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Encyclopedia > Inside the NFL

Inside the NFL is a weekly sports show that focuses on the National Football League and currently airs on the HBO network starting in week one of the NFL season until the week after the Super Bowl. It is presently hosted by Bob Costas with former players Dan Marino, Chris Collinsworth, and Chris Carter serving has co-hosts. The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities. ... HBO logo HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy The first Super Bowl was played in 1967, as commemorated by this stamp issued in 1999 by the United States Postal Service featuring the ticket for that first game. ... Robert Quinlan Costas (born March 22, 1952 in Queens, New York) is an American sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. ... Dan Marino, 1991 Daniel Constantine Marino Jr. ... Anthony Cris Collinsworth (b. ... There are two articles about people named Chris Carter. ...



Inside the NFL first aired in 1977 with Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson as host, it is currently cable television's longest running series. The show was signifigant for being the first major sports related program to air on the then relatively new HBO network. Pehaps more signifigant was the fact that it was the first NFL related program to air on cable. For years the program was co-hosted by fellow Hall of Famer, and former [Miami Dolphins] linebacker, Nick Buoniconti. Several former players and coaches served as co-host throughout this period including Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Glanville. 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... Various fields of endeavour have established Halls of Fame that honour individuals of noteworthy achievement in their respective fields. ... The quarterback is a position in the offensive backfield of American and Canadian football, directly behind players of the line. He is generally the leader of the offensive team when it is on the field, responsible for initiating play by receiving the snap of the ball from the center. ... Len Dawson (born June 20, 1935) was an American college and professional American football quarterback from Purdue University. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio frequency signals transmitted directly to people’s televisions through fixed optical... Nicholas Anthony Buoniconti is a former AFL and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker, who played for the Boston Patriots and Miami Dolphins. ... See also: James Johnson Jimmy Johnson can refer to different people: Jimmy Johnson, the blues singer and songwriter. ...

Beginning with the 2002 NFL season, the network replaced the aging Dawson and Buoniconti with the team it presently consists of today. There was never any official announcement on whether the 2 former hosts retired or were simply released of their contracts, but the change was an obvious move by HBO to update the nearly quarter century old program. However, Bob Costas did acknowledge this change in the season's first episode and paid tribute to the former hosts, saying they paved the way for the show to succeed. In addition to the change in hosts, Inside the NFL has also featured segments featuring comics such as George Lopez and Wanda Sykes. 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... George Lopez (born April 23, 1961 in Mission Hills, California) is a Latino American comedian, actor and entertainer and star of a self-titled, ABC sitcom, The George Lopez Show. ... Wanda Sykes (born 7 March 1964 in Portsmouth, VA, also known as Wanda Sykes-Hall) is a stand-up comedienne known for her sassy personality and blunt observations on current events, the difference between the sexes and races (shes African-American) and life in general. ...


The show is taped in a New York City studio on Wednesday and aired at various times throughout the week beginning Wednesday nights at 10PM Eastern time. Much like other shows on the HBO network, Inside the NFL has the freedom to stray from the traditional network format for its program. While the basic elements are the same as any other sports recap show by featuring highlights of the weeks games and discussion of events around the league, the fact that there are no commercials allows the panel to discuss subjects at length without the normal network time restrictions. Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... Wednesday is considered either the third or the fourth day of the week, between Tuesday and Thursday. ...


The highlight segments consist of NFL films footage of the past weeks games with narration by Harry Kalas. This has long been considered a major asset of the show as the game higlights usually exceed the typical 15-30 second token package seen on most major networks. This was the case at least until the NFL Network emerged during the 2003 season and aired shows such as Point After that showed extended highlight segments. Harry Kalas (born March 26, 1936) is an American sportscaster, and a popular baseball broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies. ... The NFL Network is an American specialty channel owned and operated by the National Football League. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In the last few years of Inside the NFL, the show has decreased its highlight segments, eliminating some games near the bottom of the list as far as high profile games go. This has angered some fans as for years the show was a way for out of town fans to view extended highlights of their favorite teams.


Aside from the highlights, Inside the NFL has always focused on in depth interview segments with various players, coaches and front office personnel. Among the notable segments over the years was Chris Carter interviewing Buddy Ryan. Ryan was Carter's first head coach when both were with the Philadelphia Eagles in the late 80's and early 90's. Ryan released Carter with his explanation being the infamous quote "All he does is catch touchdowns". The interview revealed what some had learned over the years, that Ryan released Carter because of his substance abuse problems that were affecting his performance. Carter admitted that his release was a wake-up call and saved his life as he became a born again Christian soon after, and went onto have a successful NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings in which he became the NFL's second leading receiver of all-time. Buddy Ryan (James David Ryan, born February 17, 1934) is a former American football coach. ... Conference NFC Division East Year Founded 1933 Home Field Lincoln Financial Field City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team Colors Midnight Green, Silver, Black, and White Head Coach Andy Reid League Championships 3: 1948 (NFL), 1949 (NFL), 1960 (NFL) The Philadelphia Eagles are a National Football League team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Born again Cristian: A person who has renewed their christian faith ... Conference NFC Division North Year Founded 1961 Home Field Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome City Minneapolis, Minnesota Team Colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike Tice All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 380-315-9 The Minnesota Vikings are a National Football League team based...

External links

  • HBO site
  • IMDB entry

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