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NBCSN to re-air Eli Manning's classic 'SNL' episode

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As the world awaits the return of sports on the field, NBC Sports Network will broadcast old episodes of Saturday Night Live hosted by iconic athletes, including Eli Manning.

The newly retired quarterback originally hosted the live sketch comedy show on May 5, 2012, three months after he won his second Super Bowl MVP award over Tom Brady, who also has SNL hosting duties on his resume.

Manning's night in Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza will replay at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 26. His episode is one of four on NBCSN that night. The others are J.J. Watt, Brady and, who else, his brother Peyton.

"I think he's both charming and radiates a certain kind of intelligence and I don't know how to say this, but you sort of believe that he doesn't take himself that seriously," SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels said on a joint conference call with Manning leading up to the show. "I think he takes his work very seriously, but there's this sort of essential modesty to him and I think that plays well with what we do. If the host is spending a lot of time protecting an image, it's exhausting, particularly for us."

Manning's reply: "I'm blushing, Lorne. Thank you."

From Monday, May 25, through Friday in primetime, NBCSN will televise 20 SNL episodes in all, beginning with a 1991 show hosted by Michael Jordan, just three months after he won the first of his six NBA championships.

The lineup includes athletes who have combined to win 35 MVP awards (regular and postseason), 29 Olympic gold medals, 10 Super Bowls, nine NBA titles, five World Series, and a host of MMA and professional wrestling belts.

Monday, May 25:

  • 8 p.m. - Michael Jordan (from Sept. 28, 1991)
  • 9 p.m. - LeBron James (from Sept. 29, 2007)
  • 10 p.m. - Charles Barkley (from Jan. 9, 2010)

Tuesday, May 26

  • 7 p.m. - Tom Brady (from April 16, 2005).
  • 8 p.m. - Peyton Manning (from March 24, 2007)
  • 9 p.m. - Eli Manning (from May 5, 2012)
  • 10 p.m. - J.J. Watt (from Feb. 1, 2020)

Wednesday, May 27

  • 7 p.m. - Dwayne Johnson (from March 18, 2000)
  • 8 p.m. - Dwayne Johnson (from April 13, 2002)
  • 9 p.m. - Dwayne Johnson (from March 7, 2009)
  • 10 p.m. - Andy Roddick (from Nov. 8, 2003)

Thursday, May 28

  • 7 p.m. - Dwayne Johnson (from March 28, 2015)
  • 8 p.m. - John Cena (from Dec. 10, 2016)
  • 9 p.m. - Dwayne Johnson (from May 20, 2017)
  • 10 p.m. - Ronda Rousey (from Jan. 23, 2016)

Friday, May 29

  • 7 p.m. - Michael Phelps (from Sept. 13, 2008) 7 p.m.
  • 8 p.m. - Derek Jeter (from Dec. 1, 2001) 8 p.m.
  • 9 p.m. - Charles Barkley (from Jan. 7, 2012) 9 p.m.
  • 10 p.m. - Charles Barkley (from March 3, 2018) 10 p.m.
  • 11: p.m. - Michael Jordan (from Sept. 28, 1991) 11 p.m.
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