The Year of the Quarterback: The Kickoff, a one-hour show previewing ESPN’s year-long examination into the lives and careers of quarterbacks from high school to the NFL, will air Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 10 p.m. on ESPN. Written and hosted by Chris Connelly, the special will introduce the Year of the Quarterback (YQB) and its goal to provide an in-depth exploration into one of the most storied, analyzed, and discussed positions in sports. The special will include an unprecedented “quarterback roundtable” drawn from ESPN’s own stable of experts, including Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden, former NFL Player of the Year Ron Jaworski and Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, as well as current and former NFL quarterbacks John Elway, Troy Aikman, Joe Namath, Aaron Rogers and Vince Young. The roundtable is designed to delve into America’s obsession with the quarterback: the mystique behind the position, the level of athleticism, and the pop culture aspect of quarterback "celebrity status." The special will also include first-person accounts from the “blue chip” high school recruit, the Heisman hopeful and the NFL legend.