NEW YORK (January 2, 2013) – James Brown, Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth are joined by Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson on this week’s episode of INSIDE THE NFL. The episode premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
In the episode, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is wired for sound and can be heard encouraging opposing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo after the game, saying, “Hey Tony. I just wanted to say to you, don’t listen to what anybody else is saying about you. You’re a great quarterback, man. And this game doesn’t mean anything.”
Also in the episode, the guys break down the upcoming AFC and NFC Wild Card weekend, give their thoughts on the retirement of legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and NFL Insider Michael Lombardijoins the panel with his take on the seven head coaches that were fired on “Black Monday.”
INSIDE THE NFL, now in its 34th season, airs every Wednesday night through the NFL season on SHOWTIME, with multiple replays each week on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and availability on SHOWTIME On Demand.
INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports; and NFL Films. Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.
Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:
Wired for sound after the Redskins/Cowboys game…
Robert Griffin III: Hey Tony. I just wanted to say to you, don’t listen to what anybody else is saying about you. You’re a great quarterback, man. And this game doesn’t mean anything.
On Ray Lewis…
SIMMS: We’ve said this before here, when you talk about Ray Lewis, he did it with his actions on the field, his playing ability. But he truly did it with words, too, and showing leadership in the locker room. It’s not overstated when you talk about him in those terms.
COLLINSWORTH: The intelligence of the man. I mean he really stood at the line of scrimmage, as does London Fletcher and a lot of these veteran players, and can basically tell you what the offense is going to run. And between what he knew and what Ed Reed knew on the back end, they could do things that no other defense could do. And they did it for a long time.
BURLESON: In the era of football where the money dominates the minds of each individual that plays the game, there is a dollar sign hanging over everybody’s head. Ray Lewis found a way to motivate grown men, who make millions of dollars, go out there and dedicate themselves for 60 minutes and sometimes put their bodies on the line in a way that not every other individual can do. I’m a guy that is a rah-rah guy and I watched Ray Lewis tapes to get myself ready to motivate my team.
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