NFL Network’s weeklong coverage of Super Bowl XLV

By Ryan Berenz

Not to be outdone by ESPN’s weeklong Super Bowl coverage, NFL Network offers more than 100 hours of Super Bowl pregame hype and analysis. Here’s the complete release from NFL Network, as well as the detailed schedule through Feb. 6:

NFL NETWORK GOES BIG FROM NORTH TEXAS WITH MORE THAN 100 HOURS OF HD COVERAGE OF SUPER BOWL XLV

  • Exclusive Programming Including Super Bowl XLV Media Day, Associated Press NFL Awards & First-Ever Primetime Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Announcement Highlight Schedule
  • Record 30 On-Air Personalities Holding 16 Super Bowl Rings Headline LIVE Coverage from North Texas
  • Sound FX: Best of Super Bowls I-XLIV & NFL’s Top 10 Super Bowls of All Time Among Eight NFLNetwork Primetime Show Debuts
  • Joe Montana, Drew Brees, Eli Manning and Mark Sanchez, Plus Additional Special Guests Highlight Star-Studded Lineup Scheduled to Appear on NFL Network During Super Bowl Week


Beginning Sunday, January 30, NFL Network proves that everything is bigger in Texas, providing more than 100 hours of HD coverage from North Texas of Super Bowl week. On Super Bowl Sunday NFL Network’s pregame show, NFL GameDay Morning provides 8½ hours of live coverage at 9:00 AM ET with 21 on-air personalities from four locations across North Texas, including from the field at Cowboys Stadium.

From live telecasts of original shows such as NFL Total Access, The Coaches Show, NFL GameDay Morning and NFL GameDay Final to special Super Bowl-week programming like Playbook, Sound FX: Best of Super Bowls I-XLIV, NFL’s Top 10 Super Bowls, Super Bowl Commercials and the series finales of The Season: A NFL Biography and No Huddle: Road to Dallas, NFL Network is the destination for everything inside and outside the game.

“The growing appetite of fans for all things NFL fuels our programming all year and there is no better time for us to deliver the best wall-to-wall NFL coverage than Super Bowl week,” said NFL Network Executive Producer Eric Weinberger. “With more than 100 hours of coverage on NFL Network, including the longest pregame show on television Super Bowl Sunday, we will bring fans all the sights and sounds of the most celebrated week in sports.”

Anchoring more than 60 live, high-definition hours of Super Bowl programming is an all-star talent roster of 30 on-air personalities who collectively hold 16 Super Bowl rings, 60 Pro Bowl nods and multiple Emmy award nominations. Among the broadcast team is NFL 2008 Walter Payton Man of the Year winner and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP Kurt Warner, who along with former NFL WR Torry Holt is in his debut season with NFL Network, joining former Rams teammates Marshall Faulk and Trent Green. Pro Football Hall of Famer and Steelers great Rod Woodson is another member of the team that can be seen on NFL Network’s sets in North Texas, which also includes Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders and Daryl Johnston, a trio of former teammates that were instrumental in bringing a championship to Dallas fans 15 years ago in Super Bowl XXX.

Super Bowl week is particularly special this year for NFL Network and NFL Films with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 announced for the first time ever in a primetime special, Road to Canton: Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2011 Saturday, February 5 at 7:00 PM ET. Among the 15 modern-era finalists are NFL Network’s own Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders and NFL Films founder Ed Sabol.

Tuesday, February 1 is Super Bowl Media Day at Cowboys Stadium and NFL Network brings viewers exclusive live coverage from 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM ET as the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers face the media. Host Rich Eisen is joined by Faulk and Warner at the desk, while Deion Sanders and Kara Henderson roam the scene, providing interviews with players and coaches.

In another NFL Network exclusive, the announcement of The Associated Press’ NFL awards will be unveiled each night at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl. The entire slate of awards – Comeback Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Offensive & Defensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year will be revealed Monday, January 31 – Saturday, February 5, culminating with the Most Valuable Player announced during NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning at the Super Bowl pregame show Sunday, February 6 at 9:00 AM ET.

2011 marks NFL Network’s eighth year broadcasting live from the Super Bowl site and with each passing year, the only network dedicated to football continues to raise the bar in providing football fans with the comprehensive, round-the-clock coverage they crave. With NFL Network programming and content available on television and via Verizon mobile devices, football fans are only a click away from all the action in North Texas with reports and interviews on NFL.com, debates and discussions on Facebook and NFL Network broadcast personalities sharing Super Bowl week from their unique perspective on Twitter.

Highlights of NFL Network’s Super Bowl XLV programming will include:

  • Primetime airings each night with extended 90-minute versions of NFL Total Access at 7:00 PM ET Monday, January 31 through Friday, February 4 and 8:30 PM ET Saturday, February 5 from the NFL Experience with the latest news, interviews, analysis and special guests.
  • Live 8½-hour NFL GameDay Morning pregame show beginning at 9:00 AM ET on Super Bowl Sunday from Cowboys Stadium and the NFL Experience.
  • 90 minutes of NFL GameDay Final post-Super Bowl coverage live from Cowboys Stadium.
  • Four hours of exclusive live coverage from Super Bowl Media Day Tuesday, February 1, beginning at 10:00 AM ET.
  • Exclusive Pro Football Hall of Fame Announcement Show in primetime, Saturday, February 5 at 7:00 PM ET, featuring NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders and NFL Films founder Ed Sabol as finalists.
  • NFL-related press conferences live, including team arrivals, player availability, AFC & NFL head coach press conferences (Friday, February 4), “Black Eyed Peas” Super Bowl halftime entertainment press conference Thursday, Feb. 3 at 3:15 PM ET, Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year press conference Friday, Feb. 4 at 10:00 AM ET, Commissioner Goodell’s Super Bowl press conference Friday, Feb. 4 at 12:30 PM ET and Super Bowl MVP press conference Monday, Feb. 8 at 9:30 AM ET.
  • Exclusive announcement of The Associated Press NFL awards Monday, January 31 – Sunday, February 6 on NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl at 7:00 PM ET (Monday-Saturday) and NFL GameDay Morning at the Super Bowl Pregame Show at 9:00 AM ET (Sunday).
  • Special afternoon editions of NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl from 2:00 – 7:00 PM ET  Monday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET Wednesday and Thursday and 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM ET Friday, featuring player arrivals, live press conference coverage, interviews and special guests.
  • Four episodes of The Coaches Show Tuesday, February 1 through Friday, February 4 at 6:30 PM ET from the NFL Media Center featuring Brian Billick and Jim Mora.
  • Two special one-hour episodes of Sound FX Debuts Tuesday, February 1 featuring sounds from all 44 Super Bowls at 8:30 PM ET and the best sounds from the 2010 season at 9:30 PM ET.
  • Four episodes of Playbook Tuesday, February 1 through Friday, February 4 at 6:30 PM ET with Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger, and Joe Theismann providing X-O analysis on the game plan using all-22 game film and insight straight from the players
  • Encore of the Top 50 players of all-time in the critically-acclaimed series The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players Monday, January 31 – Friday, February 4 at 10:30 PM ET.
  • Final episode of No Huddle: Road to Dallas roundtable series Thursday, February 3 at 9:30 PM ET.
  • Final installment of The Season: A NFL Biography Wednesday, February 2 at 9:30 PM ET.
  • Live coverage from Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers team hotels including team arrivals on Monday.
  • Six airings of original broadcast versions of six previous Super Bowls including four of the Steelers’ six Championships (XIII, XIV, XL, XLIII), the Packers’ Super Bowl XXXI victory and an encore of the Saints’ 31-17 win over the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
  • A roundup of the greatest Super Bowl commercials of all-time Saturday, February 10 at 10:00 PM ET.
  • A behind the scenes pass for all the action of Super Bowl week after dark on Super Bowl XLV: VIP Access Saturday, February 5 at 11:00 PM ET.

Guests scheduled to appear on NFL Network:
Tuesday, Feb. 1 – Packers WR Greg Jennings
Wednesday, Feb. 2 – Hall of Fame QB John Elway, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco
Thursday, Feb. 3 – Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana, Giants QB Eli Manning
Friday, Feb. 4 – Saints QB Drew Brees, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, Jets QB Mark Sanchez, Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez


Detailed Day-by-Day Coverage (all times ET):

Monday, January 31
7:00 AM – America’s Game: 1966 Green Bay Packers (HD)
8:00 AM – America’s Game: 1967 Green Bay Packers (HD)
9:00 AM – America’s Game: 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers (HD)
10:00 AM – America’s Game: 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers (HD)
11:00 AM – America’s Game: 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers (HD)
12 NOON – NFL Film Session: Super Bowl XLIII – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals (HD)
12:30 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers arrival – LIVE (HD)
1:00 PM – America’s Game: 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers (HD)
2:00 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE
Pittsburgh Steelers media availability
Green Bay Packers arrival
Green Bay Packers media availability
7:00 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE from Cowboys Stadium
8:30 PM – America’s Game: 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers (HD)
9:30 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Super Bowl Performances
10:30 PM – The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players – #50-41 (HD)
11:30 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD)
1:00 AM – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XIII – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Tuesday, February 1
10:00 AM – NFL Total Access: Media Day (HD) – LIVE from Cowboys Stadium
10:30 AM – Super Bowl XLV Media Day: Green Bay Packers availability (HD) – LIVE
12 NOON – Super Bowl XLV Media Day: Extended Sound (HD)
1:00 PM – Super Bowl XLV Media Day: Pittsburgh Steelers availability (HD) – LIVE
2:30 PM – Super Bowl XLV Media Day: Green Bay Packers availability (HD) – ENCORE
4:00 PM – Super Bowl XLV Media Day: Extended Sound (HD)
5:00 PM – Super Bowl XLV Media Day: Pittsburgh Steelers availability (HD) – ENCORE
6:30 PM – The Coaches Show (HD)
7:00 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE from Cowboys Stadium
8:30 PM – Sound FX: Best of Super Bowls (HD) – PREMIERE
9:30 PM – Sound FX: Best of 2010 Season (HD) – PREMIERE
10:30 PM – The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players – #40-31 (HD)
11:30 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD)
1:00 AM – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XIV – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Rams

Wednesday, February 2
9:00 AM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE coverage of Packers and Steelers media availability
11:00 AM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE from Super Bowl Media Center
6:00 PM – Playbook (HD)
6:30 PM – The Coaches Show (HD)
7:00 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE from NFL Experience
8:30 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Steelers (HD)
9:30 PM – The Season: A NFL Biography (HD) – SERIES FINALE
10:30 PM – Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players – #30-21 (HD)
11:30 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD)
1:00 AM – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXXI – Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots

Thursday, February 3
9:00 AM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE coverage of Packers and Steelers media availability
11:00 AM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE from Super Bowl Media Center
Pepsi Rookie of the Year announcement
Black Eyed Peas halftime entertainment press conference
NFLPA press conference
6:00 PM – Playbook (HD)
6:30 PM – The Coaches Show (HD)
7:00 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE from NFL Experience
8:30 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Super Bowls (HD) – PREMIERE
9:30 PM – No Huddle: Road to Dallas Presented by Mercedes-Benz (HD) – SERIES FINALE
10:30 PM – The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players – #20-11 (HD)
11:30 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD)
1:00 AM – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XL – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks (with Rolling Stones halftime show) (HD)

Friday, February 4
8:00 AM – Playbook (HD)
8:30 AM – No Huddle: Road to Dallas Presented by Mercedes-Benz (HD)
9:30 AM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE coverage of Super Bowl press conferences
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy
NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year press conference
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell press conference
1:30 PM – Post-Commissioner Show (HD) – LIVE from Super Bowl Media Center
2:00 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE from Super Bowl Media Center
6:00 PM – Playbook (HD)
6:30 PM – The Coaches Show (HD)
7:00 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE from NFL Experience
8:30 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Teams That Never Won a Super Bowl (HD) – PREMIERE
9:30 PM – America’s Game: 1996 Green Bay Packers
10:30 PM – The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players – #10-1 (HD)
11:30 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD)
1:00 AM – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XLIII – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals (with Bruce Springsteen halftime show) (HD)

Saturday, February 5
6:30 AM – Sound FX: Best of Super Bowls (HD)
7:30 AM – Sound FX: Best of 2010 Season (HD)
8:30 AM – America’s Game: 1996 Green Bay Packers (HD)
9:30 AM – NFL Film Session: Super Bowl XLIII – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals (HD)
10:00 AM – America’s Game: 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers (HD)
11:00 AM – No Huddle: Road to Dallas Presented by Mercedes-Benz (HD)
12 NOON – Super Bowl Commercials (HD)
1:00 PM – The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players – #10-1 (HD)
2:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Steelers (HD)
3:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Teams That Never Won a Super Bowl (HD)
4:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Top 10 Super Bowls (HD)
5:00 PM – Super Bowl Commercials (HD)
6:00 PM – Playbook (HD)
7:00 PM – Road to Canton: Hall of Fame Announcement Show: Class of 2011 (HD) – LIVE from Super Bowl Media Center
8:30 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD) – LIVE from NFL Experience
10:00 PM – Super Bowl Commercials (HD)
11:00 PM – Super Bowl XLV VIP Access (HD)
11:30 PM – NFL Total Access at the Super Bowl (HD)
1:00 AM – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XLIV – New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts (with The Who halftime show) (HD)

Sunday, February 6
9:00 AM – NFL GameDay Morning (HD) – LIVE from Cowboys Stadium
5:30 PM – NFL Follies: The New Year Mis-Tackular (HD)
6:30 PM – NFL GameDay StatZone (HD)
10:00 PM – NFL GameDay Final (HD) – LIVE split edition from Cowboys Stadium and NFL Network Los Angeles studios

NFL Network is the official television home for Super Bowl week, with more than 100 hours of high definition programming from North Texas, including press conferences, media day, team arrivals and much more with a live presence at the NFL Experience, Super Bowl Media Center, team hotels and Cowboys Stadium. NFL Network is the only network dedicated entirely to NFL news, interviews and analysis airing seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis. For more information, log onto www.nfl.com/nflnetwork. NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

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