NFL Network’s ‘NFL AM’ Premieres Monday, July 30 at 6:00 AM ET
Meet Co-Host Brian Webber
There are only three more days until the premiere of NFL AM – a new, live weekday morning show on NFL Network!
Beginning Monday, July 30 at 6:00 AM ET, fans can start their day with the NFL like never before with a four-hour morning show featuring seasoned and opinionated talent who will report and debate news, and examine the personalities that play the game.
NFL AM co-host Brian Webber joins NFL Network after six years as the lead host of Fox Sports’ digital media programming, anchoring studio coverage of the NFL, MLB, and NASCAR, as well as on-location coverage of the Super Bowl, Final Four and the Stanley Cup. For the past nine years, Webber has also served as studio host and play-by-play announcer for the Tennis Channel. A graduate of Stanford University, Webber began his broadcasting career at Fox Sports Net-Bay Area and later included stints as a play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports Net, ESPNU, CBS Sports Network and NCAA Productions.
Learn more about Webber with this brief Q&A:
When did you know you want to pursue a career in sports broadcasting?
“My parents have told me that when I was asked in the 5th grade to write a book report on an autobiography, I selected a book written by Warner Wolf, the legendary New York sportscaster. I guess that suggests that I’ve always had an affinity towards this profession, but I never had a chance to pursue my ambition until my freshman year at Stanford University when I started doing sports reports for the campus radio station. That experience led me to seek a summer internship at ESPN which solidified that this was the career path I wanted to take.”
What was the best interview you conducted?
“When I was the sideline reporter covering the Golden State Warriors in 1994, Wilt Chamberlain was in Oakland for a Warriors reunion. I was told by the team’s media relations staff that Wilt did not want to be bothered with any interviews, but since I was a young reporter I couldn’t let this opportunity slip away without at least trying. So I approached Wilt and politely asked if he had two minutes to speak with me. He replied, ‘I’ll give you 90 seconds.’ However, once we started the interview he was more and gracious and provided some memorable quotes in a wide ranging interview.”
What would surprise you this NFL season?
“I would be surprised if every division winner repeated as division champions. One of the reasons for the NFL’s immense popularity is its unpredictability. We can expect a few teams that no one is talking about right now to emerge as teams that make surprising runs to the postseason.”
How has it been adjusting to your new schedule?
“I’m fortunate that I have experience working these unusual hours so the transition has not been that challenging. I have worked for the Tennis Channel in Los Angeles since its inception in 2003. Tennis is an international sport so when we cover an event in Russia, we go on the air at 2:00 AM PT. But, you never totally adjust to going to work at midnight. You just hope you’ve consumed enough caffeine to get brain working during ‘vampire hours.’”
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
“I have a pretty good recall of the majority of the dialogue from the canon of John Hughes’ teen comedy movies from the 1980’s.”
What is your favorite quote?
“I’ve always thought that this quote from Branch Rickey, the innovative general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, has resonance and daily value: ‘Luck is the residue of design.’”
NFL AM’s talent roster also features 13-year NFL veteran Eric Davis, Mark Kriegel, Steve Wyche and Nicole Zaloumis. The show will be based at NFL Network’s Culver City, Calif. studios. No other sport is the sole focus of a show of this length each and every weekday morning.
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