Player Engagement Programs
NFL TO HOST 10th ANNUAL BROADCAST BOOT CAMP
MAY 16-19 AT NFL FILMS
Top NFL Producers & Talent to Instruct Players including:
James Brown (CBS), Ron Jaworski (ESPN) & Curt Menefee (FOX)
Exclusive Opportunities for Players to Earn Guest Host Position with NFL Broadcast Partners in the UK & Audition with EA Sports
Nineteen current and former NFL players will take part in the 10th annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp next week (May 16-19) at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ. In addition, six Broadcast Boot Camp graduates will participate in the "Advanced Broadcasting" program.
The four-day boot camp, co-directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL broadcasting departments, covers a wide range of topics with instructors from top broadcast and radio networks, including Big Ten Network, CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, and Westwood One Radio.
Sessions include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, studio and show preparation, radio production, production meetings, and field reporting. Each player will tape segments as a game analyst and a field reporter and will also have a chance to serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
The "Advanced Broadcasting" curriculum will include one-on-one coaching and feedback from faculty members, as well as a voiceover audition with EA Sports. Players will further develop their skills in play-by-play analysis, radio broadcasting, field reporting, and other techniques.
"Over the last decade, this program has resulted in numerous career opportunities for our players in the competitive broadcasting field," said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement CHARLES WAY. "The boot camp not only provides players with the skills but also the confidence to succeed in the media industry."
Participants will have the opportunity to earn a guest host spot with one of the league's United Kingdom broadcasting partners during the 2016 season. Last season former NFL players JABARI GREER and BEN HARTSOCK were selected to serve as studio analysts for an NFL regular-season Sunday on Sky Sports in the U.K.
Of the more than 200 players who have taken part in NFL Broadcast Boot Camp, more than one-third have earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program.
Participants are selected through an application process based on NFL playing experience, essays, and demonstrated interest in media.
Following is a list of players scheduled to participate:
|Emmanuel Acho||Free Agent|
|David Anderson*||Former Player (HOU, WAS)|
|Bobby Carpenter||Former Player (DAL, DET, MIA, NE)|
|Willie Colon*||Free Agent|
|Braylon Edwards||Former Player (CLE, NYJ, SEA, SF)|
|Brad Hopkins||Former Player (TEN)|
|James Ihedigbo||Free Agent|
|Ben Leber*||Former Player (MIN, SD, STL)|
|Brandon London||Former Player (MIA)|
|Langston Moore||Former Player (ARI, DET, CIN)|
|Will Overstreet||Former Player (ATL)|
|Marcus Price*||Former Player (BUF, NO, SD)|
|Stan Routt||Former Player (HOU, KC, OAK)|
|Freddie Scott||Former Player (ATL, IND)|
|Duane Starks||Former Player (ARI, BAL, NE, OAK)|
|Brandon Stokley||Former Player (BAL, DEN, IND, NYG, SEA)|
|Adalius Thomas*||Former Player (BAL, NE)|
|Cleven "Tank" Williams*||Former Player (MIN, TEN)|
|DJ Williams||Former Player (CHI, DEN)|
|Dave Zastudil||Former Player (ARI, BAL, CLE)|
* advanced participants
Following is a list of NFL broadcasting talent and production staff who will lend their expertise to the program:
|Glenn Adamo||NFL Network|
|Michelle Amos||NFL Films|
|Brian Baldinger||NFL Network|
|Quentin Carter||Big 10 Network|
|Mark Champion||NFL Play-by-Play|
|Greg Cosell||NFL Films|
|Howard Deneroff||Westwood One|
|Rob Gill||NFL Films|
|Annie Hoffman Goodrich||Sportscast Stars Training|
|Bob Goodrich||Sportscast Stars Training|
|Scott Graham||Westwood One|
|Dan Hellie||NFL Network|
|Arthur Joseph||Vocal Awareness|
|Linda Kane||NFL Films|
|Gerry Matalon ||Playbook, Inc.|
|Merrill Reese||WIP Radio Philadelphia|
|Ray Smaltz||RaySun Productions|
|Debbie Steer||NFL Films|
|Chip Swain||NFL Films|
|Solomon Wilcots||CBS/NFL Network|
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About NFL Player Engagement
NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education. More information can be found at www.nflplayerengagement.com
Catherine Boyle, NFL