NBC’s Melissa Stark is back on the sidelines, for the first time in 20 years

The last time Melissa Stark was regularly on the sidelines, Tom Brady was a one-time Super Bowl champion, and Matthew Stafford was a freshman in high school.

With Stark returning to his side stint for the first time since 2002 after starting a family, Brady is still in the league and has added six more episodes to his Super Bowl collection. Stafford is part of the Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl champion.

Stark Stark will be reporting both quarterbacks this week to NBC. The Rams begin their title defense in the opening game Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills, while Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine my life would complete a circuit in this way,” said Stark, who replaced Michelle Tavoya after she decided to leave sports broadcasting. “Being a part of hosting a live show in a studio is one thing, but being part of the action and being on the sidelines in the middle of a game is completely different. And that’s what I love.”

Stark was a side reporter on ABC’s “Monday Night Football” from 2000-2002. She spent four years with NBC News (2003-2007), including stints as national correspondent for “Today” and anchor for MSNBC, along with covering three Olympics for NBC Sports.

Stark left the business for a few years when her family grew into four children, including twins, before joining the NFL Network in 2011. She hosted Sunday morning coverage during the season, was a reporter, contributed to the NFL draft coverage and provided some side reporting when The network produced games in London.

Stark started “Monday Night Football” when she was 25 and returned to peak football at the age of 48 with four teenagers.

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