Collinsworth, a Fort Thomas resident, will be joined by animated characters of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Jets' Nick Mangold, the Chiefs' Eric Fisher and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin in a one-hour special of the cartoon series just before Thursday's NFL draft.
Nickelodeon and NFL Films co-produce the animated show featuring "Ishmael and his hero friends, the Guardians, on their quest to protect the NFL and world from new and familiar villains," says Nickelodeon publicist Josephine Djonovic. The 20-episode series is based on NFL Rush Zone, the NFL's online site for kids 6-13. The episode repeats 8 a.m. May 17 on the NFL Network.
In New York Tuesday, Collinsworth won his sixth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality-Sports Event Analyst, which includes every season since replacing iconic John Madden on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" in 2009. (His 15 Sports Emmys are not close to a record. NBC's Bob Costas won his 26th Emmy and fourth consecutive for Outstanding Sports Personality-Studio Host.)
Collinsworth also was very proud that his former team and longtime hometown was honored as HBO won three (of its five) Emmys for "Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals."
The HBO series won for best editing, post produced audio/sound and music composition/direction/lyrics. When Collinsworth accepted his award, he remarked: "I wanna thank 'Hard Knocks' for one of the greatest nights in Cincinnati Bengals history."