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Ray Lewis Draws Focus In ESPN Debut, Praised For Personal Take On Aaron Hernandez
Published September 9, 2013
TELL IT LIKE IT IS: In Tampa, Tom Jones writes,"The strongest segment of the Sunday morning NFL pregame shows, by far, was ESPN's look into the Aaron Hernandez situation." The segment "concentrated on how teams vet players coming out of a college and if they, especially the Patriots, should have known" that Hernandez was "headed for trouble." Lewis, Johnson and Carter all "addressed their personal issues and talked about how certain teams helped lead them on the path to more productive lives on and off the field." Jones writes, "Good for ESPN and good for the analysts, particularly Lewis and Carter whose issues were more serious than the former Buc receiver Johnson, for using their stories as the backbone for a compelling and intelligent discussion" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 9/9).
TRASK MASTER: In N.Y., Bob Raissman writes former Raiders Chief Exec Amy Trask "stole the show" during her debut on CBSSN's "That Other Pregame Show." She "came off as a stern, well-prepared professor of NFLology." Trask "came out swinging, wondering 'if there was a volume button'" to turn down host Adam Schein down. Raissman: "We also liked the way she dismissed her colleagues’ points by waving her pen in their faces." Whoever "assembled this cast must know something about chemistry," because "That Other Pregame Show," "aka The Amy Trask Show, revealed major potential on its maiden voyage" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/9).