NEW YORK – September 25, 2013 – Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced that it has added another NFL Hall of Famer to its roster of expert hosts on SiriusXM NFL Radio, channel 88. James Lofton, one of the top ten receivers in the history of the league, will make his debut as a new host on SiriusXM’s exclusive NFL channel this Friday, September 27.
Lofton will host The SiriusXM Blitz alongside co-host Bruce Murray every Friday live from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, and will also be heard on various other SiriusXM NFL Radio shows throughout the year.
“I’ve been a regular listener to SiriusXM NFL Radio for some time and it is a tremendous channel for NFL fans of every team, so I’m very pleased to be a part of it,” said Lofton. “I’ve seen quite a bit from my time in the league as both a player and a coach. I’m excited both to share what I know and to hear directly from the fans about what’s on their minds.”
“Very few receivers in the history of the league played with the level of production and consistency that James did over his 16 years in the NFL. His career is extraordinary and we’re excited to have someone with his accomplishments and expertise talking to our listeners every week on SiriusXM NFL Radio,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming. “He’s also an accomplished broadcaster accustomed to working on national NFL game broadcasts. He’s excellent at communicating the nuances of the game to his audience and I’m thrilled to reunite with him on SiriusXM’s airwaves.”
Lofton was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the sixth overall pick of the 1978 NFL Draft after an All-American career at Stanford University. Over a professional career that spanned 16 seasons – nine with Green Bay, two with the Los Angeles Raiders, four with the Buffalo Bills and a final season with the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams – Lofton was consistently one of the most prolific receivers in the game. His first eight seasons in the league he played in every game, and played in 15 or more games 12 times. He had over 1000 yards receiving six times, led the league in yards-per-catch twice (1983, 1984) and ranked in the top ten in receiving yards in eight different seasons.
He set an NFL record as the first player to record 14,000 career receiving yards and his final career total (14,004) places him eighth all-time in that category. Lofton was selected for eight Pro Bowl teams and was a first team All-Pro in 1981. He played in three Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. After retiring he went on to be a receivers coach for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.
Lofton joins a roster of former players, coaches and front office executives on SiriusXM NFL Radio that includes Gil Brandt, Derrick Brooks, Tim Brown, Rich Gannon, Pat Kirwan, John Madden, Anthony “Booger” McFarland, Jim Miller, Scott Pioli, Bill Polian, LaDainian Tomlinson, Amani Toomer, Ross Tucker, and Solomon Wilcots.