The ever-growing roster of notable personalities on NFL Network has grown yet again.
The network has officially added Andrea Kremer as a chief correspondent, who will mostly be reporting on health and safety issues regarding NFL players, but will likely turn up on various NFLN programming as warranted.
Network executive producer Eric Weinberger says Kremer will do “an outstanding job” focusing on player health and safety concerns, an area he says is “a key initiative for NFL Network.” He also praised Kremer’s vast body of work covering the league, a resume that spans four decades. “Andrea’s journalistic credentials, particularly in regards to reporting on the NFL, speak for themselves,” said Weinberger, “and we’re thrilled to add her talents to NFL Network.”
Kremer was actually affiliated with NFLN since last year, as she had done some segments for programs such as “NFL GameDay Morning.” She wrote a touching tribute to Steve Sabol, the NFL Films President who passed away at age 69 after a bout with brain cancer. “I can safely say that I would not be where I am today… without [him]”, she penned two days after his death.
Indeed, this will actually be the second time she’ll be a league employee, as she was hired by NFL Films in 1984, working as a producer and on-air talent for programming including “Inside The NFL” and “This Is The NFL.” After five years, the Philadelphia native made the jump from being NFL Films’ first female producer, to the first female correspondent for ESPN, as she joined the network in 1989, and would work various assignments among the Worldwide Leader’s landmark programs such as “SportsCenter” and “Outside The Lines,” and pick up a couple of Emmy Awards (2001, 2005) along the way. The year after winning her second statuette, Kremer left ESPN after seventeen years and landed at NBC, where she became the sideline reporter for the network’s then-new weekly primetime NFL broadcast, “Sunday Night Football.” She also worked with NBC Sports for their coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Despite the network replacing her on “SNF” in favor of Michele Tafoya, Kremer was part of NBC’s coverage of the London Olympics earlier this year.
Kremer’s also kept busy over the last five years as a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” a role that is expected to continue.
In addition to Kremer’s recent work for NFL Network, she was also a contributor to the league’s monthly publication, “NFL Magazine,” which launched late last year, but folded this past spring after just four issues.
While Kremer will be appearing on various NFL Network programs, don’t expect the former “SNF” sideline reporter to replace Alex Flanagan on “Thursday Night Football.” The vibe is that she may not be open to working in the same capacity again.
At any rate, it’ll be refreshing to have Andrea Kremer’s presence on NFL Network, three decades after she was a groundbreaking employee of NFL Films.
Who says you can’t go home again?