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Nickelodeon and the National Football League continue their relationship with NFL RUSH ZONE: Season of the Guardians, the first-ever original half-hour animated series developed by a major U.S. sports league and a cable network, the two entities jointly announced today.
The second installment of the Nicktoons series (24 episodes) - based on NFLRUSH ZONE, the NFL's online world for kids - is set to premiere on Nicktoons this November and follows kid protagonist Ishmael (Ish) and his friends on a journey to protect the league's 32 teams and the world from a plotting master villain.
During each episode, viewers will hear NFL players and coaches voicing their animated personas, including New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who passed for an NFL record 5,476 yards in 2011; Detroit Lions All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson; Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware; and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
"We are proud to partner with the NFL to bring Nicktoons viewers a full-length second season of NFL Rush Zone," said Keith Dawkins, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Nicktoons, TeenNick and Nick Jr. "Combining rich storytelling, animation, fantasy and kid-relatable content with teamwork, competition and the world of the NFL, NFL Rush Zone truly reflects the best of our two worlds."
"We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Nickelodeon by expanding the NFLRUSH ZONE world that kids love through a first-of-its-kind, animated series," said NFL Vice President of Fan Strategy and Marketing Peter O'Reilly. "Young fans and parents will relate to our unlikely heroes while also experiencing their favorite NFL teams and players in a whole new animated way."
In addition to the new series, Nicktoons and the NFL will create exclusive video segments with NFL Network analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. During the weekly video segments, which premiere on Nicktoons following Sunday's NFL action, Sanders will provide his top three plays from games played that week.
Season two begins with Ish and his family relocating to Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where he discovers the NFL is facing a new foe, Wild Card, and his wingman, Drop Kick. The pair schemes to destroy the NFL and the world by targeting the 32 teams' Megacores - the essence of each team, its fans and its community - and the Core itself. With the escalation of this conflict, Ish heightens his own training, skills and powers and is joined by an unlikely group of heroes, members of his local Youth Football Tackle league.