For Week 10 of the 2012 season, NBC’s Sunday Night Football will be in a stormy Chicago for the Houston Texans-Chicago Bears game.
As usual, Bob Costas will on hand to conduct interviews for Football Night in America. Tonight, Bob talks with the Texans’ Arian Foster and for the Bears, it will Charles “Peanut” Tillman and Brian Urlacher.
We have partial transcripts of the interviews below.
BOB COSTAS INTERVIEWS BEARS LB BRIAN URLACHER AND CB CHARLES TILLMAN, AND TEXANS RB ARIAN FOSTER
“Right now, he is the defensive player of the year. There is no doubt about it. His teammates believe he is the best defensive player in the NFL. The star of our defense is him.” – Brian Urlacher on Charles Tillman
“There have been players who have been to the Pro Bowl, but then you don’t remember their names. There are players who have had great games, but you don’t remember their names. I’ve always felt that there is this fire inside of me that is never going to die . I have never felt like I have made it. ” – Arian Foster on his career
“I think they are right behind our defense. I stand firm on that. I feel like we have the best defense in the NFL.” – Arian Foster on Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman and the Chicago Bears defense
NEW YORK – November 11, 2012 – Bob Costas interviewed Bears LB Brian Urlacher and CB Charles Tillman, and Texans RB Arian Foster for tonight’s Week 10 edition of Football Night in America. The program will preview Texans-Bears and will also include highlights, analysis and reaction to earlier Week 10 games.
Football Night In America, the most-watched pre-game studio show in sports, airs each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET with Costas hosting the program live from inside the stadium. He will be joined on site by Sunday Night Football commentators Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (analyst) as well as NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward for reaction to the afternoon games and to preview tonight’s match-up.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from Studio 8G at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Carolyn Manno will report from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on the Cowboys-Eagles game.
INTERVIEWS: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interviews with Urlacher, Tillman and Foster.
BRIAN URLACHER AND CHARLES TILLMAN WITH BOB COSTAS
Tillman on possibly missing the game to be present for the birth of his child – “It’s still up in the air. I can’t control when the baby comes. We are scheduled to get induced on Monday.”
Tillman on his wife’s plans to attend the game on Sunday – “She’s a football fan. What can I say, she has never missed a game.”
Tillman on being considered the best defensive player in the NFL – “No. I don’t really care for it. The only thing I’m worried about is winning a Super Bowl. You can have all of the other accolades and awards.”
Urlacher on Tillman – “Right now, he is the defensive player of the year. There is no doubt about it. His teammates believe he is the best defensive player in the NFL. The star of our defense is him.”
Tillman on Urlacher’s pick six last week – “He might have been a little tired, but he got in the end zone. We got the end result. We got the six points.”
Urlacher on his pick six last week – “I wasn’t tired, I was setting up the quarterback. I’ve been tackled by the quarterback before, so I was trying to make him think I was slow. Which I am, most of the time, but I was really trying to cut back.”
Tillman on his nickname – “Genghis. No, that’s what coach Marinelli calls me. The nickname you are probably referring to is ‘Peanut’. My aunt Renee gave me the nickname ‘Peanut’. I was a small baby.”
Ulacher on Tillman’s nickname – “‘Nuts’, ‘dummy’, ‘fool’. Those are good ones. We never call him ‘Charles’.”
Tillman on Urlacher’s nickname – “‘Meathead’ or ‘dummy’. Or we call him ‘Lach’.”
ARIAN FOSTER WITH BOB COSTAS
Foster on being able to say that he is one of the best in the NFL – “I don’t think I’ve had that moment yet. I think I have had a moment where I’m in the NFL, but I have never had a moment like I have made it. There have been players who have been to the Pro Bowl, but then you don’t remember their names. There are players who have had great games, but you don’t remember their names. I’ve always felt that there is this fire inside of me that is never going to die. I have never felt like I have made it.”
Foster on his thoughts about Tillman and Urlacher – “I think they are right behind our defense. I stand firm on that. I feel like we have the best defense in the NFL.”
On being able to tie a bow tie- “Not many, but everyone secretly wants to know how to tie a bow tie.”
Costas- “Can you give me a demonstration?”
Foster – “It’s really simple. Can you hold a mirror up for me?”
Costas – “Sure.”
Foster – “First, you cross the tie over like this. Can you hold the mirror up a little higher?”
Costas – “No problem.”
Foster- “Thank you. Then you want to go underneath. Once through, which should give you a nice little knot, you fold it up. That gives you the nice bow tie look. Then you come over the top with it. Then you come back underneath.”
Costas – “George Will and Bruce Bowen know this already, but nobody else does.”
Foster – “It’s a well-kept secret, but everyone should know how to do it. Bada Bing.”Costas – “Bada Boom.”
Foster – “Bada Boom.”
Foster – “The key to bow ties is that they can always be crooked.”
Costas – “It’s a little jaunty.”
Foster- “Right. I don’t know what that means (laughs), but I assume that means crooked.”
Costas – “You are a gentleman and a scholar.”
Foster- “Thank you. Likewise.”
That is all.