Archive for January, 2013

NFL Health and Safety Update — January 31, 2013

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New Jersey Senators to introduce resolution honoring NFL Films pioneer Steve Sabol

Senators Diane Allen & Dawn Marie Addiego to Present on Monday

To memorialize one of New Jersey’s most innovative entrepreneurs, Senators Diane Allen and Dawn Marie Addiego (both R-Burlington) announced that they are introducing on Monday a resolution honoring NFL Films pioneer Steve Sabol.

“Steve Sabol inspired the finest cinematic reflection of any sport and left nothing on the field,” Allen said. “His innovative filmmaking documented the intellect, emotion and humanity in America’s most aggressive and popular sport.”

“Steve Sabol’s ingenuity, artistic brilliance and endless commitment to creating history are celebrated across the country and around the world,” Addiego added. “He is a pride of Burlington County whose legacy will surely be continued by NFL Films, with their coverage of this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII and beyond.”

NFL Films is located in Mount Laurel and has grown over the decades to employ some 250 people and boast the world’s largest sports film library.

“Steve Sabol was a creative genius who changed the way we look at football and sports,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “This is a great honor that I know Steve would proudly share with all of his colleagues at NFL Films headquarters in Mount Laurel.”

Draft text of this Resolution is as follows:

A Joint Resolution designating October 2 of each year as “Steve Sabol Day”
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From the field where he led the Green Bay Packers to a win in Super Bowl XXXI, Favre to give his thoughts on the 2012 season, the matchup between the 49ers and Ravens, and his life away from the field

Twenty-year NFL veteran and three-time league MVP, Brett Favre will join NFL Network’s 8.5-hour edition of NFL GameDay Morning (Sunday, 9:00 AM ET) live from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome prior to Super Bowl XLVII.

Favre will join host Rich Eisen along with his former coach Steve Mariucci, and Super Bowl champions Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders and Brian Billick to discuss his thoughts on the 2012 NFL season, the Super Bowl XLVII matchup, and his life away from the field.

In 1997, Favre led the Green Bay Packers to a 35-21 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI in game played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the same field where Favre will provide analysis prior Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.

Favre’s appearance on NFL GameDay Morning is part of NFL Network’s more than 140 total hours – 85 live – of programming from 11 sets across New Orleans featuring a roster of 35 on-air personalities with a combined 17 Super Bowl rings. Super Bowl XLVII is the 10th Super Bowl NFL Network has covered since the network was started in 2003.

“There aren’t too many retired athletes who continue to attract the attention and draw that Brett Favre does, and NFL Network is thrilled to have him on NFL GameDay Morning leading up to Super Bowl XLVII,” said Eric Weinberger, Executive Producer of NFL Network. “Surrounded by a former mentor in Steve Mariucci and players he competed against over the years such as Deion Sanders and Warren Sapp, and from the field where he guided the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XXXI, Brett should give our viewers some unique insight and analysis into the game and his life away from the field.”

Super Bowl Sunday Coverage on NFL Network

On Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, NFL Network provides more than 16 hours of live pregame and postgame coverage:

  • At 7:00 AM ET, First on the Field is live from the NFL Experience, with host Melissa Stark and analysts LaDainian Tomlinson, Sterling Sharpe and Steve Wyche providing the day’s first breakdown of the matchup.
  • At 9:00 AM ET, an 8.5-hour edition of NFL GameDay Morning airs from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the NFL Experience and the Fan Plaza. Host Rich Eisen anchors the coverage from inside the stadium, joined by Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin, with Stark and analysts Deion Sanders and Brian Billick providing additional analysis. Host Amber Theoharis and analysts Shaun O’Hara and Willie McGinest are live from the NFL Experience, while host Chris Rose and analysts Darren Sharper and Heath Evans provide their insight from the Fan Plaza.

Following the game, NFL GameDay Final is live from the Superdome and the Fan Plaza with postgame interviews with players and coaches, in-depth analysis and highlights.


Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers including Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon. For more information, log on to is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.


Super Bowl XLVII Officials Named

Referee JEROME BOGER will lead the seven-man crew of game officials selected to work Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the NFL announced today.

The other members of the Super Bowl XLVII officiating crew are DARRELL JENKINS (umpire), STEVE STELLJES (head linesman), BYRON BOSTON (line judge), CRAIG WROLSTAD (field judge), JOE LARREW (side judge) and DINO PAGANELLI (back judge). The Super Bowl XLVII officiating crew collectively has 77 years of NFL officiating experience and 50 combined playoff game assignments.

Boger, in his ninth season as an NFL game official, entered the league in 2004 as a line judge and was promoted to referee in 2006. He has officiated four divisional playoff games.

Under the NFL officiating program’s evaluation system, the highest-rated eligible officials at each position earn the right to work the Super Bowl. Super Bowl officials must have at least five years of NFL experience and previous playoff assignments.

BILL SPYKSMA is the replay official. The replay assistant is TERRY SULLIVAN.

“We congratulate Jerome and his entire crew on being assigned to work at Super Bowl XLVII,” said NFL Vice President of Officiating CARL JOHNSON.  “Just like the two competing teams, every member of this officiating crew has had an outstanding season and earned this honor.  We are confident that they will have a great game on Sunday.”

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Stars of the screen and stage CONNIE BRITTON, STEVE CARELL, JOSH CHARLES, JASON CLARKE, NINA DOBREV, CRAIG FERGUSON, OLIVIA MUNN, JEREMY RENNER, ZOE SALDANA and CHANNING TATUM, will join an all-star roster to honor the best players, performances and plays from the 2012 NFL season in a star-studded football and entertainment event – “2nd Annual NFL Honors” – a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Saturday, February 2, 9-11 p.m. (ET) on CBS. “NFL Honors” will tape from 6 – 8 p.m. (CT) that evening.

Award-winning actor ALEC BALDWIN will host the show, which will feature live performances from ONEREPUBLIC and New Orleans’ natives THE SOUL REBELS as the house band. The Red Carpet preceding the taping will feature many of the stars that will be celebrating the best of the NFL later that evening.  “Super Bowl Saturday Night presented by XFINITY,” the red carpet show, will then air on NFL Network from 8 – 9 p.m. (ET).  For more information about “NFL Honors” fans may visit

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NFL Films’ “Road to the Super Bowl” debuts on CBS at 11:00 AM ET on Super Bowl Sunday

43rd Year of TV’s Longest-Running, Most-Honored Annual Sports Special 

One-Hour Special Culled From 1.7 Million Feet of Game Film & 400 Hours of Game Audio from 100 Coaches & Players

How did the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers advance to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans?  Re-live the journey as only NFL Films can present it on “Road to the Super Bowl” on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3 at 11:00 AM ET on CBS.

“Road to the Super Bowl” begins with Kickoff Weekend and chronicles the 2012 NFL season utilizing NFL Films’ signature captivating video and sound from on the field and in the locker room from exclusive player and coach wirings.

“Road to the Super Bowl” is the longest-running (43 years) and most honored (28 Sports Emmys) annual sports special. “Road to the Super Bowl,” which debuted following the 1969 season, was culled by NFL Films producers from more than 1.7 million feet of game footage to 980 feet for the one-hour special.  In addition, more than 400 hours of audio were captured from 100 exclusive coach and player on-field wirings.  Original orchestral music was used in producing the show.


Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers Preview

It all comes down to this.

On Sunday, February 3, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will meet in Super Bowl XLVII (6:00 PM ET, CBS) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The game will mark the first time in any of the four major professional sports (NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL) that brothers – Baltimore’s JOHN and San Francisco’s JIM HARBAUGH – will match up against one another as head coaches in a postseason game.

“I guess it’s pretty neat,” says John Harbaugh, who has eight postseason wins in his first five seasons, tied with TOM FLORES for the most since the 1970 merger. “It’s pretty cool. But it’s really about the team. It’s about the players. That’s what it’s about. It’s about those guys. The more we focus on those guys, the better it is for everybody.”

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Unprecedented 3-Year TV trend for NFL continues with Super Bowl XLVII


In addition to ranking as the year’s most-watched television show, this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII on CBS culminates three years of record-breaking NFL TV viewership.

Fall 2010 was the NFL’s most-viewed season reaching a total of 207.7 million fans on television with all five of the NFL’s television partners posting viewership increases.

Since Sept. 1, 2010, NFL games have accounted for the majority of television’s most-watched shows, including:

  • 55 percent of all TV shows averaging 20 million viewers*
  • 70 percent of all TV shows averaging 30 million viewers*
  • 92 percent of all TV shows averaging 40 million viewers *

 *based on live + same day viewership (minimum show length: 30 minutes)

From Sept. 1, 2010 through January 27, 2013, NFL games accounted for 135 of the 247 TV shows (55 percent) reaching at least 20 million average viewers, according to live + same day viewership information provided by The Nielsen Company.  

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NFL Provides $100,000 in Pro Bowl Grants to Hawaiian Non-Profit Organizations

Grants to Hawaiian Non-Profits from the National Football League Foundation in Last Decade Total More Than $1.5 Million

The NFL’s commitment to the state of Hawaii extends beyond the Pro Bowl.  Forty Hawaiian non-profit organizations will benefit from $100,000 as part of the NFL Foundation Pro Bowl Grant Program, the NFL announced today.

The NFL Foundation is providing grants to Hawaiian-based non-profit organizations focused on youth education, health, and physical fitness.

The organizations awarded grants are as follows:

  • Adult Friends for Youth
  • African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaii
  • After-School All-Stars Hawaii
  • Aloha United Way
  • Best Buddies International, Inc. (Hawaii Chapter)
  • The Children’s Alliance of Hawaii, Inc.
  • Diversity Activities National Association
  • The EDEE Academy
  • Family Programs Hawaii
  • Friends of the Library of Hawaii
  • Friends of the Missing Child Center – Hawaii
  • Fun Day Foundation
  • Girl Scouts of Hawaii
  • Habilitat, Inc.
  • Hale Kipa, Inc.
  • Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation
  • Hawaii Council on Economic Education
  • Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus
  • Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
  • Hospice of Kona
  • HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support)
  • Imua Family Services
  • KAMP Hawaii, Inc.
  • Make-A-Wish Hawaii, Inc.
  • Making Dreams Come True, Valley of Rainbows
  • Ohana Komputer
  • North Kohala Community Resource Center
  • Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance
  • Palama Settlement
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii
  • Special Olympics Hawaii
  • Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Hawaii Chapter
  • Young Women’s Christian Association of Oahu
  • Waikiki Community Center
  • Waikiki Health Center
  • Waimanalo Health Center
  • Pacific Big Boyz Conference
  • Women in Need
  • YMCA of Honolulu
  • YWCA of Kaua’i

The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game.

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What To Look For – 2013 Pro Bowl

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