Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN

ESPN has released its plans for the opening of Sunday NFL Countdown this weekend.

The show kicks-off at 10:00a.m. ET with host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, on the main set, and Suzy Kolber,Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski on the second set.

Ed Werder will report from Washington at New Orleans; Sal Paolantonio from Buffalo Bills at New York Jets; Bob Holtzman from Indianapolis at Chicago; Colleen Dominguez from San Francisco at Green Bay; and Josina Anderson from Pittsburgh Steelers at the Denver Broncos.

From ESPN PR here are some of the highlights of the opening show:

  • Kyle Williams Moving Forward: After two NFC Championship fumbles by Kyle Williams cost the San Francisco 49ers a trip to the Super Bowl, the wide receiver was stunned by death threats he received.  But a heart-felt letter from a seven-year-old fan gave Williams, the 24 year-old wide receiver, a new perspective to move forward.
  • Quarterbacking Legends on Moving On: After 14 exceptional seasons, a neck injury forced then Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to miss the entire 2011 season.  The Colts finished with the worst record and were awarded the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.  The team decided to release Manning and drafted quarterback Andrew Luck.  Three legendary quarterbacks with similar stories – Joe Namath, Brett Favre and Joe Montana – sat down with Ed Werder to share their experiences and provide insight on some things Manning may go through with the Denver Broncos.
  • Mayne Event – Eli in Albany:  Despite two Super Bowl victories in the past five years, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning isn’t the most popular quarterback in the city of New York, thanks to the celebrity of the New York Jets quarterback tandem – Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. In the self-titled recurring segment, Kenny Mayne visits the Giants training camp in Albany, N.Y, to uncover Manning’s popularity, or the lack thereof, in the upstate New York town.
  • Sounds of the Offseason:  DJ Steve Porter returns with a unique, musical spin on the best sound bites from the NFL offseason.
  • Ron Jaworski’s Eye in The Sky:  Jaworski, the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback adept at breaking down game films to show teams’ tendencies, debuts with an in-depth look at the five rookie starting quarterbacks – Robert Griffin III (Redskins), Andrew Luck (Colts), Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins), Brandon Weeden (Browns) and Russell Wilson (Seahawks).