WATCH: Brandon Marshall tears up during Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Mean Tweets’

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Jimmy Kimmel knows how to kick off the start of the NFL season: a pro football edition of “Mean Tweets.”

Kimmel’s ABC late night talk showThursdaydedicated thepopular “Mean Tweets” segment to athletes a sane person would only insultfrom the safe distanceof a Twitter account.

Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews makes an appearance inthere, too, but I doubt the person who tweeted “I hope a ball hits you in the temple to knock the stupid out of you” would say that to her face.

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is one of the NFL stars to read a nasty tweet about himself on the air. Marshall soups up his performance with a little fake crying at the end. Nice touch. No wonder the creators of FXX’s fantasy football sitcom, “The League,” want him on their show.

The funniestof the NFL mean tweets was aimed at morning talk show host and Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, who was a good sport about the missive that made fun of the gap between his front teeth.

Speaking of smiles, NBC has reason to: The Thursday edition of “Sunday Night Football” got off to a robust start in the ratings.

Last night’s Packers-Seahawks “NFL Kickoff” game on NBC posted a massive 16.8 overnight household rating and a 28 share, meaning roughly one in four TVs that were on last night were tuned in to the game. Some 26.9 million viewers watched — a 7 percent uptick from last year’s opening game. It ranks as the third-most watched “NFL Kickoff” game in the event’s 13-year history, according to NBC Sports.

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