Archive for October, 2013

2014 NFL Regional Combines Schedule Announced

The NFL will conduct 15 Regional Combines beginning on February 8-9, 2014 in Houston, Texas, and concluding with the 2014 Super Regional Combine on April 12-13, 2014 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. NFL Regional Combines, hosted throughout the country, serve as a supplement to the NFL’s National Scouting Combine and provide an opportunity for players to display their skills before veteran NFL talent evaluators.

“NFL regional combines are getting deeper every year in terms of viable talent for the NFL,” says Indianapolis Colts General Manager RYAN GRIGSON.  “We have found some intriguing players that were previously not on our radar by attending these combines.  With the 90-man roster limit, the NFL Regional Combines give us a chance to find legitimate developmental talent to add to the back end of our roster outside of the NFL Draft and free agency.”

“As a General Manager, I am always looking for opportunities to get information on as many college players as I can,” says Baltimore Ravens General Manager & Executive Vice President OZZIE NEWSOME. “The NFL Regional Combines are another resource I can use.”

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Four-Time Pro Bowl Quarterback Randall Cunningham Profiled on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’ Tuesday, November 5 at 9:00 PM ET

“Randall probably did it more dramatically and more spectacularly than any other quarterback before or since.” – Merrill Reese

Brian Billick & Brian Baldinger Join ‘A Football Life: Backstory’ at 10:00 PM ET

As quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, Randall Cunningham made electrifying plays that thrilled fans on the field and helped him to achieve superstar status off it. Today, Cunningham is the founder and pastor of Remnant Ministries in Las Vegas, Nevada. Throughout his life – both on the football field and off – Cunningham has traveled a long course filled with ups and downs, glory and controversy, all of which has brought him to where he is now.

NFL Network’s two-time Emmy-nominated series continues Tuesday, November 5 at 9:00 PM ET with Randall Cunningham: A Football Life. The one-hour documentary features sitdown interviews with Cunningham and those who know him well, including his wife Felicity Cunningham, former teammates and coaches, and media members.

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NFL Rookies of the Month – October

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AFC & NFC Players of the Month – October

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What To Look For – Week 9

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NFL Games Two Most-Watched Shows of the Week

NFL Game Most-Watched Show for Eighth Consecutive Week

 Head-to-Head: Packers-Vikings on NBC Sunday Night Football Tops MLB World Series Game 4

 Games Top Local Ratings in 27 of 30 NFL Markets

 NFL telecasts ranked 1-2 in viewership among all television programs last week (Oct. 21-27) with the FOX national telecast (mostly Redskins-Broncos) topping the charts with 25.5 million viewers, followed by Packers-Vikings on NBC’s Sunday Night Football drawing 16.9 million viewers.  This marks the eighth time in eight weeks that an NFL game has topped the viewership charts and the seventh time in eight weeks that NFL games are the top two programs of the week.

In head-to-head competition, Sunday Night Football topped Game 4 of MLB World Series (16.0 million viewers).

For the season, NFL games rank as the 17 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day, up from 12 at this point last season. Following are the most-watched programs this fall:

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Study Calls for More Concussion Research

A new study released today by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council calls for better data to help parents make informed decisions about their children participating in sports.

The report, which was supported by a $75,000 grant from the NFL Foundation, provides a broad examination of concussions in a variety of youth sports with athletes aged 5 to 21.

“The findings of our report justify the concerns about sports concussions in young people,” said Robert Graham, chair of the committee and director of the national program office for Aligning Forces for Quality at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.  “However, there are numerous areas in which we need more and better data.  Until we have that information, we urge parents, schools, athletic departments, and the public to examine carefully what we do know, as with any decision regarding risk, so they can make more informed decisions about young athletes playing sports.”

“We commend the IOM’s recommendations and are proud to have supported the study,” said Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller. “We have been engaged on the key issues discussed in the report. It calls for more research into diagnosis and prognosis of concussion, longitudinal studies, and education programs to increase concussion awareness and understanding. We are investing in all of those areas and will continue to work in partnership with leading organizations on youth sports safety.”

AMONG the study’s findings:

  • “Very little research has evaluated the relationship between concussions and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.  There currently are no data to evaluate this relationship because existing post-concussion symptom evaluations do not assess suicidal thoughts.”
  • “Whether repetitive head impacts and multiple concussions sustained in youth lead to long-term neurodegenerative disease, such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), remains unclear.”
  • Concussion rates per 10,000 athletic exposures in college athletics according to the Datalys Center (2009-2013): field hockey (14.5%); wrestling (12.4%); men’s ice hockey (8.2%); women’s soccer (6.5%) and football (6.3%).

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AFC & NFC Players of the Week — Week 8

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NFL Health and Safety Update—October 30, 2013

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AFC & NFC Notes — Week 9

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