ESPN Pardon the Interruption Specials on Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers to Air Friday


ESPN Pardon the Interruption Specials on Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers to Air Friday

Latest installments of PTImeline Examine Two of NFL’s Elite Quarterbacks

A pair of Pardon the Interruption PTImeline specials – one about Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and another about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers – will air back-to-back on Friday, Aug. 2, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Using PTI conversations between hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon over the past decade, the 30-minute shows will document the top stories involving both Super Bowl champion MVP quarterbacks.

The Manning special (8 p.m.) will discuss how the No. 1 pick in the 1998 NFL Draft and son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning established himself as a future Hall of Famer. The timeline chronicles various ups and downs throughout his career, from difficult playoff losses and eventually being crowned a Super Bowl champion, to the season-ending neck injury in 2011 which led to his free agent signing with the Denver Broncos.

The 8:30 p.m. special begins with Rodgers’ frustrating slide to the No. 24 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. The timeline documents the quarterback competition that emerged between him and Brett Favre and how the Packers ultimately decided to go with Rodgers when Favre retired and even elected to return to football. The story details how Rodgers overcame criticism and emerged as a Super Bowl champion, franchise leader and one of the elite players in the NFL.

ESPN previously aired PTImeline specials in 2012 about LeBron James and Notre Dame football. More on PTImeline.


Bill Hofheimer

I oversee ESPN’s College Sports PR, while also working on ESPN soccer, Around the Horn, PTI and more. Previously oversaw communications for ESPN's Monday Night Football and NFL studio shows.
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