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10 DAYS UNTIL NFL AM DEBUTS!
NFL Network’s ‘NFL AM’ Premieres Monday, July 30 at 6:00 AM ET
Meet Analyst Eric Davis
Ten days and counting until the premiere of NFL AM, a new, live weekday morning show on NFL Network!
Beginning Monday, July 30 at 6:00 AM ET, fans can start their day with the NFL like never before with a four-hour morning show featuring seasoned and opinionated talent who will report and debate news, and examine the personalities that play the game.
One of the analysts on NFL AM is former Super Bowl-winning cornerback Eric Davis. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Davis played 13 NFL seasons (1990-2002) with the San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions. In the fall, Davis will begin his second season as the radio analyst for 49ers games.
Learn more about Davis with this brief Q&A:
Most people don’t know I…
“…Am classically trained in piano. I started as a kid; I need to get back into it, I don’t play as much as I used to. But it was just something I wanted to learn so I took classical music theory, learned to play all of the Chopin, Bach, Chomsky.”
The thing about waking up for a show that airs at 6:00 AM ET is…
“…Do you ever really wake up? It seems like you’re wide awake all of the time. You’re waking up when you’re normally getting ready to go to bed. It’s just like a complete shift of your world. It’s like living in Europe.”
What would surprise me this NFL season is…
“…I would be surprised if the 49ers aren’t good. I would be surprised if the Saints are [good]. I would be surprised if Andrew Luck doesn’t play well.”
What was the greatest moment of your playing career?
“I still go all the way back to middle school. A lot of people always think I’m going to go with Super Bowls or something like that; those were some fun days, some great playoff games and great times in the NFL. But I played football every year of my life from the time I was nine years old until 34 except for one year – my seventh grade year when they told me I was too small to play on my junior high school team, the Cobb Steelers. They told me I was too small to play and that next year I was the quarterback of that team. In the championship game, the team that the school had lost to the previous year, we played that same team and beat them 14-8. I scored all 14 points and it was redemption for that same coach to say the team couldn’t have done it without me.”
Who was your favorite teammate to play with?
“Tim McDonald. I really enjoyed playing with Deion [Sanders] – that whole secondary. But Tim McDonald just because of the friendship. I learned so much from him. But my ’94 secondary [with the San Francisco 49ers] was the most fun group you could ever be around.”
Who was your favorite player to play against?
“By far Michael Irvin. I enjoyed battling with Jerry Rice all of the time [in practice], but Michael Irvin, going against him it was competition at the highest level. I loved playing against him, he played so hard and we played in games that meant so much – they mattered so much. I absolutely loved playing against him because you had to play your best because I knew I was going to get the best out of him every day.”
What is your must-have technology?
“I would have to say my iPhone because I don’t know anyone’s numbers. I don’t have any information. I don’t even know my kids’ actual numbers. My daughter jokes with me about not knowing their numbers. I tell her, ‘I do know your number, it’s Erica.’”
What was the moment you realized you could play in the NFL?
“First minicamp when I made a play on Jerry Rice. He was already Jerry Rice and I knew that if I could make a play on him, I could make it on anyone. I never lost that feeling.”
What was the moment you realized you could have a career in broadcasting?
“When I got that same feeling – the teamwork aspect of it, the rush, the enjoyment – that I got from playing football. It was the closest thing that I had ever felt to that.”
What is the best piece of advice someone has given you?
“Don’t be the guy. It was like a rallying cry when I played with the 49ers, and by that they meant don’t be the guy to screw it up for everyone else. One guy can’t win a football game; too many moving parts, the ultimate team sport – you can’t do it by yourself. But one guy can screw it up for everyone else. Make sure you’re not that guy.”
NFL AM’s talent roster also features Mark Kriegel from FOXSports.com, Brian Webber from FOX Sports Digital, Nicole Zaloumis from Comcast Sports Net-New England, and Steve Wyche from NFL Media. The show will be based at NFL Network’s Culver City, CA studios. No other sport is the sole focus of a show of this length each and every weekday morning.
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