James Brown, three-time Emmy Award-winner, serves as host for the CBS Television Network’s NFL pregame show, THE NFL TODAY. He again will anchor THE NFL TODAY along with analysts Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Phil Simms and Nate Burleson. Brown, who was named “Best Studio Host of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated.com in 2010, has hosted the Network’s Super Bowl pregame show for its coverage of Super Bowl LIII (2019), Super Bowl 50 (2016), Super Bowl XLVII (2013), Super Bowl XLIV (2010) and Super Bowl XLI (2007). Brown returns again this year to host INSIDE THE NFL. He previously hosted ITNFL with Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth for six years (2008-13). In 2012 he was named Special Correspondent for CBS News contributing to various News programs including 60 MINUTES, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, 48 HOURS, CBS THIS MORNING and CBS EVENING NEWS. Brown is also a founding partner of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals.
Brown’s previous broadcasting roles include host of “Thursday Night Football” on CBS and The NFL Network, co-host of “Fox NFL Sunday,” correspondent for “Real Sports” with Bryant Gumbel on HBO, and host of a nationally syndicated radio show on Sporting News Radio. In 2009, James’ first co-authored book entitled, Role of a Lifetime: Reflections on Faith, Family and Significant Living, was released.
Among numerous honors, Brown most recently received the 2016 Pete Rozelle Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which recognizes “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football," and “The Uncommon Award” from Tony Dungy for his “uncommon leadership through character and faith.” He was honored with the 2009 Dick Schaap Memorial Award for Media Excellence, the 2007 Maxwell Football Club’s Excellence Award for Broadcasting and the Dallas All Sports Association Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism. Brown was the first recipient of the annual Pat Summerall Award in 2006, at Super Bowl XL in Detroit. In 2005, he was honored with the Director’s Award for Broadcasting from The 100 Black Men of America and the Greater Washington Urban League’s Sam Lacy Award 2005. Brown was a 2010 honoree as one of the “Faces of Black History” celebrating Black Media Legends who have impacted the Black community through their achievements and positive examples, which have included Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks to the present day heroes. He was the 2002 recipient of the International Black Broadcasters Association’s Broadcasting Excellence Award and was chosen as 1999 Sportscaster of the Year (Studio Host) by the American Sportscaster Association. Brown also was awarded the Golden Mike Award (1998) by the Black Broadcasters Alliance.
Brown, a Washington, D.C. native, is a graduate of Harvard University where he was a three-time All-Ivy selection in basketball and is in the Harvard Basketball Hall of Fame. He is involved in a number of charitable activities, including the Ron & Joy Paul Kidney Center at George Washington University and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Brown also is an ordained minister and is actively involved in speaking at churches and conferences around the country.
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