Thursday, January 3, 2013
Sunday Countdown: Running backs, more
By ESPN.com staff
Fans get a second helping of “Sunday NFL Countdown” as the playoffs begin this weekend.
In addition to the regular airing -- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on ESPN -- there will be an additional Saturday edition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.
Get a sneak peek at this week’s features below, and be sure to check out our experts’ picks.
Arian Foster’s rise: Before the season, the Texans signed their workhorse running back to a contract extension, and at the news conference to announce the deal, Foster became emotional when talking about the sacrifices his mother made in order for his family to survive. “Countdown” looks back at that moment, and talks to Foster’s mother about what her son’s rise to NFL stardom has meant to her family.
Adrian Peterson -- Soundtracks, Week 17: Take an inside look at the MVP candidate running back during his impressive performance against the Packers in Week 17, when he fell nine yards short of breaking the single-season rushing record, but helped lift Minnesota into the playoffs.
What Drives Alfred? Redskins rookie Alfred Morris proved his value to the Redskins by rushing for 1,613 yards this season. But in a players’ world of Bentleys and BMWs, Morris remains a man of modest transportation. He drives to work in a 1991 Mazda 626, with a blue book value of about $1,000. “Countdown” takes a drive with Morris to discuss his route to becoming an emerging star.
O.J. Brigance’s fight: After starting his NFL career with four seasons in Miami, linebacker O.J. Brigance joined the Ravens in 2000 and played in all 16 games in their Super Bowl season, mostly on special teams. Four years later, he joined the Ravens' front office, becoming the director of player development. Then in 2007, Brigance was diagnosed with ALS. Brigance has inspired those who know him with his passion and perseverance, and he’s started a foundation to help others fight the disease and find a cure.