NFL Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core is an American action-adventure animated television series. The show centers around a 10-year-old kid named Ish (short for Ishan Howard), who learns he must protect shards of a power source called "The Core", hidden at 32 NFL stadiums. A television movie closed the first season on February 5, 2011. Nickelodeon announced a second season of the show (titled NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians) on September 6, 2012 and is set to premiere on November 30, 2012.
Ish must try to protect one or more NFL team's shard every Sunday while trying not to be caught by his mom. He must protect the shards with the help of OT and the rushers.
Ish - The protagonist of the series and wielder of the strange power known as the Rush Zone, Ish learns that he is the guardian from OT after being watched by him for a while.
OT - The strange man who explains to Ish about the Core, the Rusherz, and Sudden Death.
Sudden Death - The antagonist of the series, he planned on using the Core to take over the Universe and hired Ash when she was rejected as the Guardian. He was destroyed during the final battle for the Core.
The Gameballz - The guardians of Ish.
Huddle - a golden football with laces for a mouth who speaks Spanish.
Fumble - A light salmon colored football with a green mohawk.
Scream - A traditionally-colored football with one eye, who is the more intelligent and tactical of the group.
Ash - (short for Ashley) Works for Sudden Death and helped capture Ish. She was supposed to be the Guardian, but the Hall of Legends had determined her to be unworthy of the job.
Shandra - Ish's mother. OT warns her that, as the Guardian's parent, she is Sudden Death's next target.
Bolt - the Chargers Rusher, whom Ish met at the Chargers home game. He is a humanoid creature whose outfit consists of a white and blue football helmet with Chargers lightning bolts for a facemask and wears blue and yellow shorts with floral print. He was voiced by Zach Appelman.
Blitzbotz - Sudden Death's mechanical minions with one mission: collect the shards. They also have an arsenal of corruption footballs, which corrupt biological beings, transforming them into fellow blitzbots. 6 Rusherz had succumbed to this power, but were freed from it after Sudden Death's defeat.
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