Welcome aboard, Peter King

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Today is a pretty good day here at NBC Sports.

It’s not an easy day for Peter King, who has decided to end his 29-year run at Sports Illustrated. But it’s a pretty good day here at NBC Sports, because Peter has decided to join the effort to cover pro football.

This means that Peter’s popular, informative, and comprehensive Monday morning column will appear here, at NBCSports.com, starting in July. It’s a football tour de force, the culmination of hours and hours of phone calls and elbow grease, and it’s the first thing I read every Monday morning — typically providing the basis for 3-4 or more blurbs at PFT.

But there’s more. Peter will contribute once per week to PFT Live, in the Chris Simms role. Simms will continue to appear on the show for two hours per day, three times per week, and Peter will be with us for one of the other two days. Peter also will make ongoing contributions to NBC’s Football Night in America.

For six years, Peter and I spent every Sunday during football season at NBC, and he has become a generous mentor and a great friend. His insights on PFT Live during his periodic visits to the show have been valuable, and I very much look forward to having him add to the overall experience on a regular basis.

Peter also has told me that he plans from time to time to sing on the show. Which can’t be any worse than Simms and the song/chant into which he launches every time Aaron Rodgers’ name is mentioned. Which Simms did today when Packers G.M. Brian Gutekunst was on the show.

So do your thing and give Peter a proper welcome in the comments.

93 responses to “Welcome aboard, Peter King

  1. Will Peter be required to wash and park the official PFT VW bus when you guys are on tour?

    Oh and welcome.

  2. Welcome Peter!! From a former (1965-1980) resident of Enfield Ct. By the way,I think you struck me out in Little League if I remember correctly.

  3. So do your thing and give Peter a proper welcome in the comments.

    You’re just egging us on Mike. If I typed a proper welcome to him it wouldn’t make it past your censors. 🙂

  4. MMQB has been one of my favorite reads for many years. Unfortunately, the current MMQB section on the SI website became too noisy and it was hard to find Peter’s article, so for the past year or so I stopped seeking it out. I look forward to reading it again.

  5. Great writer and person.

    But, he’s a huge Pats homer with much objectivity at all with respect to that team.

  6. I’m a woman who reads Peter every week. I also listen to his TV/Radio appearances. Best of luck, Peter. I’m very glad you’re still going to be around working on football issues.

  7. From the goofy little blog that I discovered in 2007-2008 that stuck to football only and kept beating the big guys to breaking news and writing in a way that was for football fans only…to today….acquiring Peter King. It’s been a long and fun ride to watch Florio and PFT go on.

    I thought for a minute you guys lost your way but then Florio put the foot down and kept creative control and kept the website rumorpage in the present format and stopped NBC from implementing the terrible design they have on the other major sports websites. Florio, keep doing you.

  8. Great writer, but stick to football,don’t care about Starbucks and beer.This will be Bert Breer’s time to shine on SI.

  9. Welcome, Peter King! I have enjoyed MMQB for a long time. I will go out of my way to find your Monday column, whatever you may call it this time. Excellent add, NBC.

  10. PFT has no comment on the story run earlier on PFT’s website regarding Peter King joining PFT.

    Welcome aboard.

  11. minnesotablizzard says:
    May 3, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    From the goofy little blog that I discovered in 2007-2008 that stuck to football only and kept beating the big guys to breaking news and writing in a way that was for football fans only…to today….acquiring Peter King. It’s been a long and fun ride to watch Florio and PFT go on.

    I thought for a minute you guys lost your way but then Florio put the foot down and kept creative control and kept the website rumorpage in the present format and stopped NBC from implementing the terrible design they have on the other major sports websites. Florio, keep doing you….

    same here minnesotablizzard! congratulations Mike! I still miss the Florio Jr. updates … is he still drumming? Free lesson offer still stands!!! I can’t wait until July/August!!!!!

  12. My goodness, this cite is almost legit! LOL

    Congrats PFT – Peter King is 100% class. BTW – Great read today about Dorsey picking Mayfield. Nice work!

  13. Now can we get comments that 1. post immediately and 2. allow us to reply directly to a comment so we can get a conversation started. It only helps you and your site if the average time on page is increased

  14. I used to read the MMQB column every single week, until it just got to be too much non football stuff in it. But that stuff aside he’s a good football writer and this is a very good get for the site. Because it’s on here and I find myself checking here about 10 times per day (20 during the season) I’m sure I’ll get back to reading his column again.

  15. So, the rumor Sports Illustrated hired Jason Witten to write MMQB is true…

    Welcome!

  16. The MMQB slants a bit too far into Patriots world, but his overview of this sport is priceless.

  17. S-H-O-C-K-E-R!!!!! Sorry to see Peter leave SI but I am ecstatic that he is taking on this huge roll with NBC Sports. Good luck Peter and I look forward to following you for many, many more years. IMO, Peter is the greatest sports journalist in America today.

  18. Congratulations Peter, and welcome, and I look forward to reading your column first thing every Monday morning during football season. It’s the best way to get a picture of everything going on in the NFL world. I hope Peter continues to do interviews as well, I’ve loved some of the things he’s brought out on his podcast.

  19. Can you get rid of the horribly executed ads on mobile devices? So poor, takes up 33% of the screen and forget about trying to click X to close the ad, just opens it full page. I’ve started avoiding PFT on occasions because of this.

  20. But it’s a pretty good day here at NBC Sports, because Peter has decided to join the effort to cover pro football.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Is that a backhanded swipe at Peter’s previous work? He is a professional.

  21. Great addition! Always enjoy his insight. I hope
    his addition works out well and allows Peter to
    add to his repetoire….and to continue with some of
    his prior style of writing that many fans have enjoyed
    throughout the years.

  22. Great news! He built a juggernaut at SI, but their new site design is abysmally poor and borderline unusable. So happy to hear this!!!

  23. Almost shocked he did not get picked up by the Athletic like most everyone else but he’s a better fit on the NBC sight. Great pickup for you guys.

  24. I would have assumed Roger Goodell already had a mole on the PFT staff but ok

  25. Welcome! And everyone who enjoys quality football appreciates the Patriots at some level. Govern yourselves accordingly.

  26. I was always a little baffle by the accusations of Peter King being a biased Patriots fan, since real Pats fans are convince he isn’t one of us… Only Pats haters think that.
    And Belichick hates him.
    Good luck on your new home Peter.

  27. King is as biased in football as he is in politics. He should fit right in.

  28. Favorite PK story: Couple years back he was all exciting about this new craft beer he’d ran across called “Shock Top.” He thought it was only sold at whatever stadium he’d first seen it.

  29. Used to like him a long time ago. Hopefully he will keep his far left opinions to himself and stick to sports

  30. Always look forward to the MMQB column. I don’t always agree with Peter, but he’s always genuine, which I respect. Had to be a tough decision for him to make– he basically IS SI’s face of the NFL, but hopefully he’s enjoying an Allagash White and looking forward to good things ahead. By the way, some of the most enjoyable content of his Monday columns has always been the non-football stuff, so I hope that continues.

  31. I love the way all media guys kiss each other’s butts and tell the others of their ilk how great they are all the time. You’ve read one reporter, you’ve read them all. King is no different from any of the others. He just works for commie company now.

  32. Great program. That I listen to every morning. But God Mike can you rid of those corner ads that block the reading screen!!!!!!

  33. Peter King is a legend. I’ve been reading his work since I was in elementary school. One of the finest to ever do it as a sportswriter. Maybe someday I’ll honor him in the way Bill Simmons honored Grantland Rice…call my site Kingland. Just a thought…

    Call me crazy, but I kind of saw this coming, the way the two of you have been citing each other with much frequency this offseason and especially the past month leading up to the draft.

    I’m also happy because now I can forgo giving Sports Illustrated any clicks at all…seeing as how I canceled my subscription a few yrs back when they had the audacity to have Hope Solo on the cover amidst her domestic violence allegations. Hypocrites. I digress off of my soapbox…WELCOME to NBC Sports Peter King!!

  34. Love Peter King, even if I disagree with much of what he thinks. He is a throwback to the long tradition of sports journalism in America, and sometimes it feels like he is the only one still doing it that way.

    I hope this means that we will get some more actual coverage and insight, and fewer of the TMZ style gossip pieces.

  35. selgaeinla says:
    May 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    The MMQB slants a bit too far into Patriots world

    ============

    When a team goes to half of the last 17 Super Bowls and plays in the last 7 conference championship games *in a row* (and in 12 of the last 17), it would be irresponsible to not cover them.

    Don’t like their visibility? Blame the other teams who don’t beat them.

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