Mark Kriegel

Mark Kriegel


Mark Kriegel is an analyst on NFL Network's morning show, "NFL AM." Previously, he was a sports columnist for the New York Post and New York Daily News for 10 years before becoming a national columnist at for five years. In addition, Kriegel is the author of two New York Times bestselling books, "Namath: A Biography" and "Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich."


SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- It had been a good weekend for Brian Kitchen. Well, more than good, actually. On Friday, he watched his son, Nikko -- a receiver for Cardinal Newman high school -- have his usual excellent game in a 56-14 win over Maria Carrillo... more


Fred Dryer was born a Rams fan, in Hawthorne, California, 1946, the year the team moved from Cleveland. They were the NFL's reigning champs, with its reigning MVP. But Bob Waterfield -- from UCLA by way of Van Nuys High School -- wasn't merely a st... more


Johnny Manziel may not be the future of the Cleveland Browns. In that event, he'll have something in common with 36-year-old Josh McCown. And McCown's kid brother, Luke, who started four games (consecutive losses) for the Browns back in '04. An... more


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- No Aaron Hernandez? No Rob Gronkowski? No Wes Welker? No problem. On the eve of Tom Brady's 11th Super Bowl campaign, he's come upon -- in that inestimable Patriot Way -- a new version of his go-to guy. New England's leadin... more


HYANNIS PORT, Mass. -- Half a century later, the anniversary and the calendar again coincide. On Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was killed. On Sunday the 24th, there was a full slate of NFL games. The sequence is commonly recalled... more

DETROIT -- The Lions, with more wins than they had all last season, look like a playoff team coming off their bye week. So what happened? Would you believe, Reggie Bush? Megatron is Megatron, of course, which is to say, a singular talent. T... more


LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Marc Trestman and his band achieved a position of reasonable prominence on the Bar Mitzvah circuit when he was a teenager in Minnesota. "Confirmations, too," he is quick to remind me. "Equal opportunity." Such is Trestman, a... more


OAKLAND, Calif. -- On Aug. 17, 2011, following the third round of the NFL Supplemental Draft, Terrelle Pryor received a call from Al Davis. "You're going to be a star," Davis said. Not right away, of course. Training camp was all but over. The Oa... more


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- When he finally agreed to an audience, at the dawn of the fifth year in his reign, on the eve of yet another confrontation with the hated New York Giants , it occurred to me that that only two New York Jets have ever issued Supe... more

For most people, a 30th birthday occasions some celebration. For an NFL running back -- and there aren't many still playing at that relatively advanced year -- it's an indication of impending athletic mortality, an anniversary that comes perilously... more


Hey. Harbaugh. Congratulations. I mean, getting to the Super Bowl with a kid in his ninth start. Whoever heard of that? OK, you're a little temperamental. But I feel obligated to part with my normal journalistic routine -- the eternal... more

Harbaugh Part II. You've never seen a quarterback like Colin Kaepernick: Biker-style tats, with a biblical message. A child of color. Raised by self-proclaimed cheeseheads. An earnest young man who interviews like his famously terse coach.... more

The quarterback most likely to win a ring? It's usually a guy who's already got one. This year? A little different. He didn't make the cut. Or him. Or his older brother ... to the dismay of millions who'd come to expect a championship with... more

I'm sure RG3 appreciates all this concern for his future. Robert Griffin III But where was it when he came back against Philly ? Or when he hobbled his way to a win over Dallas ? Or when Griffin came out and threw a couple touchdowns la... more

2012 will be remembered for epic comebacks. 2013? I'm rooting for something a little more modest. I'm rooting for a guy named Greg McElroy. And all the guys like him. Unless you root for the New York Jets or Alabama -- whom he led to a national... more


This week, Chuck Pagano returns to relieve the NFL's coach of the year. Bruce Arians. Should be anyway. Darlington: Colts living a fairytale The Indianapolis Colts' season has been a dream. And it continues with Chuck Pagano's return, Jeff... more

Best team in football? Breer: Brownie points Albert Breer says new Browns owner Jimmy  Haslam should stick with head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert. More ... Only now, at the cusp of a new year, has its identity become clear. The t... more

Lewis-Manning. Fifteen years have passed since the inaugural meeting between Ray lewis and Peyton Manning. Good game. Somebody named Marshall Faulk ran for 193 yards. Manning: 357 yards, three touchdowns. Maybe the finest outing of his rook... more

With one teammate dead and another in jail, the Dallas Cowboys overcame their great grief to beat the Bengals in Cincinnati . Thrilling come-from-behind victories are often packaged -- with shameless convenience -- as post-game morality tales. Not... more

Not a bad week for rookie quarterbacks, huh? Brandon Weeden gives the Cleveland Browns their first win in the Pacific Time Zone since 2006. Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Chicago Bears. In Chicago. In overtime. Rookie quarterb... more


The San Francisco 49ers beat the hottest team in football (the New Orleans Saints), on the road, with a quarterback making his second start. And I'm thinking: This Jim Harbaugh's a pretty smart guy. Isn't that the point, though? Now you know wha... more

It is commonly accepted -- by old farts like me -- that youth is wasted on the young. Apparently, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III never got that memo. He threw for four touchdowns Sunday . A year after Carolina Panthers quarter... more

The most indestructible force I've ever seen -- not just in football, but all sports -- was Earl Campbell in his prime. Adrian Peterson Unfortunately, that prime was short-lived. Or perhaps, it was merely his misfortune to have played runni... more

On the night of January 9, 1969, Joe Namath -- a little high on Johnnie Walker Red -- delivered his famous Super Bowl guarantee. Less famous -- but no less prescient -- was his parting shot that evening. "I'm afraid it's true," said Broadway Joe.... more

The lead-up to Week 9 focused on the duel between Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton . It was breathless, though not careful, neglecting subtleties in either quarterback's game. Griffin's running relies on Olympic-caliber speed, Newton's on brawn (h... more

With almost a quarter to go, and the San Francisco 49ers up three touchdowns on Monday night , Dashon Goldson hit the Arizona Cardinals' Early Doucet on a short crossing route. Blew. Him. Up. Destroyed him. Savage hit. Those were the... more


As it began, the 2012 season, you couldn't help but root for Andy Reid. In August, his son, Garrett, died of a drug overdose . And Reid performed that most terrible task -- burying a child -- with a stoic bravery. Darlington: Are Eagles lost? A... more

The time has come. The New York Jets should acknowledge what the rest of the world already knows: Mark Sanchez is not the answer. Don't wait any longer. Give Tim Tebow his shot. The Jets are 25th in passing , 27th in offense and first in excuses... more

As it pertains to diva receivers -- a subject that comes up regularly on "NFL AM" -- I've become the designated advocate for Plaxico Burress. Unlike Chad Johnson, Burress is 6-foot-5. Unlike Terrell Owens, Burress actually played last season -- an... more

Can Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick ever win a Super Bowl? "NFL AM" analyst Mark Kriegel talks about Vick's football future.... more

"NFL AM" analyst Mark Kriegel preaches to the people that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is not letting the team down, but vice versa.... more

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis might be out for a while with a possible torn triceps, but "NFL AM" analyst Mark Kriegel hopes this isn't the last time we see Lewis suit up.... more


"NFL AM" analyst Mark Kriegel defends Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo against Maryland House of Delegates member Emmett C. Burns Jr., who urged the Ravens to have him "cease and desist" his public support of gay marriage.... more

"NFL AM" analyst Mark Kriegel explains why the New York Giants will continue their winning ways despite all the disrespect from the critics.... more


The Dallas Cowboys' baby treatment of Dez Bryant just might be the talented but troubled wide receiver's best shot at becoming a man, "NFL AM" analyst Mark Kriegel says.... more

Despite being cut recently by the Seattle Seahawks, "NFL AM" analyst Mark Kriegel explains why there might be even tougher times ahead for former Pro Bowl wide receiver Terrell Owens.... more

Alan Diaz/Associated Press Miami Dolphins receiver (and former college lacrosse star) Chris Hogan has charted an unlikely path to the NFL.   When they agreed to be featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks," the folks in charge of the Miami Dolphins... more


At 7:30 in the morning, humility is an overrated virtue, which is why I felt my pulse quicken as New York Jets coach Rex Ryan -- our inaugural guest here at NFL AM (weekdays on NFL Network, 6 to 10 a.m. ET) -- spoke plainly of his superiority as a... more

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