FORMER FOOTBALL STARS MICHAEL VICK AND ERIC DICKERSON ARE THE NEW EDITIONS TO FOX SPORTS.
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
One of the most thrilling quarterbacks to ever play in the National Football League, four-time NFL Pro Bowler Michael Vick will join Fox Sports as a studio analyst for “Fox NFL Kickoff” as well as FS1 studio programming during the 2017 NFL season.
John Entz, President of Production and Executive Producer, Fox Sports recently made the announcement.
"Michael will be a huge addition to both Fox “NFL Kickoff” and our FS1 studio shows," Entz said. "He was obviously an outstanding player but we feel he has an incredibly bright future as an analyst. He has stayed close to the game and has many relationships with today's current coaches and players. We feel he can bring a truly unique perspective that intrigues and engages our viewers."
Although the first NFL game kicks off Sept. 7 with the Kansas City Chiefs at the New England Patriots at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, Fox’s lineup on Sunday, September 10 features Vick’s former teams, the Philadelphia Eagles at the Washington Redskins (1 p.m. ET/PT ) and the Atlanta Falcons at the Chicago Bears (1 p.m. ET/PT).
Other Fox games on Sept. 10 include: The Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions (1 p.m. ET/PT), Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dolphins (1 p.m. ET/PT), Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers (4:25 p.m. ET/PT) and the Carolina Panthers at the San Francisco 49ers (4:25 p.m. ET/PT).
Vick joins a talented Fox “NFL Kickoff” roster which features host Charissa Thompson and fellow studio analysts Tony Gonzalez, Dave Wannstedt and Colin Cowherd.
Fox NFL Kickoff also includes weekly segments from Cooper Manning and regular guest appearances from current Redskins cornerback Josh Norman.
The 11 a.m. eastern time pregame show, which airs immediately preceding Fox NFL Sunday concluded its second season in 2016 with a 0.9/3 national household rating and 1.341 million viewers, a +14% improvement over the program's 2015 average of 1.181 million viewers (0.8 HH).
During the 2017 season, Vick will also make guest appearances on Fox NFL Sunday.
"It truly is a blessing to continue to be involved each and every Sunday during the NFL season and have a platform to speak about the game I love," said Vick. “And to hop on and contribute to several of the FS1 studio shows and reunite with several former competitors during the week is icing on the cake."
Already in 2017, Vick has been a guest on FS1's “Skip And Shannon: Undisputed,” “The Herd With Colin Cowherd” and “Speak For Yourself.”
As the first truly elite dual-threat NFL prospect at the quarterback position, Vick was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the first overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. Vick enjoyed a 13-season NFL career as a unique figure who impacted the history of the league by redefining his position while simultaneously paving the way for future generations of NFL stars.
In Vick's first five seasons with the Falcons, he reached three Pro Bowls (2002, 2004 and 2005) and led the team to two playoff appearances, including the NFC Championship Game in 2004.
However, his sixth and final season with Atlanta was his most prolific with the franchise. Vick broke the single-season rushing record for a quarterback and became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
Vick signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2008 season and had a career year in 2010, amassing over 3,000 yards passing, close to 700 yards rushing and 30 total touchdowns, in addition to winning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award and being selected to his fourth Pro Bowl.
Vick retired from the NFL after the 2016 season as the league's all-time quarterback rushing leader, with more than 6,100 yards on the ground, 22,000 yards through the air, a career passer rating of 80.5 and 169 career touchdowns.
ERIC DICKERSON JOINS FOX SPORTS TOO:
Pro football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson will also bring his big, brand of swagger to Fox Sports. Dickerson joins the network as an FS1 NFL analyst, contributing to a number of the network's daily studio show offerings.
Dickerson was recently and officially introduced on the “Skip And Shannon: Undisputed” show where he discussed the fate of the Cowboys offense among several other sports topics.
"We couldn't be more excited to add Eric's voice to our programming slate," said Whit Albohm, Vice President, Daily Studio Production for FS1. "His incredible passion for the game and intimate understanding of the NFL make him a great addition to FS1."
Drafted second overall in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, the gutsy running back quickly made a name for himself on the field. In his inaugural season, Dickerson set rookie records for most rushing attempts (390), most rushing yards gained (1,808) and most touchdowns rushing (18), earning him All-Pro, Pro Bowl, Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors.
In his second season playing in the NFL, Dickerson went on to shatter the total yards rushing in a single-season record (2,105), which continues to lead the league today.
In 1987 Dickerson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts where he became the first player in history to gain more than 1,000 yards in seven consecutive seasons. Dickerson ended his 11-year career in 1993 with the Atlanta Falcons, after a brief run with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992.
During his time in the league, Dickerson gained 13,259 yards rushing, was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, and went All-Pro in 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 and 1988.
"I'm thrilled to join the team at FS1," said Dickerson. "I couldn't be more excited to discuss a league that gave so much to me alongside some of the industry's best analysts."
Following his playing days, Dickerson worked in a few broadcast reps as a color-commentator at CBS2 Los Angeles. He also flirted with the entertainment industry, making a cameo appearance in the television series "Hawaii Five-O."
A native of Sealy, Texas, Dickerson attended Southern Methodist University where he was a two-time All-American and Heisman Trophy candidate.
Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.