The young journalist who became an Internet sensation during the 2008 presidential campaign is working the Pro Bowl beat this week in Miami.
Damon Weaver interviewed NFL players and commissioner Roger Goodell at Saturday’s all-star workouts.
The 11-year-old Weaver asked questions for his school’s in-house TV station and passed out his business card, which shows him interviewing President Obama at the White House in August.
Weaver, who lives in Pahokee, Fla., said he enjoyed the Pro Bowl atmosphere.
“It’s awesome – very exciting and filled with joy,” he said.
Weaver asked Goodell where he went to college and what his job entailed. The first question when he interviewed New York Jets guard Alan Faneca: “How do you pronounce your last name?”
Weaver said he was most excited to interview his favorite player, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.
“He’s my favorite player,” Weaver said.
Weaver’s only dabbling in sports reporting. When he grows up, he wants to be a news anchor.
Ravens hire Zorn
Former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn has been hired by the Baltimore Ravens to be their quarterbacks coach.
Zorn takes over for Hue Jackson, who left to become offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders.
Zorn was fired earlier this month by the Redskins after two seasons as their coach. Washington was 8-8 in his first year but slumped to 4-12 this season.
He was a quarterbacks coach with the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks before being hired by the Redskins. Zorn played quarterback for the Seahawks from 1976 to 1984 and had two stints as a Seattle assistant coach (1997-98 and 2001-07).
Said Ravens coach John Harbaugh: “(Zorn) has been a quarterbacks coach, a head coach and he is familiar with our offense. That’s a great résumé.”
Ex-player, broadcaster dies
Tom Brookshier, an All-Pro defensive back who played on the Philadelphia Eagles’ 1960 championship team and later became a popular sportcaster, has died. He was 78.
The Eagles said that Brookshier had cancer and died Friday night.
Brookshier had 20 interceptions in seven seasons with the team, earning All-Pro honors in 1959 and 1960.
After he retired, Brookshier announced NFL games with Pat Summerall for CBS. He is one of seven Eagles to have his number retired.
“Tom Brookshier will be missed by his friends, colleagues and admirers,” CBS Sports president Sean McManus said. “His voice and his style will forever be part of the history of sports television and proudly recognized in the foundation and the future of CBS Sports.”
Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie has been dismissed from the NFC Pro Bowl team for unexcused absences. The NFL said McKinnie missed practice Friday and Saturday and is subject to a fine. … Jeff Rodgers has been promoted to special teams coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, replacing the fired Danny Crossman. … Troy Smith wants to play for the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens backup quarterback recently told ESPN Radio. Smith grew up in Cleveland and won the 2006 Heisman Trophy while at Ohio State.