Throughout the day on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, CBS’s Super Bowl 50 pregame show, THE SUPER BOWL TODAY (2:00-6:00 PM, ET), celebrates the Super Bowl by integrating into its coverage historical footage, great moments, videos, player vignettes and reflections highlighting the history of the Super Bowl since CBS first broadcast it in 1967. THE SUPER BOWL TODAY, with lead host James Brown along with analysts Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott, as well as hosts Ian Eagle and Greg Gumbel, contributing analysts Brandon Marshall, Trent Green and Amy Trask, NFL TODAY Insider Jason La Canfora, reporters Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn, Allie LaForce, and Contributor Jim Rome.
Following are the scheduled features on THE SUPER BOWL TODAY (subject to change):
BUFFALO BACK TO THE FUTURE
In a quirk of technology and with an assist from those who were there, we go back to the future — to the kick that set the Buffalo Bills on a path of four straight Super Bowl losses — and change history. This is “A (Revised) History of the Buffalo Bills.” Producer: Rahul Rohatgi
SUPER BOWL ESSAY
An emotional reflection on how the game has changed – and changed the world – in the past 50 years. Producer: Jawn Morales
AND THEN THERE WERE SIX
Jim Nantz, Greg Gumbel, Al Michaels, Joe Buck, Dick Enberg and Jack Whitaker, the six living play-by-play announcers who have called a Super Bowl, reflect on their unique experiences as the lead commentators of America’s biggest game. Producer: Sarah Rinaldi. NFL’s FIRST COMMISSIONER – PETE ROZELLE
As a young Sports Information Director at the University of San Francisco, Pete Rozelle learned lessons and developed a philosophy that was instrumental in creating the NFL as we know it. Producer: Charlie Bloom
THE WORLD’S LONGEST TOUCHDOWN CATCH
CBS Sports re-creates one of the NFL’s most memorable plays, “The Catch,” with Pro Football Hall of Famer and San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana making the re-creation the longest touchdown catch in the world.
HEROIC TALE OF TENNESSEE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STAR ZAEVION DOBSON
This past December, Zaevion Dobson, a 15-year-old high school football star in Knoxville, Tenn., was killed as he shielded three girls from gunfire during a shooting in his neighborhood. Soon afterwards, he was called a hero by President Barack Obama. Now, less than two months later, New York Jets Pro Bowl wide receiver and CBS/Showtime contributor Brandon Marshall tells Dobson's incredible story. Producer: Pete Radovich
Phil Simms visits with his Super Bowl XXI quarterback counterpart and Broncos GM John Elway.
Tony Gonzalez sits down with two former Dallas Cowboys, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips.
CAROLINA PANTHERS TEAM FEATURES
James Brown visits with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
Bill Cowher talks with Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera.
In addition, short vignettes explore some of the neighborhoods and characters of San Francisco and the Bay Area; other vignettes include “Difference Makers” with special narrators: the Sabols impact on the NFL (Bill Belichick), Vince Lombardi (Joe Lombardi), Bill Walsh (Jerry Rice), John Madden (Bill Parcells),Reggie White (Brett Favre), and Doug Williams (Russell Wilson); as well as reeling through the years with a look at the Super Bowl through the “Decades” of the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s; and special “Super Bowl Moments” with Russell Wilson, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Phil Simms and Joe Namath.
As previously announced, THE SUPER BOWL TODAY includes CBS THIS MORNING co-host Gayle King conducting a live interview with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The show also features a look-in with our troops from Afghanistan, a special report from outer space, teases with members of the country’s premier dance companies interpreting famous Super Bowl moments, and past Super Bowl MVPs discuss the game, its history and their place in it.
Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports and serves as Executive Producer for the Network’s coverage of the NFL and Super Bowl 50. David Berson is President, CBS Sports. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Senior Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
Drew Kaliski is producer and Bob Matina is director of THE SUPER BOWL TODAY.
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