As the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles prepare for the kickoff of Super Bowl LII, a fifth generation of displaced kittens will vie for forever homes in Kitten Bowl V.
This year’s iteration features dozens of displaced kittens with names such as J.J. Swatts and Jason Kitten who were rescued from the host of recent natural disasters.
Based on past tussles, the four-footed athletes will engage in teeth-baring collisions on the tiny gridiron in pursuit of little plastic footballs as commentators debate what exactly constitutes a catch.
Debuting as a Kitten Bowl commentator is veteran NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, who’ll be joined by fellow former quarterback Boomer Esiason. “It has a loyal fan base,” Peete said of Kitten Bowl V, which airs at noon ET on the Hallmark Channel Sunday. “And the kittens are really cute.”
Peete, 51, and his wife of 20 years, actress Holly Robinson Peete, resume their family-based reality show later this month, as well. “Meet the Peetes,” which debuts Feb. 18 on the Hallmark Channel, focuses on the challenge of raising four children, including a son who has been diagnosed with autism; Peete’s personal challenge as he grapples with retirement after a 16-year NFL career.
“Sometimes people look at folks in the public eye and think they don’t have normal lives, but our lives are normal and dealing with real issues,” Peete said. “Both Holly and I have written a few books, and you can’t write unless you really open up and are vulnerable. It’s the same way with a reality show; the story lines are real with our family.”