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The 2012 NFL preseason is officially in the books and it's time to kick off the regular season. With comprehensive news shows such as NFL Total Access, NFL AM and Around the League Live, extensive "GameDay" coverage starting at 7:00 AM ET every Sunday, and the expanded 13-game Thursday Night Football schedule, NFL Network remains the ultimate destination for football fans across the country.
This season, NFL Network bolsters its on-air talent roster with the additions of four former NFL players who enjoyed established and prestigious careers: 2006 NFL MVP and five-time Pro Bowl running back LaDainian Tomlinson; six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb; three-time Pro Bowl center and Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants Shaun O'Hara; and 14-year veteran and Super Bowl champion safety with the New Orleans Saints Darren Sharper.
After a storied 11-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets, Tomlinson joins NFL Network, appearing every Sunday during the NFL season at 7:00 AM ET on the new pregame show First on the Field. Tomlinson, who ranks second all-time in rushing touchdowns and fifth all-time in rushing yards, joins co-hosts Melissa Stark and five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, and analyst Michael Lombardi from NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ, to provide the first analysis of the day's games.
McNabb, fresh off the field after a 13-year NFL career, joins NFL Network as an analyst on Playbook, which airs Friday at 8:00 PM ET (NFC edition) and 9:00 PM ET (AFC edition). The former signal-caller for the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings joins analysts Sharpe and Brian Baldinger on the ultimate X's-and-O's show, which utilizes the game film used by coaches and players to break down each week's matchups.
Former Super Bowl-winners O'Hara and Sharper, with a combined 25 years of NFL experience, will provide insight Monday-Saturday on NFL Total Access at 7:00 PM ET. O'Hara and Sharper join fellow Super Bowl champions Willie McGinest and Heath Evans, and hosts Andrew Siciliano, Lindsay Rhodes, Scott Hanson and Amber Theoharis to make the NFL's show of record the go-to destination for fans to get unmatched analysis and opinion about the National Football League.
NFL Network's Thursday Night Football kicks off its expanded 13-game primetime schedule Week 2 on September 13 at 8:00 PM ET with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Chicago Bears in a matchup of the NFL's most-played rivalry. Emmy-nominated analyst Mike Mayock and play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler return for their second season in the Thursday Night Football broadcast booth, while Alex Flanagan returns for her third season as sideline reporter. Coverage for all 13 games begins at 6:00 PM ET with the Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Craftsman pregame show live from the stadium. The Lexus Halftime Show and the McDonalds Postgame Show provide additional analysis live from inside the stadium each week on Thursday Night Football.
Sunday is GameDay, and NFL Network has it covered from every angle. Following NFL Network's new First on the Field show, NFL GameDay Morning continues to set the table for the day's action four hours prior to kickoff at 9:00 AM ET. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin get you ready for kickoff with expert commentary, the latest news reports and insight on each matchup.
NFL GameDay Scoreboard with Paul Burmeister, Darren Sharper and Tom Waddle airs at 4:00 PM ET, followed by NFL GameDay Highlights at 7:30 PM ET with host Chris Rose, Deion Sanders and Mariucci. At 11:30 PM ET, Rose and analysts Faulk, Sanders and Irvin recap all of the day's action on NFL GameDay Final with game highlights, player and coach press conferences, post-game interviews and analysis of every game.
Wake up every weekday morning with everything NFL during the four-hour morning show, NFL AM. Hosts Brian Webber and Nicole Zaloumis, and analysts Eric Davis, Mark Kriegel and Steve Wyche jump start the football conversation for the day beginning at 6:00 AM ET Monday-Friday with interviews featuring players and coaches, live reports from team facilities and debates about all of the stories making news across the league. NFL AM re-airs at 7:00 AM PT.
NFL Network is your home for all of Monday's news and press conferences with a three-hour edition of Around the League Live on Mondays at 3:00 PM ET, hosted by Paul Burmeister. Fran Charles hosts a two-hour edition of Around the League Live Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 5:00 PM ET, and Thursday at 4:00 PM ET. Featuring insight from NFL Network's team of analysts, interviews with players and coaches via exclusive Team Cams, press conferences and news reports, Around the League Live gives fans inside access to all 32 teams.
Gain the upper hand in your fantasy football league each week with NFL Fantasy Live Monday-Friday at 2:00 PM ET. Former NFL defensive end Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and veteran sports broadcaster Jaime Maggio join analysts Michael Fabiano, Elliot Harrison, Adam Rank, Dave Dameshek, Jason Smith and Matt "Money" Smith to provide the analysis and advice you need to dominate your league. NFL Fantasy Live also airs every Sunday during the season at 11:30 AM ET on NFL.com and the NFL RedZone channel. NFL Fantasy Live airs on NFL.com Monday-Friday at 1:00 PM ET.
The Emmy Award-nominated series A Football Life produced by NFL Films returns with an expanded 13-episode season, airing Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET throughout the NFL season. Premiering September 12 with The Faces of Tim Tebow, the documentary series examines the people and subjects that have had a profound and lasting impact on the sport of professional football.
Additional programs returning this season include The Coaches Show featuring Brian Billick and Dennis Green on Mondays at 6:30 PM ET, NFL Replay on Tuesdays at 8:00 PM ET and Wednesdays at 9:00 PM ET, and Sound FX on Wednesdays at 10:30 PM ET.
Below is a complete listing of NFL Network's 2012 Fall Programming lineup, complete with air times, talent and show descriptions.
NFL Network's 2012 Fall Programming Lineup
First on the Field
When: Sunday, 7:00 AM ET
Talent: LaDainian Tomlinson, Melissa Stark, Sterling Sharpe, Michael Lombardi
What: Every Sunday during the NFL season, NFL Network is there when you wake up with First on the Field. Former NFL MVP and five-time Pro Bowl running back LaDainian Tomlinson joins Melissa Stark, Sterling Sharpe and Michael Lombardi on the two-hour show that will become the first live pregame show to originate from NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Featuring live reports from game sites and previews of the week's games, First on the Field establishes the storylines that will be covered and expanded upon on NFL GameDay Morning.
NFL GameDay Morning When: Sunday, 9:00 AM ET
Talent: Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp, Michael Irvin
Game Reporters: Albert Breer, Stacey Dales, Jeff Darlington, Kimberly Jones, Ian Rapoport, Aditi Kinkhabwala, Michelle Beisner, Steve Cyphers
What: The most comprehensive pregame show on television, NFL GameDay Morning takes viewers right up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin discuss the upcoming games four hours prior to kickoff, while NFL Network reporters stationed around the league provide up-to-the-minute reports and interviews from the game sites. Fans can interact with the show and send in their questions on Twitter (@NFLN_GameDay).
NFL GameDay Scoreboard
When: Sunday, 4:00 PM ET
Talent: Paul Burmeister, Tom Waddle, Darren Sharper
What: NFL GameDay Scoreboard takes viewers around the league for post-game press conferences and game highlights, in addition to up-to-the-minute scores, statistics, and news during the late afternoon matchups.
NFL GameDay Highlights
When: Sunday, 7:30 PM ET
Talent: Chris Rose, Steve Mariucci, Deion Sanders
What: Analysts Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders join host Chris Rose to recap all of the day's action on NFL GameDay Highlights, with game highlights, post-game press conferences and commentary.
NFL GameDay Final
When: Sunday, 11:30 PM ET
Talent: Chris Rose, Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin
What: Join host Chris Rose and analysts Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin to get the final word on Sunday's games. With postgame press conferences, game highlights, player/coach interviews, expert analysis, a preview of Monday's game and more, NFL GameDay Final provides everything viewers need to know about the week in the NFL.
When: Monday - Friday, 6:00 - 10:00 AM ET (Re-airs 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM ET)
Hosts: Brian Webber, Nicole Zaloumis
Analysts: Eric Davis, Mark Kriegel, Steve Wyche
What: Fans can now start their day with the NFL like never before with NFL AM, a four-hour weekday morning show on NFL Network. Hosts Brian Webber and Nicole Zaloumis are joined by analysts Eric Davis, Mark Kriegel and Steve Wyche to set the NFL news and discussion for the day. Featuring live reports from NFL Network reporters stationed throughout the league, interviews with players and coaches as they begin their workday, and discussion and debate on a number of NFL-related topics emphasizing the talent's personalities, NFL AM is the perfect complement to every NFL fan's breakfast and morning coffee.