Archive for August, 2013


Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, Linebacker Ray Lewis & Head Coach John Harbaugh Recount the Baltimore Ravens’ 2012 Super Bowl Winning Season

“We weren’t pretty. We weren’t perfect… But at least we were us.”

– John Harbaugh

Oscar-Nominated Actor Edward Norton Narrates

The Baltimore Ravens were 5-2 headed into their bye week. While most NFL teams would gratefully sign up for those circumstances, the Ravens were at a crossroads. Inside a tumultuous meeting room in Owings Mills, MD, a strong-minded head coach was facing his strong-minded team and the season hung in the balance.

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Preseason Concludes with Two National TV Games and Final Roster Cuts

All 32 teams in action on Thursday

Giants at Patriots and 49ers at Chargers will air live on NFL Network

Final roster cut-down to 53 players set for Saturday at 6 PM ET

It’s the final week of the preseason and young players around the league know this is their time to shine.

With final NFL roster cuts to 53 players looming this Saturday, this week’s games are a last chance for many players to make the roster.

“Every single play from scrimmage is an opportunity to prove to the coaches that you’re not only good enough to play in the NFL, but you’re an indispensable part of the team,” says New York Giants wide receiver VICTOR CRUZ, who made the team as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and was selected to the Pro Bowl last season.

For many of these young players, they know this is their last opportunity to make the final 53.

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National Football League Foundation Donates Equipment to Heads Up Football League in Moore, Oklahoma

League Lost Equipment in May 2013 Tornadoes

Aug. 27, 2013 – The National Football League Foundation announced today a donation of more than 1,000 pieces of equipment, including helmets and shoulder pads, to the Oklahoma Elite Football League based in Moore, Oklahoma. The league lost its storage facility and equipment as a result of the tornadoes that devastated the area in May.

The donation by the NFL Foundation replaced helmets, shoulder pads and tackling dummies. The Oklahoma Elite Football League is one of the more than 2,700 youth football leagues across the country that is participating in USA Football’s Heads Up Football initiative.

CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, chairman of the NFL Foundation and executive vice president of the Dallas Cowboys, visited the Moore Pirates’ practice on Monday. During the practice, Anderson met with coaches, players and parents while watching the Pirates and other Oklahoma Elite Football League teams practice Heads Up Football tackling techniques.

Former NFL players and Heads Up Football Ambassadors KENNY BLAIR and ROY WILLIAMS joined Anderson at practice. Blair serves as the Ambassador for the Oklahoma Elite Football League Oklahoma City Wildcats and Williams is the Ambassador for the Moore Pirates.

“The community of Moore has shown great resiliency following the tornados,” said Anderson. “Sports have a unique way of helping communities to heal following tragedy, and we hope that by supporting the local youth football league we can help to provide a source of pride and normalcy.”

The Oklahoma Elite Football League has more than 40 teams and 750 players ages 6-11.

“We are incredibly grateful for the NFL Foundation’s donation to our league,” said CHARLES THOMPSON, Oklahoma Elite Youth Football League president. “Our children and their families lost so much. With the donation we are able to get the children back on the field to play the game they love.”

About the NFL Foundation:

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. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit:

Countdown To Kickoff (10 Days)


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Two-Time Emmy-Nominated Series ‘A Football Life’ Returns Tuesday, September 3 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

Airs Tuesdays at 9:00 PM ET Throughout NFL Season, Followed by ‘A Football Life: Backstory’ at 10:00 PM ET

Profile of Former NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson Kicks Off 22-Episode Season

Steve Sabol, Pat Summerall, Michael Strahan, Randall Cunningham & More Profiled

The two-time Emmy-nominated documentary series produced by NFL Films, A Football Life Presented by Chase, returns for a third season Tuesday, September 3 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Airing on Tuesday nights at 9:00 PM ET throughout the NFL season, the expanded 22-episode season examines the iconic individuals and subjects that have had an undeniable and profound impact on the history of the National Football League, offering an inside look into their untold stories.

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Gridiron Legends and Hollywood Stars Team Up for Madden NFL 25 Pigskin Pro-Am Powered by GameStop

 Celebrity Flag Football Game Celebrates 25 Years of Madden NFL in Advance of August 27 Launch

Legends of the gridiron will join some of Hollywood’s biggest stars for the 5th annual Madden NFL Pigskin Pro-Am, airing this Sunday, August 25 at 7pm ET on NBC. The annual flag football game takes place aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, and pits Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame QB Troy Aikman’s Famers against Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino’s Gamers. Fans can check out the action as NFL legends like Marcus Allen, Jerry Rice and Derrick Brooks line up alongside and across from famous faces such as Tricia Helfer, Scott Porter and James Van Der Beek.

Fans tuning into the event will have the opportunity to win their copy of Madden NFL 25 just by watching and tweeting about the event using the hashtag #MaddenProAm. Viewers are in for a treat, as this high-scoring shootout sets the table for an exciting Sunday Night Football pre-season matchup as the Minnesota Vikings travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers. Fans should also stick around at the conclusion of the Pigskin Pro-Am to check out the world premiere of the Madden NFL 25 launch trailer.

Madden NFL 25 cover athlete Barry Sanders will take the field in the Madden NFL Pig Skin Pro Am, juking and spinning his way through the defense, proving it’s not just current NFL stars who know how to Run Free. Anyone looking to relive Sanders’ glory days can do so in the new Connected Franchise mode in Madden NFL 25, where fans can cement their legacy as an all-time great NFL player, coach or owner such as Pigskin Pro-Am participants such as Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Deion Sanders and more.

Madden NFL 25 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and is available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and PlayStation®3 entertainment system beginning on August 27 for $59.99. Madden NFL 25 will also be available for Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation®4 at launch. To learn more about Madden NFL 25, visit Fans are also invited to become a Madden Insider for exclusive information on Facebook including the latest news, original content and more for Madden NFL 25, and keep up with franchise news on the Madden NFL 25 Bleacher Report hub.

All player participation has been facilitated by National Football League Players Incorporated (NFL PLAYERS), the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).

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NFL Announces Plans For Fans To Attend “NFL Kickoff 2013 Presented By Pepsi” at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Thurs. Sept 5.



The National Football League announced today event information for “NFL KICKOFF 2013 PRESENTED BY PEPSI” Thursday, September 5 at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor adjacent to the Maryland Science Center.

Grammy Award-winning singer KEITH URBAN will perform live, with activities beginning at 6:00 p.m. (ET) for “NFL KICKOFF 2013 PRESENTED BY PEPSI,” the NFL’s 11th anniversary Kickoff celebration to kick off the season and celebrate the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The event is free and open to the public.

Simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will air from 7:30 – 8:30 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network.  The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from Verizon. The show leads into the season opener between the Ravens and the Denver Broncos at Sport Authority Field at Mile High (NBC,, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 PM ET).  Big Machine Records recording artist and winner of Season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice” DANIELLE BRADBERY will sing the National Anthem live from Denver.

The City of Baltimore and the NFL released the following information to help make the event enjoyable, accessible, and safe:


In accordance with the NFL’s new bag policy, no coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and purses will be allowed. Permissible bags include: one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag or bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12. In addition, small clutch bags, approximately the size of an adult’s hand will be allowed. For full details on the new bag policy, please visit

To ensure public safety and security, the following items are prohibited: weapons, alcohol, food, beverages, all glass containers, fireworks, all chairs, tents of any kind, barbecue grills of any kind, umbrellas, blankets of any kind, cameras with lens over 12”, obstructive signs and animals other than service animals.

All attendees are subject to search, and prohibited items may not be abandoned at security checkpoints. Please allow adequate time to pass through security checkpoints before activities begin.

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Houston Texans Defensive End Antonio Smith Suspended for Final Two Preseason Games & One Regular-Season Game for Violation of Player Safety Rules

Defensive end ANTONIO SMITH of the Houston Texans has been suspended without pay for the final two preseason games and from the first regular-season game for a flagrant violation of NFL safety rules in last Saturday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations MERTON HANKS.

Smith may attend team meetings prior to the next two preseason games but will not participate in practice or play in the Texans’ games on Sunday, August 25 against the New Orleans Saints and Thursday, August 29 against the Dallas Cowboys.  Beginning on Saturday, August 31, Smith is suspended for Week 1 of the regular season and may not take part in any team activities, including the club’s game on Monday, September 9 against the San Diego Chargers.  He will be reinstated on Tuesday, September 10.

In the first quarter of last Saturday’s game against Miami, Smith forcibly removed the helmet of Dolphins guard RICHIE INCOGNITO and then swung the helmet at Incognito in an attempt to strike him with it.

This action violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 16 (page 71) of the NFL Rule Book, which states:

“A player may not use a helmet that is no longer worn by anyone as a weapon to strike, swing at, or throw at an opponent.”

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days and an expedited hearing and decision would take place this week in advance of Sunday’s game. Appeals are heard and decided by either MATT BIRK or TED COTTRELL, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

NFL Health and Safety Update—August 21, 2013


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Live Week 3 Preseason Games

Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders – Friday, August 23 at 11:00 PM ET**

Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins – Saturday, August 24 at 4:30 PM ET

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals – Saturday, August 24 at 11:00 PM ET**

‘Preseason Games’ Provides Live Look-Ins Saturday, August 24 at 7:30 PM ET

As the 2013 NFL preseason enters the crucial Week 3, NFL Network features three live games: one on Friday, August 23 and a two on Saturday, August 24.

NFL Network’s preseason games live broadcasts continues on Friday, August 23 at  approximately 11:00 PM ET when quarterback Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears take on running back Darren McFadden and the Oakland Raiders. NFL Network will join the game in progress which kicks off at 10:00 PM ET.  During halftime of Bears-Raiders, host Rich Eisen and analysts Kurt Warner and Terrell Davis offer highlights and analysis of the day’s preseason action.

On Saturday, August 24, NFL Network offers two live Week 3 preseason games and comprehensive coverage of the other eight preseason games. Live coverage starts at 4:30 PM ET when the Washington Redskins host the Buffalo Bills.

Following Bills-Redskins, Preseason Games, a studio-show from NFL Network, airs at 7:30 PM ET, with Warner, analyst LaDainian Tomlinson and host Chris Rose providing live look-ins and analysis of each Saturday night preseason game.

At approximately 11:00 PM ET, NFL Network airs live coverage of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals facing off against quarterback Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. NFL Network joins the game in progress which kicks off at 10:00 PM ET.

All live games on NFL Network are subject to blackout restrictions and viewers are encouraged to check with their local providers for live game information.

**Denotes game is joined in progress

For the fourth season, NFL Preseason Live enables fans in the United States to watch live and on-demand NFL preseason out-of-market games (some blackout restrictions apply). NFL Preseason Live gives fans additional viewing options including picture-in-picture, and dual and quad view modes, allowing fans to watch multiple games on the same screen. With full DVR controls, fans may also pause, rewind and replay live and archived game action. Condensed Games returns as well, which allows fans to watch any preseason game in roughly 30 minutes. NFL Preseason Live is also available on iOS and Android tablet devices so that fans can watch preseason games on the go.

NFL Preseason Live is currently offered at $19.99. To learn more, visit

With NFL Mobile from Verizon, NFL fans can see the entire slate of NFL Network’s 65 preseason games  throughout the month of August all for only $5.00 a month. To download NFL Mobile from Verizon, call **NFL or go to

Below is NFL Network’s Week 3 broadcast schedule.



Thursday, August 22

12 Midnight ET – New England Patriots vs. Detroit Lions

3:00 AM ET – Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams (Week 2)


Friday, August 23

10:00 AM ET – Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Week 2)

1:00 PM ET – Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants (Week 2)

4:00 PM ET – New England Patriots vs. Detroit Lions

11:00 PM ET – Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders – LIVE (joined in progress)

1:00 AM ET – Carolina Panthers vs. Baltimore Ravens

4:00 AM ET – Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders

Saturday, August 24

7:00 AM ET – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Washington Redskins (Week 2)

10:00 AM ET – Carolina Panthers vs. Baltimore Ravens

1:00 PM ET – New England Patriots vs. Detroit Lions

4:30 PM ET – Buffalo Bills vs. Washington Redskins – LIVE

11:00 PM ET – San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals – LIVE (joined in progress)

1:00 AM ET – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

4:00 AM ET – Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers

Sunday, August 25

7:00 AM ET – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins

10:00 AM ET – New York Jets vs. New York Giants

1:00 PM ET – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys

12 Midnight ET – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

3:00 AM ET – St. Louis Rams vs. Denver Broncos

Monday, August 26

10:00 AM ET – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys

1:00 PM ET – Buffalo Bills vs. Washington Redskins

4:00 PM ET – Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts

8:00 PM ET – Atlanta Falcons vs. Tennessee Titans

12 Midnight ET – San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals

3:00 AM ET – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Tuesday, August 27

10:00 AM ET – Atlanta Falcons vs. Tennessee Titans

1:00 PM ET – Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders

4:00 PM ET – Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers

8:00 PM ET – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

12 Midnight ET – Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers

3:00 AM ET – Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts

Wednesday, August 28

10:00 AM ET – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins

1:00 PM ET – St. Louis Rams vs. Denver Broncos

4:00 PM ET – New York Jets vs. New York Giants

8:00 PM ET – New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

12 Midnight ET – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys

3:00 AM ET – Atlanta Falcons vs. Tennessee Titans

Thursday, August 29

10:00 AM ET – San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals

1:00 PM ET – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

4:00 PM ET – Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers


The following broadcast teams will be calling each Week 3 matchup on NFL Network:


Game Play-by-Play Analyst Sideline
Patriots at Lions Matt Shepard Rob Rubick Tom Leyden
Panthers at Ravens* Mike Tirico Jon Gruden Lisa Salters
Seahawks at Packers** Ian Eagle Phil Simms Tracy Wolfson
Bears at Raiders Greg Papa Tom Flores & Jim Plunkett George Atkinson & JT The Brick
Bills at Redskins Chick Hernandez Joe Theismann Antwaan Randle El
Jets at Giants Bob Papa Carl Banks Howard Cross & Bruce Beck
Browns at Colts Don Fischer Barry Krauss N/A
Buccaneers at Dolphins Jesse Agler Bob Griese & Nat Moore Kim Bokamper
Chiefs at Steelers Bob Pompeani Edmund Nelson Jeff Verszyla
Eagles at Jaguars Kevin Kugler Mark Brunell Tera Barz
Falcons at Titans Cory Curtis Eddie George & Keith Bulluck Dawn Davenport
Rams at Broncos** Greg Gumbel Dan Dierdorf Allie LaForce
Bengals at Cowboys Bill Jones Babe Laufenberg Mickey Spagnola
Chargers at Cardinals Dave Pasch Ron Wolfley Rich Cellini
Saints at Texans*** Thom Brennaman Brian Billick Laura Okmin
Vikings at 49ers^ Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Michele Tafoya


* – ESPN National Telecast

** – CBS National Telecast

*** – FOX National Telecast

^ – NBC National Telecast




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