NBC Adds Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison to Sunday Night Broadcast Crew
"Both of these guys will have no problem talking about the game in both positive and critical ways," NBC chairman Dick Ebersol said on a conference call.
The NBC executives on the call said they hadn't finalized their broadcast crew for the 2009 season, but they did say they were planning more changes, that they would be moving at least part of their pregame show to the venues where the Sunday night games will be played and that they'll be "clearing out" more time for their analysts to analyze the specific game they're broadcasting that night.
"Just like I played the game, I'm going to be honest, I'm going to be forthright, and I'm going to do it with passion," said Harrison, who announced his retirement from the Patriots three hours earlier.
Dungy retired from his position as Colts coach in January. He made headlines last month when he met with disgraced former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in prison, and he said today that the appeal of a broadcast job that required him to work one day a week and still have weekdays off was too much to turn down.
"I'm looking forward to bringing a coach's point of view to the fans," Dungy said.