Gibbs, Theismann to call playoff game
Former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs and quarterback Joe Theismann will serve as analysts for NBC on the network's telecast of a first-round NFC playoff game on Jan. 9, according to NBC.
The network is carrying a doubleheader of wild card playoff games that day. NBC's regular Sunday night broadcasting team of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth is to call the other game.
Gibbs and Theismann are to join play-by-play man Tom Hammond. It is believed to be the first broadcast-booth pairing of a coach and quarterback from the same team.
"Joe Gibbs is one of the most beloved people to have ever worked at NBC Sports and we're so happy that he's made a pit stop to work for us again," Dick Ebersol, the chairman of NBC Universal Sports and Olympics, said in a written statement. "Joe Theismann has always provided insightful analysis and we all can't wait to see him join his former coach."
Gibbs previously worked for NBC between 1994 and '97 on the network's NFL studio show.
It will be Theismann's first work for NBC during a long broadcasting career, most recently with the league-owned NFL Network.
"I'm really excited about coming back to NBC Sports," Gibbs said in a written statement. "I'm also excited about working with Joe again but he'll probably argue with me the whole night. I'm going to make him promise to let me get in a word edge-wise."
Said Theismann: "I really appreciate the opportunity to broadcast the wild card game. There's always a chance that Cinderella will find the slipper. I'm ecstatic to be working with my old coach. I owe so much to him. But I don't know if he's going to be able to handle three straight hours with me. I drove him crazy for six years."
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