Tim Polzer
Monday August 27th, 2012

Comedian Rob Riggle will join Fox's NFL Sunday pregame show. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Comedian Frank Caliendo announced earlier this month that he'd be ending his segments on Fox's NFL pregame show after nine years. His replacement: comedian and actor Rob Riggle.

FOX producer Chris Pizzi told USA Today's Michael Hiestand why Riggle got the nod:

"Nothing against Frank, we love Frank," says Fox producer Chris Pizzi. "But it's been nine years. We wanted something fresh. Rob is on the edge of becoming a huge star. We want to help him. And that helps our show too. Now, everybody just knows him as the guy in that movie."

Riggle, a former marine drill and current lieutenant colonel in the reserves, has made a career of late appearing in supporting, but unforgettable and over-the-top movie roles in Step Brothers, The Hangover and 21 Jump Street, among others.

He recently hosted the ESPYs award show. A dead-on impression of NFL Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden gave Caliendo an entry into Fox's NFL pregame show. He featured impressions of broadcasters and celebrities such as Madden, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Nicholson,  President George W. Bush and notable others during his "Frank's Picks" prediction segments.

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