FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
TOM BRADY, PEYTON MANNING, ELI MANNING, & J.J. WATT TONIGHT ON NBCSN, STARTING AT 7 P.M. ET AS NBC SPORTS’ SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE WEEK CONTINUES
Tonight’s NFL Greats Have Combined to Earn 37 Pro Bowl Honors, 10 Super Bowl Titles, Eight NFL MVPs, Seven Super Bowl MVPs, and Three NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards
NBCSN Presents 20 SNL Episodes Hosted By Sports Stars in Primetime This Week
Content to Stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 26, 2020 – Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and J.J. Watt headline tonight’s classic sports-themed Saturday Night Live episodes on NBCSN, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Tonight’s NFL star hosts have combined to earn 37 Pro Bowl honors, 10 Super Bowl titles, eight NFL MVPs, seven Super Bowl MVPs, and three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards.
This week in primetime, NBCSN televises 20 SNL episodes dating back to the early 1990s that were hosted by the biggest names in sports. Hosts for the rest of SNL Week include (NBCSN appearance order): Dwayne Johnson, Andy Roddick, John Cena, Ronda Rousey, Michael Phelps, Derek Jeter, Charles Barkley, and Michael Jordan, with the latter two also making appearances last night.
Additionally, two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning will appear on today’s episode of The Rich Eisen Show, which starts at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Manning competed in Sunday’s ‘The Match’ golf event and his classic 2007 SNL hosting appearance encores tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Programming will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Below is more information on tonight’s SNL Week programming:
TUESDAY, MAY 26 – TOM BRADY, PEYTON MANNING, ELI MANNING, & J.J. WATT
|SNL EPISODE||TIME (ET)||NETWORK|
|Tom Brady: April 16, 2005||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Peyton Manning: March 24, 2007||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Eli Manning: May 5, 2012||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
|J.J. Watt: Feb. 1, 2020||10 p.m.||NBCSN|
TOM BRADY: APRIL 16, 2005 AT 7 P.M. ET
Tom Brady kicks off tonight’s SNL slate tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The episode features Brady’s only SNL hosting appearance, which aired on April 16, 2005, two months after he won the third of his six Super Bowl titles while with the New England Patriots.
The winningest quarterback in NFL history, Brady holds records for Super Bowl titles by a player (six), Super Bowl MVP awards (four), and regular season victories (219). Brady, who also won three regular-season NFL MVP awards, joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March, after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.
PEYTON MANNING: MARCH 24, 2007 AT 8 P.M. ET
In addition to starring on the field, Peyton Manning earned acclaim for humorous TV commercials throughout and following his playing career. He made his lone SNL hosting appearance on March 24, 2007, just a month after his MVP performance in Super Bowl XLI. This episode highlights Manning’s memorable spoof of an United Way commercial.
The only quarterback to lead multiple franchises to Super Bowl victories, Manning spent his first 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, before joining the Denver Broncos for his final four seasons. The winner of a record five NFL regular-season MVP awards, his Super Bowl XLI victory was the Colts’ first Super Bowl title in 36 years and first since relocating to Indianapolis. With the Broncos in 2013, he set NFL records for passing yards (5,477) and touchdown passes (55) in a season, and led Denver to the second of four consecutive division titles. His final NFL game was a victory in Super Bowl 50.
ELI MANNING: MAY 5, 2012 AT 9 P.M. ET
Following brother Peyton, Eli Manning continues the night’s SNL Week slate at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The episode originally aired on May 5, 2012, three months after he led the New York Giants to a Super Bowl XLVI victory and earning his second Super Bowl MVP award. Manning is one of only five players in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowl MVPs.
Leading up to the episode, SNL showrunner Lorne Michaels shared his thoughts on Eli: “I think he’s both charming and radiates a certain kind of intelligence and I don’t know how to say this, but you sort of believe that he doesn’t take himself that seriously.”
Recently retired, Manning spent his entire 16-year NFL career with the New York Giants, setting franchise records for passing yards, touchdown passes, and completed passes. He is known for two improbable Super Bowl-winning postseason runs in 2007 and 2011, leading the Giants to victories against the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
J.J. WATT: FEB. 1, 2020 AT 10 P.M. ET
J.J. Watt is no stranger to television, appearing as himself in TV series “New Girl” and “The League,” as well as movies “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and “Bad Moms.” He also hosted the 2016 CMT Music Awards alongside Erin Andrews. The 13th NFL player and 27th athlete to host SNL, Watt made his debut just three months ago, the night before the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV over the 49ers on Feb. 2.
Drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Watt joins Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor as the only three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014, 2015) honorees. In 2014, the defensive end became the first player in NFL history to record two 20+ sack seasons in a career. Watt holds the Texans’ franchise records for sacks and forced fumbles.
Below is each night’s NBCSN highlighted content throughout the week:
|DATE||SNL EPISODE||TIME (ET)|
|Tuesday, May 26||Tom Brady: April 16, 2005||7 p.m.|
|Peyton Manning: March 24, 2007||8 p.m.|
|Eli Manning: May 5, 2012||9 p.m.|
|J.J. Watt: Feb. 1, 2020||10 p.m.|
|Wednesday, May 27||Dwayne Johnson: March 18, 2000||7 p.m.|
|Dwayne Johnson: April 13, 2002||8 p.m.|
|Dwayne Johnson: March 7, 2009||9 p.m.|
|Andy Roddick: Nov. 8, 2003||10 p.m.|
|Thursday, May 28||Dwayne Johnson: March 28, 2015||7 p.m.|
|John Cena: Dec. 10, 2016||8 p.m.|
|Dwayne Johnson: May 20, 2017||9 p.m.|
|Ronda Rousey: Jan. 23, 2016||10 p.m.|
|Friday, May 29||Michael Phelps: Sept. 13, 2008||7 p.m.|
|Derek Jeter: Dec. 1, 2001||8 p.m.|
|Charles Barkley: Jan. 7, 2012||9 p.m.|
|Charles Barkley: March 3, 2018||10 p.m.|
|Michael Jordan: Sept. 28, 1991||11 p.m.|