Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy and former all-pro safety Rodney Harrison have been added as studio analysts for NBC’s “Football Night in America” show.
The “America” pregame is part of the Peacock’s Sunday-night NFL coverage, which has been a boon to the net’s primetime ratings.
Dungy retired as coach of the Indianapolis Colts after last season. He led the Colts to the playoffs in each of his last seven seasons and won the Super Bowl over the Chicago Bears in 2007. Harrison, who played for the New England Patriots, won the Super Bowl twice.
Both were part of NBC’s Super Bowl pregame coverage last year.
NBC has room to make these additions because Jerome Bettis’ contract was not renewed and Cris Collinsworth moves from the studio to the broadcast booth as a replacement for John Madden, who retired suddenly in April.
Fox and CBS recently extended their agreement with the NFL through the 2013-14 season. NBC has yet to extend its deal — pact currently ends after the 2011-12 season — and sports topper Dick Ebersol, taking part in a conference call, wouldn’t comment on the negotiations.
“Football Night in America” begins Sept. 13, when the Chicago Bears travel to take on the Green Bay Packers.