Series features college football factories, most feared tacklers, clutch quarterbacks and other debates
The sophomore season of NFLâs Top 10 begins on Tuesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET with the first of two episodes focusing on college football as the network prepares for its 2008 NFL Draft coverage. Season Two kicks off with "Coaches Who Belonged in College" followed by "Football Factories."
NFLâs Top 10 is a weekly, fast-paced countdown series that provides a look at some of the most intriguing subjects in the NFL including debate from network analysts, sports journalists, sports radio personalities, players, coaches and other NFL insiders.
The second seasonâs premiere topic is "Coaches Who Belonged in College," a look at some of the best college football coaches who had less-than-successful forays into the NFL. Some profiled coaches include Bobby Petrino, Lou Holtz, Pete Carroll and Steve Spurrier.
Other topics NFLâs Top 10 will tackle this season are:
Football Factories -- April 22 at 9 p.m. ET: NFLâs Top 10 takes a look at the schools that over the entire history of the NFL have developed the biggest talents for the NFL featuring Penn State, Tennessee, Michigan, USC and other powerhouses.
Team Turnarounds -- April 29 at 9 p.m. ET: NFLâs Top 10 looks at the biggest turnarounds from one year to the next including the 2006 New Orleans Saints, 2001 New England Patriots, 1999 St. Louis Rams and 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Clutch Quarterbacks -- May 6 at 8 p.m. ET: Youâre down by six on your own 20-yard line with two minutes to go â- who do you want as your quarterback? NFLâs Top 10 ranks the best clutch quarterbacks of all time including Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana and John Elway.
Things That Changed the Game -- May 13 at 8 p.m. ET: Television, free agency and the "West Coast Offense" are all major changes in the game of football. NFLâs Top 10 debates the biggest game-changers.
Receiving Corps -- May 20 at 8 p.m. ET: "The Posse," "Air Coryell," "The Marks Brothers" and "The Greatest Show on Turf," are included among the NFLâs Top 10 receiving corps of all time.
Motivational Coaches -- May 27 at 8 p.m. ET: Vince Lombardi once said, "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible." NFLâs Top 10 takes a look at the coaches, like Lombardi, who were the best motivators including Bill Parcells, Jon Gruden, and Dick Vermeil.
Coaches Who Belonged in College -- June 3 at 8 p.m. ET: A look at some of the best college football coaches who had less-than-successful forays into the NFL. Some profiled coaches include Bobby Petrino, Lou Holtz, Pete Carroll and Steve Spurrier.
Quarterback Controversies -- June 10 at 8 p.m. ET: NFLâs Top 10 tackles the top "Quarterback Controversies" of all time. Some of those debated include San Francisco weighing Young vs. Montana, New England looking at Brady vs. Bledsoe, and the New York Giants choosing between Simms vs. Hostetler.
Tight Ends -- June 17 at 8 p.m. ET: From Hall of Famers Jackie Smith, Mike Ditka and Kellen Winslow to current stars Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates, the gameâs most athletic players are ranked on NFLâs Top 10 Tight Ends.
Super Bowl Performances â- June 24 at 8 p.m. ET: NFLâs Top 10 takes a look at the players who became legends on the gameâs greatest stage. Joe Namathâs guarantee in Super Bowl III and Marcus Allenâs record-setting day in Super Bowl XVIII claim their place in the top 10 Super Bowl performances.
Cornerback Tandems -- July 8 at 8 p.m. ET: When one shut-down corner has a backfield partner, championship-caliber defenses are built. NFLâs Top 10 takes a look at the top cornerback tandems including 49ers Ronnie Lott and Eric Wright and "Old Man" Willie Brown and Skip "Dr. Death" Thomas of Raiders fame.
Characters -- July 15 at 8 p.m. ET: From the antics of Terrell Owens to William "The Refrigerator" Perry and his mega-watt smile, NFLâs Top 10 highlights the gameâs most charismatic personalities.
Most Feared Tacklers -â July 22 at 8 p.m. ET: Lawrence Taylor, Ray Lewis, Ronnie Lott and Dick Butkus are just some of the "Most Feared Tacklers" ranked in this installment of NFLâs Top 10.
Players Not in the Hall of Fame â- July 29 at 8 p.m. ET: Ricky Watters, Kenny "The Snake" Stabler and "Bullet" Bob Hayes are a few of the legendary players still awaiting their day in Canton. NFLâs Top 10 takes a look at the top players who have not been voted into the Hall of Fame.
Biggest Upsets -â August 5 at 8 p.m. ET: From Clevelandâs 1950 upset over Philadelphia to the Giantsâ historic win in Super Bowl XLII, NFLâs Top 10 pays tribute to the underdogs with the top 10 biggest upsets.
Home Field Advantages â- Sept. 6 at 9 p.m. ET: NFLâs Top 10 ranks the best home-field advantages including the 12th man at Qwest Field in Seattle, historic Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia and the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
Gutsiest Performances -â Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. ET: Whether physical or emotional, these players fought through the pain when the game was on the line. NFLâs Top 10 focuses on the gutsiest performances of all time including Brett Favre playing for his father and Jack Youngblood carrying the Rams to the Super Bowl on a broken leg.
Football Families â- Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. ET: Hasselbeck, Rooney, Manning â- Itâs all in the family. NFLâs Top 10 chronicles the first families of football.
Comebacks -- Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. ET: From the 49ersâ 24-point playoff rally vs. the Giants in 2002 to Chicagoâs late defensive stand that shocked Arizona in 2006, NFLâs Top 10 Comebacks highlights the games that taught fans never to leave early.
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