Archive for January, 2014

National Football League Celebrates Season With “3rd Annual NFL Honors” – Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 PM ET On FOX




The National Football League will recognize its best players, performances and plays from the 2013 season at a two-hour primetime awards special – “3rd Annual NFL Honors” –  to air nationally on Saturday, February 1, at 8 PM ET/PT on FOX.

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Preview of Super Bowl Sunday Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

‘NFL GameDay First’ – Sunday at 7:00 AM ET

Featured on 8.5-Hour Edition of ‘NFL GameDay Morning’ at 9:00 AM ET –

Super Bowl-Winning QB Brett Favre LIVE from Mississippi

Kurt Warner with Broncos QB Peyton Manning

Michael Irvin with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

Deion Sanders with Seahawks CB Richard Sherman

Mike Silver with Seahawks HC Pete Carroll

Stanford HC David Shaw LIVE

Model Chrissy Teigen & Cast of ‘Draft Day’ On-Set

NFL Network provides 12.5 hours of pregame and postgame coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII, beginning at 7:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay First.

At 9:00 AM ET, a special 8.5-hour edition of NFL GameDay Morning is live from various locations throughout New York and New Jersey leading up to kickoff.

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Eden Prairie High School Head Football Coach Mike Grant Named Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year

Eden Prairie High School Head Football Coach MIKE GRANT was named the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year, it was announced today.  As the national Shula Award winner, Grant will receive $25,000, $15,000 of which will go to his high school’s football program. He also is a guest of the NFL during Super Bowl.

Nominated by the Minnesota Vikings, Grant, of Eden Prairie, MN, was one of three high school football coaches from across the country named as a finalist for the award, which was created to honor exemplary high school football coaches who demonstrate a commitment to player health and safety, and to the integrity, achievement, and leadership exemplified by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula. Grant is a 35 year coaching veteran and the son of Vikings Hall of Fame Coach Bud Grant.

The other finalists were Tri-Central High School Head Football Coach GEORGE GILBERT of Kirklin, IN and Katy High School Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach GARY JOSEPH from Katy, TX.  Each finalist receives a $2,500 cash award and a $5,000 grant for their high school football programs. A full list of all nominees for this year’s award is below.

All nominees are active or retired high school football coaches nominated by NFL teams or players for their character and integrity, inspirational leadership, commitment to the community and on-field success.

As part of his nomination, Grant wrote of his responsibility as a coach: “You have to make great decisions. We talk about thoughtfully deciding who you are going to run with in your group of friends. What is your story going to be when you are done here? Will people think of you as an outstanding person or as someone who never achieved what they could have? We provide support through our school and coaches for kids struggling with family issues and let them know that they have a family here with our football team that will have their back!” Grant coached San Francisco 49ers OT CARTER BYKOWSKI along with former NFL players JOE FOREMAN and MARK LEVOIR.

“The Vikings have enjoyed a strong connection to the Grant family over several decades,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “Like his father Bud, Mike has been an outstanding representative of the state of Minnesota. His advocacy for the Vikings youth football efforts is appreciated and we are extremely proud of Mike’s well-deserved accomplishment.”

The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award selection panel is comprised of Coach Shula; former Dallas Cowboys Personnel Director and contributor GIL BRANDT; former Indianapolis Colts Coach and current NBC analyst TONY DUNGY; veteran sportswriter JACK FLEISCHER; Executive Director of USA Football SCOTT HALLENBECK; Former Raiders Coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN MADDEN; General RAYMOND ODIERNO, Army Chief of Staff; SAM PALMISANO, Retired Chairman of the Board, IBM Corporation; Former Secretary of State, Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business CONDOLEEZA RICE; Executive Director of the American Football Coaches Association GRANT TEAFF; and AARON THOMAS, Athletic Director at Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, IA.

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NFL Films “Football America: Our Stories” to Air Super Bowl Sunday on FOX at 1 PM ET

One-Hour Special Features Tom Brady, Bill Clinton, Rob Lowe, Howie Long, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, Dr. Oz, Condoleezza Rice, Robin Roberts, DeMarcus Ware and Five Winners of Together We Make Football Contest

NFL FILMS one-hour Super Bowl special FOOTBALL AMERICA: OUR STORIES will air on FOX on Sunday, February 2 at 1:00 PM ET leading into the FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY pregame show.  Football America: Our Stories is the culmination of a season-long search for the answer to one simple question: Why do we love football? NFL Films received thousands of answers from people in every walk of life, including some very familiar faces. This film explores those answers and celebrates the five winners of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Football America: Our Stories follows the journey of the five winners of the Together We Make Football – Your Story contest from their original submissions through Super Bowl XLVIII.  The film also features familiar faces including TOM BRADY, BILL CLINTON, MARK HARMON, HOWIE LONG, ROB LOWE, JOE MONTANA, JOE NAMATH, DR. OZ, CONDOLEEZZA RICE, ROBIN ROBERTS, DE MARCUS WARE. 

“America is engaged in an important conversation about football, about its place in our culture and about its future. We thought maybe we could add something to the conversation, a reminder of why we love the game in the first place,” said NFL Films coordinating producer KEITH COSSROW.

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NFL Announces Creation of NFL Now

Personalized digital stream of NFL content will serve millions of fans

Launching this summer, Verizon, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Gillette are initial launch partners

NEW YORK, NY: The National Football League today announced the creation of NFL Now, a personalized video service providing fans with the NFL news, analysis and highlights they want across their Internet-connected devices. This innovative and ground-breaking new digital offering will launch this summer ahead of the start of the 2014 NFL season.

Available across Internet-connected devices, NFL Now will be personalized for each fan’s interests, allowing them to follow the NFL how they want, where they want, when they want. Users will indicate their favorite team, fantasy players and which videos they like and dislike. The content stream will dynamically personalize each user’s viewing experience to deliver a customizable news, analysis and highlights offering for NFL fans around the world. Additionally, NFL Now will provide users with access to the deepest vault of on-demand NFL video content available anywhere.

NFL Now will be made available for free to NFL fans worldwide on mobile devices through the NFL Now app (available across Windows, iOS and Android app stores), and in the United States through NFL Mobile from Verizon, and on personal computers at and across select consoles and streaming devices, including Microsoft’s Xbox One.  Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to subscribe to NFL Now Plus, which will provide them access to premium content and features for a monthly fee.

Today’s announcement was made by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s Executive Vice President of Media, Brian Rolapp.

“We are always looking for ways to better serve our fans, and NFL Now will do just that,” said Commissioner Goodell. “Our media strategy has been a key component in the growth and success of the NFL over the past 50 years, and we fully expect NFL Now to be a big part of that initiative in the future.”

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NFL Health and Safety Press Conference

The NFL today released injury data as part of a press conference on health and safety, including information on ACL/MCL injuries and concussion rates.

At the event, DR. JOHN YORK, San Francisco 49ers Co-Chairman and Chairman of the NFL owner’s health and safety committee, spoke on the NFL’s commitment to research, DR. MATT MATAVA, St. Louis Rams team physician and President of NFL Physicians Society, talked about the role of the team physician, DR. MITCH BERGER, Chair, Subcommittee on Former Players and Long-Term Effects of Brain and Spine Injury, NFL Head, Neck & Spine Committee; Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California San Francisco, discussed advances in the science around head injuries, and JEFF MILLER, NFL Senior Vice President of Health & Safety Policy, presented data from recent years on a variety of injuries.

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Mississippi Passes Youth Concussion Law

Mississippi GOVERNOR PHIL BRYANT signed the Mississippi Youth Concussion Act into law today. Every state in the nation now has a youth sports concussion law.

The legislation contains three core principles:

  • Concussion education for young athletes and parents
  • Immediate removal of an athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion or brain injury
  • Mandatory clearance of the athlete by an appropriate health care provider – including a licensed physician, a licensed nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant, who is trained in the evaluation and management of concussions – before returning to practice or competition.

The act applies to school-sponsored/interscholastic sports in Grades 7 through 12.

“Mississippi is pleased to enact Return to Play legislation that will help protect both athletes and coaches,” Mississippi Governor PHIL BRYANT said. “Sports and athletic activities are an important part of life in Mississippi, and taking the steps outlined in this new policy will ensure a safe environment for children.”

“This is an important moment for all young athletes and their parents,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “During a week when all eyes are on the football field, we congratulate Mississippi leaders on helping to protect young players, no matter what sport they play. We will continue to focus on making our game better and safer and setting the right example for all athletes when it comes to health and safety.”

The youth concussion laws were inspired by Zackery Lystedt who, in 2006, suffered a brain injury following his return to a middle school football game after sustaining a concussion. Zackery, his family and a broad range of medical, business and community partners, including the NFL, lobbied the Washington state legislature for a law to better protect young athletes in all sports.

In May 2010, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent letters to governors of 44 states that did not have concussion laws urging them to pass a law similar to the Lystedt Law and pledged the NFL would advocate for the laws until every state had one.   In the letter, Commissioner Goodell said sports and political leaders can help raise awareness of concussions while ensuring proper and effective treatment. The NFL and its 32 clubs actively advocated for the passage of youth concussion laws throughout the country.

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Super Bowl Gameday Information For Spectators

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NFL Health and Safety Update—January 29, 2014

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Super Bowl XLVIII Capsule

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