NFL Live

NFL Live (stylized as NFL Live presented by FanDuel Sportsbook for sponsorship reasons) is an American National Football League (NFL) studio show, currently airing Monday through Friday at 3:00 p.m ET on sports cable channel ESPN. Formerly known as NFL 2Night, the program is one of the few NFL-related studio programs to air during the week along with NFL Insiders. As such, NFL Live is not a highlight show, as Sunday and Monday game highlights are handled by the various other NFL studio shows, including NFL Primetime during the season. Unlike shows for other sports, NFL Live even runs throughout the entire offseason.

NFL Live
Jeff Saturday and Herm Edwards on stage during the shooting of NFL Live at Disney Springs during the 2017 Pro Bowl week
Also known asNFL 2Night (1998–2002)
Directed by
  • Larry Kirin
  • Lorenzo Lamadrid
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerNorby Williamson
  • Rich Schroeder
  • Todd M. Snyder
Production locationsESPN Headquarters
Bristol, Connecticut, U.S.
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30–60 minutes
Production companyESPN
DistributorThe Walt Disney Company
Original network
Picture format
Audio formatStereo
Original release1998 (1998) 
RelatedNFL Insiders

Since 2005, NFL Live has been presented in high definition on ESPN HD.

Beginning in 2011, NFL Live expanded to a full hour.

ESPN announced that beginning in August 2020, Laura Rutledge would assume hosting duties of the program, along with Keyshawn Johnson, Mina Kimes, Dan Orlovsky, and Marcus Spears becoming daily analysts.[1]



Main Panelists


  • Robert Griffin III (2021-present): Contributor
  • Sam Acho (2021-present): Contributor
  • Jeff Darlington (2017–present): Contributor
  • Dan Graziano (2016–present): Analyst/Contributor, Substitute host
  • Chris Mortensen (1998–present): NFL insider
  • Louis Riddick (2018–present): Contributor
  • Dianna Russini (2015–present): Contributor, Substitute host
  • Field Yates (2016–present): Analyst/Substitute Host
  • Adam Schefter (2009–present): Contributor/ESPN NFL Insider
  • Tim Hasselbeck (2008–present): Contributor
  • Damien Woody (2011–present): Contributor
  • Tedy Bruschi (2009–present): Contributor
  • Mike Tannenbaum (2019–present): Contributor
  • Rob Ninkovich (2019–present): Contributor



  • NFL Live Wired: A segment at the beginning of the show detailing the top stories and breaking news from around the National Football League. This segment was discontinued in the summer of 2007. It eventually was re-added as an unnamed segment where the news stories of the day are listed in chronological order of their release or when an item hit the transaction wire (e.g. "10:33 a.m.: the Cincinnati Bengals placed (player name) on injured reserve").
  • Opening Drive: A segment following NFL Live Wired in which a certain team, player, or topic is discussed.
  • What Were They Thinking?: A look at dubious plays and decisions from the previous week's NFL games.
  • Drive of the Week: A look at the plays that comprised the best drive by a team from the previous week's NFL games.
  • Fantasy Five: Every week during the NFL season, Wingo, Salisbury, and Schlereth pick one player from each position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K) that they think will perform the best. One point is given for each player if he reaches a certain statistic during a game
  • Off the Mark: A weekly segment where Schlereth rants about a moment at some point in time during the previous week that has grabbed his attention.
  • Hurry-Up Offense: A segment at the end of each show, in which analysts are given a certain amount of time to discuss various topics.
  • Cover 2: Analysis of various topics from two points of view: an NFL insider (which could include a sportswriter, former general manager or former director of player personnel) and a (current or former) NFL player.
  • Overreaction Monday: Based on the past weekend's performance, extreme topics are presented to the analysts for debate.
  • Film Room: Analysts break down plays in the film room

See also

  • NFL Insiders


  1. Hofheimer, Bill. "ESPN to Relaunch NFL Live in August with New Host Laura Rutledge and Analysts Marcus Spears, Dan Orlovsky, Mina Kimes and Keyshawn Johnson". ESPN Press Room. ESPN. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  2. Williams, Charean (June 17, 2019). "Josh McCown joins ESPN". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved October 21, 2019. McCown will make his ESPN debut Wednesday [June 19, 2019]
  3. Maya, Adam (August 17, 2019). "Josh McCown ends retirement, signs with Eagles". Retrieved October 21, 2019. Philadelphia invested in some insurance for Carson Wentz on Saturday [August 17, 2019]
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