The CW Network’s ‘Inside the NFL’ Names Emmy-Winning Studio Analyst and Super Bowl Champion Ryan Clark as Host and Former NFL Stars Channing Crowder, Jay Cutler, Chad Johnson and Chris Long as Analysts
“Every day I showed up to work it was always about the next step… I dreamed of being a host, but not even in my wildest dreams did I think it would be the host of ‘Inside the NFL,'” said Ryan Clark.
Panel of Football Experts Break Down Previously Unseen Highlights and Exclusive NFL Films Mic’d Up Sounds from the Game
“Inside the NFL” Makes its CW Debut on Tuesday, September 5 at 8:00pm ET/PT
The CW Network and NFL Films have set a cast of former NFL stars for the upcoming season of the Emmy(R) Award-winning weekly studio series INSIDE THE NFL, premiering Tuesday, September 5 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). A Super Bowl champion safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers and an Emmy(R) Award-winning studio analyst, Ryan Clark will serve as the program’s host. He will be joined by former Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder, Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler, Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Johnson, and two-time Super Bowl champion defensive end and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award-winner Chris Long as analysts as they break down previously unseen highlights and exclusive NFL Films mic’d up sounds from the week’s most exciting matchups while serving up unfiltered commentary.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ryan, Channing, Jay, Chad and Chris to The CW family as we prepare INSIDE THE NFL for its broadcast television debut,” said Dennis Miller, President, The CW Network. “Not only do they all possess a deep understanding, knowledge and passion for the game, but they also bring a unique sense of humor and fun to the table. Plus, they are not afraid to voice their opinions on any topic. This season of INSIDE THE NFL will be a must-watch for all football fans.”
“We are so proud that INSIDE THE NFL has been loved and consumed by football fans for an incredible 47 years,” said Ross Ketover, Senior Executive, NFL Films. “Now having this show on broadcast television for the first time, with our new partners at The CW, everyone at NFL Films is unbelievably excited to refresh and reinvent this tentpole franchise.”
“Every day I showed up to work it was always about the next step… I dreamed of being a host, but not even in my wildest dreams did I think it would be the host of INSIDE THE NFL,” said Ryan Clark. “I played against all the analysts who will be with me on Tuesday nights and always admired the way they approached the game of football. I’m excited to see that same passion poured into the new INSIDE THE NFL now that we are all on the same team.”
INSIDE THE NFL is the first authoritative look-and-listen-in to every week’s greatest moments and unforgettable stories throughout the NFL season, showcasing previously unseen angles of pivotal game action captured by NFL Films’ legendary cinematographers and revealing behind-the-scenes audio of how it all happened.
Ryan Clark’s playing career as a safety spanned 13 NFL seasons and included a Super Bowl XLIII title and two AFC Championships. He played a majority of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2006-13), two years with the New York Giants (2002-03) and two stints with the Washington Redskins (2004-05 and 2014). Clark currently serves as an analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” and regularly appears on ESPN’s “NFL Live,” “First Take,” “Get Up” and “SportsCenter.” In January 2022, Clark launched “The Pivot Podcast” with former NFL players Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder. In May 2023, Clark won his first Sports Emmy in the ‘Outstanding Personality/Studio Analyst’ category.
Channing Crowder is a former linebacker who played six seasons in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins (2005-2010). He played college football for Florida where he was recognized as an All-American. He currently co-hosts South Florida’s highly rated daily sports radio show “Hochman & Crowder” and “The Pivot Podcast” alongside Fred Taylor and Ryan Clark.
Jay Cutler was a Pro Bowl quarterback with 12 years of NFL experience playing for the Denver Broncos (2006-2008), Chicago Bears (2009-2016) and Miami Dolphins (2017). He is the current Chicago Bears franchise leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and completions, and led the Bears to an NFC North division title and the NFC Championship Game in 2010.
A six-time NFL Pro Bowler and one of the sport’s most visible personalities during his NFL career, Chad Johnson is a former wide receiver who played 11 seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals (2001-2010) and the New England Patriots (2011), for whom he played in Super Bowl XLVI. He was a 4-time All Pro and the NFL receiving yards leader during the 2006 season. He currently holds all Bengals team receiving records and will be inducted into the Bengals Ring of Honor this fall. His television credits include “Dancing with the Stars,” “The League,” and “The Game.”
Former defensive end Chris Long played for 11 seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams (2008-2015), New England Patriots (2016) and Philadelphia Eagles (2017-2018). He is a two-time Super Bowl champion, having won Super Bowl LI with the Patriots and Super Bowl LII with the Eagles. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his charitable work. Long is currently the host of the “Green Light Podcast with Chris Long.”
An NFL Films production, INSIDE THE NFL is executive produced by Ross Ketover, Pat Kelleher and Keith Cossrow.
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