Ah, yes. The return of the NFL brought with it the electricity that is Sunday Night Football. That means personal video introductions to the players on both sides of the ball. And man, we didn’t know we missed these things so much. Players have been known to get creative with their introductions over the years. Anyone who’s watched their share of SNF has heard them do things like naming their elementary school instead of their college football program, for example.
If the people voted on who had the best personal intros tonight, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle would have won outright. The two All-Pro players managed to have some fun with their brief videos.
Would you be surprised if we told you that NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers began his college football career at Butte Community College? Well, he did. And even though he went on to make a name for himself as the quarterback for the California Golden Bears, his community college got the shout-out on Sunday Night Football. Gotta love it.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, we have the pleasure of introducing you to the People’s Tight End. Yes, that is a nickname Kittle gave himself. And yes. You’d be correct in assuming that the University of Iowa alum is a big fan of the WWE. The name comes from none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s title, “The People’s Champion.”
So you know a little something about George Kittle. The next thing to know is that he loves being a tight end. So much so that he named “Tight End University” as his school during the SNF introduction. We can’t make this stuff up. That’s just a football guy for you.
NFL’s Sunday Night Football is Soaking Up TV Audiences
We won’t know the exact numbers from tonight’s game until tomorrow. But last week’s Sunday Night Football game between the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs was one of historic proportions. Not only in terms of the on-field implications of Baltimore’s victory over Mahomes and the Chiefs but because the 20.2 million people audience was up nearly 10% from the same game last year.
And those numbers came on the same night as the Emmy Awards. It could have something to do with people being excited to watch stadium-filled football again. Maybe the matchup itself, featuring two of the best quarterbacks playing in the NFL today, can explain it. All we know for sure is that the NFL’s product seems to be grabbing a ton of attention.
And to think, these huge TV audience numbers at a time when NFL fans are furious over the enforcement of taunting rules. This may be a season to remember.