FOX’s Super Bowl pregame show 2014 schedule: FOX has Super Bowl weekend covered, beginning with NFL Honors on Saturday, Feb. 1, and continuing on Super Bowl Sunday with Road to the Super Bowl, Football America: Our Stories and FOX Super Bowl Sunday pregame show leading up to FOX’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII from New York/New Jersey. FOX News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly will conduct a live sit-down interview with President Barack Obama during the FOX Super Bowl Sunday pregame show beginning at approximately 4:30pm ET.
A trio of FOX Super Bowl pregame press releases with additional details of the broadcasts:
NFL SPECIALS ON FOX ABOUND ON SUPER BOWL WEEKEND
FOX Sports Showcases Best of NFL, Fans Who Love the Game in
Final Hours Leading up to Super Bowl XVLIII
New York – Promising the boldest and coldest Super Bowl ever, staged for the first time from America’s largest media market, Super Bowl XLVIII on FOX is one for the ages.
As a result, in the final hours leading up the broadcast network’s live game day coverage, FOX and the NFL showcase some of the sport’s best stories — narratives not only surrounding the men suiting up for Super Bowl XLVIII — but intimate chronicles by millions of fans, both public and private figures, who cheer them each week in three unique programming specials. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 1 with the 3rd ANNUAL NFL HONORS and continuing Sunday, Feb. 2 with ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL and FOOTBALL AMERICA: OUR STORIES, FOX shines a light on the accomplishments of NFL’s biggest names both present and past, the fans who follow them and the unmatchable passion and pageantry surrounding the game.
Live pre-game game coverage on FOX begins Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2:00 PM ET with FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY and culminates with game coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVIII at 6:00 PM ET.
NFL SUPER BOWL SPECIALS ON FOX
3rd ANNUAL NFL HONORS
Saturday, Feb. 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET)
The National Football League recognizes its best players, performances and plays from the 2013 season at a two-hour primetime awards special on the eve before the NFL’s two top teams kick off for Super Bowl XLVIII. Award-winning actor and New York native Alec Baldwin hosts the show from the renowned Radio City Music Hall in New York. For the first time ever, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be introduced during the show with some members of the newest class appearing on stage. Joined by current and former players, The Associated Press will announce its annual accolades in an awards-show format with winners on hand to accept their awards.
ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL
Sunday, Feb. 2 (12:00-1:00 PM ET)
Produced by Emmy Award-winning NFL Films, ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL, narrated by Andre Braugher, features an inside look at the most unforgettable moments, greatest performances and most dominant teams of the 2013 NFL season. Beginning with the opening kickoff in Week 1 and continuing through the AFC and NFC Championship Games, ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL captures the best of more than 100 players and coaches wired for sound, accented by NFL Films’ classic slow-motion footage.
FOOTBALL AMERICA: OUR STORIES
Sunday, Feb. 2 (1:00-2:00 PM ET)
Produced by NFL Films, FOOTBALL AMERICA: OUR STORIES is the culmination of a season long project built around the single question: “Why do we love football?” NFL Films gathered thousands of answers from fans across all walks of life, including familiar faces such as Whoopi Goldberg, Mark Harmon, LL Cool J, Rob Lowe, Joe Montana, Dr. Oz, Condoleezza Rice and Robin Roberts. In addition, more than 100 current and former NFL players, coaches and team executives told their stories, all of which are available on TogetherWeMakeFootball.com. FOOTBALL AMERICA: OUR STORIES, narrated by actor/producer/director Forest Whitaker, explores those answers and celebrates the five winners of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Super Bowl XLVIII.
Earlier this season, the NFL launched “Together We Make Football – Your Story,” an invitation to anyone touched by the game of football — as a player at any level or as a fan — to share why they love the game. The NFL narrowed the thousands of submissions to 10 finalists, and NFL Films formed those stories into short features, which again were voted on by fans to determine the five winners. Those five, unveiled on FOX during Divisional Playoff Games and Conference Championship Games, will be honored and celebrated at Super Bowl XLVIII.
The campaign originally kicked off with a nationally televised message premiering on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football featuring Samantha Gordon, the 10-year-old youth football viral video sensation. Last year, Samantha’s father posted a highlight video of her starring in her youth football league. The video went viral and was viewed by nearly 5 million people within three days of its posting, beginning a whirlwind journey that led to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell inviting the Gordon family to be his guests in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. Samantha’s experience became both the inspiration and the blueprint for “Together We Make Football – Your Story,” and ultimately, for FOOTBALL AMERICA: OUR STORIES.
FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY PREGAME PUTS AMERICA
IN A NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY STATE OF MIND
Buck, Aikman, Oliver and Andrews Call Game
New York – While much focus has been devoted to the weather at Super Bowl XLVIII, the first NFL championship game in the Super Bowl era played in a northern, open-air stadium, perhaps not enough attention has been placed on the football-rich tradition of the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area itself and its link to America’s strong passion for football. That changes when the FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY pregame show airs Sunday, Feb. 2 (2:00 – 6:00 PM ET).
FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY is the super-sized Super Bowl edition of FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s highest-rated and most-watched NFL pregame show for 20 straight seasons. Co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee and analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, along with NFL Insider Jay Glazer and others set the stage like no one else can in the hours directly leading up to kick-off. Included in the four-hour football extravaganza, the first bi-state Super Bowl pregame show which begins in New York’s Times Square and concludes in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, are several compelling features and storylines that demonstrate how connected the nation’s No. 1 media market is to one of the nation’s top sports. While much is still being planned, highlights of what’s already on tap include:
LOMBARDI – A Brooklyn native, the renowned head coach and general manager Vince Lombardi’s name is synonymous with passion for the game, respect from his players and winning on the gridiron. Rightfully, much attention is paid to legendary Lombardi’s success as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, guiding them to victory in Super Bowl I and II, but few outside the New York region recall his deep local roots, from his playing days at Fordham, to coaching at St. Cecilia’s in New Jersey and the Cadets at West Point, to the NFL sidelines in 1954 during the New York Giants’ mid-20th Century glory days. His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, hosts the feature on Lombardi, a man of faith who considered joining the priesthood early in his life and was laid to rest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
NEW YORK TITLE GAMES – The 1958 NFL Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants has been dubbed The Greatest Game Ever Played, and it’s credited with vaulting the NFL into the nation’s consciousness like never before. This game is the centerpiece of a feature dedicated to New York-based football title games with commentary from NFL Hall of Famers and players from past generations who recount their experiences playing for it all on the nation’s biggest stage.
WICKED WEATHER – No one knows whether it will be 45 degrees with light winds or 10 degrees and snowing on Super Bowl Sunday, but while cold temperatures and snowy conditions could play a role in this year’s contest, many of the NFL’s most memorable games have been played in inclement weather. Stories of these unique and unforgettable games are packaged and told as never before.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE – In a Super Bowl tradition that began in 2002, during the post-9/11 Super Bowl pregame, FOX Sports again pays tribute to America’s active military troops and veterans with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, the cornerstone document upon which America was built. An original musical composition entitled “Heart of Independence” underscores the reading of the document’s eloquent and enduring words, with contributions from prominent NFL owners, past and present NFL superstars including: Robert Kraft; Joe Andruzzi; Matt Chatham with members of the Boston Police Department; Chuck Bednarik; London Fletcher and Art Monk; John Mara; Steve Tisch and Woody Johnson; Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews; Chuck Pagano, Andrew Luck and Raymond Berry; Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas; Art Shell; Tony Gonzalez; JJ Watt, the Watt Family and the Houston Fire Dept.; and Adrian Peterson.
SUMMERALL TRIBUTE – George Allen “Pat” Summerall, who passed away in April, was one of America’s most beloved broadcasters. Best known for his work first as an NFL analyst and then as a play-by-play announcer, his partnerships with Tom Brookshire and John Madden are legendary. FOX Sports spotlights Summerall’s on-field contributions as a member of the New York Giants in the 1950s and those he made in the broadcast booth. Twenty seasons ago, Summerall and Madden gave a fledgling NFL on FOX instant credibility with the public, so it is more than fitting that FOX Sports honors and remembers Summerall this day.
RED CARPET – As we’ve come to know, the Super Bowl isn’t just about who’s playing, but also about who’s attending. As has become a FOX Sports custom, FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY covers the red carpet-arrival of the sports and entertainment celebrities attending Super Bowl XLVIII in a manner befitting a major Hollywood event. FOX NFL SUNDAY’s Michael Strahan and FOX SPORTS LIVE’s Charissa Thompson chat with the big name celebrities right outside MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, as they arrive for the big game. Strahan and Thompson also host the pregame musical performances carried throughout the show.
Once the game is underway, play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and analyst, NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, television’s premier NFL broadcast team, call the action with Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews reporting from the sidelines. For Buck and Aikman, it is their fourth Super Bowl assignment, while Oliver is working her seventh, having patrolled the sidelines for the first six FOX Sports has carried. This is the first time Andrews has worked the Super Bowl for the broadcasting network. Rules and officiating expert Mike Pereira also is available in the booth during the game to offer insight into the controversial plays and penalties. At halftime, Menefee, Bradshaw, Long, Strahan and Johnson have first-half highlights and commentary before turning it over to musical pop sensation Bruno Mars, who headlines the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show with special guest The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Once a Super Bowl champion is crowned, Bradshaw guides the postgame festivities as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presents the Lombardi Trophy to the winning team at MetLife Stadium’s 50-yard line. Then, just as the day began, Menefee, Bradshaw, Long, Strahan and Johnson close the big day with final thoughts.
The FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY pregame, halftime and postgame coverage is produced by Bill Richards and directed by Stephanie Medina. FOX Sports’ exclusive game coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII is produced by Richie Zyontz and directed by Rich Russo. David Neal is Coordinating Producer, Super Bowl XLVIII on FOX. John Entz is Executive Producer, FOX Sports. Eric Shanks is President, COO and Executive Producer of FOX Sports
FOX NEWS CHANNEL’S BILL O’REILLY TO INTERVIEW PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA DURING FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY PREGAME SHOW
Additional Interview to Be Presented During
“The O’Reilly Factor” on Monday, February 3rd
FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Bill O’Reilly will conduct a live sit-down interview with President Barack Obama during the FOX Super Bowl Sunday pregame show on Sunday, February 2nd, beginning approximately at 4:30PM/ET. The interview will take place at the White House and cover an array of topics.
Following the live interview, O’Reilly will conduct an additional taped portion with President Obama that will be presented on Monday, February 3rd on FNC’s The O’Reilly Factor (8:00-9:00 PM/ET). After the program, the entire discussion will be available online at www.foxnews.com. This marks his third interview with President Obama.
O’Reilly has conducted countless interviews with prominent newsmakers, including: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former President George W. Bush, Jon Stewart, Howard Stern, Bono and Stephen Colbert. According to Nielsen Media Research, The O’Reilly Factor averages nearly 3 million viewers at 8 PM and has been number one in that timeslot for 157 consecutive months while dominating every single program in all of cable news for more than 12 years. O’Reilly is also the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including the most recent books, Killing Jesus, Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln.