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The BBC have confirmed BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker is joining The NFL Show from this weekend. He will replace Mark Chapman and will join Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell, with Dan thrilled to be given the chance to front the show. It comes as Mark focusses on other commitments.

The BBC Sport Twitter account shared the news with its 8.7million followers, revealing: “From this Saturday, Dan Walker will present The NFL Show!

“Mark Chapman will be stepping away to concentrate on his other presenting commitments.

“Thanks for the last five years, Chappers, and welcome to #bbcnfl, Dan!”

Dan retweeted the post, adding: “It is an immense privilege to be stepping into @markchapman’s significant shoes on the brilliant NFL show.

“I know change is always difficult but I can’t wait to get cracking with @JasonBell33 & @OsiUmenyiora.

“See you on Saturday night American football.”

Fans of The NFL Show rushed to comment with one viewer replying: “This is awesome news @mrdanwalker love this show. Who are your team?”

Dan revealed: “My dad lived in Philadelphia for a while in the 70s but I’ve always been more of a Vikings man.”

Another fan added: “Congratulations @mrdanwalker. Excellent appointment for a great show.

“@markchapman has done a hugely entertaining job over the last few years and we’re very much looking forward to seeing you working with our favourites @JasonBell33 and @OsiUmenyiora.”

A third posted: “Best of luck Dan, go easy on my jets.”

Another continued: “Sad to see mark go but excited to see Dan on this. A great presenter and host! Good luck Dan and thanks to mark for his great work over the years with the show.”

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A fifth tweeted: “Congratulations on the new job! Not a sport I’m in to I’m afraid, but I’m sure you will do an amazing job! Good luck for Saturday!”

“Is this a sport that you already know something about, or are you going to have to do a ton of research to get up to speed?” someone else asked.

“I don’t know a single thing about American Football.”

Dan also hosts Football Focus and is a regular presenter on BBC Breakfast from Monday to Wednesday after taking over from Bill Turnbull.

The presenter has been quite busy lately having just released his first book Remarkable People.

The book recounts inspiring stories of the courage and selflessness of people he has met throughout his career.

Dan was keen to shine a light on the inspiring stories of bravery and kindness that are not often reported on.

The NFL Show airs Saturday at 9pm.

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