Archive for April, 2013

NFL Health and Safety Update—April 24, 2013

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Commissioner Goodell NFL Draft Facebook Chat — Transcript

On Tuesday, April 23, Commissioner Goodell logged on to Facebook to answer fans’ questions on the League Office Facebook page.  He chatted with fans for 45 minutes, answering 19 questions on topics from Draft Day hugs to how rules are changed to Heads Up Football.

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Following is a transcript of the Commissioner’s Q&A:

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More than 900 youth leagues commit to safer football through USA Football’s Heads Up Football program

Nationwide program launched with $1.5 million grant from the NFL Foundation

Former NFL players to serve as Heads Up Football Ambassadors

More than 900 youth football leagues across the United States representing more than 200,000 players and 30,000 coaches nationwide have committed to the health and safety of their young players by adopting Heads Up Football, a new USA Football pilot program for the 2013 season dedicated to making the game better and safer.


The Heads Up Football program promotes a positive youth football experience and advances player safety by providing coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches. Heads Up Football aims to take the head out of the game.

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams.

Seventy-eight former NFL players also will participate in the program as Heads Up Football Ambassadors, working with youth leagues to reinforce the Heads Up message. Former NFL standouts CARL BANKS, TONY CASILLAS, RANDALL CUNNINGHAM and BARRY SANDERS are among those serving as Heads Up Football Ambassadors. They will work alongside youth leagues, attending select practices and games while endorsing Heads Up Football.

Youth coaches of participating leagues will be trained in Heads Up Football techniques before leading their teams this season. All head coaches and assistant coaches are required to complete USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coaching Certification Course, which includes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response protocols; proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting; and Heads Up Tackling techniques, which aim to take the head out of the line of contact, and teach proper fundamentals.
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Commissioner Goodell visits “Live with Kelly and Michael” — Transcript


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared this morning on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

The Commissioner engaged in a lively conversation with the dynamic duo of Kelly Ripa and former New York Giants’ legend Michael Strahan about the new Heads Up Football program, the Super Bowl and the Draft.

Goodell presented them with personalized #1 New York Giants jerseys. Ripa and Strahan even moved into to get their Draft Day hugs from Goodell.

CommishStrahanHugFollowing is a transcript of the Commissioner’s appearance:
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NFL Announces Enhanced Security Screenings and Fan Guidelines for 2013 Draft at Radio City Music Hall

Security measures inside and outside Radio City Music Hall will be enhanced for the 2013 NFL Draft Thursday-Saturday, the NFL announced today. 

Everyone entering Radio City will be subject to security screenings, including metal detectors, pat-downs, and other special security checks.  Spectators choosing not to consent to the NFL’s security requirements will be refused admission. 

Fans with tickets are encouraged to arrive early to avoid delays and expedite entry for everyone. The NFL will open the doors to fans earlier than normal for all rounds, including Thursday night beginning at 5:30 p.m. The NFL Draft is a free event. However, seating is very limited (see below for information for access to Radio City).

The NFL, Radio City and the New York Police Department strongly recommend that spectators minimize the number and size of all items carried into the stadium. Fans are urged to bring nothing larger than a very small purse. All items carried by fans will be carefully inspected. The NFL and Radio City will not hold prohibited or excluded items for spectators (see below for list of prohibited items)

“The NFL and its clubs have operated with a very high level of security since 9/11 for all of our games and events,” said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. “With the help of the FBI, New York Police Department, Radio City and our private security partners, we will enhance our already comprehensive plans for the safety of our fans and other attendees.”

The NFL Draft begins with Round 1 slated for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday. Fans who pick up wristbands the night before will be able to enter the venue beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET. Rounds 2 and 3 will be held on Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, beginning at noon ET.

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2013 NFL Draft Notes



APRIL 25-27, 2013 

Thursday, April 25 8:00 PM ET Round 1

10 Minutes



Friday, April 26 6:30 PM ET Round 2

7 Minutes

    Round 3

5 Minutes



Saturday, April 27 12:00 PM ET Rounds 4-7

5 Minutes


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NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: Twenty-three prospects will be in attendance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for Round 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft. 

That includes a 2013-best four players from BCS National Champion Alabama: T D.J. FLUKER, RB EDDIE LACY, CB DEE MILLINER and G CHANCE WARMACK – and four players from Florida State – QB E.J. MANUEL, DE BJOERN WERNER, T MENELIK WATSON and CB XAVIER RHODES.

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Overview of NFL Network &’s 2013 NFL Draft Coverage

NFL Network’s 2013 NFL Draft Coverage

Below is an overview of NFL Network, and NFL Mobile’s all-encompassing coverage of the 2013 NFL Draft.
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NFL Network Provides Record-Setting Coverage of the 2013 NFL Draft

47 Live Hours of Coverage Beginning Thursday, April 25 in Addition to Round-the-Clock Coverage on & NFL Mobile 

Behind-the-Scenes Access with 15 War Room Cams at Team Facilities – Including Kansas City & Jacksonville

College Coaches Brian Kelly, Les Miles, David Shaw & Kevin Sumlin Join Live Draft Coverage from Radio City Music Hall

NFL Network’s coverage of the 78th annual NFL Draft is officially on the clock. With a record-high 47 hours of live coverage of the three-day event, an extensive talent roster of analysts, reporters and college coaches, and a record number of draft war room cameras providing behind-the-scenes access, NFL Network – along with and NFL Mobile – will descend upon Radio City Music Hall in New York City for its eighth year of NFL Draft coverage.

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Weekly Series Detailing the Top Players in the NFL Premieres Saturday, April 27 Following Conclusion of 2013 NFL Draft

The Top 100 Players of 2013 Reactions Show Follows at 9:00 PM ET, Features Commentary from NFL Network Analysts, NFL Players & Fans

For the third consecutive year, current NFL players have voted to determine the top 100 players in the NFL. The Top 100 Players of 2013 presented by Buffalo Wild Wings debuts Saturday, April 27 at 8:00 PM ET, immediately following NFL Network’s live coverage of the 2013 NFL Draft. In the first episode, players ranked #100-91 will be profiled.

The 11-episode, weekly series continues Thursday, May 2 at 8:00 PM ET, and each subsequent Thursday until the back-to-back episode finale unveils the top 10 players of 2013 on June 27 at 8:00 PM ET and 9:00 PM ET.

Following each weekly episode, The Top 100 Players of 2013 Reactions show airs live from the NFL Network studios at 9:00 PM ET. Hosted by Lindsay Rhodes and joined by current NFL Network analysts, the one-hour show provides instant reaction to players unveiled – and not unveiled – on the latest episode. NFL players who have been voted onto the top 100 will also join the reactions show throughout the series.

Also featured during The Top 100 Players of 2013 Reactions show, the Player Rater – an anonymous current NFL player – voices his opinions on NFL peers and their rank on the top 100. Additionally, the voice of the fan will be prominently heard each week as the results of instant twitter polls and voting will be announced and debated each show.

On Sunday, April 21 at 8:00 PM ET, The Top 100 Players of 2013 Preview Show hosted by Michelle Beisner from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey offers a preview of the NFL Films-produced series. During the show, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman fills out a portion of his top 100 ballot.

Through NFL Mobile Presented by Verizon, fans can watch all NFL Network programming, including The Top 100 Players of 2013 series, on the go.

The Top 100 Players of 2013 Series Features

Player Rater: Returning for the second season, Player Rater – anonymous NFL player(s) – will be prominent throughout The Top 100 Players of 2013 series to give unfiltered reaction to the rankings of his peers. Under the Twitter handle @PlayerRater_13, the unidentified, current NFL player will live tweet during each episode. In The Top 100 Players of 2013 Reactions show the Player Rater will further elaborate on his tweets featured during the episode.

NFL Players and Fans Tweet: New this season, prominent NFL players will be live tweeting throughout each episode of The Top 100: Players of 2013. The variety of players will offer instant reaction under both their own and the @NFLNetwork Twitter handle as they find out both their own and peers ranking .

Fans also will participate on Twitter throughout each episode of The Top 100 Players of 2013. Fans can vote if each player has been ranked #toohigh, #toolow, or #justright. The results of that fan vote and others polls throughout the series will be unveiled in the subsequent reactions show. From now until May 31, fans can vote on the greatest players going into the 2013 NFL Season at . Each week, results will be shown on The Top 100 Players of 2013 Reactions show. Additionally, after players are unveiled at their specific rankings, fans can vote for the most overrated and underrated players. Also, be sure to catch bonus footage of players who just missed being named on the top 100 each week.

The Top 100: Players of 2013 Episode Schedule

• Preview Show Sunday, April 21 8:00 PM ET
• Episode #1 (100-91) Saturday, April 27 8:00 PM ET
• Episode #2 (90-81) Thursday, May 2 8:00 PM ET
• Episode #3 (80-71) Thursday, May 9 8:00 PM ET
• Episode #4 (70-61) Thursday, May 16 8:00 PM ET
• Episode #5 (60-51) Thursday, May 23 8:00 PM ET
• Halfway Recap Monday, May 27 8:00 PM ET
• Episode #6 (50-41) Thursday, May 30 8:00 PM ET
• Episode #7 (40-31) Thursday, June 6 8:00 PM ET
• Episode #8 (30-21) Thursday, June 13 8:00 PM ET
• Episode #9 (20-11) Thursday, June 20 8:00 PM ET
• Finale Preview Wednesday, June 26 8:00 PM ET
• Episode #10 (10-6) Thursday, June 27 8:00 PM ET
• Episode #11 (5-1) Thursday, June 27 9:00 PM ET

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2013 NFL Draft – All in the Family

Every year, many players join the National Football League from families rich in athletic tradition. Here is a sampling of draft prospects who had family members compete at either the collegiate or professional level in the world of sports.

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