Friday, April 18, 2003
Highlights of ABC's pre- and postgame shows
The Super Bowl on ABC Sports kicks off at 2 p.m. ET on January 26, with the Super Bowl XXXVII Pregame Show. The Postgame show wraps up the telecast.
|| Chris Berman will serve as pregame, halftime and postgame host and will be joined by Super Bowl XXIX MVP Steve Young, New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick.
ABC Sports' Mike Tirico will host the analyst set from the USS Preble, a Naval destroyer located in San Diego harbor. Joining him will be Hall-of-Famers Dan Fouts, Bob Griese and Joe Thiesmann among others.
Hall-of-Famer Lynn Swann, Monday Night Football sideline reporter Melissa Stark, ESPN's Andrea Kremer and 14-year-old sportscaster Grant Paulsen will contribute reports. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will provide special entertainment-related reports.
|| JOHNNY UNITAS: Hosted by ABC Sports legend Jim McKay, a Baltimore native, this feature will look back at the impact that the Baltimore Colts quarterback made on a city, its people and a fledgling league searching for identity. The story will be told through the eyes of the people of Baltimore; including a longshoreman, a railroad worker, a tug boat pilot and Senator Barbara Mikulski.|
SAMOANS IN THE NFL: Samoan Al Lolotai played for the Washington Redskins in 1945. The next Samoan to play in the NFL didn't come along until 1953 when Charles Ane played for the Detroit Lions. Today, there are 26 Samoans playing professionally. A boy born in Samoa, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean of 67,500 inhabitnats, is 40 times more likely to play ing the NFL than a boy born in the USA. This feature will examine the factors which has drawn dozens of Samoans to play Division 1 college football and eventually onto the NFL.
MINDSET OF A CHAMPION: This will feature Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams, Marion Jones and Derek Jeter, a great collection of champions. Each allowed ABC Sports to explore their mindset with creative psychological questioning and unique techniques to determine what separates them from other athletes. A penetrating, unrehearsed look at these superstars in a way never seen before.
SEVEN DAYS: The "Seven Days" piece, which was a very popular Monday Night Football halftime segment will follow a player from one of the Super Bowl teams (pending team's permission) from the locker room celebration right up until the Super Bowl with access with the players throughout the Super Bowl week. This will give the fan a perspective neverseen before.
1972 DOLPHINS: It has been 30 years since the 1972 Miami Dolphins completed the improbable: an undefeated season. Candid personal interviews with Bob Griese, Larry Czonka, Nick Buoniconti, Mercury Morris, head coach Don Shula and others provide the viewer with personal accounts and stories never told before. It's a fresh look at the single greatest season a team, in any sport, has ever had.
TERRELL DAVIS: The last time the Super Bowl was in San Diego, Terrell Davis was a hometown hero, playing through migranes to with the MVP award. From 1995-1998, Davis was the most dominant running back in the NFL. But like a lot of running backs, the physicality of the game prematurely ended his career. ABC Sports' Melissa Stark catches up with Davis on the field where he had his career crowning performance, and in Denver, where he undergoes a grueling rehab program with a dream of one day making a miraculous comeback to the playing field.
NURTURING OF A CHAMPION: Hall of Famer Lynn Swann introduces viewers to a mentoring program that is sweeping through the athletic programs of high schools across the nation. Swann follows student-athletes in the nation's toughest neighborhoods who have turned their lives around both on the playing field and in the classroom with the help of Flip Flippen, who is a personal growth coach and leadership expert. Two players competing in the Super Bowl will be profiled revealing why certain personality traits can dictate their style of play.
JIMMY KIMMEL: Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will bid farewell to the cable world with a comedic montage by visiting the sets of the most popular cable shows and will officially close the door with the debut of his network late-night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live", which will debut on Super Bowl Sunday. Kimmel will also parody the standard player profile with his own unique spin.
PENN & TELLER: In a once-in-a-lifetime trick, magicians Penn & Teller will write down and hermetcally seal the winner, score and MVP of Super Bowl XXXVII along with one "off-the-wall" prediction during the pre-game show. The two will reappear on our postgame show to reveal their results.
|| The music of Santana and Friends including Michelle Branch and Beyonce Knowles will be featured from Qualcomm Stadium prior to the game. In addition, performances from the Goo Goo Dolls and Bonnie Raitt will air from the NFL Tailgate party.|
| Postgame Show::
||Bon Jovi live singing "It's My Life" set to a video presentation of highlights of Super Bowl XXXVII|
Mike Tirico presents the Lombardi trophy and the MVP
Melissa Stark, Lynn Swann and Andrea Kremer conduct interviews
Chris Berman, Michael Strahan and Brian Billick break down the game
Penn & Teller reappear to reveal the results of their pre-game predictions