ESPN Audio and ESPN.com to Present Coverage of Legends of Football Discussion Panel During Super Bowl Weekend
Los Angeles, CA, January 15, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- ESPN Audio, ESPN.com and NFL legend Jim Brown announced today coverage of the Legends of Football breakfast panel discussion to be held Friday, Feb. 1 at the Audubon Nature Institute & Golf Club in New Orleans. The breakfast panel will take place in conjunction with the annual Jim Brown’s Legends of Football Golf Classic.
Mike Tirico, the voice of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, will moderate the round-table featuring panelists Brown, Franco Harris, Ted Hendricks, Barry Sanders and Adrian Peterson.
The one-hour Legends of Football program will be streamed live on ESPN.com at 9 a.m. ET and be broadcast on ESPN Radio at 8 p.m. that night (re-aired Friday at 10 p.m., Saturday at 3 a.m., 5 a.m., 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., and Sunday at 4 a.m.).
“It is an honor to be among this football royalty and initiate a discussion on some of the most important topics in the NFL,” Tirico said. “As a fan it will be great to hear the panel’s views on some very pressing League issues.”
Jim Brown commented, “I am very appreciative that many of my friends and NFL greats will share their time to benefit inner city kids across America. I want to personally thank ESPN, the NFL and everyone involved for elevating our event and for helping us make a greater impact on society.”
“This is the kind of compelling content ESPN is known to deliver to fans across all of our platforms,” said Senior Vice President, ESPN Audio Mo Davenport. “The NFL is facing a variety of issues, and this collection of NFL legends can shed some very important historical perspective on today’s game.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit Jim Brown’s Amer-I-Can Foundation which promotes programs all across the country that help the most at-risk individuals take charge of their lives so they can reach their full potential.
About the panelists:
Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns 1957-65): Named by The Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever in 2002; NFL Champion 1964; three-time NFL MVP (1957, 1958, 1965); Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Franco Harris (Pittsburgh Steelers 1972-1983, Seattle Seahawks 1984); Four-time Super Bowl Champion (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980); Super Bowl IX MVP; Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
Ted Hendricks (Baltimore Colts 1969–73, Green Bay Packers 1974, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders 1975–83): Four-time Super Bowl Champion (1971, 1977, 1981, 1984); Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
Barry Sanders (Detroit Lions 1989-1998): Heisman Trophy Winner in 1988 (Oklahoma State); NFL Rookie of the Year 1989; Rushed for 2,057 yards, NFL MVP in 1997; Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings 2007-present) was selected by the Vikings with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma. In 2012, Peterson became the sixth fastest player to reach 8,000 rushing yards, ending the season with 2,097 rushing yards, just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single season all-time record. Peterson is a 5 time All-Pro (’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’12) and 2 time NFL Rushing Champion (’08, ’12).
Jim Brown’s Legend of Football Celebrity Charity Golf Classic will be played at The Audubon Park Golf Course in New Orleans on Friday February 1st during Super Bowl Weekend. Some of the greatest NFL players of all-time and other A-list celebrities will participate. All proceeds from the fundraising event will benefit the Amer-I-Can Foundation. For information on the tournament, sponsorships or foursome availability, visit www.legendsoffootball.org.
Amer-I-Can is a national program and movement founded in 1988 by Jim Brown to empower individuals to take charge of their lives and achieve their full potential. The program goal is to help enable individuals to meet their academic potential, to conform their behavior to acceptable society standards, and to improve the quality of their lives by equipping them with the critical life management skills to confidently and successfully contribute to society. For more information go to www.amer-i-can.org
ESPN Audio is comprised of the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN Podcasts. ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 24 million listeners a week on 700 nationwide stations, including more than 350 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets with owned and/or operated FM stations in New York and Dallas, and AM signals in Chicago and Los Angeles. ESPN Deportes Radio is the only all-sports Spanish radio network, and has 45 affiliates covering 76% of the Hispanic DNA with stations in the Top 10 Hispanic markets, including owned and/or operated FM stations in New York and Dallas.
ESPNRadio.com is the most listened-to live stream of any terrestrial broadcaster in the world -- reaching more than 1.7 million unique listeners per month (source: Ando Media). ESPN Podcasts are reaching 358 million downloads through the ESPN PodCenter and iTunes (a year-to-year increase of more than 129 percent), including its most popular podcast “The BS Report with Bill Simmons.”
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