mun2 To Bring The Tradition Of Thanksgiving NFL Football To Spanish-Language Homes Across America

NBCUNIVERSAL LOGOS -- Pictured: "mun2" Black Logo  -- (Photo by: mun2)La NFL en mun2 Continues its Inaugural Season with the Exclusive Spanish-language Telecast of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Night Game at 8 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Nov. 25, 2014 - NBCUniversal’s Hispanic cable network mun2 is bringing the uniquely American tradition of Thanksgiving NFL football to the homes of Latinos across the U.S., with the exclusive Spanish-language broadcast of the NFL’s Thanksgiving night game this Thursday, Nov. 27. The highly anticipated contest is a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, won by the eventual Super Bowl-champion Seahawks, 23-17.

La NFL en mun2 pre-game show will begin live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, at 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT. Bringing viewers all the action on the field throughout this NFC West divisional clash will be play-by-play announcer Rene Giraldo, along with color commentator Edgar Lopez and sideline reporter Veronica Contreras. In addition to live action reporting, mun2 will air several custom segments showcasing the two teams, the NFL and the Thanksgiving tradition in a relatable way to the Hispanic audience.

The Thanksgiving night game is the second of five La NFL en mun2 broadcasts this NFL season. mun2 kicked off its coverage in September, broadcasting the Hispanic Heritage Game on Sept. 28, during which the Dallas Cowboys defeated the New Orleans Saints, 38-17, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After the Thanksgiving night game, the network will broadcast two ‘win-or-go-home’ NFL match-ups: a Wild Card Playoff on Jan. 3 or 4, 2015, and a Divisional Playoff game on Jan. 10 or 11, 2015. The season will culminate on Feb. 1, 2015 – the day mun2 rebrands to become NBC UNIVERSO – and airs the exclusive Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl XLIX, from Glendale, Arizona.

Follow and join in the social media conversation using the hashtag #NFLenmun2. 

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Notes & Quotes From NBC’s “Football Night In America” – Week 12

FNIA-nfl-nbc“They’re not just beating people, they are crushing people.” – Bob Costas on Patriots

I like Green Bay to win four of the next five games.” – Rodney Harrison

“They fired Lovie Smith but they got back to Lovie Smith philosophy today – run the ball and get takeaways on defense.” – Tony Dungy on Bears

“The Pro Football Hall of Fame tomorrow is going to announce the biggest gift in the 51-year history of the Hall.” – Peter King

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 23, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, 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 NBCSports.com, and NFL Insider Peter King. Alex Flanagan reported from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on the Cardinals-Seahawks game.

In addition, Bob Costas interviewed New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., and Josh Elliott spoke with Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON UPCOMING SEAHAWKS-49ERS GAME ON THANKSGIVING NIGHT

Dungy: “I don’t think either one of these teams can catch Arizona. The winner of this game Thursday night is in good position for a Wild Card.”

Harrison on Seahawks: “If they can stop the run, they can win this football game.”

Flanagan on Marshawn Lynch: “As for Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, he did speak to reporters. He was in his locker room after tonight’s game surrounded by reporters who threw him question after question. To each question he had a single word answer, “Yeah,” “No,” “Maybe,” but it’s enough to probably avoid another $100,000 fine.”

ON PATRIOTS

Costas: “There is no hotter team than the New England Patriots. Not that long ago, 2-2, the sky was falling in New England. Now they’ve reeled off seven straight wins. And they’re not just beating people, they are crushing people.”

Ward: “It’s hard to believe the AFC Championship Game won’t be in New England. The Patriots offense just ran through a tough Detroit defense with ease…I think (Brandon) Browner and (Darrelle) Revis are the best cornerback tandem in the NFL.”

Dungy on end-of-game play where Lions C Dominic Raiola dove at Patriots DT Zach Moore: “I was surprised the Patriots didn’t take a knee there at the end of the game and tried to score. That still doesn’t excuse going after a guy’s knee. There’s no place in the game for that.”

Harrison: “This is what Bill Belichick preaches from the very first day of training camp, playing 60 minutes. This is professional football. You’re getting paid millions and millions of dollars. This is not high school … (Bill Belichick) wants to lay a foundation for his younger players. That’s why he always finishes. It doesn’t matter if it’s Cincinnati, if it’s Indianapolis, if it’s the Denver Broncos, he’s preaching 60 minutes.”

Harrison on Belichick’s philosophy regarding Darrelle Revis: “He’s taken his best cornerback, Darrelle Revis, and he puts him on the number two wide receiver. And he completely shut Golden Tate down this week and last week he did the same thing to Reggie Wayne. What they’re doing is they’re taking Brandon Browner, they’re giving him help over the top, and he’s negating the number one receiver.”

Harrison: “The strength of this team might be the defense.”

ON PACKERS

Harrison: “I like Green Bay to win four of the next five games. They might struggle with the New England Patriots, but I look for them to win at least four of five.”

ON BEARS

Dungy: “It was funny to me, they fired Lovie Smith but they got back to Lovie Smith philosophy today – run the ball and get takeaways on defense.”

Patrick on Jay Cutler’s post-game remarks: “I think we’re so used to hearing guys programmed when they go into those press conferences, all of a sudden Cutler went unscripted there.”

Harrison: “It’s easy for the fans to blame Marc Trestman, but when you’re paying a lot of superstars a lot of money, they have to perform. You saw Matt Forte. They got back to making him the number one priority on offense.”

ON BROWNS

Harrison: “I respect everything they’ve done, but I still think they’re the third- or fourth-best team in that division.”

ON BENGALS

Dungy: “The Cincinnati Bengals really impressed me — the second week in a row, going on the road, a tough opponent and winning a big road game.”

Harrison on how to stop A.J. Green: “Maybe if you have Darrelle Revis on your team…He’s a complete wide receiver. Very physical and he can make all the catches.”

ON RAMS

Harrison on Shaun Hill’s late-game interception: “Jeff Fisher wanted the experience of a veteran quarterback. That’s why he put him in there and to avoid these types of mistakes. You just can’t throw this. You’re in perfect position for a field goal. Kick the field goal, go into overtime, trust your defense, but you can’t turn the ball over right there.”

ON FALCONS

Dungy on Falcons’ clock management: “They would have been better off letting Cleveland take the time out and then probably running the ball the next play, make them use another time out. You’ve got a great field goal kicker in Matt Bryant. You’re pretty sure you’re going to make it.”

Harrison on Falcons defense on final drive: “Keep it simple. Don’t bring out all these exotic plays.”

ON COWBOYS

Costas on Romo: “One thing no one can say about him is that he is not tough.”

Dungy on impact of DeMarco Murray: “Teams are not going in and saying, ‘We’ve got to stop Tony Romo.’ They’ve got to stop that running game first and that makes it easier for him (Romo).”

Harrison: “Best offensive line in football and best running back in football. Run the ball.”

ON GIANTS

Ward: “It’s rare to have a rookie wide receiver be the best player on your team considering (he) missed all of training camp and the first four games. I like this kid’s will to want to compete…He gave it to Richard Sherman (a few weeks ago). He went after him and competed with him all day, and really gave Richard Sherman all that he could handle.”

ON PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

King: “The Pro Football Hall of Fame tomorrow is going to announce the biggest gift in the 51-year history of the Hall. New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson will be giving the Hall a multi-million dollar donation. And the biggest thing, as far as I’m concerned, is he is providing some seed money for a residential village to be built on the Hall of Fame campus to help indigent and needy former players.”

Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Odell Beckham Jr., and Elliott’s interview with Romo.

ODELL BECKHAM JR. WITH BOB COSTAS

Beckham Jr. on attending Isidore Newman High School (the alma mater of Beckham Jr., Eli Manning and Peyton Manning): “The bar is set high. Two of the best quarterbacks in the country. Isidore Newman has some high standards.”

Beckham Jr. on having the opportunity to take practice throws from Eli and Peyton Manning while he was still in high school: “I think my coach told me about it a couple days in advance. I remember going to buy new gloves and new cleats (laughing). I was ready to go.”

Beckham on his father Odell Beckham, Sr., who was a RB for LSU: “God has blessed me with some abilities and some great parents. Not just the athletic ability, but their mindsets. It has propelled me to where I am today.”

Beckham Jr. on his father being college roommates with Shaquille O’Neil: “My dad would take me to the LSU training facility and hold me up and let me dunk the ball. Shaq would hold me in the palm of his hand. His hands are huge. It was great to have that relationship with him. We text every now and then. He’s a converted Cowboys fan, so I’m trying to make him proud as a Giant.”

On already having lost the same number of games during his rookie season in the NFL (7), as he did during his entire college playing career at LSU (33-7): “I guess we can’t lose any more. Chances are you are going to have more losses than you did in college. You just have to take those loses and learn from them.”

http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/odell-beckham-jr-where-i-belong

TONY ROMO WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

Romo on how he feels after fracturing two bones in his back: “I’m getting better. It’s like anything. You have to let broken bones heal and get better.”

Elliott: “Broken bones in your back, as a quarterback especially, is an injury that the average NFL fan has a hard time wrapping their head around.”

Romo: “As a competitor, you ultimately just want to play and help your football team. You just suck it up and go do it, if you are able to in some capacity. Once you step on the field, no one actually cares. You have to go be good. That’s part of your job.”

Romo on his pre-season expectations for the team: “When you have played long enough, you start to recognize that this team that we have is pretty good. But until we go out and do it, I’m not really sure. Once you start to win, and start to do things a little better than you have as a team in the past, you start to recognize the abilities.”

Romo on his pre-season comments about fans seeing the best version of him this season: “There is no question. Just from a physical standpoint, I’ve never thrown it as well as I have this season. You are always trying to perfect your craft and get to a point that is exact. I felt like I was getting to a point where I was going to be able to do my job at a high level every day. Not just two-out-of-every-four games, or three-out-of-four games, but four-out-of-four days. When you get there, you feel very confident going out on the football field. Having a football team that gives you a chance is a game changer.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Quotes From Week 12 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’

nfl-gameday-finalQuotes From NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final

“They’re protecting Tom [Brady] better, they’re catching the ball [and] they’re playing good defense. That secondary has the best four corners in the league and they can lock you down.” – Steve Mariucci on the difference with the New England Patriots since their Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs

“Tom Brady and [Rob Gronkowski] may be the best combination in the game.” – Deion Sanders on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski

“This is the best [Rob Gronkowski] we have ever seen with the New England Patriots right now and they are by far the team that is rolling right. Gronk is playing the kind of football that belongs somewhere on Mars.” – Michael Irvin on tight end Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots

“You start out like this against Philadelphia who is explosive and they can explode on you, this is not going to do it. You’re not going to be able to have the opportunity to come back.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys, who face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13 after coming back to defeat the New York Giants in Week 12

“They played a little sloppy early in that game. They came out and got away from their identity early on and it could have cost them this game.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-28 victory over the New York Giants

“[Tony Romo] statistically will go down in history as one of the best quarterbacks to play the game. The problem we have with Tony Romo is winning that big one and not maximizing those moments when they come to pass.” – Deion Sanders on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“They can catch Arizona because of the way they played today…I like Seattle going forward. I think they can come back and win this division.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West race

“Russell Wilson has found the balance of pass and run, and that’s what RG3 needs to find. He doesn’t understand OK if it’s not there [then] take off and run. Either he’s all in or he’s not…He needs to learn from Russell Wilson [about] finding that balance.” – Deion Sanders on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

“This guy has proven that he can carry the load. They need him to. He can run between the tackles, outside the tackles and he can handle the carries they need him to handle.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, who rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown in the 39-36 win over the Miami Dolphins

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

- Week 12 Let’s Go Primetime Deion Sanders counts down his top 10 performances from Week 12:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000433601/Week-12-Let-s-Go-Primetime

- Week 12 NFL GameDay Express – Recap everything that has happened in Week 12 so far with the NFL GameDay Express:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000433598/Week-12-GameDay-Express

- Does Tony Romo Get Enough Credit? – Does Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo get enough credit? NFL GameDay Final discusses:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000433584/Does-Romo-get-enough-credit

- Did Odell Beckham Jr. Make the Best Catch Ever? Chris Rose, Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders debate if New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s catch against the Dallas Cowboys was the best catch ever:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000433580/Did-Beckham-Jr-make-the-best-catch-ever

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Bradshaw Upset With Commissioner’s Handling of Adrian Peterson Case

Fox-NFL-2014FOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES – 11/23/14

Bradshaw Blasts Commissioner Goodell’s Handling of Adrian Peterson Case: “It’s a Double Standard and It Makes No Sense”

Johnson: Relationship Between Gruden & RGIII is Beyond Repair; Believes RGIII is Done in Washington

Long: If Romo Stays Healthy, Dallas is Frontrunner in NFC East

Randy Moss Sits Down for 1-on-1 Interview with Tom Brady: http://foxs.pt/1vCzxKM

 

FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

Three-time Super Bowl-winner and NFL on FOX analyst Daryl Johnston joined the program from Minneapolis, site of today’s Packers vs. Vikings game.  Johnston described the meeting he had with Green Bay Packers players yesterday:  “This is as confident a group that I have ever been around since I’ve been a broadcaster.  They feel like they can just go out and move the ball at will.  Add to that this defense which has been taking the ball away and scoring points, so this is a pretty tough team to play right now.”

Six-time Pro Bowl quarterback and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Donovan McNabb believes the Denver Broncos offense is more dangerous than the Green Bay Packers offense:  “Everything that I’ve seen from the Denver Broncos and the talent that they have all around on offense puts them in a position where in total offense in the last eight weeks, they are second in the NFL.”

Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt commented on Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith facing his old team, the Chicago Bears this afternoon:  “I’ve been in his shoes before.  To the media, to his staff to everybody, he’s going to say the coach talk, ‘It’s another game.’  But he’s going to call [quarterback] Josh McCown in behind closed doors and he’s going to say, ‘They fired both of us and we can go in there and win this game!’ Psychologically, this is worth two wins for Lovie.” 

From FOX NFL SUNDAY on FOX

Two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Jimmy Johnson weighed in on what unfolded earlier this week between Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Robert Griffin III:  “It’s not going to end, because in my opinion, Robert Griffin is done in Washington. The question is, is Jay Gruden done and is he going down with this quarterback? Robert Griffin tried to be a leader with his words. But in the NFL, players don’t care about words; they want to see the action on the field. Are you going to help them win ball games? You look at Jay Gruden he has never bought in to Robert Griffin as his quarterback. How many coaches have you ever seen in a press conference call out their quarterback and point out his mistakes in a press conference? As far as Robert Griffin’s teammates, they don’t respect his work ethic and they don’t respect what he is doing on the field, because it’s not helping them win. It’s a shame because Robert Griffin is a talented guy, but I don’t think you can repair this relationship.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan questions whether owner Dan Snyder will make the ultimate call on Griffin:  “He [Griffin] isn’t a Gruden guy, we know that. But is he a Snyder guy? I guess we’ll find that out if Snyder picks up the option on his contract.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long says the NFC East race will favor the Cowboys, provided quarterback Tony Romo and his ailing back can hold up: “The bye couldn’t have come at a better time for Dallas. One, they get some defensive players back. Tyrone Crawford, Rolando McClain, who is probably their best defensive player up front and they’re going to work Josh Brent back in as he comes off of his suspension. Stephen Jones said something really interesting during their bye. He said, ‘Don’t blame Tony Romo for the shortcomings of the Dallas Cowboys over the last few years. Blame the Jones family, because we didn’t do a good enough job of surrounding him with talent. ‘Well, I am going to give you some love Stephen because [this year] you’ve done a great job of surrounding him with talent. But my question is, will he be upright through the second half of the year? They play three games over the next 12 days and with that fractured back, will Tony Romo have the ability to finish the football season? If he can, the Dallas Cowboys are the frontrunner to win the NFC East.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw was upset by Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to suspend Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson for the rest of the 2014 regular season:  “Let’s go back to September when the Commissioner bungled the Ray Rice situation. He came out publicly and said, ‘Hey I screwed it up, I’m sorry, give me a second chance and I’ll get it right the second time.’ That’s what Adrian Peterson did. He had a misdemeanor reckless assault charge, for whipping his son with a switch. He said he was sorry and would never do it again. He was given 80 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine. It was time to go back to work, but wait a minute, he didn’t show enough remorse according to the Commissioner and because he didn’t beg and cry and plead, and so therefore he cannot come back to work. On December 2nd, they are going to sit down and try to get him reinstated and I don’t think it is going to happen. It’s amazing to me that the Commissioner can say, ‘Forgive, me, I’ll do a better job next time,’ still keeps his job, still makes $40 million a year and Adrian Peterson is sitting outside with no job. It’s a double standard and it makes no sense.”

NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer reports that the Vikings organization was surprised and disappointed by the NFL ruling that Peterson will be suspended for the remainder of the season: “The Minnesota Vikings were a little bit taken aback this week, because they thought there was a legitimate shot that AP would come back. Mike Zimmer addressed the team and said, ‘Guys, I am going to say one thing publicly, but privately we all feel the same way, but we have no choice now but to move on.’ Their only glimmer of hope is Harold Henderson, who is the appeals officer. He is the same guy who actually reduced Brandon Marshall’s suspension a few years ago from three games to one game, but also the same guy who upheld Josh Gordon’s full suspension.”

Glazer reports that the Washington Redskins front office wants to see Robert Griffin play out the team’s final six games before making an off-season decision on his contract option for 2015: “There is a discrepancy of the leash between the front office and the head coach. What I mean by that is, they have to pick up a contract option on RGIII for $15 million for next year, so the front office wants a longer leash and they have to know, because they have committed an awful lot to this guy. Jay Gruden, he wants a shorter leash. This week, RGIII got up and addressed the team on Monday, tried to apologize and eventually Ryan Clark got up as well and said, ‘Guys, we’ve got to move on.’”

Glazer explains the sideline argument that took place between San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula: “The real story wasn’t the argument, it was what happened that led up to the argument. He knew his role was going to be a little bit limited with the return of Aldon Smith. Still, when it happened, he got ticked off, pulled himself after the first series, took the tape off of his shoes, took his shoes off like he put himself in timeout and that’s what led to the argument.”

Johnson says the Seahawks have to find a way to manage running back Marshawn Lynch, because his production warrants patience: “You don’t ever treat players the same. If he rushed for 2 yards per carry, rather than 4.5, they would have cut him a long time ago. It would be great if they could sign him to a new contract and he could stay with Seattle.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and three-time Super Bowl Champion Troy Aikman joined the show from Gillette Stadium where he is calling today’s Detroit Lions-New England Patriots game. Aikman assessed the inconsistency of the Detroit offense this season: “I don’t know that it’s going to be fixed today, I don’t know that it’s going to be fixed as we move through the remainder of this season. You look at the Lions offensively and they’re inconsistent. A big reason for that is Joe Lombardi, who is a first-time offensive coordinator in the NFL, put in an entirely different offense for Matthew Stafford and this group. And Stafford has been without some key guys, Calvin Johnson has missed considerable time, Brandon Pettigrew has been out, Reggie Bush is out again today. The only real constant that he has had has been Golden Tate, so they have had to rely heavily on that No. 1-ranked defense, unlike years past and I think that’s going to be the case throughout the rest of the regular season.”

MOSS AND BRADY REUNITE IN 1-ON-1 INTERVIEW AIRING SUNDAY ON FOX AND FOX SPORTS 1

Yesterday. FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Randy Moss visited with former teammate and Patriots three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady.  The interview airs in two parts this Sunday, Nov. 23 on FOX Sports 1’s FOX NFL KICKOFF (11:00 AM ET) and on FOX NFL SUNDAY on the FOX broadcast network (12:00 PM ET).  Six-time pro bowl wide receiver Moss and nine-time pro bowl quarterback Brady spent three seasons as teammates in New England toward the end of Moss’ illustrious NFL career.  The former teammates cover several topics including the backlash Brady received from the national media following an early-season loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, beating the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts in back-to-back games, and the Patriots’ current six-game winning streak.  The following answers from Brady have been excerpted from the interview:

Regarding the negative media attention he received after being replaced by backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in a lopsided loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4:  “Really, for my pro career, I’ve never had a lot of criticism.  We won (the Super Bowl) the first year I played and then we won two more shortly after that, so this was really the first time people had come down on me.  So you know what I appreciate?  How about those teams they come down on every week and how do they deal with that?”

Even after all he’s accomplished, Brady admits to still having to prove himself: “I think I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder.  I was the one that no one really wanted in college, and I was the sixth round draft pick in the pros.  Now, I’m always like, why do they want me to go away so quick?”

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 12

Sunday NFL Countdown logoESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson previewed the NFL’s week 12 games with insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Comments from today’s show:
 
On the return of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon …
Jackson: “So many good things will happen if Josh Gordon is the Josh Gordon he was last year.”
Johnson: “He now adds an extra weapon to this football team. Last year he played with three different quarterbacks. Imagine now that he’s only with (Brian) Hoyer, what he’s capable of doing, not only in the pass game but the run game. It opens everything up.“
Ditka: “I don’t even worry about his talent. … Where’s his mind at? … And that’s what you’ve got to find out. … If he’s got it all together, he’s going to be really valuable to this football team because they’ve got to run the ball and he’s their passing threat.”
Carter: “Without a doubt – and you can’t say this about a lot of players – he has Hall of Fame talent. He’s one of the most talented receivers I’ve ever seen in the NFL. He has that type of ability. Now, I know something about this, and I know what he’s going through, and I’m more concerned about his day-to-day. Up until now, Josh has done everything he’s supposed to do. He’s got a great support system in the Browns. When this happened, I was calling for the Browns to release him. They have supported him and he has made tremendous strides off the field. Playing football – when you are going through what he’s going through – is the easiest part of his life. Now, me, I’m personally cheering for him because what he’s going to do today will be second nature to him. What he’s going to have to do every other day is make those right decisions. That’s what I’m concerned about, but I am pulling for him.”
 
On the Seattle Seahawks offense and their lack of a passing game this season …
Johnson: “This offense has no Golden Tait. They have no Percy Harvin. So if you are Arizona, you can stack the box, make guys come downhill, force Marshawn Lynch outside, try to pursue that way, make Russell Wilson do something besides run the football – put it in the air. … They’ve got to get the passing game going if they’re going to do anything.”
Ditka (on Marshawn Lynch): “It ain’t complicated. What’s my best deal? Hand it to him, and hand it to him, and hand it to him, and hand it to him again because he’s your best option. Hand it to him. Let him pound it. He likes that.”
 
On the success of the Arizona Cardinals defense this season under defensive coordinator Todd Bowles …
Jackson: “The one thing that Todd Bowles has done: he’s put tremendous pressure on the running game and the quarterback, and he does it at the same time – combination run-pass blitzes out of the 3-4 defense.”
 
On just how good Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt is …
Jackson: “I don’t think we’ve seen this exact combination of skills in a player. … When you look at his career right now – and I can’t dictate who’s going to go to the Hall of Fame and who’s not – this is what it looks like early on when a guy plays like this, whether he’s making money, whether he’s not making money. You play with every single fiber of yourself every down that you play.”
 
On the surging Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers …
Ditka: “I think what’s great about Aaron Rodgers is off the field. He’s a great example for young people – young athletes for how to prepare and how to play the game of football. … This defense was questionable early but it’s getting better now. They have this NASCAR look and they’re bringing people everywhere, lining up (Clay) Matthews all over the defense and he’s coming after people.”
Jackson: “It’s a team game but when you talk about Aaron Rodgers, yes, they are the best team in the NFC. … I’m going to tell everybody: put on a bucket list going to see him throw a football because it is different than everybody else in the National Football League. And I’m talking about Brady, Manning, everybody.”
Berman (on how tough the Packers are at home): “Even through the years of Brett Favre and everybody, Lambeau was never like an 8-0 place at home. It’s looking like that now for the Packers.”
On what makes Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots so good …
Jackson: “The brilliance of coach Belichick: when it comes to any football team in the National Football League, whatever your strength is – whatever the one thing is that you do best – I’m gonna take that away.”
On Robert Griffin III, head coach Jay Gruden and the Washington Redskins …
Johnson: “I don’t have a problem with what Jay Gruden said about him in terms of his future with the organization, this year and long-term. I have a problem with coaches when they don’t tell the truth.”
Jackson: “RGIII critiqued his teammates, albeit subtly. He did it. So Coach Gruden felt the necessity to come out and let him know. … I actually appreciated that commentary about RGIII. I don’t think that it was necessary to come out and say ‘you’re not auditioning, the clock is ticking here with your career and the Washington Redskins’. I think that RGIII probably knows that and everybody in Washington and in that locker room probably already knew that. That, you could have said in private.”
Carter: “RGIII’s fundamentals are not very good. So to me, yes, the truth is necessary, and to be a great player it’s going to be necessary.”
On how the Dallas Cowboys will perform the rest of the season vs. past years …
Carter: “I believe that they are going to be able to get it done. This is not the same Dallas Cowboys. The reason why: I don’t believe their defense is as good, but Tony Romo and their ability to be physical on the offensive line, is totally different than what we’ve seen. If they stick to their MO, I look for Dallas to continue to have success and not be like the Dallas teams we’ve seen in recent years.”
Ditka: “If Dallas doesn’t win this game today, they’re taking a big step backwards, a really big step backwards because the Giants have no defense.”
Johnson: “I think in the end, they’re gonna be one of the four teams in the end playing in the playoffs to get to the Super Bowl.”
Jackson: “I’ll judge this team by what they are now and what they do now, but the collapses have been historic.”
On a lighter note …
Schefter: “Colts wide receiver TY Hilton and his wife had a baby daughter this morning. No truth to the rumor that they’re considering naming her Paris.”
 
Countdown also included the following features during the three-hour program:
 
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Week 14 Flex Scheduling: Colts-Browns To 1:00 PM ET On Fox; Patriots-Chargers Remains NBC Sunday Night Game

nfl-mediaThe Week 14 Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns game on Sunday, December 7 at 1:00 PM ET will be broadcast on FOX, the NFL announced today.

The originally scheduled New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers game remains in place on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Following is the final Week 14 NFL schedule:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 (WEEK 14)

DALLAS AT CHICAGO 7:25 PM (CT) NFLN

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7

PITTSBURGH AT CINCINNATI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
*INDIANAPOLIS AT CLEVELAND 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
TAMPA BAY AT DETROIT 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
HOUSTON AT JACKSONVILLE 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
BALTIMORE AT MIAMI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
N.Y. JETS AT MINNESOTA 12:00 PM (CT) CBS
CAROLINA AT NEW ORLEANS 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
N.Y. GIANTS AT TENNESSEE 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
ST. LOUIS AT WASHINGTON 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
KANSAS CITY AT ARIZONA 2:05 PM (MT) CBS
BUFFALO AT DENVER 2:05 PM (MT) CBS
SAN FRANCISCO AT OAKLAND 1:25 PM (PT) FOX
SEATTLE AT PHILADELPHIA 4:25 PM (ET) FOX
NEW ENGLAND AT SAN DIEGO 5:30 PM (PT) NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8

ATLANTA AT GREEN BAY 7:30 PM (CT) ESPN

Quotes From Week 12 Editions Of NFL Network’s ‘NFL Gameday First’ & ‘NFL Gameday Morning’

NFL-GameDayMorningQuotes 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.

“I think [the Green Bay Packers] are the most complete team in the NFC.” – Shaun O’Hara on the Green Bay Packers

A quarterback that can throw it that often and not turn it over is a thing of beauty.” –Sterling Sharpe on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

“[Mike] McCarthy told me that over the course of his entire coaching career, he has never had more trust in a quarterback than he has in Aaron Rodgers right now.” – Albert Breer on the relationship between Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy

You look around at the other quarterbacks in the league and they all say ‘I need to play better.’ You never hear them say ‘Well, everyone else needs to help me.’” – Shaun O’Hara on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s recent comments to the media

I used to talk to Pete Carroll about Bill Belichick all the time and Pete would just tell me that Belichick was like some type of a prodigy in football. He really understands football situations and understands when a player is almost done with his career. He understands when a certain defense works with a certain offense. He is a game day planner and he makes adjustments like no one has ever made in this league. Great coach.” – Michael Robinson on why Bill Belichick is such a successful coach

“That [New England Patriots] defense is making plays. They’ve scored 81 points off 19 takeaways. They have that killer instinct. Brandon Browner, he was a guy in the Legion of Boom in Seattle, he brought the intensity. He brought the competitive nature in the weight room. He challenged Richard Sherman, he would challenge Earl Thomas…he brought the life to the group. In training camp when guys don’t want to be out there, he brings the enthusiasm. Brandon Browner is a lightning rod to this defense and he’s done a great job. His attitude is very infectious.” – Michael Robinson on who deserves the most credit for the Patriots 6-game winning streak

The New England Patriots on this six game winning streak are averaging over 40 points a game. That’s impressive if you think about who (Tom Brady) is doing it with. They are finding different ways to win football games and the turnaround has been spectacular.” –Shaun O’Hara on the New England Patriots

I think it’s just a quarterback play. The one thing you don’t have to worry about is having a quarterback, and even though he threw two horrible interceptions during Sunday Night Football, he’s got a quarterback that he can trust. That sets the table for everything else because you know Tom Brady is going to give you points. Points mean that we can get really cued on defense. Points and good defense…Are why the New England Patriots always have the chance to get themselves not only to the playoffs, but to a Super Bowl.” – Sterling Sharpe on why Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots have been so successful

Indianapolis Colts Wide Receiver T.Y. Hilton with Michael Irvin

NFL Network’s Michael Irvin spoke with Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning:

On whether or not Indianapolis is the perfect city for him:

“Yes, Indy is a perfect fit. I love the city. I love everything about it and it’s quite just the way I like it. You don’t have to worry about hearing the gun shots before laying your head down; you don’t have to worry about that anymore.”

On playing with a chip on his shoulder:

“I’ve been an underdog my whole life. Teams passed up on me when I was sitting on the board. I’ve seen the receivers that went before me. Were they better than me? No. So whatever team that drafted me, I was going to make the other 31 pay no matter what. That chip on my shoulder will never ever go away because that’s how I play the game.”

On his relationship with Andrew Luck:

“The relationship with me and [Andrew Luck] is special, very unique. I give him a look, he gives me a look, and it’s that time.

On his two kids’ reaction to his “T.Y.” touchdown celebration and where he got it:

“They love it. Once I hit the end zone, they start doing it with me. I got it from T.O. – I saw him do the “T.”

To view the entire interview with Hilton and follow up discussion, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000432432/Hilton-I-ve-been-the-underdog-my-whole-life

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick with Melissa Stark

NFL Network’s Melissa Stark spoke with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay First and NFL GameDay Morning:

On how he will adjust the game plan when facing Ndamukong Suh:

“He changes everything. You can’t let him penetrate or he will foul the whole play up. You’ve got to be able to secure him at the line of scrimmage, and again that is a lot easier said than done because of his talent and also some of the different looks they give you. He is very disruptive in both the running and the passing game, he has got great effort, he makes plays in pursuit, so really there are no weakness to his game and he has got to be blocked on every play no matter what the play is.”

On what tight end Rob Gronkowski said to him after scoring a touchdown last week:

“We had talked about a couple of things during the week in the game and then they sort of happened that way during the game. So I just reminded him of those and he agreed with me and reminded me that he did it just the way he said he was going to do it.”

On Rob Gronkowski’s love of the game:

“Rob [Gronkowski] has a great energy and love for the game. At times, he just bubbles over. It is just Rob being Rob.”

On Rob Gronkowski’s maturity on the field:

“Rob [Gronkowski] works very hard. He comes early, he stays late, he is very physically and mentally touch, you can’t really get him down and you can’t break him. He can really fight through it and as a coach, sometimes you try to put players in that situation and you try to break them down and you try to see how much they can take but Rob has a lot of resilience and a lot of mental and physical toughness.”

On his relationship with quarterback Tom Brady:

“It has always been good. I think Tom [Brady] and I have always had a good relationship. He has been great to work with. He has a tremendous work ethic, preparation, he is very smart and we have learned a lot from working with each other. Just seeing the game through a quarterback’s eyes is different than seeing it from the press box or the sidelines as a coach. Again, I think it is valuable both ways.”

On whether or not he ever yells at his players:

“I try to do my job, which is to coach all the players on the team. I don’t coach them based on tenure or statistics or draft status or anything else. I try to coach the team as an entire team. I am just the coach, and that is what I try to do.”

To view the entire interview with Belichick, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000432416/Belichick-I-just-try-to-do-my-job

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.

“Peyton Manning is not playing good football right now. I’m putting Denver on upset alert.” – Kurt Warner on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning

I think anytime that your quarterback, especially one as good as Peyton Manning, is playing badly you want to worry about it but I think it’s just a bump in the road. We have seen this from a lot of our teams that we say are great. Remember to relax…I think it is just a part of what you go through in figuring out what kind of team you are going to be.” – Marshall Faulk on why the Denver Broncos should not worry about their loss last week

“Can it all fall apart and the Cowboys be back to where they were the prior year? The answer is absolutely not. Starting today, the Cowboys grab total control of the [NFC] East.” – Michael Irvin on the Dallas Cowboys

“[Mark Sanchez] is the guy that is going to direct [the Philadelphia Eagles] to the playoffs.” – Steve Mariucci on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez

There are a lot of reasons why the Cowboys are going to win this thing… The quarterback position favors [Tony] Romo over [Mark] Sanchez, who is the backup. The Cowboys have a better run game and a much better offensive line. The Eagles are all banged up and the Cowboys are better on defense. The Cowboys…should win this division but we are getting late in the season, anything could happen.” – Steve Mariucci on what team is going to win the NFC East

“I thought Monday [Jay Gruden and Robert Griffin III] were both a little bit out of whack and they ended up both trying to rectify if later on in the week with apologies and all that good stuff.” – Steve Mariucci on Jay Gruden and Robert Griffin III’s press conferences

“There’s so much at stake right here. The Redskins organization, they have decide after the end of this season if they’re going to exercise the fifth year option on RGIII. That’s coming up right around the corner, about a month and a half. Figure it out. Right now, [Robert Griffin III] is auditioning for that.” – Steve Mariucci on the Washington Redskins quarterback situation

“It leads me to ask the question for RGIII, in his defense, as to why is he working on his angle? Is he the franchise quarterback?  Well, based on his news, no. Because guess what you do not do to franchise quarterbacks, you don’t call them out like that. If you’re watching the NFL today, Jay Cutler looks just like RGIII and at no point in time has his head coach rolled him under the bus…as a coach in this league, you don’t need credibility anymore to step out on a player and speak out the way he did. Last time I checked, you needed to be something in this league, have something in this league, as in jewelries, as in trophies, to take somebody or tell somebody what they are not doing the right way, that way. We accepted that kind of stuff from Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick about players. But to just – you’re a new head coach. Sit that player down, get his respect, [and] get the respect of the rest of the players before you do something like that.” – Marshall Faulk on the Jay Gruden and Robert Griffin III relationship

“[Rob Gronkowski’s] measurable are off the charts…maybe when it’s all said and done, he will be the most complete tight end this league has ever seen.” – Steve Mariucci on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

“[Rob Gronkowski’s] difference immeasurable…Gronk can do it all.” – Warren Sapp on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

“I truly believe that when he’s healthy, [Rob Gronkowski] is the biggest impact player for any offense outside of the quarterback in the National Football League.” – Kurt Warner on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

If I knew [Bill Belichick’s] secret, I’d still be coaching. He is as good as they get. We are going to be mentioning this guy right here with Lombardi and Shula and Walsh and all of the great ones. It’s amazing how one team and one coach can dominate a division for so long over 12 years.” – Steve Mariucci on Bill Belichick’s success as the head coach of the New England Patriots

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On Jay Gruden calling out Robert Griffin III:

“I talked to four Redskins sources over the course of the week to try to understand the situation and what I am told is Jay Gruden received positive feedback after his press conference on RGIII mainly because of the accountability that he now brings to this football team. Remember in the past it would have been all on RGIII. I’m sure they would have asked him, Dan Snyder specifically, would have asked him to lighten up. That was simply not the case. It shows that upper management does back their coach. The landscape has changed for RGIII in Washington. Let me give you an example. In the past, he had certain rules, things he was allowed to do that others were not like his wife was allowed places in training camp. Other teammates’ wives were not. His family basically had an all access pass. None of that is the case now. It is now simply based on performance. Which brings me to the starting quarterback position. I’m told by several sources Jay Gruden does have the ability to bench RGIII if necessary if he simply does not play well enough. I’m told it is not out of the question.”

On the possibility Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III could be benched prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts:

“Everything is possible because as Jay Gruden has said very clearly, and even Robert Griffin III has said, the performance has not been good enough. [Robert Griffin III] actually had a good week of practice I’m told but the question is whether or not it will translate to the game. Let me share with you a disturbing detail I dug up this week. Redskins coaches have gone back to 2012. They’ve studied the film that showed RGIII as successful as he’s ever been. They have doubts that he can be physically the player he was back then. They believe injuries have taken their toll. They’re going to try to do what they can today to make him comfortable, get him some easy reads, have him have some success early but they do wonder if he can ever be the kind of player he once was.”

On Jay Gruden’s public commentary on Robert Griffin III with Washing Redskins management:

“This is a slightly awkward situation so let me explain how awkward it actually is. Did you know that Jay Gruden and Robert Griffin III are actually neighbors? Not next door, but basically next door to each other. Maybe when they’re walking the dog they can talk about this situation. Let me explain what’s happened. Jay Gruden comes out on Wednesday and says what he did about RGIII and I’m told the team’s brass has offered support for him in this case whereas in the past this might not have happened with this quarterback. In fact, Jay Gruden does have license to bench RGIII possibly today if he is not performing up to standards. All they want is to be able to be successful. Things certainly have changed for RGIII over the past several of years. There are no more special rules for him. His wife used to be allowed where other wives were not in training camp. His family essentially had an all access pass to the facility. That is no longer the case. So the Redskins, what they have tried to do is do everything they can to have RGIII be successful. They went back and studied the 2012 tape and there are doubts internally that he has the skills – the physical skills to be the kind of player he was back then. In fact, I’m told by sources they’ve actually instructed him, don’t run. We don’t want you to get hurt.

On what is next for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson:

“Adrian Peterson has his appeals hearing on December 2 with third party arbitrator Harold Henderson. He does not expect to win, but his argument is that he is being judged on this personal conduct policy that did not exist when he had his infraction with his four year old son. I am told that if Adrian Peterson loses his appeal he may explore legal options to potentially seek damages for having to sit out this season. As far as his 2015 status, I’m told by sources the Vikings football people would like him back but Peterson himself is not sure that he can be back in Minnesota in that climate, something he would like to figure out. He’s eligible to return in April, the middle of April. Remember, that is a month after free agency begins a little bit of no-man’s land so if he is not going to play for the Vikings, the likelihood is they will try to trade him. Maybe, his hometown Dallas Cowboys who could let DeMarco Murray walk after this year.”

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

- Players Only: Player to Start a Franchise with – The NFL GameDay Morning analysts give their thoughts on the one player to start build a franchise:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000432459/Players-Only-Player-to-start-a-franchise-with

- ‘Legion of Boom’ vs ‘No Fly Zone’ – NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner breaks down the Arizona Cardinals secondary:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000432440/Legion-of-Boom-vs-No-Fly-Zone

- M&M – Hashtag Battle – NFL Network analysts Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin battle each other over NFL players, games and scenarios:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000432431/M-M-Better-to-chance-to-score-J-J-Watt-or-A-J-Green

- Gronk Like Music Video NFL GameDay Morning discuss the impact Rob Gronkowski has on the New England Patriots offense:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000432429/Gronk-like-football-music-video

- Bold Predictions NFL GameDay Morning make their bold predictions for Week 12:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000432422/Bold-Predictions-Tannehill-dominates-in-Denver

- Adrian Peterson Doesn’t Expect to Win Appeal – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport shares the latest on Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000432404/Adrian-Peterson-doesn-t-expect-to-win-appeal

- How Will Jets-Bills Players Adjust to Playing Monday? NFL GameDay Morning talk about the impacts the weather will have on the Jets-Bills matchup:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap3000000432421/How-will-Jets-Bills-players-adjust-to-playing-Monday

ABOUT NFL NETWORK

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Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers including Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app delivered on XBOX from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch), with participating cable and satellite providers. For more information, log on to NFL.com/nflnetwork.  NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

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Brash & Outspoken Defensive End Lyle Alzado Profiled on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

NFL_Network_2012_Logo‘Lyle Alzado: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, November 21 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

“Take all the things of Lyle Alzado and throw them out the window because here is the one thing that he always was and it was the most consistent thing in his life: Lyle had a good heart.” – Matt Millen

After a 15-year NFL career and a Super Bowl championship, defensive end Lyle Alzado is still remembered for his incredible talent on the field and larger than life persona off it.

NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, November 21 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of Alzado – nicknamed Darth Raider – a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end with the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Raiders, who played with an intimidating style and relentless drive to get after the opposing quarterback. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary focuses on Alzado’s professional football career, but also gives insight to his personal life, commitment to philanthropy and transition into acting. Additionally, the show highlights Alzado’s fight with heavyweight champion boxer, Muhammad Ali. Lyle Alzado: A Football Life also addresses Alzado’s use of steroids and human growth hormone, and how he believed it is what caused him to develop an inoperable brain tumor.

Following the premiere of Lyle Alzado: 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 NFL.com/now 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 Lyle Alzado: A Football Life are:

  • How his upbringing and relationship with his father affected who he was as a person
  • The impact he made on the Denver Broncos organization and how he felt the team let him down during their Super Bowl appearance
  • Being traded to the Cleveland Browns
  • Alzado’s love of giving back, specifically to children in need
  • Alzado’s fight with heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali
  • His trade to the Los Angeles Raiders and Super Bowl XVIII victory
  • His transition into acting
  • His attempted comeback and excessive use of steroids in the process, which he initially denied
  • His diagnosis with an inoperable brain tumor and how he spoke out about the danger of steroids

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Lyle Alzado: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Peter Alzado – Lyle’s brother

Janice Alzado-Lotz – Lyle’s sister

Sharon Sarvak – Lyle’s first wife

Mark Lyons – Lyle’s childhood friend

Ira Gordon – Lyle’s childhood friend

Howie Long – Raiders teammate

Tom Jackson – Broncos teammate

Billy Thompson – Broncos teammate

Matt Millen – Raiders teammate

Terry Frei Denver Post

Craig Morton – Broncos teammate & cornerman for Ali fight

Claudie Minor – Broncos teammate

Bill Pickel – Raiders teammate

Greg Townsend – Raiders teammate

Joe Theismann – Former Redskins quarterback

Kathy Alzado-Murray – Lyle’s fourth wife

Provided below are some select quotes from Lyle Alzado: A Football Life:

“People can portray me anyway they want because I don’t give a damn… But don’t you analyze me and don’t you tell me what I am until you get close enough to understand what I am. Then you can make an analysis of me. But don’t you dare do it until then.” Lyle Alzado in an interview in 1983

“Lyle was physically fearless, but I think emotionally he wasn’t.” – Peter Alzado

“Lyle wanted my father to love him. That is what he wanted more than anything.” Janice Alzado-Lotz

“He was relentless. He was all out on every play. He never quit, he was always after the quarterback. It was almost like it was a survival thing for him.” Billy Thompson on Lyle’s success on the field

“Take all the things of Lyle Alzado and throw them out the window because here is the one thing that he always was and it was the most consistent thing in his life: Lyle had a good heart.” Matt Millen

“The cameras were on and the lights were bright. He looked for an opportunity to pop Ali. He was going to knock him out.” – Claudie Minor on Lyle’s fight with Muhammad Ali

“Lyle was born to be a Raider.” – Howie Long

“It was a very rare form of brain cancer. I think he felt that was retribution. He had a lot of guilt attached to doing the steroids and lying about it.” – Peter Alzado

“He made a deal with the Devil. He got fame and fortune. And it was time for the Devil to collect.” – Mark Lyons

“How much of Lyle was Lyle? And how much of Lyle was steroids?” – Tom Jackson

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

  • December 5 – Roger Staubach (9:00 PM ET); Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers (10:00 PM ET)
  • December 19 – Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith
  • January 2 – The 2006 Rose Bowl

ABOUT NFL NETWORK

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Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers including Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app delivered on XBOX from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch), with participating cable and satellite providers. For more information, log on to NFL.com/nflnetwork.  NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

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NOTES & QUOTES FROM NBC’S “FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA” – WEEK 11

FNIA-nfl-nbcI’ve seen enough. I don’t think he fits in the system. I think you have to get rid of him.” – Rodney Harrison on Robert Griffin III

“He’s the best all-around running back in the game.” — Hines Ward on Jamaal Charles

I really think it’s time the NFL starts to think about shrinking the goal posts a bit. There’s no drama to it. It’s just too easy.” – Cris Collinsworth on field goals

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 16, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, 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 NBCSports.com, and NFL Insider Peter King. Carolyn Manno reported from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on the Eagles-Packers game.

In addition, Harrison spoke with New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski and received an on-field demonstration at Gillette Stadium on how Gronkowski derails defenders’ attempts to cover him. Elliott interviewed Indianapolis Colts WRs T. Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON CHIEFS

Collinsworth: “Be careful about the Kansas City Chiefs right now, too. They can play defense and run the ball — pretty good formula come a little cold weather.”

Ward on Jamaal Charles: “Right now, he’s the best all-around running back in the game. What was so impressive about that game: Kansas City has no wide receivers, so Seattle played eight guys in the box and they still couldn’t stop him.”

Dungy: “Kansas City is playing the best ball in that division (AFC West), and Denver still has to go to Kansas City.”

ON SEAHAWKS

Dungy on loss to Chiefs: “They weren’t able to run the ball effectively when they needed to.”

Patrick on Earl Thomas: “You brought up the great point that with Earl Thomas, it’s feast or famine. He’s either going to force a fumble or, if he (the opposing player) gets behind you, it’s going to be a touchdown.”

Harrison on Thomas: “He’s the free safety for a reason. He’s the last line of defense. He has to make the sure tackle.”

ON CARDINALS

Collinsworth: “It’s not a fluke. It’s time we all start paying attention to this football team.”

Dungy on Cardinals defense: “It is great.”

ON REDSKINS

Dungy: “They do not have good pass protection. They do not have good coverage. They’re just struggling in all areas.”

Harrison: “They’ve surrounded him (Robert Griffin III) with great weapons. I just think it comes down to RGIII. I don’t think he can read coverages. The offensive line is really bad. Defensively they gave up a lot of plays. They have a lot of issues on this team.”

Harrison on RGIII: “He’s been in the league three years. If you need six more games to determine if he’s going to be your future quarterback, you need a new coach and a new scouting department. I’ve seen enough. I don’t think he fits in the system. I think you have to get rid of him.”

ON 49ERS

Dungy on Aldon Smith’s return: “He’s the one guy who can create his own rush on the 49ers…and this comes at just the right time. You talk about teams that need to get on a roll. San Francisco does, and Smith just might be the sparkplug for that.”

Harrison on Aldon Smith: “He had Eli (Manning) confused and worried about that rush all day.”

ON GIANTS

Harrison on Odell Beckham, Jr.: “He is going to be special.”

ON RAMS

Harrison: “The one thing we know about the Rams – they can rush the passer. They played Peyton (Manning) exactly how you have to play him: you have to pressure him and you have to beat up the receivers, and they were very aggressive and physical.”

ON PATRIOTS-COLTS

Dungy: “It’s not just another game.”

Harrison: “What it comes down to is home-field advantage, and that’s what Bill Belichick and the Patriots are thinking.”

Harrison on Rob Gronkowski: “He’s a silly guy. He likes to have fun. But the maturity level, early in his career, he had a lot of off-the-field issues. You don’t see those issues. I’ve gone through a lot of different injuries, and injuries have a way of giving you perspective and making you humble.”

ON NFC SOUTH

Dungy: Usually you say, ‘One of these teams is going to get hot and get on a streak.’ I don’t see that happening. I think seven wins wins this division. First team to seven wins.”

Harrison on Falcons: “I don’t trust this team moving forward.”

ON ADRIAN PETERSON

King: “Adrian Peterson’s punishment under the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy will come as soon as tomorrow. I believe the NFL could come down hard. Two reasons: The NFL has no information or proof that similar corporal punishment will not happen again. Number two: The NFL does not believe that the nine games Peterson has missed constitute time served because he’s been paid.”

Florio: “There’s a separate track here because on Monday an arbitrator will hold a hearing on the question of whether Peterson should remain on the Commissioner Exempt list where he’s essentially suspended with pay. Now a ruling will be required by Saturday, which means Peterson could be eligible to play by next Sunday when the Vikings host the Packers. So if the league is going to suspend him under the Personal Conduct Policy, they need to move quickly. It needs to be resolved or Peterson could be back by next week.”

http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/will-adrian-peterson-be-suspended-nfl

ON KICKING GAME

Collinsworth on field goals: “I really think it’s time the NFL starts to think about shrinking the goal posts a bit. There’s no drama to it. It’s just too easy. At least for the top guys it is. There is a point in time where you have to say, ‘We’ve got to change a little bit.’”

Below are excerpts from Harrison’s interview with New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, and Elliott’s interview with Indianapolis Colts WRs T. Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne.

ROB GRONKOWSKI WITH RODNEY HARRISON

Harrison, a former New England Patriots safety, joined Gronkowski on the field at Gillette Stadium to discuss how he shakes off defenders who try to cover him. The two went through several scenarios, including when Gronkowski faced Broncos LB Von Miller during New England’s 43-21 victory over Denver in Week 9.

On his one-handed catch during the Broncos-Patriots game, which Patriots QB Tom Brady said was “the best” catch he has ever seen: “[Tom Brady] told me he was just throwing the ball to get rid of it so he didn’t get sacked. So, he just threw it up in the air and I was running that way. It was just a natural reaction. I wasn’t thinking ‘I’m going to one-hand that.’ I was just running and saw the ball and stuck my hand in the air and caught it.”

http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/rob-gronkowski-becoming-offensive-leader

T. Y. HILTON AND REGGIE WAYNE WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

Wayne on having a teammate take his job for the greater good of the team: “That’s the way it goes. That’s part of the process. It’s my business to make it a hard decision. When guys come in, I don’t mind giving them my two cents. I don’t mind sharing the wealth. In my mind, I’m giving it everything. I’m practicing as hard as I possibly can, and if he [Hilton] is trying to top that, we’re going to be awesome.”

Hilton on how hard it was to see Wayne hurt last season: “It was very hard. Coach always said, ‘Prepare like you’re a starter.’ When he went down, all of that went out the window. I thought, ‘Oh, no. Oh, no. 87 is down!’ I saw him go into the locker room, and that’s when I grew up quick. I thought, ‘you’re prepared, you’re ready.’ But at the same time, that really hurt, to see your big brother go down. But, I had to step up and become a man.”

Wayne on watching Hilton start: “I enjoyed watching him progress. He made it exciting for me. That’s also one of the main reasons why I wanted to make sure I was on the sidelines for every game. I wanted T. Y. to see that, ‘I’m still here with you.’ If he needed to come to the sideline and ask a question, nothing changed. I’m still there.”

Hilton on Wayne: “I’m blessed to have him. A big brother like this, what more can I ask for? I’m not going to let him leave [laughs]… Whatever it takes, I need him with me.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

ESPN NFL Content Week 11

Sunday NFL Countdown logoSunday NFL Countdown: Eddie Lacy’s New Home; Beast Mode; Believing in Drew Stanton; Tom BradySoundtracks; and More
Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis will preview the weekend’s NFL games on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. Anchor/host Wendi Nix will handle select segments, while NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report the day’s headlines and news.

Reporters at game sites:

  • Seahawks at Chiefs (Lindsay Czarniak and Ron Jaworski)
  • Texans at Browns (Bob Holtzman)
  • 49ers at Giants (Josina Anderson)
  • Eagles at Packers (Sal Paolantonio)
  • Lions at Cardinals (Ed Werder)

Features:

  • Eddie Lacy’s New Home: Eddie Lacy Jr.’s family – Wanda, Eddie Lacy Sr. and their four children – was displaced during Hurricane Katrina nine years ago. During the offseason, the Packers second-year running back bought a house for his mom and dad, moving them from the trailer they had called home for the past eight years. Last Monday,Countdown reporter Michelle Beisner joined the 2013 NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year on his first trip back to the new home
  • Beast Mode: In their own words, Marshawn Lynch and his Seahawks teammates discuss what happens when the running back goes into “beast mode.”
  • Believing in Drew Stanton: After losing quarterback Carson Palmer to a season-ending ACL tear, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arias proclaimed, “We can win the Super Bowl with (backup quarterback) Drew Stanton.” Reporter Jim Trotter sits with the journeyman quarterback to discuss the opportunities and challenges of leading the Cardinals.
  • Soundtracks – Tom Brady: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, wired for in-game sound during the team’s week 9 home win over rival Peyton Manning and the Broncos, will be featured in Sunday’s Soundtracks. 

ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers Face the Titans in Tennessee
The Tennessee Titans host Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Music City on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on November 17 at 8:15 p.m. The MNF team of announcer Mike Tirico, analyst Jon Gruden and sideline reporterLisa Salters will call the game from LP Field in Nashville.

In addition to the ESPN telecast, MNF will be available on ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN for fans with video subscriptions from affiliated providers.

Leading into the matchup is Monday Night Countdown at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Suzy Kolber hosts the show from LP Field with NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young, while Chris Berman hosts from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn., with NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

Monday Night Countdown features:

  • Soundtracks – Best of Ben Roethlisberger: Eleven years into his career, Ben Roethlisberger is having one of his finest seasons statistically, and has Pittsburgh back in playoff contention.  Soundtracks features some of the best in-game audio in the career of the two-time Super Bowl winning Steelers quarterback.
  • Rick Reilly’s Feature – Antonio Brown: Countdown’s Rick Reilly explores the relationship between Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown and his father Eddie, who is one of the greatest players in Arena Football League history.
  • Gruden’s Grill Session with Kenny Chesney: With Monday Night Football in Music City (Nashville, Tenn.), Jon Gruden visits with country music star and football fan Kenny Chesney.

NFL Matchup: Seahawks Ground Game-Chiefs Defense; Disrupting Rob Gronkowski; Jordan Matthews’ Explosive Play; and More
NFL Matchup host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge preview the weekend’s key matchups via a film-room Xs and Os analysis on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN2 (re-airs on ESPN, Sunday at 4 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.).  Highlights:

  • Spotlight on Seahawks Ground Game vs. Chiefs Defense: After an impressive 350-yard rushing performance, the Seahawks look to keep their run-game momentum going at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs, who rank 20th against the run, will need to find ways to account for the multiple backfield weapons of the Seahawks. Jaworski and Hoge explain.
  • Between the Lines – Slot Receiver Golden Tate: Jaworski explains why the Arizona Cardinals defense will need to focus on Golden Tate, who has the second-most receiving yards this year from the slot position.
  • Jaws playbook – Jordan Matthews’ Explosive Play: Jaworski shows how the Eagles designed a play for Jordan Matthews to beat man-to-man coverage, a design they will repeat in this week’s matchup against the Packers, who played man coverage 67% of the time last year.
  • Blitz Breakdown – Eagles’ Creative Blitz Designs: Hoge illustrates the ways the blitz packages of the Eagles will confuse the interior lineman and the Packers running backs this week.
  • Let’s See it Hoge – Disrupting Rob Gronkowski: The Colts will look to steal a page from the defensive playbook of the Chiefs, who hindered Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski by disrupting him at the line of scrimmage, Hoge explains.
  • Game Within the Game – Patriots Defensive Disguises: Jaworski explains how the Patriots are so effective at confusing quarterbacks through their use of post-snap coverage adjustments, something to look for in their matchup this week against Andrew Luck.
  • Coach’s Clicker – San Francisco Offense Back to Basics: The 49ers returned to their power running game last week, and a favorable matchup against the Giants bodes well for a big performance from Frank Gore, contends Hoge.

NFL on ESPN Radio: San Francisco 49ers at the New York Giants on Sunday

The NFL on ESPN Radio continues Sunday, Nov. 16, at 12 p.m., as Eli Manning and the New York Giants host Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers.

ESPN.com NFL Hot Read: Earl Thomas’ Play

In this week’s ESPN.com NFL Hot Read and two accompanying pieces, senior NFL columnist Jeffri Chadiha profiles Seattle Seahawks defensive back Earl Thomas on the painstaking mental preparation and competitive fire that make him NFL’s top safety. Story. Accompanying Seahawks content:

  • ESPN The Magazine’s Jordan Brenner looks at how the rapid rise of safeties and do-it-all defensive backs give defensive units in the NFL a fighting chance against the emergent spread offenses. (Also in Nov. 10 issue of ESPN the Magazine.)
  • Writer Greg Garber on the curious tale of the roaming gnome and how Seahawks fans are baffled by the statue’s mysterious travels with video content by Sunday NFL Countdown.

Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray and Texans’ JJ Watt on Cover of New ESPN The Magazine State of Football Issue

Dallas Cowboys record-setting running back DeMarco Murray and Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt, the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, appear on separate covers of ESPN The Magazine’s new “State of Football” Issue, on newsstands Friday, Nov. 14. Planned features.

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