It’s not just the most-watched sports event of the year, the Super Bowl is usually the highest rated TV show– period. And former Bills Special Teams Ace Steve Tasker will play a prominent role on the CBS-TV broadcast, as one of two sideline reporters.
Tasker has been assigned the San Francisco 49ers sideline for Sunday’s game, and he’s been in New Orleans all week following the story lines of the game.
In an appearance on The John Murphy Show Friday night, Tasker says he and fellow sideline reporter Solomon Wilcots have had their hands full getting ready.
“We’ve been hitting it pretty hard,” Tasker said. “Solomon and I, we’ve been up and out of the hotel every morning at 7:30am, doing standups and reports for CBS Sports Network on both teams. They’re keeping us really, really busy.”
Tasker says once the game kicks off, he expects the CBS lead broadcasters, play by play man Jim Nantz and color analyst Phil Simms, will use his sideline contributions sparingly.
“It’s totally about the game,” he told host John Murphy. “It’s really only if something strange happens. Phil (Simms) can handle all the story lines and all the news from the broadcast booth. That’s why they’re there. I do that and Solomon does that every week during the regular season, and we know that most of the things that we can say from the sidelines is just as good from the booth.”
“What happens is if Solomon or I are on a lot, it’s because something unforeseen happens, a big injury to an important player, a fistfight on the sidelines or an altercation—something out of the ordinary. Then Solomon and I will be all over it finding out what’s going on and explaining it.”
Tasker will be working his third Super Bowl as a sideline reporter for CBS. That’s on top of his four Super Bowl appearances as a player with the Bills.
“It’s pretty fun, but if you think about it, I’ve been a broadcaster longer than I’ve been an NFL player,” he says. “I just finished up my 15th year with CBS, so it’s been a wonderful company to work for. I’ve really enjoyed it.”
The entire interview with Steve Tasker is available at buffalobills.com\johnmurphy show
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