Conan O'Brien's Latest Comments and Expectations for 2016 NFL Honors

Daniel KramerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2016

Conan O'Brien speaks at the 43rd AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Tribute Gala at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
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As if Super Bowl week needed any more of a spectacle, iconic late night TV host Conan O'Brien will be hosting the NFL Honors on the eve of the big game between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

This is the fifth year of the event, which was established prior Super Bowl XLVI to burgeon the league's spotlight even further, as last year's host network, NBC, drew 4.7 million viewers to earn Saturday's No. 1 rank in prime time among the major networks for the night, according to Steve Baron of TV by the Numbers.

Among the honors that will be presented include the MVP Award, Coach of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year among others.

O'Brien should fill in splendidly as the anchor of the event as a three-time host of the Emmy Awards in addition to his 22-year run as a late night talk show host, the longest current tenure in the country.

He was already rehearsing in full form Friday to prepare for the big show, which will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco:

While members of the Broncos and Panthers aren't expected to be in attendance as they prepare for Sunday's game, Conan still took time to meet with Denver linebacker Von Miller and Carolina cornerback Josh Norman in a hilarious montage of the trio playing the video game Doom:

Even before this week's slew of skits, O'Brien has been no stranger to the NFL, having hosted players such as Drew Brees, Marshawn Lynch, and, this week, Rob Gronkowski, who mingled swimmingly with the late night host:

Conan should be smart and edgy, perhaps with a few jabs at Peyton Manning's declining arm strength and Johnny Manziel's ongoing off-field saga—but probably nothing that's too over-the-line.