Sunday, November 1st, 2015


“I always thought that the way he ran the offense was incredible.” — Aaron Rodgers on Peyton Manning

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 1, 2015 – For tonight’s Week 8 edition of NBC’s Football Night In America, the most-watched weekly studio show in sports, Bob Costas interviews Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Football Night will also preview NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the 6-0 Packers and the 6-0 Broncos — the first-ever primetime game featuring opponents with records of 6-0 or better — and include highlights, analysis and reaction to earlier Week 8 games.

Football Night airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, with Costas hosting the program live from inside the stadium. He will be joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, and NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 in Stamford, Conn., and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on and NBCSN. Kathryn Tappen will report from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the Seahawks-Cowboys game.

INTERVIEW: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Rodgers. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America.”


On watching Peyton Manning before he was in the league: “I loved watching Peyton when I was in high school, in college, and a young player in the NFL. I’d often dream about having the freedom that he had at the line of scrimmage. The ability to get in and out of checks, run the pass, pass the run, the quick pace that he used to operate at, the fact the stayed in basically the same formation — either two-by-two or three-by-one — the entire way down the field. I always thought that the way he ran the offense was incredible.”

On whether he will play into his 40’s: “Tom [Brady] is saying 48…that would be pretty impressive. The thing that struck me about what he said was, he said what else am I going to do, and I kind of feel the same way.”

On the Packers playing the Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII: “I think I was pulling for the Packers. After Montana moved on, and the 49ers were out of it that year, I was a big Favre fan, so I was pulling for the Packers to win. I always enjoyed watching John Elway, but I was definitely a Packer fan. I do remember that it was a back-and-forth game, and they came up a little short there in the fourth down.”

On having a better read on his team after they play Denver and Carolina (Nov. 8): “It’s tough to win on the road in this league, so it will be two good tests for us. As we saw last year, it’s important to get that home-field advantage because we know how difficult it is to play in Lambeau in the winter time. In order to get that opportunity with the way things are shaping up in our league, especially in the South, we’re going to have to win these games coming up. Win the tough ones on the road and then, obviously hold court when we go back home, and go through a stretch of four straight division games.”