Archive for May, 2013

Greening of Super Bowl XLVIII Begins with Tree Plantings: New Orleans Contributes Trees to Environmental Kickoff Events

(NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY) Super Bowl XLVIII is still many months away but the “greening” of Super Bowl is already underway. Ceremonial tree plantings are taking place in two locations – one each in New Jersey (May 16) and New York (May 17).

The week begins with the final Super Bowl tree planting in New Orleans – the culmination of more than 2,000 trees planted as part of the greening of Super Bowl XLVII. At that New Orleans event, a “golden shovel” will be passed on to officials from the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. This ceremonial shovel travels from one Super Bowl community to the next. It symbolizes the environmental responsibility handed along to each new host community.

Eight to ten trees will be planted at each event: in New Jersey at Essex County Weequahic Park and in New York at Randall’s Island Park. At each location, one of the trees planted will be a willow oak; a gift from the New Orleans community. The willow oak was selected because it is native to both New Orleans and the New York/New Jersey region.

These events are a preview of the environmental projects being developed as part of Super Bowl – addressing solid waste, food waste, material reuse, and overall climate impact of Super Bowl activities and events. NFL support for urban forestry projects reduces the environmental impact of Super Bowl. It also allows the NFL to support ongoing community initiatives including the MillionTreesNYC project.

Environmental projects at Super Bowl involve broad community relationships. This week’s events are made possible by support from the NFL, the NYNJ Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee, NFL sponsor Verizon, the City of New York – MillionTreesNYC, the New York Restoration Project, the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Tree Foundation.

The NFL Environmental Program plays an active role behind the scenes at Super Bowl. The Environmental Program is responsible for recycling solid waste from Super Bowl events and donating building, decorative and office materials to local organizations for reuse. Tens of thousands of pounds of un-served food from Super Bowl events are distributed to local food banks. An annual project called Super Kids-Super Sharing puts thousands of pieces of sports equipment and books into the hands of local children in need of these items. A comprehensive climate change initiative combines support for urban forestry projects, use of biofuels, offsets for travel emissions and use of renewable energy to address the greenhouse gas production associated with Super Bowl events and activities. These projects are developed in partnership with the Super Bowl Host Committee, our sponsors and local and state agencies as well as local non-profit organizations.


Support for these initial Super Bowl tree plantings comes from :

MillionTreesNYC, a cornerstone of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC vision to establish a healthier, more sustainable New York City, is a public-private partnership between the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, through which one million trees will be planted and cared for throughout the five boroughs. As part of MillionTreesNYC Parks is reforesting 2,000 acres of parkland into new, ecologically healthy, multi-story forests.   New forests help expand canopy cover in New York City, increasing the myriad environmental benefits already provided by our urban forest. Since MillionTreesNYC was launched in October 2007,  739,108 trees have been planted.  For more information, visit

Founded by Bette Midler in 1995, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. Unlike traditional conservancies that care for a specific place, NYRP is the only New York City conservancy that works citywide, bringing private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support. To learn more, please visit

Verizon has a robust sustainability strategy, which includes free recycling rallies that have collected more than 1 million pounds of e-waste; an aggressive commitment to various ENERGY STAR programs resulting in more than 115 ENERGY STAR-certified stores; a wireless phone trade-in program, which has collected more than 1 million phones; and Verizon’s HopeLine program, which provides no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims of domestic violence. The strategy supports Verizon’s goal of cutting by 50 percent its carbon intensity – the company’s main sustainability metric that measures the amount of energy needed to transport a terabyte of data over its networks – by 2020.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 98 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 183,400. For more information, visit

The New Jersey Tree Foundation is a state-wide non-profit organization dedicated to planting trees in New Jersey’s most underserved neighborhoods. Through tree planting, volunteerism and education we assist numerous communities in improving their environment and quality of life. Tree Foundation programs are innovative and volunteer driven. Community-based tree plantings involving city residents work. We do not do the work for the people; we train them to take charge and complete the project themselves. That is empowering for folks who must face some of life’s most difficult circumstances. In the same vein, by employing ex-offenders, the Tree Foundation is providing the first stepping-stone of reintegration into society for men who have been imprisoned for years. For more information, visit

The 2014 NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee: In an unprecedented decision by NFL team owners, the New York/New Jersey region was awarded the 2014 Super Bowl on May 25, 2010.

The New York and New Jersey region will provide visiting fans an unparalleled Super Bowl experience – complete with a multitude of exceptional venues, landmark destinations, and sightseeing and shopping opportunities. The area offers 40 Broadway theatres, 60 Off-Broadway theatres, more than 100 museums and nearly 1,700 public parks, as well as more than 18,000 restaurant choices and 275 world-class hotels with 100,000 hotel rooms, suitable for a wide range of tastes and budgets.

Met Life Stadium is the only stadium to serve as the home to two NFL teams, the New York Giants and New York Jets. As such, it is able to provide equal “home field advantage” to both competing teams, with two of everything – including locker rooms, training rooms, home team coaches booths, and premium in-game medical treatment facilities, as well as two full-practice training facilities, the Timex Performance Center and Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.

NFL Health and Safety Update—May 16, 2013

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Chandler High School in Arizona Leads All High Schools with Three Players Selected in 2013 NFL Draft; 236 Schools Represented

With rookie minicamps now complete, the 2013 NFL Draft class has experienced its first taste of NFL life.

And while the drafted rookies enter the NFL from a variety of different backgrounds, one thing they generally all have in common is an outstanding experience playing high school football.

The 2013 drafted rookies range from Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaii to Karksi-Nuia High School in Karksi-Nuia, Estonia. A total of 236 high schools contributed to the 254 players selected in the seven rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft on April 25-27, USA Football announced today. Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona led all high schools with three players selected.

“There’s a lot of great athletes that come out of the program,” said Miami Dolphins first-round selection DION JORDAN, a Chandler grad. “They train us well to get us ready for college, make sure we take care of business in school, first of all, so we can have that opportunity. Because of the community and the coaching, a tremendous amount of athletes come from our area.”

Seventeen schools had at least two players selected, with four of those schools producing a first-round choice – Chandler in Chandler, Arizona (defensive end Dion Jordan by Miami); Dutchtown in Geismar, Louisiana (safety ERIC REID by San Francisco); Miami Norland in Miami, Florida (cornerback XAVIER RHODES by Minnesota); and Newnan in Newnan, Georgia (linebacker ALEC OGLETREE by St. Louis).

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NFL Preseason Dates & Times Announced

The dates and kickoff times of the 65-game NFL preseason schedule were announced today, beginning with the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys in Canton, Ohio on Sunday night, August 4.

Televised live at 8:00 PM ET by NBC, the NFL/Hall of Fame Game is the first of 11 national preseason telecasts carried by NFL broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC that will feature the entire 2012 playoff field.

NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live game broadcasts in all four weeks of the preseason.  NFL Network’s preseason broadcast schedule will be announced in July.

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New Jersey Senate passes Steve Sabol Day resolution

Steve SabolThe New Jersey Senate approved today a resolution honoring Steve Sabol, sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Dawn Marie Addiego, both R-Burlington.

“Steve Sabol is one of New Jersey’s most innovative entrepreneurs and his creativity has revolutionized both sports and documentary cinematography around the world,” Allen said. “He has made Mount Laurel the home of America’s favorite sport, having created a model business employing hundreds of people and boasting the world’s largest sports film library. He showed us the passion of the game — and made it our passion, too.”

“With ingenuity and grace, Steve Sabol has humanized America’s favorite sport bringing people inside the hearts and minds of their football heroes,” added Addiego. “Continuing Steve Sabol’s passion, NFL Films will continue to make Burlington County proud, as it chronicles the season of Super Bowl XLVIII.”

On Feb. 7, Senators Allen and Addiego introduced their resolution to make October 2 Steve Sabol Day in New Jersey.

NFL Network & NFL Films Combine for Six Sports Emmy Awards

NFL Films Wins Five Emmy Awards – Tied for Most in a Single Year

NFL Network Wins in Outstanding Short Feature & Sports Promotional Announcement – Episodic Categories

NFL Media – comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL RedZone, and NFL Mobile – won six Sports Emmy Awards, it was announced last night in New York City.

NFL Network won in the Outstanding Short Feature category for NFL GameDay Morning: Immaculate Remembrance, as well as in the Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement – Episodic category for A Football Life: Life Story, which it shared with NFL Films. With the two Emmy Awards, NFL Network increased its total to 12 in its nine-year history.

To view the Emmy Award-winning NFL GameDay Morning: Immaculate Remembrance, visit:

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NFL Health and Safety Update—May 8, 2013

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More Than 50 Former NFL Players to Participate in USA Football’s Heads Up Football Ambassador Clinic

Former NFL players will learn tackling mechanics that reduce helmet contact and serve as Heads Up Football Ambassadors for youth leagues this fall

INDIANAPOLIS — More than 50 former NFL players will convene at Lucas Oil Stadium on Wednesday, May 8, to become trained as Heads Up FootballSM Ambassadors. They will participate in clinics that will reinforce tackling mechanics aimed at reducing helmet contact. The sessions also will feature education on concussion recognition and response and provide instruction on proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting.

The clinic is part of Heads Up Football, a new nationwide USA Football pilot program for the 2013 season dedicated to making the game better and safer for youth players. The former NFL players participating in the clinic will work alongside youth leagues across the nation this fall as mentors, lending support to the Heads Up Football program and reinforcing a culture of safety in youth football.

Among the former NFL players participating in the Heads Up Football clinic are LAVAR ARRINGTON, KEITH BULLUCK, MERRIL HOGE, HARDY NICKERSON and JAKE PLUMMER.

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. More than 1,200 youth football leagues across the U.S., representing more than 250,000 players and 36,000 coaches nationwide, have committed to the health and safety of their young players by adopting Heads Up Football.

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NFL Retired Player News – May 2013

The NFL stays in regular contact with its former players, passing along vital information via email each month about benefits and services available to them and their families as well as other notes of interest.

The May 2013 edition of NFL Retired Player News included a list of former players with sons who recently joined NFL teams via the Draft or free agency.

To read the full text of the NFL’s recent letter to former players, please click here.


According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there are 197 documented sets of father and sons who have played in the NFL. If you’re interested in seeing if some of your former teammates or opponents are on that list, you can visit the HOF’s website by clicking here.

Last week, a number of proud NFL fathers heard their sons’ names called during the 2013 NFL Draft. Several other NFL sons signed on as undrafted free agents

A list of some of the sons who (hopefully) will soon be following in their father’s NFL footsteps:

John Bostic DET Jon Bostic Bears, Rd. 2
Cris Carter MIN, PHI, MIA Duron Carter Vikings, Free Agent
Mike Golic PHI, HOU, MIA Mike Golic Steelers, Free Agent
Howie Long OAK Kyle Long Bears, Rd. 1
Rich Mauti NO, WAS Michael Mauti Vikings, Rd. 7
Tim McDonald ARZ, SF T.J. McDonald Rams, Rd. 3
Joe Montana SF, KC Nate Montana 49ers, Free Agent
Tracey Sanders BUF Ace Sanders Jaguars, Rd. 4
Ken Stills GB, MIN Kenny Stills Saints, Rd. 5
Steve Tasker BUF, HOU Luke Tasker Chargers, Free Agent
Brent Williams NE, SEA, NYJ Brennan Williams Texans, Rd. 3
Robert Woods HOU, DET Robert Woods Bills, Rd. 2
Mike Zordich NYJ, ARZ, PHI Michael Zordich Panthers, Free Agent

Kyle LongGuard Kyle Long, son of Raiders defensive tackle Howie Long, was chosen with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Howie is the first Pro Football Hall of Famer to have two sons drafted by NFL teams. His son Chris, a defensive end, was the No. 2 overall selection of the Rams in 2008.

Owners, Commissioner Goodell & Top Football Executives to Attend NFL Career Development Symposium May 6-8 at Wharton School of Business

Event Will Focus on Interactive Presentations

and Networking Opportunities 

Participants include 21 former NFL players 

Club owners ROBERT KRAFT (Patriots), WOODY JOHNSON (Jets) and DAN ROONEY (Steelers) will join NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and previously announced Jaguars owner SHAD KHAN, Giants owner JOHN MARA and Cardinals president MICHAEL BIDWILL to participate in networking sessions and panels at the NFL Career Development Symposium next week (May 6-8) at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

“We are pleased to offer this program to provide a diverse group of coaching and front office talent with the tools and networking opportunities to take the next step in their careers,” said Commissioner Goodell. “This symposium will help develop our coaching and front office pipeline and build on the progress we have made over the past decade.”

“It is nice to attach a face to a name,” Mara said. “We are in a results-driven business. We study who is successful around the league. This gives us an opportunity to gain some familiarity with those people.”

Former Bills, Panthers and Colts General Manager BILL POLIAN will address the group on the opening night, while former Steelers Head Coach BILL COWHER will speak on the second night.

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