David Nickoll was recently named executive producer of NFL Media’s NFL Now. We learned a lot about him at the time of his promotion. The following is what resulted when we probed him for some fun facts.
During David’s high school football career, he was a third string freshman quarterback. He took a season total of five snaps including an incomplete pass, a fumble, an interception, a completion to the line of scrimmage and a 40-yard touchdown to the opposing linebacker. The journey ended abruptly when he broke his ankle playing defense in practice. His high school career in baseball was better, though he was cut twice from the Williams College team.
He spent his first year after college teaching English to middle schoolers and salarymen in Tokyo. His students would describe him as “congenial,” if he had taught them how to speak any English.
His three children have recently nicknamed him Dennis, for no apparent reason. “This is true and only mildly disturbing to me,” he admits.
David and his wife first met in preschool. “It was a long engagement. She is the best and I’m not just writing this because I will likely share it with her.”
Through a Sundance Fellowship, David worked on the movie “Boogie Nights.” Among other hugely important responsibilities, he found a roller skating coach for Heather Graham.
David has completed 3 marathons and 15 triathlons, which he will casually drop into conversation, unprompted, whenever possible. What he neglects to mention is that the marathon times were pathetically slow and the longest triathlons were only Olympic distance.
David worked as a creative consultant for the Harlem Globetrotters. The highlight of his experience was either spending Yom Kippur with the team at training camp or sitting on the bench with his family and the Generals, while his six-year-old son drained a free throw on his first attempt at Staples Center in front of the partially sold out crowd.
He once had the following headline published in The Onion: “Internet to reduce e-mail delivery to 6 days a week.”