Archive for August, 2012

Countdown To Kickoff (5 Days)




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2012 NFL Preseason Individual & Team Statistical Leaders

NFL preseason statistical leaders were tracked in 2012 by the Elias Sports Bureau, official statisticians of the NFL.

Listed below are the final preseason leaders in the American and National Football Conferences. Running back WILLIAM POWELL of the Arizona Cardinals was the NFL preseason rushing leader with 249 rushing yards. Rookie running back TRAVARIS CADET of the New Orleans Saints led the league in receiving yards with 246. The leading passer was Dallas Cowboys quarterback TONY ROMO with a 117.1 rating.

The Baltimore Ravens finished the 2012 preseason with the top-ranked offense, averaging 390.5 yards-per-game. The Philadelphia Eagles led the league in defense with a 213.8 yards-per-game average.

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Commissioner Email to Fans on Player Health and Safety

Commissioner Goodell emailed fans today the letter below, underscoring the commitment of the NFL to protect the health, safety and long-term livelihood of players, both on the field and off. Commissioner Goodell notes the league will continue to preserve the fierce competition that makes football great while simultaneously committing to the relentless pursuit of safer play.

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U.S. Army and National Football League Announce Joint Health and Wellness Initiative

Players & Soldiers Encouraged To Seek Help if They or Their Teammate/Battle Buddy Are Affected by a Head Injury

WEST POINT, NEW YORK — The U.S. Army and the National Football League launched today a long-term initiative to enhance the health of its soldiers and players by sharing information, providing education and engaging in discussion on concussion and health-related issues that affect both organizations.

The multi-faceted initiative, built upon the mutual respect shared by the two organizations, is designed to promote help-seeking behaviors and empower soldiers and players to maintain healthier minds on the playing field and battlefield. The initiative includes event-based programs, websites and social media that will foster peer-to-peer opportunities to share information, lessons learned and tips on how to recognize, prevent and manage concussions and reduce the stigma associated with reporting brain injuries or asking for help with health issues.

GENERAL RAYMOND T. ODIERNO, Army Chief of Staff, and NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL made the announcement at The United States Military Academy at West Point as part of a panel discussion that included former NFL players and soldiers, as well as leading medical professionals.  The discussion took place in front of an audience of nearly 200 West Point Cadets, underscoring the NFL and Army’s intention to promote healthy behaviors to younger and older generations alike.

This was the third such discussion between the two organizations. Current and former players met this offseason at The Pentagon with soldiers and Marines who have experience with the injury.

In a letter announcing the initiative to soldiers and current and former NFL players, General Odierno and Goodell said:  “Our organizations share common traits: pride and passion, dedication and determination, and an enduring belief in the power of team. On a personal level, there is mutual respect, appreciation and admiration between Soldiers and Players. While the execution of our crafts is fundamentally different, these traits make America’s Soldiers and NFL Players who they are and the best at what they do. With this initiative, we are seeking to integrate the uncompromising devotion to win with a need to address traumatic brain injuries with the necessary care, consideration, and commitment to prevention that these injuries require.”

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NFL-NFLPA Agree to Adopt Bylaw Proposals Involving Trade Deadline, Injured Reserve Rules

The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association have agreed to adopt 2012 Bylaw Proposals No. 2 and No. 6A, the NFL and NFLPA announced today.

Bylaw proposal No. 2 moves the trading deadline from Tuesday, October 16 – the Tuesday after Week 6 of the regular season – to Tuesday, October 30, the Tuesday after Week 8.

Bylaw proposal No. 6A permits clubs to re-activate one player from Reserve/Injured during the 2012 season, subject to certain restrictions.

Since this rule is being adopted after the cutdown to 75 players, for 2012 only, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to a transition procedure that permits clubs to return to their 53-player active list one player placed on Reserve/Injured since the start of preseason training camp.  This selection of that player must be made no later than 9:00 p.m. ET tomorrow, Friday, August 31.

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Countdown To Kickoff (6 Days)




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***SCHEDULE CHANGE*** ‘America’s Game: 2011 New York Giants’ Now Debuts at 9:00 PM ET on Tuesday, Sept. 4 on NFL Network

Please note that America’s Game: 2011 New York Giants will debut on NFL Network at the new time of 9:00 PM ET on Tuesday, September 4 instead of the originally schedule time of 10:00 PM ET.

At 10:00 PM ET, the NFL GameDay Morning crew of host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin preview the upcoming 2012 NFL regular season and breakdown each division team by team on NFL GameDay Morning Season Preview.

Featuring interviews with Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, head coach Tom Coughlin, defensive end Justin Tuck and wide receiver Victor Cruz, America’s Game: 2011 New York Giants re-lives the 2011 season through the words of the people who lived it, offering an all-access look at the Super Bowl champions.

Emmy Award-winning actor of NBC’s 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin narrates.


Countdown To Kickoff (7 Days)




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Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council Established


The NFL has established the BILL WALSH NFL MINORITY COACHING FELLOWSHIP ADVISORY COUNCIL to further enhance the idea conceived by the late Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today. Walsh introduced the concept to expose talented minority college coaches to the NFL’s methods and philosophies when he invited a group of minority coaches to participate in San Francisco 49ers’ training camp.

Ninety-one minority coaches took part in this summer’s Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship. The program has mentored more than 1,500 minority coaches since it was established in 1987.

The 13-member council – comprised of club presidents, general managers, head coaches and assistant coaches – will focus on developing a pipeline of minority coaches, including former NFL players pursuing opportunities in the coaching profession.

“It is imperative we continue to create opportunities, not only in coaching but in every other aspect of the league,” said Kansas City Chiefs general manager and Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Advisory Council member SCOTT PIOLI. “This fellowship program is important as long as we continue to teach and mentor individuals with one basic premise in mind – educate. I am a firm believer in the proverb of, ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’”

The council will meet regularly to recommend league-wide best practices in selection criteria for fellowship candidates, standardization of program elements and tracking results for future improvements.

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New 7:00 AM ET Show First-Ever Live Pregame Show From NFL Films

Former NFL MVP and five-time Pro Bowl running back LaDainian Tomlinson has joined NFL Network and will serve as an analyst on the network’s new Sunday morning “First on the Field” show, it was announced today.

On Kickoff Sunday (Sept. 9) and every Sunday during the season, NFL Network will be there when you wake up with First on the Field at 7:00 AM ET featuring hosts Melissa Stark and  Sterling Sharpe, Tomlinson and NFL Insider Michael Lombardi.

First on the Field, a two-hour Sunday morning spin around the league, will become the first live pregame show to originate from NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ.  The show will feature live reports from game sites and in the final 30 minutes will have “coast-to-coast” segments featuring live discussions with talent from NFL GameDay Morning (Sunday, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM ET).

Collectively the First on the Field and NFL GameDay Morning roster (Tomlinson, Sharpe, Michael Irvin, Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and Warren Sapp) earned three NFL MVP trophies, was selected for 33 Pro Bowls, accounted for 649 touchdowns and captured six Super Bowl rings.

“We are excited to add LaDainian Tomlinson to the NFL Network team and what better way to introduce him on a new show to kick off NFL Sundays,” said NFL Network Executive Producer Eric Weinberger. “Our seasoned First on the Field roster will benefit from the fresh off-the-field perspective from one of history’s top running backs.

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