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The hosts of The NFL Today dish on everything from favorite Super Bowl snacks to pregame rituals in this exclusive Watch production.


The fellas of The NFL Today are going to the Super Bowl!

Hosts and teammates on CBS Sports' The NFL Today, James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason, Nate Burleson, and Phil Simms tackle camaraderie and commentary with good-natured banter.

Watch! sat down with the five-strong team and talked about their favorite players and sportscasters ahead of their Super Bowl LIII coverage.

Don't miss their insights and analysis on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3) exclusively on CBS! Get the full story in the upcoming January-February 2019 issue of Watch! featuring The NFL Today hosts—on newsstands January 29!

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James Brown leads the charge.

You could call James Brown the field general of The NFL Today. This three-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster has also hosted the Super Bowl nine times.

Photography by Walter Iooss. Styled by Ellen McGlynn and Annette Marom. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2019.

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James Brown is ready to talk football.

Fun fact! When at Harvard University, James Brown was an All-Ivy League hoops star.

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Bill Cowher executes the strategy.

This former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach shows off his Super Bowl XL championship ring and his two-point stance. "Coach", as his The NFL Today co-hosts call him, is ready for gameday!

Photography by Walter Iooss. Styled by Ellen McGlynn and Annette Marom. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2019.

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Nate Burleson is playing for the team.

Discovered by James Brown at the annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp, Nate Burleson is the youngest member of The NFL Today team. As a career No. 2 receiver, he knows how the support role works.

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These guys are good sports.

The former players huddled up for a magazine cover photo.

Photography by Walter Iooss. Styled by Ellen McGlynn and Annette Marom. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2019.

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Ex-QB Phil Simms is calling the signals.

Phil Simms is often the catalyst for many on-air debates.

Photography by Walter Iooss. Styled by Ellen McGlynn and Annette Marom. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2019.

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Phil Simms is a two-time Super Bowl Champion.

Fun fact! In 1987, Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms was the first to utter the now ubiquitous celebratory phrase, "I'm going to Disney World!"

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Former NFL MVP Boomer Esiason brings the heat.

Boomer Esiason's wealth of experience stems from his 14 years on the gridiron and over two decades as a commentator. Esiason wears his expertise—which includes calling 19 straight Super Bowls for Westwood One radio—lightly.

Photography by Walter Iooss. Styled by Ellen McGlynn and Annette Marom. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2019.

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They use their home field advantage.

​​This team is right at home on the set of The NFL Today.

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Nate Burleson is ready for the game.

Fun fact! Nate Burleson's personal broadcasting hero is the late Craig Sager because of his fun approach to the job and his "phenomenal" outfits. We think Nate is looking sharp, but can't wait to see how he's going to "represent for Sager."

Photography by Walter Iooss. Styled by Ellen McGlynn and Annette Marom. Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2019.

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