- Erica Blackburn
Washington partners with Michael Silver of the NFL Network
Today, the Washington Football Team announced in a press release that they have finalized a partnership between the franchise and NFL Network’s Michael Silver.
Silver will serve as a contributor to washingtonfootball.com as well be a regular guest on the team’s podcast, weekly shows, and pregame shows.
“We are excited to welcome Mike as a contributor to our content team this season,” said Senior Vice President of Media and Content Julie Donaldson. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help us tell our stories in a truly authentic way. His resume speaks for itself and his working relationship with Coach Rivera will allow us to get a unique perspective on the journey of our football team and will also add an element of exclusivity that we look to develop on all of our content platforms.”
In his introductory column for WashingtonFootball.com, Silver explained clearly and concisely his reasoning for joining the organization.“The simple answer is, Ron Rivera asked me to come aboard,” said Silver. “And there's no one I'd rather follow.”
Silver acknowledged the recent troubles the franchise has endured recently, but firmly believes the franchise can bounce back.
“The Washington Football Team is one of the most important franchises in the history of American sports, and it represents a wonderful city and region, fueled by a passionate and loyal fan base,” said Silver. “Certainly, things have been far from perfect, as underscored by the recent fallout from the NFL’s workplace review of the organization, and the accompanying punishment. The Washington Football Team has to do better, and I believe it can and will.”
Silver, who joined NFL Network in 2013, is a full time member of ‘The Aftermath’, a weekly show that breaks down the latest headlines in the NFL. He’s earned multiple Emmy-nominations and has appeared regularly on ‘GameDay Morning’, ‘Thursday Night Football’, and ‘Total Access’.
Silver received at Yahoo! was a second-place finish for 'Breaking News' in the Associated Press Sports Editors' annual writing contest-for the April 2012 story in which the infamous 'pay-for-injure' audiotape (“Kill the head and the body will die”) featuring former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was revealed. He also wrote stories for GQ, including a 2011 article examining the NFL's growing head-trauma crisis and a 2012 detailing of Tim Tebow's polarizing season with the Denver Broncos.