Super Bowl Pregame Show to Feature Rodney Harrison Interviews with key Patriots, David Tyree
Via Richard Deitsch on SI.com:
NBC Sports Executive Producer Sam Flood, the executive in charge of the pregame, said the pregame show will attempt to capitalize on studio analyst Rodney Harrison's relationship with the Patriots. Segments are planned featuring Harrison, a former All-Pro safety for New England, interviewing Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork and his wife, Bianca. Harrison will also be featured in a segment with Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, as the two line up against one another in a simulated pass play.
Other pregame features include NBC visiting the hometowns of five of Sunday's featured players -- Manning and defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants, and Brady, Hernandez and Wes Welker of the Patriots -- and interviews with former coaches, teachers and neighborhood friends who influenced the lives of those players. (Flood said the latter piece will include the person who caught Brady's first pass as a high school football player, which sounds like a sweet touch).
NBC will also re-examine David Tyree's famous catch against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, and (no surprise) Tyree will appear on the pregame set to talk with Harrison (one of the defenders on the play).