Victor Cruz Announces NFL Retirement, Addition To ESPN Talent Roster

ESPN has added another former NFL star to its roster as the start of the 2018-’19 season nears.

Victor Cruz has joined the network’s talent lineup.  A former wide receiver with the New York Giants, Cruz also has a Super Bowl title to his name and a spot in the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl.

The announcement of Cruz’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster came today as he announced that after seven years in the league, he had decided to retire from the game.  That announcement of his retirement came on Uninterrupted.  Cruz said in a prepared statement that he was looking forward to joining ESPN’s ranks.

“As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” Cruz said.  “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.”

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Seth Markman, ESPN’s Senior Coordinating Producer of NFL studio programming, said he was looking forward to Cruz joining the network, too.

“Victor is passionate about the NFL, and we’ve long been impressed with his ability to connect and engage with fans,” Markman said.  “He has a deep knowledge of the game and experience playing at the highest levels, so we expect him to be an impactful voice.”

Cruz joined the Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from UMass.  In only his second season (2011-’12 season), Cruz recorded his first 1,000 yard season and even recorded one touchdown in the Giants’ 21-17 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI (46).  From there to the end of his time with the Giants (2016), Cruz totaled 303 catches for 4,549 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns, including an NFL record-tying 99-yard reception in December 2011.

Cruz has appeared on ESPN before, so he is no stranger to the network.  He has presented at the ESPYS, attended ESPN’s Winter X Games and was even part of an ESPN This Is SportsCenter spot in 2014.  Most recently, he served as a guest analyst on ESPN’s NFL Live this past January.

Cruz already co-hosts The Victor Cruz Show with Paul Rivera on Uninterrupted.  The program is a “barbershop talk” style program that focuses on discussions on sports, music and fashion.  He is also one of the first athletes to develop his own content for an all-digital sports programming network founded by NBA star LeBron James and businessman/media personality Maverick Carter.

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Giants, Lions Close Out Week 2 In The NFL On ESPN

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The National Football League winds down the second week of its 2017 – ’18 season Monday night on ESPN with an NFC inter-divisional matchup.

The New York Giants (0 – 1 – 0) are scheduled to host the Detroit Lions (1 – 0 – 0) Monday night at Met Life Stadium in Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey as the NFL winds down the second week of its 2017 – ’18 season.  The Giants sit third in the NFC East coming into Monday night’s matchup against Detroit, while the Lions currently sit second in the NFC North right behind the Minnesota Vikings, also 1 – 0 – 0 on the season.

Monday night’s game between the NFC inter-divisional foes will be the Giants’ first home game after the season.  The team fell 19 – 3 to Dallas in Dallas in Week 1.  Detroit meanwhile opened its season with a hard-fought 35 – 23 home win against Arizona.

The Giants’ season-opening road loss and the Tiger’s season-opening home win means that both teams will be playing equally hard for a win – the Tigers for their second straight win on the season and the G-Men for their first win of the season in front of a home crowd.

Sean McDonough will have the call for Monday night’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by Jon Gruden for additional commentary. Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines with all of the game’s latest interviews and news.

Suzy Kolber will anchor ESPN’s weekly Monday night pre-game program Monday Night Countdown ahead of kickoff beginning at 6 p.m.  She will be joined by analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young for additional commentary.

Monday’s game will be simulcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes with Alvaro Martin on the call.  He will be joined by Raul Allegre and reporter John Sutcliffe for additional commentary.

Anyone not near a television Monday night can catch all of the night’s action online live via the ESPN app.

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ESPN’s ‘MNF’ Preseason Coverage Begins Tonight

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Monday Night Football launches its 2017 National Football League broadcast season tonight with a pre-season cross conference matchup.

ESPN’s flagship NFL program begins its 2017 broadcast season with a showdown between the Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC South).  The matchup is just one of the games on the schedule for the second week of the NFL’s 2017 preseason.

Jacksonville will look to add a second notch to its win column in the preseason after defeating the New England Patriots 31 – 24 in week 1.  The Bucs will look to bounce back and get its first win of the preseason after falling to the Cincinnati Bengals in week 1 23 – 12.

Sean McDonough will have the call for tonight’s game, which is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will set the stage for tonight’s game beginning at 7 p.m. ET with Suzy Kolber at the helm.  She will be joined by analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson for additional commentary alongside NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

ESPN will also have full coverage of the preseason week 2 match between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns Aug. 21. the Browns defeated the New Orleans Saints 20 – 14 in preseason week 1 while the Giants fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 20 – 12 that week.

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New York Sports Anthem Will Get NFL Fans Going At Pro Bowl, Super Bowl

Courtesy: Chris Clemence

Courtesy: Chris Clemence

Bassist Chris Clemence’s New York sports anthem ‘Let’s Go’ is about to become one of the next big national sports anthems thanks to the National Football League.

‘Let’s Go’ will air live during the NFL’s Pro Bowl later this month and early next month during Super Bowl LI. The song will play over the speakers at each game’s stadium.  Clemence originally debuted the song late last year.

The up-tempo, fist-pumping inciting composition features vocals from Cro Mags member Harley Flanagan and additional instrumentation from Madison Square Gardens organist and DJ Ray Castoldi. It went on to become an anthem of the Knicks, Giants and Rangers since its debut.

Photo Credit: Ultra Sound Studios L - R: Chris Clemence, Harley Flanagan, Ray Castoldi writing 'Let's Go' in New York City.

Photo Credit: Ultra Sound Studios
L – R: Chris Clemence, Harley Flanagan, Ray Castoldi writing ‘Let’s Go’ in New York City.

Clemence was humble as he talked about the continuously growing popularity of ‘Let’s Go.’ He said he was moved by the reaction audiences have had to the song and looked forward to see if it would continue to grow in its popularity.

“The song has had a really great response, and it’s exciting to watch it grow even bigger,” Clemence said.  “I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Audiences can download ‘Let’s Go’ now via iTunes. Audiences can also stream the song online via Clemence’s website.

Clemence said downloading the song will allow audiences to hear it whenever they want, but stressed fans who hear it live during a game will gain even more of an appreciation for the song.

“For the full effect you have to go hear it at a game,” Clemence said.

More information on ‘Let’s Go’ is available online now along with all of Clemence’s latest news and more at: http://www.chrisclemence.com.

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Bengals, Giants Wrap Week 10 In The NFL Monday Night On ESPN

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN will feature a cross-conference matchup Monday night when the Bengals and Giants go under the lights live on Monday Night Football.

Monday’s matchup between Cincinnati and New York will be equally important for both teams.  The Giants (5 – 3 – 0) currently sit second in the NFC East, second only to Dallas.  The team is riding the success of a 3-game win streak coming into Monday night.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati (3 – 4 – 1) has struggled this season in the AFC North.  The team current sits third in the division behind Baltimore and Pittsburgh, who both sit at 4 – 4 on the season so far.

Two weeks ago, Cincinnati’s game against the Washington Redskins in London ended in a 27 all tie after kicker Mike Nugent missed a kick that could have given the Bengals the win.  Nugent since took full responsibility for the missed kick.

Cincinnati had a bye week last week, so it has had time to lick its wounds and figure out how to rebound from that disappointing finish.

Kickoff for Monday’s broadcast, live from New York, is scheduled for 8:15 pm EST.  Sean McDonough will have the call for Monday’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by his broadcast partner Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday’s live broadcast between the Bengals and Giants beginning at 6 p.m. EST.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the broadcast.  She will be joined live at the desk by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young for additional commentary.

Chris Berman will join the broadcast live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT along with NFL features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter and guest analyst (and Pro Football Hall of Famer) Warren Moon for the broadcast, too.

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ESPN Rounds Out Week 14 In The NFL With Inter-Conference Matchup

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Next Monday night on ESPN, the Dolphins and Giants round out Week 14 in the NFL in a game with potential playoff implications for both teams.

Miami and New York will face off under the lights next Monday night on ESPN’s Monday Night Football in a game with potential playoff implications for both teams. That is because as of right now, both teams are at least in the hunt for playoff spots. If the season were to end this week, Miami would be the 11th seed in the AFC while the “G-Men” would be the 10th seed in the NFC. Counting this coming weekend, there are still four weeks left in the regular season. So there is still plenty of time for things to change in both conferences. That means that while odds are still very slim for either team right now, there’s still no telling what the playoff picture will look like come January 9th and 10th.

Currently, the Giants are in a three-way tie with the Redskins and Eagles for the NFC East crown with all three teams sitting at the 5 – 7 mark. Meanwhile Miami, which also sits at 5 – 7, is in the basement in the AFC East. The Dolphins play host to the Giants next Monday night on Monday Night Football. They are 2 – 3 at home so far this season. New York isn’t much better, sitting at 2 – 4 so far this season on the road. What’s more New York is currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak which has seen the Giants go 1 – 4 in their last five games. Miami meanwhile has gone 2 – 3 in its last five games with its last win coming last week against Baltimore 15 – 13. Kickoff for Monday’s game is scheduled for 8:15pm ET. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for the call Monday night. Lisa Salters will be on hand for additional commentary and all of the latest headlines throughout the game. Along with its broadcast on ESPN, the game will also be simulcast online via WatchESPN and via ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences.

Ahead of Monday night’s broadcast, Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host ESPN’s weekly NFL pre-game show Monday Night Countdown. Berman will be live from ESPN’s studios alongside Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and Cris Carter. Also joining them will be ESPN Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter with a look back at all of Sunday’s games and a look ahead to Monday night’s inter-conference match-up. Suzy Kolber will be live on site from Sun Life Stadium alongside Steve Young, Ray Lewis, and Trent Dilfer.  More information on next Monday night’s inter-conference match-up between the Dolphins and Giants is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

 

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Iger: “We Are Honored To Call Him A Disney Legend”–TWDC CEO Speaks On Giffords’ Passing

Courtesy:  The Walt Disney Company

Courtesy: The Walt Disney Company

The football world lost one of its most beloved names today.
NFL great Frank Gifford passed away today. Gifford, a former member of the New York Giants and one of the most respected and talented announcers in NFL history, died this morning. Reports state that the NFL Hall of Famer died of natural causes. He was 84-years old. As a former broadcaster for ABC Sports’ NFL coverage, Gifford became part of one of the greatest commentary teams in NFL history. That team consisted of himself, Howard Cosell and Don Meredith. In response to Gifford’s passing Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company released a statement today speaking on Gifford’s legacy and his passing. The following is Iger’s statement.

“Frank Gifford was an exceptional man who will be missed by everyone who had the joy of seeing his talent on the field, the pleasure of watching his broadcasts, or the honor of knowing him. His many achievements were defined by a quiet dignity and a personal grace that is seldom seen in any arena; he truly embodied the very best of us. Frank’s contributions to ABC Sports and our company are immeasurable. We are honored to call him a Disney Legend and I am very fortunate to have called him a dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”

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