INSIDE THE NFL ON SHOWTIME®
Jerry Jones and Cowboy’s Stadium Host “Inside the NFL”
Detroit’s Rookie Ndamukong Suh Visits Set to Break Down the Defenses for Super Bowl XLV
DALLAs (Feb. 2, 2011) – This week’s INSIDE THE NFL – Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT – originates from Cowboys Stadium, home of Super Bowl XLV. Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones welcomes the crew from INSIDE THE NFL and sits down for an interview. The show is shot from various locations around the stadium. Detroit Rookie defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh, joins for a demonstration on the field, breaking down the defenses. Plus the show features a preview of Super Bowl XLV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.
Host James Brown anchors INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME with All-Pro NFL greats Cris Collinsworth, Phil Simms and Warren Sapp serving as expert analysts.
INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films with new episodes airing on SHOWTIME every Wednesday during the NFL season through February 9, 2011. Pete Radovich serves as coordinating producer. The executive producers are Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports, and NFL Films President Steve Sabol.
Following are excerpts from the show:
On 2011 NFL Hall of Fame Class and Hall of Fame Voting
Simms: I think the two shoe-ins everybody agrees on, and you read in the papers across, Marshall Faulk is one and Deion Sanders. I think both of them are shoe-ins
Collinsworth: You have the Veterans Committee that’s up and Ed Sabol who is up. We have sort of discussed whether or not there shouldn’t be a separate category for the Ed Sabols and Paul Tagliabues and Ron Wolfs. Because this is the NFL Hall of Fame, and there should be, no player should be giving up their spot for somebody who didn’t play on the field. These should be discussions about the players that played the game.
Simms: I think everybody agrees that Ed Sabol is probably going to get it, should be in. But we just say it should be in a separate category along with the Commissioner of the NFL, General Mangers, people like Owners. That should be a whole separate thing from the players, because no matter what you say, Ed Sabol is going to take votes away from some of these players that might have gotten in if he wasn’t in there.
Is Warren Sapp a first-ballot Hall of Famer?
Simms: I think Warren is absolutely, I’d say this anywhere. He is a first-year Hall of Famer. He is going to go in. There is no doubt about it.
On being nervous about the Hall of Fame vote when he is eligible in 2013
Sapp: No, because the people that I sit with like him (Simms), who completed 88 percent of his passes on the greatest day ever in a Super Bowl, say I am first ballot. That is all I’ve ever played the game for is that the men that play it, who I’ve played against and my peers would take me on their team on Sunday.
Jerry Jones Interview
How excited are you to show the Stadium to America
Jones: I’ll say this, that’s me coming around late at night out here, dusting off the floor…I am proud of that. First of all it’s going to be two great teams playing in it. I wish the Cowboys could have. But that is another story. To get a chance to have this Stadium go to over 150 million people maybe, and have it shown in it’s best light. It’s almost the Grand Opening. I am taking stickers off of things around here still. It’s an exciting time. This thing was built for the Super Bowl.
How do you feel about the Green Bay Packers and Steeler Nation vying for maybe being America’s team now?
Jones: Well I took my bruising and made my peace when we stunk it up as a team and I knew we weren’t going to be in here. But then you step back from it and say, ‘Now if you were going to have your new stadium and you were going to get to show it off, what better way to do it than with those two clubs with the kind of tradition that they’ve got.’
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