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Former Rams to Participate in Broadcast Bootcamp

Posted by nickwagoner on June 4, 2012 – 4:13 PM

- Every offseason, the NFL offers a “Broadcast Bootcamp” which gives current and former NFL players a chance to learn the ropes of the broadcast game. Considering the proliferation of former players in various analyst and play by play gigs throughout the country, it’s a logical step for former players to take.

- On Monday, the NFL announced the 20 players that will be partaking in this year’s version of the camp. Included in the group are three former Rams. Fullback Mike Karney, linebacker Brady Poppinga and safety Adam Archuleta.

- Archuleta participated last year and is back for a more advanced course. Karney and Poppinga will be participating for the first time.

- In addition, former Rams coach Dick Vermeil will serve as an instructor. Vermeil, of course, was a very popular college football analyst before he returned to coaching the Rams in 1997.

- Here’s the full release from the NFL:

Twenty three current and former NFL players, including CHAD BROWN, TROY BROWN, NATE BURLESON, KRIS JENKINS and JARRETT PAYTON, will take part in the sixth annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, it was announced today.

 

The program, which runs from June 18-21, is directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL Broadcasting departments and covers a wide range of topics with instructors from each of the NFL’s broadcast partners – CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, Dial Global Radio, plus local radio and TV.  It will include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation.  Each player will tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives.  Each player also will serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio alongside hosts Rich Gannon, Adam Schein, Tim Ryan, Pat Kirwan and Ross Tucker.

 

New this year, three veteran Broadcast Boot Campers – ADAM ARCHULETA (Class of 2010), JOHN FINA (2011) and MICHEAL YOUNG (2010) – will participate in “Boot Camp Advanced” featuring one-on-one training with faculty members offering extensive training in speech and vocal techniques, getting the most out of production meetings, and studio and play-by-play analysis.

 

Also for the first time, the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp Class of 2012 will have the opportunity to earn a guest hosting spot on SiriusXM NFL Radio and one of the league’s United Kingdom broadcasting partners during the 2012 season. Last season former NFL players ROCKY BOIMAN and NICK FERGUSON were selected to serve as studio analysts for an NFL regular-season Sunday on Sky Sports in the U.K. Later in the season, Boiman earned additional game assignments including the Playoffs and Super Bowl for Sky TV and BBC Radio.

 

Of the 105 players who took part in the Broadcast Boot Camp from 2007-2011, 44 have earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program.

 

“We are excited to continue and expand the Broadcast Boot Camp which for many current and former players has been a springboard to successful careers off the field,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL Vice President of Player Engagement.

 

The NFL Broadcast Boot Camp is one of several NFL Player Engagement programs to assist players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next.

 

Enrollment criteria for the Broadcast Boot Camp include NFL playing experience, essays, and demonstrated interest in media.
Following are the current and former NFL players enrolled in the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp:

 

Player

Team

 

Player

Team

David Anderson

Free Agent (WAS)

 

Kris Jenkins

Retired (NYJ, CAR)

Adam Archuleta*

Retired (CHI, WAS, STL)

 

Mike Karney

Retired (STL, NO)

Chad Brown

Retired (NE, PIT, SEA)

 

Corey Mays

Retired (KC, CIN, NE)

Troy Brown

Retired (NE)

 

Kevin O’Connell

Free Agent (NYJ)

Melvin Bullitt

Free Agent (IND)

 

Tony Pashos

Free Agent (CLE)

Nate Burleson

DET

 

Jarrett Payton

Retired (TEN)

David Caldwell

IND

 

Brady Poppinga

Free Agent (STL)

Patrick Crayton

Free Agent (SD)

 

Michael Robinson

SEA

Joel Dreessen

DEN

 

Mark Tauscher

Retired (GB)

John Fina*

Retired (ARI, BUF)

 

Leonard Weaver

Retired (PHI, SEA)

Kendall Gammon

Retired (KC, NO, PIT)

 

Micheal Young*

Retired (ARI)

Shayne Graham

HOU

 

 

 

* advanced participants
With more than 400 years of broadcasting experience, following are the NFL broadcasting talent and production staff who will lend their expertise to the program: 

 

Name Network
Glenn Adamo NFL Films
Kenny Albert FOX
Brian Baldinger NFL Network
Rocky Boiman Boot Camp Class of ‘11
Alexandra Brady NFL Network
Bill Brown FOX
James Brown CBS, Showtime
Quentin Carter Big Ten Network
Mark Champion NFL play-by-play
Steve Cohen SiriusXM
Greg Cosell NFL Films
Howard David Dial Global Radio
Howard Deneroff Dial Global Radio
John Entz FOX
Victor Frank CBS
Rob Gill NFL Films
Bob Goodrich Media Consultant
Annie Hoffman Goodrich Media Consultant
Ron Jaworski ESPN
Arthur Joseph NFL Network Consultant
Howard Katz NFL
Gerry Matalon ESPN
Dick Maxwell NFL
Curt Menefee FOX
Steve Menzel NFL Films
Russ Molloy CBS Sports Network
Nick Pavlatos SiriusXM
Derek Rackley Big Ten Network
Pete Radovich CBS
Jason Romano ESPN
Mike Rosenstein NFL Films
Michelle Salvatore Compass Media
Gerry Sandusky WBAL-TV, Ravens
Bardia Shah-Rais NFL Network
Ray Smaltz FOX Sports
Chip Swain NFL Films
Jacob Ullman FOX
Dick Vermeil Former NFL coach/broadcaster
Mark Wolff CBS

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