Stamford, Conn. – For tonight’s Week 12 edition of NBC’s Football Night In America, the most-watched studio show in sports, Bob Costas interviews New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.,and Josh Elliott speaks with Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo. Football Night will also preview NBC’s Sunday Night Football matchup between the Cowboys and Giants, and include highlights, analysis and reaction to earlier Week 12 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, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and Elliott.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1, and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and NBCSN, and NFL insider Peter King. Alex Flanagan will report from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., on the Cardinals-Seahawks game.
INTERVIEWS: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Beckham Jr., and Elliott’s interview with Romo. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America.”
ODELL BECKHAM JR. WITH BOB COSTAS
Beckham Jr. on attending Isidore Newman High School (the alma mater of Beckham Jr., Eli Manning and Peyton Manning): “The bar is set high. Two of the best quarterbacks in the country. Isidore Newman has some high standards.”
Beckham Jr. on having the opportunity to take practice throws from Eli and Peyton Manning while he was still in high school: “I think my coach told me about it a couple days in advance. I remember going to buy new gloves and new cleats (laughing). I was ready to go.”
Beckham on his father Odell Beckham, Sr., who was a RB for LSU: “God has blessed me with some abilities and some great parents. Not just the athletic ability, but their mindsets. It has propelled me to where I am today.”
Beckham Jr. on his father being college roommates with Shaquille O’Neil: “My dad would take me to the LSU training facility and hold me up and let me dunk the ball. Shaq would hold me in the palm of his hand. His hands are huge. It was great to have that relationship with him. We text every now and then. He’s a converted Cowboys fan, so I’m trying to make him proud as a Giant.”
On already having lost the same number of games during his rookie season in the NFL (7), as he did during his entire college playing career at LSU (33-7): “I guess we can’t lose any more. Chances are you are going to have more losses than you did in college. You just have to take those loses and learn from them.”
TONY ROMO WITH JOSH ELLIOTT
Romo on how he feels after fracturing two bones in his back: “I’m getting better. It’s like anything. You have to let broken bones heal and get better.”
Elliott: “Broken bones in your back, as a quarterback especially, is an injury that the average NFL fan has a hard time wrapping their head around.”
Romo: “As a competitor, you ultimately just want to play and help your football team. You just suck it up and go do it, if you are able to in some capacity. Once you step on the field, no one actually cares. You have to go be good. That’s part of your job.”
Romo on his pre-season expectations for the team: “When you have played long enough, you start to recognize that this team that we have is pretty good. But until we go out and do it, I’m not really sure. Once you start to win, and start to do things a little better than you have as a team in the past, you start to recognize the abilities.”
Romo on his pre-season comments about fans seeing the best version of him this season: “There is no question. Just from a physical standpoint, I’ve never thrown it as well as I have this season. You are always trying to perfect your craft and get to a point that is exact. I felt like I was getting to a point where I was going to be able to do my job at a high level every day. Not just two-out-of-every-four games, or three-out-of-four games, but four-out-of-four days. When you get there, you feel very confident going out on the football field. Having a football team that gives you a chance is a game changer.”
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