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Vermeil to call four games on NFL Network
(Aug. 7, 2006) -- Super Bowl-winning head coach Dick Vermeil will join Bryant Gumbel in the NFL Network broadcast booth for a pair of Saturday night games this fall and will serve as a game analyst for NFL Network's Insight and Senior Bowls.
Vermeil, who recently concluded a 32-year coaching career after five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, has extensive broadcast experience working NFL games on CBS and college games on ABC from 1983-96. Vermeil also served as an analyst on Chiefs preseason television broadcasts from 1989-96.
"Dick brings the same passion to the broadcast booth that we have seen on the sidelines for years," NFL Network President & CEO Steve Bornstein said.
Vermeil will work Dallas-Atlanta (Dec. 16) and Kansas City-Oakland (Dec. 23) contests, while Cris Collinsworth will be paired with Gumbel on six NFL Network games. As a sportscaster at KNBC in Los Angeles, Gumbel covered Vermeil's UCLA team in 1974-75.
Vermeil will work the Insight Bowl in Tucson (Dec. 29) and join Mike Mayock on the Senior Bowl telecast (Jan. 27). He also will contribute to the network's coverage of the Scouting Combine and other select NFL events.
Vermeil began his coaching career as an assistant at Del Mar High School in San Jose in 1959. His first head coaching position was at Hillsdale High School (1960-62) in San Mateo, Calif. Vermeil worked his way through the collegiate and professional ranks as an assistant coach before taking over as a head coach at UCLA (1974-75), and in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles (1976-82), St. Louis Rams (1997-99) and Kansas City Chiefs (2001-05).
Vermeil is one of only four coaches in NFL history to lead two teams to the Super Bowl. His Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV while his Eagles lost Super Bowl XV. His UCLA team upset No. 1 Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl.
NFL Network's eight-game "Run Up to the Playoffs" package begins on Thanksgiving night when the Kansas City Chiefs play host to the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium in the nightcap of the first-ever Thanksgiving tripleheader and will consist of primetime games kicking off at 8:05 p.m. ET from Weeks 12-17 of the NFL season.
NFL Network 2006 Game Schedule
Week 12: Thu., Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. ET: Denver at Kansas City (Thanksgiving)
Week 13: Thu., Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. ET: Baltimore at Cincinnati
Week 14: Thu., Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET: Cleveland at Pittsburgh
Week 15: Thu., Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. ET: San Francisco at Seattle
Week 15: Sat., Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET: Dallas at Atlanta
Week 16: Th., Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. ET: Minnesota at Green Bay
Week 16: Sat., Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ET: Kansas City at Oakland
Week 17: Sat., Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. ET: N.Y. Giants at Washington
Each NFL Network telecast will feature a live, three-hour pregame show from the host city, providing a unique feel for the atmosphere surrounding the event. In addition, a one-hour postgame show will wrap-up the action with interviews, highlights and press conferences.
The pregame show for NFL Network's inaugural game on Thanksgiving night will be shortened to avoid conflict with the Buccaneers-Cowboys game on FOX.
In 2006, NFL Network will air 170 football games, including eight regular-season NFL games and 52 preseason games, 75 game re-airs of NFL regular-season games, 31 NFL Europe League contests, the Insight Bowl, the Houston bowl game, the Senior Bowl and the All-American Classic.
NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and is the first television network fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football.