Archive for June, 2013

NFL Personal Conduct

Some fans have asked: “What does the National Football League do to ensure responsible conduct by its employees?”

As Commissioner Goodell noted in 2007 when the league expanded and strengthened its Personal Conduct Policy: “We hold ourselves to higher standards of responsible conduct because of what it means to be part of the National Football League. It is important that the NFL be represented consistently by outstanding people as well as great football players, coaches, and staff.”

The NFL has a wide array of policies, programs and resources to assist and encourage responsible behavior by coaches, players, staff and their families. There are awareness and educational programs held year-round throughout a player’s career, beginning at the Rookie Symposium which took place this week in Aurora, Ohio.

Click here to learn more about the programs

The NFL is concerned about and addresses any action by an employee that undermines respect and support for the NFL. One negative incident is one too many. When it comes to players, you should know that there are almost 3,000 players that are part of the NFL each year. The average arrest rate per year of NFL players is two percent, far lower than the 10 percent arrest rate for the equivalent national population of males 20-34, according to FBI crime statistics. The arrest rate of NFL players is even lower than the arrest rate for the entire general population, which is 3-4 percent, according to the FBI’s crime stats.

All NFL employees are accountable for their conduct under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Click here to see how the NFL Personal Conduct Policy works.


NFL Foundation Kicks Off Summer with nearly $700,000 in Grants to Youth Football Camps

More than 220 Current and Former NFL Players and Coaches Received Grants to Host Camps

June 27, 2013 — The National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) is kicking off summer by supporting 221 football camps through its Youth Football Camp Grant Program. Nearly $700,000 has been awarded to support current and former NFL players and coaches hosting camps for children across the country.

These are free, non-contact football camps for children ages 5-18 that focus on teaching proper technique and sportsmanship. All camp coaches must complete an online education course with instruction on injury prevention, including heat and hydration.

Among the recipients, nearly 70 current and former NFL players and coaches are working with USA Football to host FUNdamentals camps this summer. The players and coaches applied for FUNdamentals camp grants which allow them to organize camps with the support of USA Football. All drills run at FUNdamentals camps are based on USA Football’s Player Progression Development Model, which ensures that participants receive training appropriate for their age. The USA Football FUNdamentals program is an official program of NFL PLAY 60 – the NFL’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes every day.

“The NFL Foundation is pleased to support the hundreds of current and former NFL players and coaches who are taking time out of their schedules to host youth football camps,” said CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, NFL Foundation chairman and executive vice president of the Dallas Cowboys. “The camps offer children a way to learn the basics of football in a safe and fun environment while encouraging them to be active.”

In addition to providing children with a chance to have fun and learn new skills, some camps supported by grants from the NFL Foundation offer unique services and opportunities to the campers: JERRAURD POWERS (ARIZONA CARDINALS) has arranged for campers to receive free eye exams; MALCOLM JENKINS (NEW ORLEANS SAINTS) is organizing information sessions on youth sports safety for parents and guardians of participating campers; former player DONOVIN DARIUS invited fathers and their children to participate in the camp to allow them to create memories in a fun, active way; and TYLER POLUMBUS (WASHINGTON REDSKINS) hosted a camp for children with special needs that was tailored to allow every camper to participate in the drills.

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NFL Statement on Status of Aaron Hernandez

NFL clubs were advised today that if Aaron Hernandez enters into a player contract prior to the resolution of the charges pending against him, the contract will not be approved or take effect until Commissioner Roger Goodell holds a hearing. The purpose of the hearing would be to determine whether Hernandez should be suspended or face other action prior to the charges being resolved.

NFL Health and Safety Update—June 26, 2013


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Updated: NFL Rookies to Visit Pro Football Hall of Fame



WHAT:           NFL Rookies to tour the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Please note this is a b-roll and photo opportunity only. Players are not available for interviews at this event.

WHEN:          Wednesday, June 26 (AFC rookies only)

9:00-10:50AM           Hall of Fame tours

10:50-11:30AM         NFL History: Session led by MIKE HAYNES

Members of the NFL PR staff will be present. If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP to Pete Fierle and Corry Rush

Saturday, June 29 (NFC rookies only)

9:00-10:50AM           Hall of Fame tours

10:50-11:30AM         NFL History: Session led by RICHARD DENT

Members of the NFL PR staff will be present. If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP to Pete Fierle and Randall Liu

WHERE:      Pro Football Hall of Fame

2121 George Halas Drive N.W.

Canton, OH 44708

MORE DETAILS: Media should enter at the Hall of Fame’s main entrance lobby.

NFL Creates “Deacon Jones Award”

To permanently honor the impact of DEACON JONES on the NFL, beginning in 2013 and in each season beyond, the player with the most sacks will be presented with the “DEACON JONES AWARD.”

The award will be featured annually on NFL Honors, the league’s primetime awards event held the night before the Super Bowl.

“Deacon Jones was an icon among icons,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL.  “Even with his fellow Hall of Famers, Deacon Jones held a special status.  He was a hard-charging football player and the original sack artist who coined the term.  He is warmly regarded by his peers not only as one of the greatest players in NFL history but also for his tremendous influence and sense of humor.  This award will ensure that players, coaches, fans and the media will remember the impact that Deacon had on all of us and know that he represents unique qualities deserving of this kind of honor.”

Deacon Jones died on June 3 at the age of 74.  One of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, Jones was a fixture at defensive end from 1961-74 with the Rams, Chargers and Redskins, earning unanimous all-league honors in five consecutive seasons.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.


NFL Rookies to Visit Pro Football Hall of Fame


WHAT:       NFL Rookies to tour the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Please note this is a b-roll and photo opportunity only. Players are not available for interviews at this event.

For the complete release, click here.

NFL, National PTA Join Forces on Youth Health and Fitness


Commissioner Goodell, PTA Leadership Launch Partnership at Annual PTA Convention

The NFL and the National PTA today announced a partnership on youth health and fitness, launching nationwide this fall.  The “Back to Sports” initiative will help PTA leaders across the country educate their communities on youth wellness—from concussion education to NFL PLAY 60 tips on nutrition and staying active. Local PTAs will plan “Back to Sports Nights,” engaging parents and community leaders on ways to help their kids stay safer and healthier as they head back to the sports field this fall.

The announcement was made by NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and outgoing National PTA President BETSY LANDERS at the annual National PTA Convention in Cincinnati, OH.

“Back to Sports Nights” will combine information on NFL PLAY 60 and safety resources for young athletes and their families, presented by local community and school leaders—doctors, physical education teachers, nurses, and others. They will engage parents and students in how to create a culture of sports safety and wellness.

“We are very pleased to join the PTA on youth health and fitness,” said Commissioner Goodell.  “These are vitally important issues to our organizations, and we are proud to be working together to help educate communities on safety and fitness as our children head back to the playing fields this fall.”

“We are so pleased and excited to work with the NFL on such an important partnership,” said Landers. “Together, with the NFL, we want to make sports fun and safe for our children.”

The “Back to Sports” initiative marks the first time the National PTA has partnered with a sports organization, and Commissioner Goodell’s appearance at the PTA Convention is the first time a sports commissioner has addressed PTA constituents at the event.

At the convention, Commissioner Goodell joined DR. ELIZABETH PIEROTH and former player LAVAR ARRINGTON in a panel discussion on Health and Safety for a New Generation.  Dr. Pieroth practices at Northshore University HealthSystem and is a head injury consultant for the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Fire. Arrington played linebacker for the Washington Redskins and New York Giants. Both Arrington and Pieroth are members of the USA Football Heads Up Football Advisory Committee. Arrington is also a Heads Up Football Ambassador, working with a youth league in Maryland to reinforce the Heads Up message.

The panel discussed the important role parents play in making decisions about their children’s recreational activities, the rewards of sports participation, and Arrington’s reflections on the lessons he learned from football, lessons he is now passing on as part of Heads Up Football.

The NFL and PTA share a commitment to youth health and wellness. In 2011, the PTA passed a resolution on Head Injury Reporting, encouraging the PTA and its constituents to educate members and school personnel on head injuries in collaboration with state and local education agencies. Incoming PTA President OTHA THORNTON is a member of the Heads Up Football Advisory Committee, demonstrating his commitment to the important issue of youth safety.

The NFL makes the health and safety of its players a priority. This commitment extends to football players at all ages and also benefits other sports.  At the youth level, the NFL’s support for USA Football, including its Heads Up Football initiative, helps parents, coaches, clinicians and athletes understand the signs and symptoms of possible head injuries. The NFL has successfully advocated for the passage of youth concussion laws in 48 states. Through funding for medical studies, collaboration with the military, and the work of the NFL’s medical committees, the NFL is committed to advancing science that will have an impact far beyond football. The NFL launched PLAY 60 in 2007, aimed at reversing the trend of youth obesity and getting kids active for 60 minutes a day, regardless of the activity. Since the program was created, the NFL has committed more than $250 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants, and media time for public service announcements.

About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

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NFL to Collaborate with Jefferson Awards to Advance Youth Community Service

Photo by Rhonda Bowman for the Jefferson Awards

Photo by Rhonda Bowman for the Jefferson Awards

NFL’s Troy Vincent & Jefferson Awards Co-Founder Sam Beard Announce Collaboration Today at National Award Ceremonies in Washington D.C.

The NFL has a long history of inspiring volunteerism and public service. The league’s Player Engagement group, led by Troy Vincent, the former Pro Bowl player and currently an NFL senior vice president, is advancing its efforts to involve youth with a strategic alliance with the Jefferson Awards. Vincent made the announcement this morning in Washington, DC at the national Jefferson Awards ceremony.

NFL Player Engagement and the Jefferson Awards will combine their respective efforts toward the PREP community (males and females under the age of 25) to further motivate, train and measure the impact today’s youth is making in their communities.  Through the Jefferson Awards Youth Service Challenge, a program that educates youth on their power to impact change individually, collectively, locally, and nationally, NFL Player Engagement will provide support and resources to participating students.

For more on the announcement on the Jefferson Awards, click here.

NFL Health and Safety Update—June 19, 2013


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