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Mel Bracht: NBC NFL broadcast team to include Joe Gibbs, Joe Theismann

by Mel Bracht Modified: January 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm •  Published: January 8, 2010
NBC has reunited two former Washington Redskins standouts, coach Joe Gibbs and quarterback Joe Theismann, for its NFL wild card playoff doubleheader Saturday.

The pair will team with play-by-play announcer Tom Hammond and sideline reporter Tiki Barber to call the New York Jets at Cincinnati game at 3:30 p.m. Don’t be surprised to see them trade a few Redskins stories and discuss the team’s prospects under new coach Mike Shanahan.

"I’m excited about it,” Gibbs said about working with Theismann. "I may give him a few ‘Shut up, Joes,’ but other than that...

"That’s just force of habit,” Theisman replied. "That’s all that is.”

NBC’s No. 1 team, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Andrea Kremer, will broadcast the nightcap, Philadelphia at Dallas, at 7 p.m.

Theismann, 60, who was dropped from ESPN’s "Monday Night Football” after the 2006 season, is eager about returning to the booth. As co-host of the NFL Network’s "Playbook” with Sterling Sharpe and Brian Baldinger, he stays close to the game. He also has called Redskins preseason games.

"I’ve always looked at broadcasting as what I call the keys to the library in football,” he said. "You have access to so many different people at so many different levels, from coaches to players to management. There is so much to learn.”

In a unique twist, both Saturday games and Fox’s Green Bay at Arizona game at 3:30 p.m.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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