Dale Earnhardt Jr. barely had time to ease into retirement before NBC Sports gave him a full workload.

Earnhardt will be part of the network's pregame show before the Super Bowl, then head to South Korea for NBC Sports' coverage of next month's Olympics. Earnhardt retired from driving in November and signed on to be a racing analyst for NBC Sports' beginning later this year.

But the network plans to use NASCAR's most popular driver in various roles to both introduce him to new adventures and draw attention to racing before Earnhardt becomes a full-time broadcaster.

Earnhardt has never attended a Super Bowl but is a rabid Washington Redskins fan. He anticipates focusing on speed skating and the bobsled because both events revolve around speed.

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