Back in January, ESPN aired a couple of episodes of “Homecoming,” hosted by Rick Reilly, which featured the Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton and former Denver Broncos quarterback (and Granada Hills High star) John Elway.
That was the “soft” launch. Now, it’s hard. Well, not really.
Wednesday at 4 p.m., ESPN replays the Hamilton episode, followed by the Elway episode again (from the Granada Hills High gym) on Thursday at 4 p.m.
They’re the first of the eight one-hour episodes Reilly was able to put together as kind of “This Is Your Life” for athletes. The remaining six episodes, however, don’t air until this summer, starting July 2 and going through Aug. 6, on Thursdays at 4 p.m. The schedule:
== The Detroit Pistons’ Rip Hamiton, in his hometown of Coatesville, Pa.
== Skateboarder Tony Hawk, at his middle school in San Diego
== Olympic swimmer and waterbong expert Michael Phelps, in Baltimore
== Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, in San Francisco (not his real hometown)
== Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner, in his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
“I hope people enjoy these Homecomings more than I enjoyed my Homecoming, in 1976, when my date threw up in my Rambler,” said Reilly in an ESPN release.
More info: www.espn.com/homecoming