JOE GIBBS & JOE THEISMANN JOIN TOM HAMMOND ON NBC’s NFL WILD CARD SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010
Michaels & Collinsworth to Call Primetime Wild Card Game
NEW YORK – Dec. 7, 2009 – Hall-of-Fame head coach Joe Gibbs, who coached the Washington Redskins to three Super Bowl championships, and two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Joe Theismann of the NFL Network, will join NBC Sports’ Tom Hammond to call the first game of NBC Sports’ NFL Wild Card doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010.
Gibbs returns to NBC for the first time since he served as an analyst for NFL Live, NBC Sports’ NFL pre-game show, from 1994-1997. This will be Theismann’s first broadcast for NBC. Theismann quarterbacked Gibbs’ Redskins to a win in Super Bowl XVII. The announcement was made today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics.
“Football Night in America” reporter Tiki Barber will serve as the sideline reporter. The game will be co-produced by NBC’s Tommy Roy and Rob Hyland and directed by Fox’s Artie Kempner.
“Joe Gibbs is one of the most beloved people to have ever worked at NBC Sports and we’re so happy that he’s made a pit stop to work for us again,” Ebersol said. “Joe Theismann has always provided insightful analysis and we all can’t wait to see him join his former coach.”
Gibbs said: “I’m really excited about coming back to NBC Sports. I’m also excited about working with Joe again but he’ll probably argue with me the whole night. I’m going to make him promise to let me get in a word edgewise.”
Theismann said: “I really appreciate the opportunity to broadcast the Wild Card game. There’s always a chance that Cinderella will find the slipper. I’m ecstatic to be working with my old coach. I owe so much to him. But I don’t know if he’s going to be able to handle three straight hours with me. I drove him crazy for six years.”
NBC Sports will broadcast live coverage of NFL Wild Card Saturday Doubleheader, on Jan. 9 starting at 4 p.m. ET with a special edition of “Football Night in America” followed by the first Wild Card matchup. At 8 p.m. ET, the “NBC Sunday Night Football” team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Andrea Kremer will call the second Wild Card game.
Gibbs returns to NBC for the first time since he served as an analyst for NFL Live, NBC’s NFL pregame show, from 1994-1997. He first coached the Redskins from 1981-1992 when he led the team to wins in Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI each with three different quarterbacks, XVII with Theismann. After retiring from coaching in 1992, Gibbs turned his focus to his NASCAR team, Joe Gibbs Racing, which has three championships under his ownership, one with Bobby Labonte and two with Tony Stewart. Gibbs returned to coach the Redskins from 2004-2007. In his 16 years as a Redskins head coach, Gibbs had only three losing seasons and led the team to the playoffs 10 times. He has an overall record of 171-101 including a 17-7 record in the postseason. He remains an advisor to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.
Theismann, who currently analyzes game film for the NFL Network’s “Playbook,” served as an analyst for ESPN’s Sunday Night Football from 1988-2005 and for ESPN’s Monday Night Football in 2006. In 1985, Theismann, while still an active player, was an analyst on Super Bowl XIX on ABC working alongside Frank Gifford and Don Meredith. Theismann was a fourth-round pick out of Notre Dame in the 1971 NFL draft and went to the Canadian Football League where he played three seasons for the Toronto Argonauts. He then went on to play 11 years with the Redskins (1974-1985) and was named NFL MVP in 1983.
Hammond, one of sports broadcasting’s most-respected and versatile talents, has called one of NBC’s Wild Card playoff games since 2006 and is the lead play-by-play voice on Notre Dame football telecasts. The versatile Hammond, who has been with NBC Sports since the late 1970’s, will serve as the figure skating play-by-play commentator during the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, his ninth Olympic assignment for NBC Sports. He also hosts NBC Sports’ award-winning coverage of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
The early Wild Card game will be produced by Tommy Roy, who produced Super Bowl XXXII, the last NFL game on NBC prior to the NFL’s return in 2006. Roy also was executive producer for Super Bowls XXXII, XXX and XXVIII. Rob Hyland, NBC’s Notre Dame producer, will co-produce with Roy. Fox Sports’ Artie Kempner, who served as the lead NFL director for Fox’s NFL package from 2003-2008 and directed Super Bowl XLII will direct the early game. Kempner also serves as Fox’s lead NASCAR director.
Fred Gaudelli is the producer of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and Drew Esocoff is the director. They will handle the primetime Wild Card Saturday game. This is Gaudelli and Esocoff’s fourth season at the helm of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” the duo have produced and directed every “Sunday Night Football” broadcast since moving to NBC Sports after producing and directing “Monday Night Football” for ABC.