Washington men’s basketball coach

This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for the October and November episodes:

  • October 10 – Eric Dickerson
  • October 17 – Doug Flutie
  • October 24 – Terrell Davis
  • October 31 – Ricky Williams
  • November 7 – Earl Campbell
  • November 14 – Csonka, Kiick & Morris
  • November 21 – Lyle Alzado
  • November 28 – Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers


NFL Now is the League’s next-generation video service, providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, accessible though apps and browsers across an array of Internet-connected devices. Offered for free with a premium tier, NFL Now allows fans to customize their own video stream of short-form videos and highlights from NFL Media and all 32 NFL clubs.

The NFL…Personalized: Fans can select their favorite NFL teams and players and upload their Fantasy roster, and NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience. The customization grows over time, as the content engine learns each fan’s preferences and fine tunes the video stream, to the point where no two registered fans will have the same experience on NFL Now.

Provided below is a weekly schedule of NFL Now content:

  • Live streaming of NFL Fantasy Live on NFL Now

o   Monday – Friday at 4:00 PM ET,

o   Sunday at 5:30 – 7:00 AM ET

  • Live streaming events and select news conferences
  • Michael Fabiano personalized fantasy analysis
  • Daily, personalized NFL analysis from Brian Billick, Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah, Brian Baldinger, Bucky Brooks and others
  • Instant in-game highlights for every game as wells as a personalized highlight Game Center for fantasy leagues
  • In-depth analysis for all 32 teams every day
  • 1,200 new NFL Club-produced segments available per week
  • Over 1,000 NFL Films titles available on NFL Now Plus


NFL GameDay on NFL Network – Sunday Starting at 7:00 AM ET

NFL Network’s ‘GameDay’ coverage kicks off Sunday, September 28, providing more than 15 hours of live programming every Sunday during the regular season.

Start each Sunday with NFL GameDay First at 7:00 AM ET, the first NFL pregame show on television. Host Melissa Stark and analysts Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson provide the first analysis and news reports of the day’s games.

NFL GameDay Morning, the most comprehensive pregame show on television, airs at 9:00 AM ET and takes viewers right up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci and Kurt Warner are joined by Hall of Famers in Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp to discuss the upcoming games four hours prior to kickoff. NFL Network reporters stationed around the league provide up-to-the-minute reports and interviews from the game sites, while NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport offers the latest on what is making news around the league. Additionally, Michael Silver, Andrea Kremer, Mark Kriegel and Steve Cyphers provide in-depth feature stories each week.

At 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Live is the only show that delivers in-progress highlights of all of the 1:00 and 4:00 PM ET games, as well as live fantasy updates and reports, live press conferences and 1-on-1 interviews, and live reports from game sites. Kevin Frazier and Dan Hellie host, and are joined by analysts Heath Evans, Brian Billick, LaDainian Tomlinson and Daniel Jeremiah.

At 7:30 PM ET, host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson and Steve Mariucci recap the day’s action thus far with highlights, postgame press conferences and commentary on NFL GameDay Highlights, leading up to kickoff of the Sunday night matchup.

NFL GameDay Final provides the final word on Sunday’s games at 11:30 PM ET with host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin. With postgame press conferences, game highlights, player and coach interviews, expert analysis, a preview of Monday’s game and more, NFL GameDay Final provides everything viewers need to know about the week in the NFL.

Week 4 NFL Replay & Sound FX

NFL Replay offers an exclusive look at the previous week’s games in a condensed, high-octane format. With the use of bonus NFL Films and NFL Network footage, including never-before-seen camera angles and coaches’ commentary, combined with exclusive wired sound from the field, locker rooms and sidelines, viewers will experience the game like never before.

Sound FX offers a compilation of the best on-field sights and sounds from around the NFL each week.

Week 4 NFL Replay & Sound FX schedule:


  • 8:00 PM ET – NFL Replay: Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers


  • 10:00 PM ET – Sound FX: Wired sound Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward, San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy and San Francisco 49ers safety Antoine Bethea


NFL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET; Re-Aires at 10:00 AM ET

Start the day off with the NFL. NFL AM airs Monday – Friday at 6:00 AM ET offering analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities, interviews with players and coaches, and game highlights. A two-hour edition of NFL AM airs Monday – Friday starting at 10:00 AM ET.

Hosts Rhett Lewis and Erin Coscarelli are joined by analysts Eric Davis and LaVar Arrington each morning, setting the football conversation for the day.

The following guest will join the show this week:

  • Wednesday – Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon and Colts punter Pat McAfee

NFL Game Rewind

Re-live every week one game with Game Rewind – a condensed 30-minute edition of each game. Game Rewind airs on Monday from 12 Noon – 3:00 PM ET & 8:30 – 11:30 PM ET, and on Tuesday from 12 Noon – 2:00 PM ET.

The Aftermath – Mondays at 3:00 PM ET

Every Monday at 3:00 PM ET, get up to speed on everything that happened in the NFL on Sunday with highlights, news, information and analysis on The Aftermath. Host Scott Hanson and analyst Brian Baldinger look back at all of Sunday’s games, along with player and coach press conferences.

NFL Fantasy Live – Daily Episodes at 4:00 PM ET on Now/NFL Mobile & 5:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Fantasy Live, the premier show for fantasy football players, has returned with daily episodes for the entire 2014 NFL Season.

Continuing throughout the NFL season, the one-hour show airs Monday through Friday. Catch it first on, NFL Now and NFL Mobile at 4:00 PM ET and then on NFL Network at 5:00 PM ET.

Additionally, each Sunday at 11:30 AM ET, NFL Fantasy Live airs on, NFL Now, NFL Mobile and the NFL RedZone channel.

This Thursday, NFL Fantasy Live airs at the special times of 4:00 PM ET on NFL Network and 5:30 PM ET on, NFL Now and NFL Mobile.

On Friday, October 3, Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders joins the show.

Fantasy Experts:

o   Michael Fabiano

o   Adam Rank

o   Matt “Money” Smith

o   Akbar Gbajabiamila

o   Elliot Harrison

o   Marcas Grant

o   Molly Qerim

o   James Koh

Additionally, catch the NFL Fantasy Live podcast:

Returning this year is NFL Fantasy’s Fantasy Genius – the collaborative community for shared fantasy football information.

Around the NFL – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 6:00 PM ET; Thursday at 2:00 PM ET

Around the NFL provides all of the latest news and information surrounding the National Football League Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 PM ET, and Thursday at 2:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

Hosts Andrew Siciliano and Lindsay Rhodes are joined each day by a rotating roster of NFL Network analysts including Kurt Warner, Steve Mariucci, Brian Baldinger, Solomon Wilcots, Jamie Dukes and Charley Casserly.

In addition to the NFL Network analysts & NFL players joining Around the NFL, team beat writers from around the league join the show on a regular basis to provide their unique perspective.

NFL Total Access – Monday-Saturday at 7:00 PM ET; Thursday Following Thursday Night Football

NFL Total Access returns to the time of 7:00 PM ET Monday – Saturday on NFL Network (airs on Thursday following Thursday Night Football).

Hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis anchor the NFL’s show of record each night and are joined by NFL Network analysts Willie McGinest, Heath Evans, Warren Sapp, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Mariucci, Brian Billick, Daniel Jeremiah, Brian Baldinger and Shawne Merriman.

Tuesday, September 30

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest,  Heath Evans

Wednesday, October 1

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest, Heath Evans

Thursday, October 2 – After Vikings-Packers

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest, Heath Evans

Friday, October 3

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest,  Daniel Jeremiah
  • Guests: Cincinatti Bengals wide receiver AJ Green and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson

Saturday, October 4

  • Hosts: Scott Hanson
  • Analysts: Jamie Dukes, Daniel Jeremiah, Steve Mariucci

Playbook – Friday at 4:00 PM ET; Playbook Primetime – Friday at 8:00 PM ET

See the game the way the pros do each week with two editions of the show Playbook, the ultimate X’s and O’s football show on television.

Playbook airs every Friday at 4:00 PM ET with former players Sterling Sharpe and Shaun O’Hara, and former Super Bowl-winning head coach Brian Billick bringing the viewers the inside information for every game each week. With the help of “All-22” footage – the same film used by NFL teams each week – Playbook breaks down all of the games and tells you who will win on Sunday. The one-hour show also recaps the previous night’s Thursday Night Football matchup.

At 8:00 PM ET, Sharpe, O’Hara and Billick return for Playbook Primetime, which breaks down the week’s biggest games and explains which teams will win and why.

Inside the NFL – Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET

Showtime’s popular show, Inside the NFL, comes to NFL Network for the first time. Each week’s episode will re-air on NFL Network Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET following its original airing on Showtime.

Host Greg Gumbel is joined by analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, former Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall cover every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special, in-depth features and spirited debate on the hottest topics in the league.


NFL Editorial Content – Daily on

  • Michael Silver

o    To read his columns:

  • Judy Battista

o   To read her other columns:

  • Elliot Harrison’s Weekly Power Rankings

o   Every Tuesday, Elliott Harrison ranks NFL teams from No. 1 through No. 32 in his weekly power rankings. His power rankings will be a staple on NFL Network and NFL Digital Media’s programming throughout the week.

o   To view the weekly power rankings:

  •’s Around the NFL Blog

o    Get the latest news & information from around the league with’s Around the NFL blog

o    Follow on Twitter: @AroundTheNFL

  •’s College Football 24/7

o    Get all of the news and analysis from around college football with’s College Football 24/7

o    Follow on Twitter: @NFL_CFB

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here: Presents Six Weekly Podcasts

  • Dave Dameshek Football Program
  • Around the NFL
  • The Coaches Show – San Diego Chargers Mike McCoy
  • College Football 24/7
  • NFL Fantasy Live
  • Move The Sticks – Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson

To listen to all six of’s podcasts, visit:

Quotes From Week 4 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’


Quotes From NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final

“If [DeMarco Murray] can stay healthy this season he will lead the league in rushing.” – Marshall Faulk on Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray

“As long this game plan for the Cowboys goes through that offensive line and the running game, you better believe the Dallas Cowboys are the team to beat in the NFC East right now.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys after a 38-17 win over the New Orleans Saints

“You have no idea what Orlando Scandrick meant to that defense. He is huge when it comes to the defense…This guy should start because he plays hard, he knows what he’s doing and he doesn’t make mistakes.” – Deion Sanders on Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick

“The most impressive thing for the Dallas Cowboys is the offensive line and the way they’ve been handling every defensive line that comes up on the schedule.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys

“I talk with this young kid often and he wants to be great. He works hard. I love the way he showed up today.” – Michael Irvin on Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams who had six receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns

“I’ve never seen a back lead the league in rushing and then go in a game and average 1.7 yards per carry. I’ve never seen that.” – Marshall Faulk on Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy who rushed ten times for 17 yards

“This was the 49ers being who they are…They physically dominated the game.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on the San Francisco 49ers after beating the Philadelphia Eagles 26-21

“[Colin Kaepernick] doesn’t look like the Kaep that we know and love. The reason he was rewarded this huge contract is because his mobility, [and] what he presented us outside the pocket. It seems like now they’re trying to prove that he’s a pocket passer. He is not that. Get this guy out of the pocket, let him move around the field and do what he’s gifted to do.” – Deion Sanders on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who was 17/30 for 218 yards two touchdowns, one interception and added 58 yards rushing

“I really want to know if they’re really playing for their head coach. I’ve got a question with that. Are you really down with your head coach San Francisco 49ers? I’m not hard to find. Because the way it looks to me, and what I’m hearing, you’re really not down with your head coach and that’s a problem.” – Deion Sanders on the San Francisco 49ers feelings with head coach Jim Harbaugh

“We don’t talk about [Malcolm] Jenkins a lot, but he’s one of the best safeties in the game.” – Deion Sanders on Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins who had seven tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown

“I know Geno [Smith] has made his mistakes, but the defense is not playing the way they’re supposed to and definitely the running game is not where it should be right now.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith who was 17/33 for 209 yards one touchdown, one interception and a fumble lost

“They need to go see their GM for putting these receivers around them because [Geno Smith] had better talent in college than he has at receiver right now.” – Marshall Faulk on New York Jets fans booing Geno Smith

“This is the best defensive player in the game – and it’s not arguable.” – Deion Sanders on Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt who had five tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown in a 23-17 win over the Buffalo Bills

“This should be in the dictionary for playing big. When they say play big, watch Steve Smith.” – Marshall Faulk on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith’s 139 yard two touchdown game against the Carolina Panthers

“Eric Weddle can play this game…He’s a Pro Bowler, but he should be mentioned amongst the best safeties in the game.” – Deion Sanders on San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle

On the following video clip from NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final are available for viewing:

- Week 4: Let’s Go Primetime Deion Sanders provides his top 10 performances of Week 4:

- Week 4 GameDay Express – Host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin recap an exciting Week 4 thus far:

- Deion Sanders: 49ers Players Want Harbaugh OutDeion Sanders questions the player coach relationship in San Francisco

- Michael Irvin: The Cowboys Are UnstoppableMichael Irvin explains the formula that makes the Dallas Cowboys unstoppable

- Are The Packers The Team To Beat In The NFC North? – Host Chris Rose and analysts LaDainian Tomlinson, Deion Sanders and Steve Mariucci discuss who they think is the team to beat in the NFC North

About  NFL GameDay Highlights

Every Sunday evening at 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network recaps the afternoon action with NFL GameDay Highlights. Host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Steve Mariucci and LaDainian Tomlinson provide highlights, analysis and set the stage for Sunday Night Football.

About  NFL GameDay Final

Every Sunday night at 11:30 PM ET, recap the complete day in the NFL with NFL GameDay Final. Host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin put the definitive exclamation point on Sundays providing unlimited highlights of all the games, plus post-game press conferences, interviews from the field and locker room, audio captured throughout the day and expert analysis.


Notes & Quotes From Football Night In America – Week 4

FNIA-nfl-nbc“The rest of the NFC North needs to worry because that Packers offense is back.” – Dungy

“The celebrations, the pushing, the shoving — this is just silly.” – Harrison on Steelers penalties

“There is no momentum right now for Roger Goodell’s job to be in jeopardy.” – King, on conversations with eight owners/senior team officials

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 28, 2014 – Following are highlights from Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on and NBCSN, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Alex Flanagan reported from Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on the Eagles-49ers game.

Elliott interviewed Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten. Patrick reported on some of the NFL’s Hispanic Heritage Month efforts.


King: “The last few days, I’ve talked to eight owners or prominent club officials in the NFL about the future of Commissioner Roger Goodell…there is no momentum right now for Roger Goodell’s job to be in jeopardy, but I say that with an asterisk. The owners want to see what is in the Robert Mueller report. The former FBI director is compiling a report, doing some interviews right now. No sign of when that’s going to be done. But the last thing I would say is that these owners are very concerned with the long-term image damage to the game.”

Florio on Ray Rice: “It’s not just the Mueller investigation, but Ray Rice still has an appeal pending of his indefinite suspension. A week ago, it would appear that Commissioner Roger Goodell was poised to name a hearing officer to handle that appeal, that hasn’t happened. I’m told that the NFL and the NFL Players Association are working together. There’s a chance that this process of the Ray Rice appeal could be nudged back until after the Muller investigation concludes.”

King on NFL games in London: “The game in London today was the first of three games and the NFL, in 2015, will be doing an instant replay. Also, three games in 2015 at Wembley Stadium.”

Florio on London games: “The talk continues of eventually moving a franchise to London, but there are plenty of logistical hurdles and obstacles to actually putting a team there on a full-time basis. It continues to be a very real possibility that instead of moving a team, the NFL would simply play eight regular-season games there a year, involving different teams.”


Dungy on Eagles offense failing to score TD at end of game: “LeSean McCoy is a great back. Give him a chance from the one-and-a-half yard line.”

Patrick: “But give credit to the 49ers defense…They didn’t allow them to run the ball or pass the ball.”

Dungy: “I don’t think Philly had confidence running at that point because they had gotten stuffed all game.”

Dungy on 49ers: “I love what the San Francisco 49ers did. They needed a win. They went back to their formula, played great defense and ran Frank Gore. This was a big win for them.”


Dungy: “The rest of the NFC North needs to worry because that Packers offense is back.”

Harrison on Aaron Rodgers: “He proved today why he is the best quarterback in the league.”


Collinsworth on emergence of Golden Tate: “Now you have someone opposite Calvin Johnson…Now (defenses) have to start balancing that out a little bit? You’ve got issues when you play the Detroit Lions.”


Harrison: “You have to consider giving Michael Vick an opportunity.”

Dungy on switching to Michael Vick: “I would make the switch if I were trying to win this year. If I’m trying to see if Geno Smith is my quarterback of the future, I’d stick with him.”

Dungy reacting to Rex Ryan press conference during which he said about the team’s problems ‘I don’t believe it rests on one man’: “Rex was right. This was more than just Geno Smith ups and downs.”

Harrison on Michael Vick: “If I’m a player in that locker room, I don’t want to listen to a coach telling me, ‘Hey, this is future stuff.’ Whatever…I have a proven veteran quarterback on the bench. I want to win right now. My career is not guaranteed…”

Dungy: “Are you changing quarterbacks now?”

Harrison: “I have to give Michael Vick an opportunity. You’re 1-3, you still have to play the Patriots twice, and Geno, he doesn’t have any confidence.”


Dungy on Steelers penalties: “Just the way (Mike) Tomlin explained it, undisciplined, six 15-yard penalties. You’re trying to run the clock out and you get penalties there, silly.”

Harrison: “This is very frustrating because this is a penalty that you can avoid. The celebrations, the pushing, the shoving — this is just silly.”

Patrick: “But you have this players coach. It seems like it’s coming back to haunt Mike Tomlin.”


Harrison: “You have to give Coach Lovie Smith some credit. After that debacle in Atlanta, they could have easily had the mindset of, ‘Oh, here we go again.’ But they hung in there and won a game.”


Dungy on Teddy Bridgewater: “It is amazing when you get good quarterback play. It makes the whole team play better, and Teddy Bridgewater was poised. He was accurate. He was special today in his first start.”

Harrison: “The athleticism is obvious, but the thing I liked about him was his body language. He was relaxed. He was poised. And even in tense situations, he was cool. He kind of reminded me of Russell Wilson.”


Harrison: “I’m really concerned about that team because you look at the injuries on both offense and defense. That defense seems to have regressed a little bit. They don’t have any great playmakers in the secondary. They’re getting physically dominated at the line of scrimmage. They’re missing tackles. This team is in trouble and they have to play the Chicago Bears coming up.”


Harrison on J.J. Watt: “You tell me one guy that plays harder or with more passion and heart than J.J. Watt.”

Dungy: “And that is a coach’s dream – when your best player is your hardest worker and sets the tempo.”

Patrick to Harrison: “Didn’t you say Houston was garbage last week?”

Harrison (laughing): “I’m still not a believer. I love J.J. Watt, you’re one of my favorites, but I’m still not a believer.”


Dungy on team’s road struggles: “I think it’s the pass protection. I think they have problems dealing with the noise on the road.”


Harrison on importance of Cowboys rushing game: “The more you take it out of Tony Romo’s hands, the less opportunity he has to turn the ball over.”

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:


Note: A core element of Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation is the prevention of domestic violence. In 2012, Witten was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, which is granted to the player who demonstrates outstanding contributions to society off-the-field while handling himself in an exemplary fashion in uniform. For more information on Witten’s foundation, click here

Elliott: What’s it been like to see the issue thrust to the forefront?

Witten: “It’s disappointing in general to see what has taken place in the NFL. Having said that, I think people are now becoming aware that this is something that has been going on for a long time, not just in the NFL, but on a bigger scale in our country. There are so many guys in the NFL that are doing so many good things. I’ve been fortunate to understand my story, and my path to where I am today, and realize you have a platform and opportunities and that you’re role models. That’s something you need to demand of yourself and demand of others to be on the outreach, and let people know that we can put a stop to this.”

Elliott: What more can we do?

Witten: “As athletes, in general, you’re big and you’re strong and have the opportunity to stop it. I look at my own life and my example. Now, I’m a father of three and I’ve put a stop to that, not being afraid to step out. We all make mistakes, I understand that, but there is a standard which we have to create and demand from each other that we can’t accept domestic violence in our country.”

Elliott: What do you think of the way the league has handled it, weathered it and looked ahead?

Witten: “They were all disappointed in the way it all went down in the last couple weeks. I thought Commissioner Goodell did a good job of standing up and owning it and saying ‘we made a mistake.’ I think as players, obviously mistakes were made. But, at the same time, you’re in the spotlight and you have an obligation and responsibility as athletes. These have been dark days for the NFL, but (it’s) a game we love and I think there’s a lot of integrity inside the NFL. Not only in the league office, but players and coaches across this country that understand and respect the opportunity that they have. This league will be fine because falling back on the shoulders of the integrity of the men that make this game what it is.”

On the success of his career: “I could’ve never dreamed that it would turn into this. I always had high expectations for myself that maybe I could be a good player; maybe, possibly a great player. But I was just so focused on working hard and getting better and just trying to be an asset to a team and early on, getting drafted into this franchise, and trying to put one foot in front of the other and become a better football player.”

On nearing 10,000 yards and becoming third TE ever to hit that mark: “I’m humbled just to hear that. You think of Shannon Sharpe and Tony Gonzalez, they’re two of the greatest ever to play the game. It’s a humbling experience to think when you come into the league that maybe one day you’d have a chance to join that group.”

On how important a Super Bowl is to him: “It’s everything. It’s what motivates me every day. You look back and say the last three years playing in Week 17 for the division and coming up short each year to a different divisional opponent – it’s tough…When you play for this franchise, they’re out to get you and they want to beat you. You have to be your best when your best is needed and that’s what we’re trying to create right now.”

On the motivation that comes from criticism: “I don’t think that people think we’re a very good football team. For us, after the last three years coming up short, there’s been a mindset of we haven’t played good enough at key times to win and compete.”


FOX NFL Kickoff & FOX NFL Sunday Notes – 9/28/14

Fox-NFL-2014Terry Bradshaw on NFL Overtime Rule: It Should Absolutely Be Changed

Howie Long: Playing Defensive Back In This League Is Impossible To Do

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Dave Wannstedt: I’d Have Michael Vick Ready To Go If Geno Smith

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Arizona Cardinals Cornerback Antonio Cromartie Joins FOX NFL KICKOFF


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NFL on FOX analyst John Lynch joined FOX NFL KICKOFF from Soldier Field where he’s calling today’s Packers at Bears game. Lynch offered analysis regarding the Packers slow start on offense this season: “There are issues in Green Bay but it’ll work itself out.  With Aaron Rodgers, it’s trust issues.  He’s got wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, who is having an off year, thus far and he doesn’t trust any of his other receivers.”   

FOX NFL KICKOFF analyst and seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Randy Moss feels the Chicago Bears need to win today to show other NFC North teams that they are here to take the division:  “Over the last few years, late in the season was when they would determine who the winner of the NFC North division would be. Right now, today, the Chicago Bears need to set the tone, set the tempo and let the NFC North know they’re coming for the division and they need to do it in Week 4.”

Former NFL head coach, defensive coordinator and FOX NFL KICKOFF analyst Dave Wannstedt would have New York Jets backup QB Michael Vick ready to take over for Geno Smith if Smith turns the ball over:  “There’s an expression among coaches: ‘Good coaches lose games but they never lose the team’ and head coach Rex Ryan has lived that the last couple of years. His players play for him. If I were Rex Ryan right now in the back of my mind I’d have Michael Vick ready to go.  If Geno goes in there and turns the ball over, he’s coming out. You can’t win by turning the football over.”

With his team on a bye, three-time NFL pro bowler and Arizona Cardinals CB Antonio Cromartie joined FOX NFL KICKOFF live in-studio today. Earlier this season, the Cardinals defense had to make adjustments due to key injuries to their linebackers.  Given those adjustments, Wannstedt asked Cromartie how the safeties defended the run: “Those safeties came in and tried to do a tremendous job.  It’s not a point of trying to replace guys, it’s just the safeties trying to play at a high level.  Safety Deon Bucannon Tony Jefferson and Rashad Johnson – those guys like playing in the box and they were able to make plays.”   

Wannstedt on how he’d advise San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to defend against Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s fast offense:  “The key to defending this isn’t necessarily the defensive calls they make. It’s getting your guys lined up and having everyone on the same page, making the call and not having mental mistakes where they give up on cheap plays.”



FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Howie Long on what stands out to him most after the first three weeks of this NFL season: “You better get there with pressure from your front four. With the emphasis on old rules in terms of coverage, it’s impossible to cover these big wide receivers in the league particularly in the red zone.  Playing defensive back in this league is impossible to do in today’s game.”    

On the heels of Denver’s 26-20 overtime loss to Seattle, co-host, NFL Hall of Famer and FOX NFL SUNDAY studio analyst Terry Bradshaw disagrees with the NFL’s overtime rule, which allows the team that wins the coin toss to win the game if they score a touchdown on their first drive:  “I absolutely disagree with the rule – score a touchdown after the coin toss in overtime and then the game is over, without the other team’s offense getting an opportunity.”

Added Long, who agreed that the rule needs to be changed:  “There’s not a football fan in America outside of those in Seattle that didn’t want to see Peyton Manning get an opportunity to answer Russell Wilson particularly after he drove the team 80 yards on six plays in 41 seconds to send the game to overtime.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst and recent NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan disagrees with Bradshaw on the topic of overtime:  “If it’s not Peyton Manning, or Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees, we’re not having this conversation.  There’s more than one player on that field there is more than a quarterback. It’s a team game. You need the other people on your team to step up and stop somebody.  They [Denver Broncos] didn’t do it.  You lost the game and you go home.”

Bradshaw tries to determine the problem with the San Francisco 49ers might be:  “Something is definitely wrong.  You look at a football team that is built to win right now.  Are they not listening to head coach Jim Harbaugh?  Or are they not making the proper adjustments in the second half?  I think they answer it this week.  If not, I can see Harbaugh coaching in Michigan next year.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Jimmy Johnson believes the Atlanta Falcons are back mostly due to the stellar performance this season from WR Julio Jones:  “I am amazed how one player who is not a quarterback can make such a difference on a football team.  Julio Jones is back out there, averaging 16 yards a catch with three touchdowns plus an improved offensive line.  The Atlanta Falcons are back.”

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer reported that Chicago Bears DE Jared Allen lost a considerable amount of weight just this week due to pneumonia.  Allen has been deactivated today and his streak of playing in 113 straight games will come to an end:  “He went from 255 pounds down to 237 pounds just in this week.  He said, ‘I’ve played through a torn labrum, torn hip, torn shoulder, a torn everything and my streak ends because of pneumonia?’  He’s very frustrated today but feeling just horrible.”

Barring several bad performances, Glazer reports that the New York Jets will stick with QB Geno Smith:  “The Jets are sticking with Geno Smith. The plan is to stick with him long term unless he puts together several horrible games where he just digresses. This week, they did extra work with him in the red zone, something that he struggled with Monday night against the Bears.”

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 4

Sunday NFL Countdown logoESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson previewed today’s NFL games with insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Some excerpts from today’s show:


On quarterback Cam Newton vs. the Ravens defense …

Carter: “He (Cam Newton) started training camp a little nicked up. When you get nicked up again, then the hurting is for real. So, every week, you are battling just to stay healthy. That’s what it is all about being a pro. That’s what we always talk about – ‘there’s a talent to being available.’ Right now, Cam is just going through a season where he’s going to be nicked-up an awful lot … I like his style. He’s really developed as a pocket passer. It is only going to get better.”

Jackson: “We very seldom play at a 100 percent in the National Football League once the season starts. That’s almost every player in the National Football League. I would like our viewers to be able to meet Cam Newton – 6 feet, 6 inches, 265 pounds. When you see him, you understand the freakish nature of his ability. He is not RG III … His style is an asset to the Carolina Panthers. It is always going to be there. He can lead the team in rushing, if he wanted to. But he is always going to have that in his back pocket.”

Johnson: “Because of his size and the way that he’s built, he’s not like the rest of the quarterbacks and he’s developing as a pocket passer, you can’t take his instincts away from him. When things break down, he’s allowed to run. You can do that, while other guys have to sit back there and become statues.”

Carter: “Cam Newton is Ben Roethlisberger, but a great athletic.”

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. vs. the Panthers – Keyshawn Johnson reflects on his experiences playing against his old teams:

“The New York Jets to Tampa move – it was all good. I understood Bill Parcells (then Jets GM) and what they wanted to do … But the Carolina back to Tampa, that was a different story. I wanted to punish them … I made sure their sideline knew, that every chance that I got the football, they were going to be gutted. The animosity I had for that coaching staff and some of those players on that team, it just was totally different.”

On Baltimore Raven Steve Smith Sr. playing against his old team the Carolina Panthers …

Carter: “It is a big plot to this game. Not only because he is returning against a team that let him go and anytime you  have that situation, you are going to have a lot of energy. But, they don’t have a whole bunch of weapons. (WR) Tory Smith is not playing well … The Ravens need Steve Smith Sr. to play a good game.”

Johnson: “The interesting thing about this situation with Steve Smith is he does know that secondary. He does know this defense and he does know their tendencies. He can give information to the offensive staff and allow them to put him in great situations to take advantage of that.”

Ditka: “Just one piece of advice for Steve Smith. The only constant in life is change. Embrace it. Don’t get mad at it. Don’t get mad at the team that let you go.”

On the Eagles offense vs. the 49ers defense …

Jackson: “49ers, defensive dependent. That’s been the story of that team along with an outstanding running game. (RB) Frank Gore, basically forgotten getting with 11 carries a game. I’d say it again, (LB) Aldon Smith, at the time that he left, was as good a pass rusher as we had in the National Football League. (DL) Glenn Dorsey, nose tackle, the heart and soul of any 3-4 defense, out. NaVorro Bowman out, the best inside linebacker in football … They are not the same football team on the defensive side of the ball.”

Carter: “This is the style of football team that Chip Kelly (Eagles head coach) has had problems with, even in his short tenure with Philadelphia. Teams that can get quick penetration and make them run sideline to sidelines. The overall physicality of the interior seven of San Francisco is going to play a key role. It was always one of the keys in stopping the Oregon Ducks (under Kelly).”

While appearing on a Wisconsin radio station during the week, quarterback Aaron Rodgers urged Packers fans worried about the team’s 1-2 start to “R.E.L.A.X.” The Countdown panel shared their thoughts on Rodger’s radio comment:

Johnson: “When you start off at 1-2 and you are the Green Bay Packers, there is panic. The Chicago Bears are not going away. When you look at the injuries that they’ve had on this football team, plus the way that the offense has been playing, in particular, the wide receivers trying to adjust to this new style of passing game, there is panic. Aaron Rodgers has to get realistic here and understand you have to start winning football games.”

Jackson: “My concern is that he (Rodgers) is throwing every ball under duress. He is one of the best quarterbacks in the National football League. In fact, (Hall of Fame QB and ESPN analyst) Steve Young said the other day that ‘it is kind of a football crime that Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are having difficulty doing their jobs because they are not protected.’”

Ditka: “Without Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay is an average football team. He is a class act, a credit to the National Football League.”

Carter: “This is no excuse for them, but injuries have killed them the last two years. They’ve had over 200 collective games missed by their starters. That would affect Aaron Rodgers. But his receiving corps, which was all home grown – Donald Driver, drafted and developed; Jermichael Finley, hurt; Greg Jennings, didn’t sign him and let him go to Minnesota; James Jones, let him go to Oakland, after he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2012. All that productivity can’t be replaced. Right now, they don’t have the players. This is not nearly the football team that we were seeing several years ago.”

On how much pressure is head coach Jim Harbaugh under with the 1-2 San Francisco 49ers?

Jackson: “I think some of the actions of his players are wearing thin on him.  Do they want him out, or does he, in the end, maybe want out on his own?”

Johnson: “He’s not the type of coach that likes to sit around. He’s like my old boss, Bill Parcells. A guy who likes to move around – you look at UC San Diego, he left there. He went to Stanford. He jumped to the job with the San Francisco 49ers. He has flirted around with some other teams. You just don’t know what his mindset is.”

Carter: “He is a very good coach. One thing is you typically see a reflection of the coach on the football team. You are not seeing that with the 49ers. Jim Harbaugh was a very disciplined player. Right now, they are not a disciplined team. I do believe Harbaugh has figured this out, a lot like (University of Alabama head coach) Nick Saban, who realized jumping back and forth to college to pro wasn’t his strong suit, and settled on college where he’s a dominant coach. I believe that Harbaugh realizes he is a pro coach and is going to stay in pro football. He’s going to try to work it out with the 49ers.”

On the quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s first NFL start with the Vikings …

Jackson:  “I watched his entire career at U of L (University of Louisville), he was the most pro-ready quarterback, I believe, coming out of college. Minnesota is getting a great guy to lead their organization – not only in character and his ability to stay poised on the field, but great, great leadership …”

Carter: “Not only his physical toughness, but his mental toughness as well. People forget, at one point, he was projected to be the first pick in the Draft. How he tumbled in the draft. Mentally, he handled that. Within the Vikings organization, not only the ownership, but the general manager Rick Spielman, they feel very comfortable in the draft pick. That’s why they got him (Bridgewater). Just need to get some help around him. Don’t know what (RB) Adrian Peterson’s future is going to be. But if they put a running game, (WRs) Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, they can do some great things. I expect big things from the Vikings organization and Teddy Bridgewater.”


Quotes From Week 4 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL-GameDayMorning Quick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“We’re going to be talking soon about him being the best quarterback in the league.” – Steve Mariucci on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew

“They’re in trouble and it all starts up front: the offensive line…If you watch Aaron Rodgers, he’s just not trusting the guys up front.” – Marshall Faulk on the Green Bay Packers

“We keep thinking that Aaron Rodgers can just lift this thing up and he cannot. He needs better talent around him.” – Michael Irvin on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

“I’m told the NFL is on the verge of having personal foul penalties reviewable for the first time ever.” – Ian Rapoport

“If you’re basing that judgment off of winning, how he plays in big games and clutch moments and coming through, I think you have to put him in that discussion.” – Richard Sherman on if Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson should be in the ‘best quarterback in the league’ conversation

“I don’t know about ‘closing gaps’ and all that…We should have been able to make the plays to put the game away. It shouldn’t have been that close.” – Richard Sherman on if the Denver Broncos closed the gap with the Seattle Seahawks after last week’s 26-20 overtime win

“He’s gone out the first three weeks and he’s played even more angry than he normally plays. That attitude has been infectious with that offense.” – Sterling Sharpe on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith

“Getting the tight end involved helps Eli [Manning] and helps this entire offense. They are a force in the NFC East.” – Shaun O’Hara on if the New York Giants can contend in the NFC East

“Geno [Smith] is perfect for this offensive system…He has to be more careful with the ball in the red zone, but this team is about five or six plays away from being undefeated.” – Michael Robinson on New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith

***For complete quotes from ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ see below***

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater with NFL Network’s Melissa Stark

Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater sat down with NFL Network’s Melissa Stark for an interview on NFL GameDay First.

On starting his first career NFL game:

“It’s a dream come true for me to able to get my first start on this level. The time has presented itself, and I don’t want to just start this one game. This is a deal that I want to be in for a long time.”

On being the starting quarterback:

“We just have to focus on getting the ball out of my hands, and allowing my playmakers on the outside and the guys in the back field to make plays. Just taking what the defense gives us.”

To view the entire interview with Bridgewater, visit:


Quotes from NFL GameDay First

Every Sunday morning at 7:00 AM ET, NFL Network is first on the field with NFL GameDay First. Host Melissa Stark, co-host/analyst Sterling Sharpe, and analysts Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson provide the first analysis of the day’s games, while NFL Network reporters stationed across the league report from stadiums with the first on-location reports of the day.

“We’re going to be talking soon about him being the best quarterback in the league. The sky is the limit for the Colts because the guy under center, Andrew Luck, is as good as it gets.” – Steve Mariucci on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

“I will relax when I start to see this team looking like they said they were going to look coming out of training camp. That is Eddie Lacy running for a 115, 120 [yards], averaging about four-and-a-half yards a carry. I want to see some balance between the offensive line blocking and Eddie Lacy with some gash runs. I haven’t seen that so far this year.” – Sterling Sharpe on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers telling Packers fans to relax

“It’s going to be a physical affair. Steve Smith is still upset that his 13-year career in Carolina came to an end and it didn’t end the way he wanted. So what has he done? He’s gone out the first three weeks and he’s played even more angry than he normally plays. That attitude has been infectious with that offense.” – Sterling Sharpe on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith playing his former team, the Carolina Panthers

- “Getting the tight end involved helps Eli [Manning] and helps this entire offense. They are a force in the NFC East.” – Shaun O’Hara on if the New York Giants can contend in the NFC East

“Geno [Smith] is perfect for this offensive system…He has to be a lot more careful with the ball in the red zone, but this team is about five or six plays away from being undefeated.” – Michael Robinson on why Geno Smith should remain the New York Jets quarterback

“Marty Mornhinweg needs to rely on the Jimmy’s and Joe’s, not the X’s and O’s. He can’t always try to scheme everybody and try to get into the perfect play call. He has to kind of just trust Geno.” – Michael Robinson on what New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg needs to change

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

NFL GameDay Morning is the most comprehensive pregame show on Sunday morning, airing at 9:00 AM ET for four hours on NFL Network and taking viewers straight up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen joins analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin to bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews. Additionally, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest inside information from around the league.

“They’re in trouble and it all starts up front: the offensive line. That’s where it starts. If you watch Aaron Rodgers, he’s just not trusting the guys up front. The ball when it comes out, it doesn’t look like his eyes are downfield. I’m worried about this team because where on defense they used to have problems and offensively they used to mask it, right now they’re struggling on offense.” – Marshall Faulk on the 1-2 Green Bay Packers

“They don’t have the talent around Aaron Rodgers. We keep thinking that Aaron Rodgers can just lift this thing up and he cannot. He needs better talent around him.” – Michael Irvin on the Green Bay Packers

“If they’re going to relax, they have to change what they’re doing. They have to change their approach offensively…Five letters if you don’t adjust: P-A-N-I-C.” – Kurt Warner on the Green Bay Packers

“This is not single’s tennis – Aaron [Rodgers] can’t do it by himself.” – Steve Mariucci on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

“There are three things that are a must that you have to trust as a runner: you have to trust your talent, you have to trust your eyes and you must trust your offensive line. Right now, he’s not trusting his offensive line, so therefore his eyes are lying to him and he doesn’t believe he has the talent to get where he needs to go.” – Marshall Faulk on Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy

“It’s that time of the season when you really have to forge your identity. I say the San Francisco 49ers defensive front will look like their old selves and get after Nick Foles today, and try to be the reason why they win the game, not lose the game.” – Marshall Faulk on the San Francisco 49ers defense

“There are issues going on on the football field, there are issues going on in the front office and it is all finding itself to the field.” – Michael Irvin on the 1-2 San Francisco 49ers

“This is a guy who plays with emotion so you want to force-feed him in a game like this. Get him the ball and let him do what he does to intimidate the other team.” – Kurt Warner on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith facing his former team, the Carolina Panthers

“He and Andrew Luck are those up-and-coming quarterbacks that once Peyton [Manning], [Tom] Brady, [Drew] Brees and [Aaron] Rodgers have moved on or they’ve gotten older, we’re going to be sitting here comparing other quarterbacks to the two of them.” – Marshall Faulk on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

“You have to put him in there…If you’re basing that judgment off of winning, how he plays in big games and clutch moments and coming through, I think you have put him in that discussion.” – Richard Sherman on if Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson should be in the ‘best quarterback in the league’ conversation

“I hope we see them again. I wouldn’t mind that. I don’t know about ‘closing gaps’ and all that. They played a good ballgame – we should have been able to pull away. We should have been able to make the plays to put the game away. It shouldn’t have been that close.” – Richard Sherman on if the Denver Broncos closed the gap with the Seattle Seahawks after a 26-20 overtime victory

“We do things differently. We have a close-knit group. In the NFL, it’s such a business they say you can’t have a family-like atmosphere in the locker room – we try to have that. We really care about our teammates.” – Richard Sherman on the Seattle Seahawks

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On the Carolina Panthers’ decision to part ways with wide receiver Steve Smith:

“I’ve talked to Panthers sources about this over the last couple of days. It is not because they thought Steve Smith couldn’t play; that’s been his personal view on this as there’s been some sound that we’ve heard over the last couple days and weeks from him declaring that they thought that he could not play. Panthers’ sources told me that’s not true. They’re not surprised that he’s been as productive as he is. Really what it was is they were going younger, they were going cheaper and they believe Steve Smith would continue to become a disruptive force in the locker room for this young team, especially for this young quarterback. At the Combine, general manager Dave Gettleman said they were evaluating what to do with Steve Smith. He heard that [and] blew up the situation. I’m told he asked to be released, would not take a pay cut [and] essentially forced the Panthers’ hand. They tried to trade him. They had to cut him. They know that his own personal bulletin board is fueling this fire this week. They haven’t said hardly anything. They’re going to hopefully let it play out on the field.”

On former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith:

“From what I understand, Cam Newton was a big source of frustration for Steve Smith. In fact, he told close friends he doesn’t believe Cam Newton sees the field at all, specifically in the red zone. What Steve Smith told friends is that Cam Newton doesn’t think fast enough or isn’t precise enough to succeed in the red zone. The stats do bear that out. Only two quarterbacks have been worse since 2011 in the red zone and his completion percentage [is] 44 percent in his career inside the 20 [yard line].”

On potential rule change to make some penalties reviewable:

“I’m told the NFL is on the verge of having personal foul penalties reviewable for the first time ever. Last year, the Redskins made this proposal of expanding instant replay to personal foul penalties. It failed by four votes. I’m now told four teams who voted against it are now set to vote for it. This is on the agenda when the Competition Committee meets in March. The likelihood is this is coming for the 2015 season. Now it might be at the start a little narrower – could be just hits on receivers – but it seems it’s coming.”

On San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s relationship with the players:

“The same thing I was hearing last year is the same thing I was hearing as the season was starting, same thing I’m hearing now. Some of it is from losing but I’m told especially the veterans are grumbling already about Jim Harbaugh and the voices are getting louder and louder. Some of the complaints include the fact that he kind of treats them like children. In fact, on planes I’m told they’re not allowed to play music, not allowed to play cards. Small things but these are the things that really can rankle players. Even though the players do get to sit in first class, [they] still get frustrated by that.”

On Michigan’s potential interest in John Harbaugh:

“There has been and will be speculation about Jim Harbaugh and Michigan…I am told by high-ranking Michigan sources they actually prefer John Harbaugh, the Ravens coach, over Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers coach, because of the longevity that he could give them. He could stay there awhile. Same Michigan ties; grew up in Ann Arbor, father of course coached there.”

On the decisions to start rookie quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater:

“This was the decision the Jaguars essentially had forced upon them by the improvement that Blake Bortles made. In fact, I’m told by a Jaguars source, they felt like they had no choice with him. Chad Henne had played fine, had a good preseason, showed some improvement but even though they planned to redshirt Bortles at the beginning of the season, his improvement was so great that they really felt they had to play him. As the Jaguars source told me, there is no going back; this is Blake Bortles’ team. He’s smart, he’s physical, they believe he can evade the pressure that hit Chad Henne. It’s a little different for the Vikings. They were not ready to make the quarterback change from Matt Cassel but they are going to see Teddy Bridgewater today. He’s going to have the same playbook essentially that Matt Cassel had; Cassel we know is out for the season after having foot surgery earlier in the week. The noticeable thing for the Vikings and Teddy Bridgewater is how much of a leader he has been with every member of this team. He has associated himself with many different position groups, often eats lunch, lifts with the offensive linemen. They do believe that Teddy Bridgewater is ready to take over this football team.”

On the following video clips from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:

- Week 4 Bold Predictions – The NFL GameDay Morning crew give their Week 4 Bold Predictions:

- Week 4 Sunday Statements – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Sunday Statements for Week 4:

- Richard Sherman on Facing the Denver Broncos – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman joins NFL GameDay Morning in-studio to recap last week’s victory over the Denver Broncos:

- Panthers Were Concerned with Steve Smith’s Locker Room Presence – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the reason why the Carolina Panthers moved on from wide receiver Steve Smith:

- Packers vs. Bears Rivalry Renewed – With the NFL’s oldest rivalry renewed today, former participants of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears rivalry discuss what makes it special:

- Rookie Quarterback Report Kurt Warner and Steve Mariucci join Rich Eisen to provide a report on rookie quarterbacks Derek Carr, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles:

- What’s Most Impressive About Andrew Luck? Steve Mariucci joins Sterling Sharpe on NFL GameDay First to discuss Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck:

- Players Only: Challenges of Being One of the Best – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman joins NFL GameDay Morning’s former players to discuss the challenges of being one of the best players in the NFL:

- Should Russell Wilson Be in the Best Quarterback Discussion? – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman joins the former players of NFL GameDay Morning to discuss if Russell Wilson should be in the best quarterback discussion:

- Marshall Plan: Breaking Down Eddie Lacy – Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk breaks down Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy:

- U Know It – Former Miami Hurricanes Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp discuss if fellow Hurricane Reggie Wayne will catch his first touchdown of the season today:

- San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh’s Relationship with Players Not Improving – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the latest regarding San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s relationship with his players:

- Michigan Interested in John, Not Jim Harbaugh? – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest regarding a potential coaching change at Michigan:

- Mighty Mites Get a Second Shot – The Mighty Mites from Wallkill, NY get a second chance on NFL GameDay Morning:


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Inside The NFL Talks Football With Super Bowl XLVIII Rematch, Coaches And All The Game Action of NFL Week 3

inside-the-nfl-showtimeInside The NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Sept. 23, 2014) – This week’s edition of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Greg Gumbel, expert analysts Boomer Esiason, NFL veteran safety and nine-time Pro Bowler Ed Reed, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and fresh off his team’s Monday night victory, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, are in-studio to discuss Week 3 of the NFL.

The fourth installment of INSIDE THE NFL also covers lessons from NFL Week 3, the rematch of Super Bowl XLVIII proving to be an early season classic, the difference a good coach can make, Philadelphia Eagles Cary Williams’ comments on Chip Kelly’s demanding training routine and how to cope with off-field distractions.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

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On Off-Field Distractions…

Michael Irvin – “Kudos to those guys [Baltimore Ravens] for putting all of that aside and saying, ‘This field is our sanctuary, we control things here’… If you are a football team or an organization, those type of distractions are going to get you, but if you are a family, you can maintain.”

Ed Reed – “There’s a moment when you are not worried about anything else.  You are worrying about your job and focusing on your job. For Baltimore to do the things they are doing on the football field, kudos to those guys because they are concentrating on doing their jobs. And you have to respect that.”

Boomer Esiason – “You come together in the face of adversity … I played for great coach Sam Wyche. He was ahead of his time. He was a human distraction. We had a lot of distraction in Cincinnati, one happened to be the night before Super Bowl XXIII when Stanley Wilson basically withstanding a drug addiction decided not to play. He was one of our best players … I thought our defense really stepped up…but our team played really well despite the distractions and that’s when you all come together as a team.”

On Philadelphia Eagles’ Cary Williams Comments About Practice…

Michael Irvin – “It’s three games and three come-from-behind victories for the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet what everybody is talking about in Philadelphia this week is cornerback Cary Williams complaining about how hard Head Coach Chip Kelly works the team in practice … They are 3-0, and not any 3-0, big comebacks 3-0 … I don’t understand why they are talking about anything else other than that.”

Ed Reed – “Cary has been having trouble with his hamstring, so this could be coming from him as an individual, but I think that this might be coming as a team. This might be something that they might have discussed as a team in the locker-room … Cary is a vocal guy. He says things. He said things a couple weeks ago about New England in the preseason. So, he does that. He voices his feelings … This is an in-house situation. And they need to talk it out.”

Brandon Marshall – “The issue here is that some of these guys don’t know how to take care of their bodies. So, eventually they are going to break down … That’s an in-house situation.  And you have to discuss that with your team, in-house … Do these guys know how to take care of themselves and to recover from one day to the next? Do you have the right specialists? The right gurus working on their bodies? That’s the problem here.”

On Bill Belichick Being a Player’s Coach…

Ed Reed - “I think Belichick really understand his players. He put guys like Troy Brown years ago from receiver to DB. He understands guys that have talents and knows how to use those guys to win games … He’s not giving the player all of the power. He is also communicating with them.”

Brandon Marshall – “I got a little taste of the Belichick way and Josh Daniels in Denver. And I’d like to say those guys are well prepared and always find a way to get it done week-in and week-out …I think he is one of the most respected coaches out there right now in all of sports … I think the coaches that really get it are the ones that their approach is more of a partnership and not a dictatorship.”

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Life of Late Redskins Safety Sean Taylor Profiled on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

NFL_Network_2012_Logo‘Sean Taylor: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, September 26 at 9:00 PM ET

“God made certain people to play football. He was one of them.” – Joe Gibbs

“His first game in the NFL, he was the best player on the field.” – Chris Cooley

After 24 years of life, three-and-a-half NFL seasons and three collegiate seasons, Sean Taylor still lacks a clear image. Throughout his life, the late safety granted few interviews and did not allow many outside of his inner circle to see his true self. As a result, there were several misconceptions that many people held about the young man.

On Friday, September 26 at 9:00 PM ET, NFL Network’s A Football Life profiles the life and legacy of the late Sean Taylor through the words, stories and memories of people who knew him best. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced Sean Taylor: A Football Life features interviews with family members such as his father Pete Taylor, siblings Monika Martin, Sasha Johnson and Jamal Johnson, and cousin David Walsh; former teammates such as Clinton Portis, Santana Moss and Ryan Clark; and former coaches Joe Gibbs and Gregg Williams.

Additionally, Sean Taylor: A Football Life features an interview with Taylor’s fiancée, Jackie Garcia-Haley – the first interview she has conducted regarding her late fiancée.

Following the premiere of Sean Taylor: A Football Life on NFL Network, the episode – along with the entire A Football Life series – will be available on NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service. Providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience, allowing them to follow their favorite NFL teams and players. Visit for more information.

Every episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Among the topics discussed in Sean Taylor: A Football Life are:

  • Moving in to live with his father after spending the first 10 years of his life living with his mother and three half-siblings
  • His childhood plan to become a professional football player and one day reunite his mother’s side of the family
  • His decision to not attend the NFL Draft and leaving the Rookie Symposium early
  • His relationship with the media
  • The birth of his daughter and the impact it had on him
  • His death and the circumstances surrounding it

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Sean Taylor: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Jackie Garcia-Haley – Sean’s fiancée

Pete Taylor – Sean’s father

Clinton Portis – University of Miami & Redskins teammate

Santana Moss – Redskins teammate

Chris Cooley – Redskins teammate

Ryan Clark – Redskins teammate

Ed Reed – University of Miami teammate

Kellen Winslow II – University of Miami teammate

Daniel Snyder – Redskins owner

Joe Gibbs – Former Redskins head coach

Gregg Williams – Former Redskins defensive coordinator

Fred Smoot – Redskins teammate

Monika Martin – Sean’s sister

Sasha Johnson – Sean’s sister

Jamal Johnson – Sean’s brother

Carlene Ford – Sean’s aunt

David Walsh – Sean’s cousin

Constance Dingle – Sean’s grandmother

Michael Outar – Sean’s uncle

Jason La Canfora – Former Redskins beat writer for the Washington Post

Provided below are some select quotes from Sean Taylor: A Football Life:

“He was never one of those guys to be like, ‘What you’re reporting about me or the stories you hear are wrong – here’s what really happened.’ And so from the outside world, when you hear those things you perceive them as the truth. The misconception people have is that OK, we hear these things about him living recklessly off the field and we believe them because we watch him play football. And when he plays football, he’s reckless. And so people thought that’s who he was but it wasn’t.” – Ryan Clark

“God made certain people to play football. He was one of them.” – Joe Gibbs

“His first game in the NFL, he was the best player on the field.” – Chris Cooley

“When I first saw him, I was like, ‘Wow, a beast’…He knew how to play the game.” – Ed Reed

“He was actually living his dream. He slept his entire life on an NFL pillow until the day he got drafted.” – Jackie Garcia-Haley

“That whole first year I think was pretty traumatic really and I was kind of looking at it as a coach going we have a great player but this guy, he’s going to be hard to handle.” – Joe Gibbs

“Every game he would do something to let you know that he wasn’t from this planet and all of us were.” – Ryan Clark

“It changed. That thing clicked…We all started to see a little bit calmer Sean outside the white lines.” – Gregg Williams on Sean Taylor following the birth of his daughter

“I couldn’t sleep. I was hoping that next call would be, ‘He’s alright.’ And the next call was the worst call I’ve probably ever had in my life today.” – Santana Moss on the night Sean Taylor was shot

“There’s not a single day that goes by that you can’t come up with a memory of Sean that puts you in a better mood.” – Clinton Portis

“He was like, ‘Auntie, I’m going to play football and I’m going to make money.’ He really wanted everyone to be together. He wanted his mom and his sisters and brothers to be back together. I think that was his focus that drove him.” – Carlene Ford on Sean Taylor as a child

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This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for the October episodes:

  • October 3 – Warren Moon
  • October 10 – Eric Dickerson
  • October 17 – Doug Flutie
  • October 24 – Terrell Davis
  • October 31 – Ricky Williams