Excerpt taken from Cincinnati.com
Bengals notes: Team preparing for ‘Big Ben
Dunlap gets ESPN treatment
While many Bengals went home (for Bye Week), or took a mini-vacation to different locales across the country, defensive end Carlos Dunlap went to work. The league’s sack leader was invited to participate in various broadcasts at the ESPN company headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut and received an inside look at how the various shows are produced.
“I was in the green room with Cris Carter and Stephen A. (Smith) and all those guys watching the games,” Dunlap said. “And ‘Jaws’ (Ron Jaworski), got to see it from his point of view, seeing how they break it down. The detail was a lot different than I expected. And the time that they put in and all the stuff that goes into making the production, it was different seeing it from that side rather than just the final piece that you usually see on TV.
“It was a pretty good experience and I was just thankful for the opportunity.”
Dunlap admitted he was a little nervous about the live element to some of the programming but he acknowledged that he went in nearly blind in that he rarely watches those shows.
But, he said it all comes with the territory of being an undefeated team.
“That just means they’re starting to take notice,” Dunlap said. “With success brings more attention for everybody. Everybody’s eating. They asked me if I could do it and I jumped on the opportunity.”