This season we were fortunate to have three characters from the summer installment of “Hey Rookie, Welcome to the NFL” return for the end of season show: Andy Dalton (QB Cincinnati Bengals), Patrick Peterson (CB Arizona Cardinals), and Marcell Dareus (DL Buffalo Bills). In addition we added the first overall draft pick Cam Newton (QB Carolina Panthers) and Dalton’s teammate A.J. Green (WR Cincinnati Bengals), to form one of the most dynamic casts in the history of “Hey Rookie.”
This one-hour documentary will feature all the highs and lows of their first year in the NFL, from record breaking performances and playoff appearances to injuries and devastating losses. Another bonus in this edition of “Hey Rookie” is that every player in the show was MIC’d UP for at least one game in 2011. Such unprecedented access allowed the show to dive deeper than ever before into the joys and challenges that NFL rookies face.
We also spent some time with these players off the field. I worked with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green in Cincinnati. We spent an afternoon at Dick’s sporting goods where they took 25 underprivileged kids shopping during the holidays. Seeing up close how much genuine fun both Green and Dalton had with these kids that day is what makes me love my job. I hope you enjoy getting to know these guys, certainly five of the NFL’s brightest young stars.
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Hey Rookie, Welcome to the NFL” premieres TONIGHT: Monday January 30th at 11 pm/ET on ESPN2.