Nearly Two-Hour Live Special to Provide an Inside Look at the Super Bowl Champions’ Practice
Kenny Mayne Hosts with Jon Gruden, Darren Woodson and John Clayton
ESPN will provide a rare inside look at a National Football League team practice during SportsCenter Special: Seahawks Training Camp on Tuesday, July 29, at 1:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. PT. The nearly two-hour special will feature live coverage as Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and the Super Bowl champions take the field for their first training camp workout in pads of the new season at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Wash.
SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne, who grew up in Kent, Wash., and now lives in nearby Kirkland, will host the special. He will be joined by Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden, studio analyst Darren Woodson and ESPN senior writer John Clayton, also a longtime Pacific Northwest resident (Tacoma).
Head coach Pete Carroll, known for his positive, high-energy motivational style, will lead his team through periods of up-tempo individual workouts, including offense, defense and situational work. During these drills, Super Bowl-winning head coach Gruden and Woodson, the hard-hitting safety who was a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys, will share their insights.
Both analysts are very familiar with the star-studded Seahawks squad. Gruden conducted individual film sessions for ESPN’s QB Camp series with Wilson, backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor and safety Earl Thomas before each player entered the NFL Draft. In addition, Woodson filed a Sunday NFL Countdown feature last season about Sherman.
Clayton will interview Seahawks general manager John Schneider and others on-site, and Mayne will contribute video features that will be incorporated throughout the telecast.
The special will also showcase one of the most picturesque athletic facilities in the country. The Virginia Mason Athletic Center is situated on 19 acres along the shores of Lake Washington with Mt. Rainer in the distance. A crowd of more than 3,000 Seahawks fans is also expected to attend the practice and be a part of the atmosphere.
“As popular as NFL games are, we thought it would be really interesting to offer a raw and real look at what a NFL team practice is like, since this is something so few fans get to experience,” said ESPN’s Monday Night Football producer Jay Rothman, who will produce the special. “ESPN is excited to try this for the first time and we’re thrilled the Seahawks are providing this unique access to us as they prepare to defend their Super Bowl title.”
The idea for this SportsCenter Special was born from ESPN’s Baseball Tonight: Gameday telecast in April when the network offered two hours of batting practice coverage before a Texas Rangers-Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Adnan Virk hosted the special on the field with analysts Eduardo Perez, Aaron Boone and reporter Tim Kurkjian.
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