“It’s special. It’s the first game of year two for me. Not for one second am I going to say it’s one of 16.” – Prescott on Tonight’s Game
“I truly believe that a great formula for success is where you have two receivers that really can change the game.” – Marshall on the Giants
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 10, 2017 – For tonight’s Week 1 edition of NBC’s Football Night In America, the most-watched weekly studio show in sports, Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy interviews Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, and Bob Costas interviews New York Giants WR Brandon Marshall. Football Night will also include highlights, analysis and reaction to earlier Week 1 games.
Football Night airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. Mike Tirico will host Sunday’s program live from inside from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
Dan Patrick hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1, and is joined by Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and PFT Live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Radio. Paul Burmeister will report from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on the Eagles-Packers game on Sunday.
INTERVIEWS: Below are excerpts from Dungy’s interview with Prescott and Tirico’s interview with Marshall. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America.”
TONY DUNGY WITH DAK PRESCOTT
Dungy: “You had a great first year, and you did something that most young quarterbacks aren’t able to do – take care of the football. I heard you say that your mom had a lot to do with that. Tell me about that.”
Prescott: “I just remember coming home from practice one day, and I wasn’t too happy, and told her that I didn’t have a good day, that I threw a couple of interceptions. She was like, ‘Well, why are we practicing interceptions? Those aren’t good habits.’ That’s something that I’ll never forget, but it’s true. Don’t practice bad habits. I don’t give the ball to a defensive player. Teammates ask me for the ball all the time, and I’ll set it on the ground and let them pick it up, but I won’t throw it to them, and I won’t give it to them.”
Prescott on if he dreamed about being the Cowboys QB growing up: “Yeah, 100 percent. It was always, on Sundays, the Dallas Cowboys were on. My dad is a big fan. The moment I got picked, [he was] with seven or eight jerseys of former players, so it’s a dream come true.”
Prescott on teams studying him now in his second year: “I expect teams to change it up a little bit when they play us, especially within the division. As you said, I watched film on them too though, so I can gauge defensive coordinators’ play calling. When he’s aggressive; when he’s not; when he just changes everything up. It works both ways. I’m excited. I’m excited for the challenge and I hope they change things up.”
Prescott on Week 1 vs. the Giants on SNF: “It’s special. It’s the first game of year two for me. Not for one second am I going to say it’s one of 16. We’ve got to start on the right foot. We’ve got to get this win against an in-division team, a team we didn’t beat last year, and get going the right way.”
BOB COSTAS WITH BRANDON MARSHALL
Costas: “You said at this stage of your career you wanted to be a No. 2 starter, because that meant if someone else was good enough to be the No. 1 guy on such a team, then you’re going to a contending team.”
Marshall: “Absolutely. I wanted to be in a situation where that guy gets the attention, and I was seeing one-on-ones and having better matchups. I truly believe that a great formula for success is where you have two receivers that really can change the game.”
Marshall on his chemistry with Eli Manning: “It’s not obviously where Odell’s [Beckham Jr.] and Eli’s chemistry is. What we’ve done to try to make up for it, from FaceTime calling each other, and asking how we would respond to things. I come out of the shower after practice, and he’s standing there doing hand signals and asking me, ‘What does this mean? What does that mean?’ It’s a situation where we’re always on. We should be able to win with our chemistry right now.”
–FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA–