'Iron Man 3' Composer Tackles NFL for ESPN

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Brian Tyler switches from Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark to gridiron superheroes

Brian Tyler is moving from big-screen superheroes to the gridiron watched on TV, composing new theme music for ESPN's NFL studio shows.

Tyler, composer on Robert Downey Jr. starrer Iron Man 3Thor: The Dark World; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — and a lifelong football fan — has created original scores for ESPN programs Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Live and NFL Insiders. He also has delivered an NFL Gridiron theme for assorted uses on the cable network.

The music will debut on the season-opening edition of ESPN's three-hour Sunday NFL Countdown pregame show on Sept. 7. ESPN has used the same score for its NFL shows since 1997.

ESPN was attracted to Tyler's work on the Marvel films. "We wanted a theme that was distinctive and that emphasized the heroic nature of football," said Claude Mitchell, coordinating director ESPN Music. "Brian is someone we've been using as a reference for a while."

"The first music ensembles of the ancients would rally the troops into battle, so what better way to continue this tradition than composing music for the battle on the gridiron?" Tyler said in a statement.  "I really wanted to bring to life the real-life drama and athletic power that the NFL represents."