By Barry Janoff
July 14, 2013: The NFL said it would unveil this fall the third season of NFL Rush Zone: Guardians, the sports-based animated adventure series that is co-produced by the NFL and Nickelodeon.
Season Three, NFL Rush Zone: Guardians Unleashed, will feature 20 half-hour episodes airing Sundays on Nicktoons and NFL Network.
NFL Rush Zone: Guardians Unleashed will also air on Nicktoons.com and NFLRush.com following each episode’s on-air premiere. In addition, full-length episodes will be available on the Nick App the day after each premiere episode.
Among the NFL players who will voice the animated versions of themselves this season are Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers), Matt Forté (Chicago Bears), Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins), Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lion), Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens), J.J. Watt (Houston Texans) and Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks); and head coaches Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals) and Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers).
The series follows ten-year-old Ishmael and his friends, the Guardians. This year, they ” develop "enhanced powers to protect the NFL and the world from new and familiar villains," according to the NFL and Nickelodeon.