Archive for January, 2014

NFL Announces $1 Million Super Bowl Legacy Grant, Benefitting Areas Throughout Super Bowl Host Community

Commissioner Roger Goodell, Woody Johnson, Jonathan Tisch

Recognize Grant Recipients

Super Bowl leaves an impact long after the game has come and gone. As it does every year, the NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city with a financial donation. This year, the NFL Foundation provided a $1 million grant to the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee’s Snowflake Youth Foundation to fund charitable projects throughout New York and New Jersey to provide children with places to be active and healthy.  This grant was matched by the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee for a total of $2 million.

The NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation is a 501c3 created by the NY/NJ Host Committee to carry out the Super Bowl XLVIII charitable legacy work of the NFL Foundation and the local Host Committee.

Representatives from the NFL, NY\NJ Host Committee, New York Giants and New York Jets will join government leaders this week to recognize the recipients of this year’s Super Bowl Legacy Grants, beginning today. This afternoon, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee President & CEO Alfred f. Kelly, jr., New York Jets’ owner WOODY JOHNSON, New York Giants’ treasurer JONATHAN TISCH, Co-Chairman of the Board, Loews Corporation, and former New York Jets’ player BRANDON MOORE will celebrate major renovations at the Boys and Girls Club of Newark (BGCN) Central Ward Clubhouse. The Club is a full-service community center that offers educational programs and athletic activities for local youth. Through the Super Bowl Legacy Grant, the Club was able to renovate its gymnasium and welcome area.

This Thursday, Goodell, Kelly, Jr., Johnson and Tisch will unveil a new football field at Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The Super Bowl Legacy Grant provided funding for resurfacing of the field, including replacing all turf, goal posts and soccer goals. The field will be used by students as well as the surrounding community. At the event, the school’s football team will take part in a Heads Up Football clinic. Heads Up Football was launched in April 2013 by USA Football with the NFL’s support. Now adopted by more than 2,800 youth leagues across the country, the initiative includes a focus on education and certification, equipment fitting, concussion recognition and awareness, heat and hydration and Heads Up Tackling.

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NFL Digital Media Offers Fans the Most Comprehensive Coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII

Exclusive live streaming on NFL Mobile from Verizon and inside access with NFL Fan Pass highlight NFL Digital Media’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII

With an array of interactive offerings, NFL Digital Media has the most complete and comprehensive coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII from MetLife Stadium. Featuring,, NFL Mobile app and much more, NFL Digital Media has something for everyone.

The following are highlights from NFL Digital Media’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII:

NFL.COM & SUPERBOWL.COM: The official websites of the NFL and Super Bowl XLVIII feature insight and analysis from top NFL insiders, plus exclusive video and multimedia features from NFL Network.

Both and will stream a live video show from Radio Row at the Super Bowl Media Center Wednesday, January 29 – Friday, January 31, hosted by Matt “Money” Smith along with Dave Dameshek, Adam Rank and Molly Qerim. Presented by Bridgestone, Live: Super Bowl XLVIII will consist of player and celebrity interviews throughout the week.

The Live: Super Bowl XLVIII schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29: 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET
  • Thursday, Jan. 30: 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET
  • Friday, Jan. 31: 12:30 – 3:00 PM ET

Additionally, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual Super Bowl press conference, Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day, and live streaming videos and clips from NFL Network and are available on

MOBILE APPLICATIONS: NFL Digital Media has multiple mobile applications available, allowing fans to do everything from getting the most out of Super Bowl Boulevard to watching Super Bowl XLVIII on their Verizon smartphone.

  • Live Streaming on NFL Mobile from Verizon: With NFL Mobile, fans can access live, streaming video of NFL Network, including exclusive Super Bowl content and commercials. On Super Bowl Sunday, NFL Mobile provides users the ability to watch live video from the Fox broadcast of the game on their smartphone. Live video of the game will not be available to those in the stadium on game day. NFL Mobile is free to download, with a premium subscription available to Verizon Wireless customers for $5/month. For more information about NFL Mobile from Verizon, including how to purchase premium services, visit
  • Back again this year, the NFL is making The Super Bowl XLVIII Mobile Guide, presented by Verizon, available within NFL Mobile. This feature contains a countdown clock to game time, Super Bowl editorials, live streaming video, and a live game center with score updates and stats. It also showcases all of the NFL and partner events including Super Bowl Boulevard, Media Day, and Verizon Power House. The app provides fans with the ability to bookmark locations around New York and New Jersey, add events to their calendars and share via social media, and to stay in touch with all of the happenings around New York and New Jersey via location based notifications and alerts. Available on iOS, Android and Windows 8 smartphones.
  • NFL Mobile: Featuring live scores and stats, news and articles, tweets, photos and video highlights, NFL Mobile provides fans extensive coverage leading up to and during Super Bowl XLVIII. NFL Mobile also provides access to Audio Pass* which allows fans to listen to live play-by-play audio of Super Bowl XLVIII on iOS, Android, Windows 8, and Blackberry devices. (*for purchase)
  • Official Super Bowl XLVIII Digital Game Program: Fans can download the tablet-optimized version of the Super Bowl XLVIII Official Game Program, available for Windows Surface, iPad, and Android tablets (via Google Play and Amazon App Store). The app contains all the latest information on the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, featuring animated starting line-ups and sortable rosters, plus a complete history of the Super Bowl. Fans can also watch video recaps of the 2013 NFL season, view real-time Twitter and Instagram feeds, and access archived Super Bowl programs.
  • #WhosGonnaWin PRESENTED BY VERIZON: Fans are encouraged to tweet which team they think will win Super Bowl XLVIII using the hashtag #WhosGonnaWin. The winning team’s colors will be featured in a light show on the Empire State Building each night. Fans can also stream the nightly shows through the NFL Mobile from Verizon app.

NFL FAN PASS PRESENTED BY XBOX: Using insider access that only the official digital properties of the National Football League can deliver, NFL Digital Media presents NFL Fan Pass. Allowing for unprecedented access to players, celebrities and musicians, NFL Fan Pass provides fans with a unique complement to NFL fandom through the lens of entertainment.

During Super Bowl week Fan Pass delivers unique continuous content that only the NFL can provide while engaging the casual football fan that favors the blend of football and pop culture.

From Media Day to NFL Honors, NFL Fan Pass presents authentic experiences co-created with the players, celebrities, sponsors and NFL elite that will define Super Bowl XLVIII.

NFL Fan Pass posts daily exclusive interviews, videos and photos on, NFL Mobile presented by Verizon and NFL Network.

Other elements of NFL Digital Media’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII include:

NFL GAME REWIND: NFL Digital Media’s NFL Game Rewind delivers fans every play of the entire 2013 NFL regular season and postseason online or via tablet in HD and commercial-free, complete with DVR controls (after the game has aired on television). Now included on NFL Game Rewind are more than 25 classic Super Bowls from years past, as well as most regular and postseason games since 2009. Super Bowl XLVIII will be available on NFL Game Rewind approximately 3 hours after conclusion of the game.

In 2013, HD Coaches Film, with two exclusive camera angles, “All-22” and “High End Zone” views was available to fans through NFL Game Rewind and will be available for Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on NFL Game Rewind, visit

FAN COMMUNICATION: Especially helpful for fans in New York and New Jersey, the NFL will leverage push notifications through NFL Mobile Presented by Verizon for unprecedented communication around Super Bowl XLVIII. These push notifications will answer basic questions fans have in our most high-profile locations, including Super Bowl Boulevard and MetLife Stadium, site of Super Bowl XLVIII.

During the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, notifications will alert fans to things such as:

  • Autograph sessions and player appearances
  • Where to buy tickets to ride the toboggan
  • Shop for official Super Bowl XLVIII gear
  • Photo opportunities (such as the Lombardi Trophy)

On Super Bowl Sunday, fans will be alerted to items such as:

  • Security line opening times
  • Where fans should go for pre-game entertainment (after passing security)
  • When they should get to their seats
  • Timing for the 360-HD photo that proves you were in attendance at Super Bowl XLVIII

PODCASTS: Available at and on iTunes, NFL Digital Media produces a number of podcasts from New York and New Jersey, giving fans analysis of the game and a flavor for the atmosphere surrounding the Super Bowl. The following podcasts will be available during Super Bowl week:

  • Wednesday (1/29): The Rich Eisen Podcast
  • Wednesday (1/29): The M & M podcast (Michael Irvin & Marshall Faulk)
  • Thursday (1/30): The Coaches Show Podcast (Brian Billick & Steve Mariucci)
  • Tuesday & Thursday: Around the League Podcast
  • Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: The Dave Dameshek Football Program will recap the best moments from the Live: Super Bowl XLVIII show.

LIVE STREAMING OF SUPER BOWL ON NFL.COM: Both and will link to Fox Sports’ live stream of Super Bowl XLVIII. Providing fans located within the United States with an unparalleled companion experience, the live stream will include a host of unique and interactive online and social features, complementing the Fox broadcast of the game. Live video of the game will not be available to fans in the stadium on Super Bowl Sunday.

For international fans, NFL Game Pass offers fans outside of the United States the ability to watch Super Bowl XLVIII live or on-demand online in HD* (certain restrictions apply depending on your country). NFL Game Pass offers full DVR controls to let fans pause, rewind and replay live and archived game action. For more information on NFL Game Pass, visit

SUPER BOWL XLVIII MEDIA DAY: On Tuesday, January 28, will simulcast NFL Network’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day featuring players from the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, with the exception of halftime period. The Media Day stream will be offered between 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM ET & 12:00 – 1:30 PM ET.

SIX BOROUGHS PRESENTED BY JAGUAR: The road to Super Bowl XLVIII begins and ends with the storied legacy of Vince Lombardi. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Lombardi’s success as an NFL coach has roots throughout New York City.

The Six Boroughs, presented by Jaguar, explores Lombardi’s early years and places touched by his spirit with six distinctive stories, one from each of New York’s five boroughs plus one from New Jersey where his namesake trophy is made. Combined, these stories create a rich narrative of a city that made the man that made the Super Bowl.

Six Boroughs will be hosted by former New York Giants linebacker and two-time Super Bowl Champion, Carl Banks.

DESTINATION SUPER BOWL – NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY: Super Bowl XLVIII marks the beginning of another chapter in the history of pro football in the New York metropolitan area. The great American game and the great American city have long been inextricably linked, stretching back to when the sport first burst onto the national scene.’s Destination Super Bowl provides an interactive user experience, allowing visitors to journey through the New York metro area en route to MetLife Stadium in suburban New Jersey. The map includes seven specific sites with ties to the NFL and the Super Bowl, including Radio City Music Hall, old Yankee Stadium, Ellis Island, Times Square, NFL Headquarters and the Vince Lombardi Service Area.

From draft-day photos of Super Bowl MVPs and Gil Brandt’s take on the “Greatest Game Ever Played,” to Brian Billick’s reflection on the week leading up to his 2001 Super Bowl victory, visitors get a unique mix of content that both keeps them engaged and promotes the Big Game. Users travel a “path” from site to site, where they will see a combination of videos, photos and text.

SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS: Continuously updated during the game, and will post all of the Super Bowl commercials after they have aired on the television broadcast. Users can view the commercials, rate them (thumbs up or down), comment, and sort them by quarter, brand, and top rated:

Video of the commercials will not be available for fans in the stadium on Super Bowl Sunday.

MVP VOTING: During the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII, fans will be able to vote for the Super Bowl XLVIII MVP on, either online or on web-enabled mobile devices. The fan vote counts as 20% of the overall vote, with the remaining 80% determined by the media.



Queen Latifah to Sing “America The Beautiful” at Super Bowl XLVIII on FOX

QUEEN LATIFAH will sing “America The Beautiful” as part of Super Bowl XLVIII pregame festivities at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today. The performance will be televised live on FOX prior to kickoff.

More than 164 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history.  The pregame show, including the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful,” and Super Bowl XLVIII will be broadcast worldwide.

Queen Latifah, host of the The Queen Latifah Show, is a musician, actress, a label president, an author and entrepreneur, Queen Latifah is a Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning artist as well as an Emmy and Academy Award nominee.

New Jersey-native Queen Latifah will return to the Super Bowl after first singing “America The Beautiful” at Super Bowl XLIV. Last year, JENNIFER HUDSON along with 26 children from the Newton, CT community sang in advance of Super Bowl XLVII. Other artists to have performed the song at Super Bowl include VICKI CARR (Super Bowl XI), RAY CHARLES (Super Bowl XXXV), MARY J. BLIGE & MARC ANTHONY (Super Bowl XXXVI), ALICIA KEYS (Super Bowl XXXIX), FAITH HILL (Super Bowl XLIII), LEA MICHELE (Super Bowl XLV), BLAKE SHELTON and MIRANDA LAMBERT (Super Bowl XLVI).

The NFL previously announced that RENÉE FLEMING will perform the National Anthem, AMBER ZION will perform in American Sign Language the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful,” and BRUNO MARS will perform in the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show.  The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.


New York Giants Senior Vice President of Communications Pat Hanlon Joins NFL Network’s Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day Coverage

NFL Network Provides Four Hours of Live Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day Coverage Tuesday, January 28 at 10:00 AM ET

New York Giants Senior Vice President of Communications Pat Hanlon joins NFL Network’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day Tuesday, January 28 beginning at 10:00 AM ET.

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos Preview

Two teams. One game. It all comes down to this.

On Sunday, February 2, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will meet in Super Bowl XLVIII (6:25 PM ET, FOX) at MetLife Stadium in the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl.

For only the second time in the past 20 seasons, the game will feature the No. 1 seed in each conference (Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans vs. Indianapolis in the 2009 season).

“It doesn’t happen like this too often when both No. 1 seeds make it,” says Seahawks Pro Bowl cornerback RICHARD SHERMAN. “It’s a testament to the hard work of both teams and I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic game.”

Super Bowl XLVIII will pit the NFL’s top offense (Denver) against the league’s best defense (Seattle).

“We wouldn’t have it any other way,” says Sherman. “They’re an unbelievable record-setting offense with a Hall of Fame quarterback (PEYTON MANNING). That’s as tough as it gets. The No. 1 defense against the No. 1 offense.”

The Broncos led the NFL with 606 points scored while the Seahawks allowed a league-low 231 points. Since the 1970 merger, this is only the fifth Super Bowl – and first since 1990 (Super Bowl XXV) – in which the league’s highest-scoring team faced the club that allowed the fewest points.

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NFL and USAA Announce Salute To Service Award Finalists

Vikings Defensive End Jared Allen and Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh Selected

Winner Will Be Named During “3rd Annual NFL Honors” Awards Show February 1

The NFL and USAA, the NFL’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor, announced today Minnesota Vikings defensive end JARED ALLEN and Baltimore Ravens Head Coach JOHN HARBAUGH as finalists for the third annual NFL Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.

The Salute to Service Award winner will be recognized at the “3rd Annual NFL Honors” awards show in New York City on FOX Saturday, Feb. 1, the night before Super Bowl XLVIII.

Allen and Harbaugh were selected as finalists for their exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community.

Making a difference in our military members’ lives with his Homes for Wounded Warriors Foundation, Allen makes homes accessible for veterans who return from war with debilitating injures. He builds, purchases or remodels homes to fit the new lifestyle a disabled soldier faces. In 2013, the organization gave five military families new homes. Allen created the Helping Heroes Gala, held annually around Veterans Day, to raise funds for the organization. Additionally, Allen helped bring members of the Minnesota National Guard to a Vikings practice. Guardsmen had the opportunity to meet players, receive autographs and take photos with the team. Allen surprised the Guardsmen with tickets to a Vikings game.

Harbaugh has demonstrated a passion for supporting military initiatives by taking part in the annual NFL-USO coaches’ tour of the Middle East in 2009. This included visiting numerous military bases, purchasing school supplies for children whose parents were serving in the military and putting care packages together for troops overseas. A Salute to Service Award finalist in 2011, Harbaugh has helped institute Military Appreciation Day, an annual event that takes place during Ravens training camp, and includes a visit by the team to Gettysburg, Pa. during offseason team activities to learn about the Civil War. Harbaugh invites wounded warriors as his guests to every Ravens home game and in 2012 he was presented with the Outstanding Civilian Service Award by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno.

“The Salute to Service Award provides a unique opportunity to recognize individuals who are going above and beyond to support military and their families,” said Don Clark, Assistant Vice President of Media and Sponsorship Marketing at USAA. “Coach Harbaugh and Jared Allen show an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community and their families. We are thrilled to highlight their work and inspire others to do the same.”

In November 2013, NFL clubs nominated players, alumni, coaches and personnel who demonstrate an exceptional effort to support the military. These submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges based on the positive effect of the individual’s efforts on the military community, the type of service conducted, the thoroughness of the program and level of commitment.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers to Auction Off Drum Set from Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show to Benefit Make-A-Wish


The RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and the NFL announced today that the drum set custom built by PEARL DRUMS that Chili Peppers drummer CHAD SMITH will play during the PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLVIII HALFTIME SHOW will be auctioned off at NFL AUCTION ( to benefit MAKE-A-WISH.  Earlier this month, BRUNO MARS invited the Red Hot Chili Peppers to join him during the show.  Smith with Pearl Drums, his endorsing company, are offering this kit for auction after the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show which will be broadcast on FOX from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

This drum kit will be a Custom Built “Limited Edition” Series Pearl Drum Set that includes limited edition Sabian Cymbals. After the show, the kit will be broken into two Drum Sets – an AFC kit and an NFC kit. Both the AFC and NFC Drum Sets will be auctioned off to benefit Make-A-Wish to help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Both the AFC and NFC kits will feature all of their respective conference team logos.  This Clear Plexiglas Pearl Drum-Set will feature a custom Wrap material provided by Brand Imaging Group and with a lighting package provided by Drumlite.

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NFL Foundation Provides $100,000 in Pro Bowl Grants to Hawaiian Non-Profit Organizations

Grants to Hawaiian Non-Profits from National Football League Foundation

Total More Than $1.6 Million in Past Decade

The NFL’s commitment to the state of Hawaii extends beyond the Pro Bowl game. More than 40 non-profit organizations in Hawaii will benefit from $100,000 as part of the NFL Foundation Pro Bowl Grant Program, the NFL announced today.

The NFL Foundation grants to Hawaiian-based non-profit organizations focus on youth education, health, and physical fitness.

The organizations in Hawaii awarded Pro Bowl Community grants:

  • A Keiki’s Dream
  • Adult Friends for Youth
  • African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawaii
  • After-School All-Stars Hawaii
  • Aloha United Way
  • American Diabetes Association – Hawaii
  • Best Buddies Hawaii
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii, Inc.
  • Children’s Alliance of Hawaii
  • Diversity Activities National Association
  • Family Programs Hawaii
  • Friends of the Library of Hawaii
  • Friends of the Missing Child Center – Hawaii
  • Girl Scouts of Hawaii
  • Habilitat
  • Hale Kipa, Inc.
  • Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation
  • Hawaii Council on Economic Education
  • Hawaii Public Health Association
  • Hawaiian Canoe Club
  • Hospice of Kona
  • HUGS (Help Understanding & Group Support)
  • Imua Family Services
  • KAMP Hawaii, Inc.
  • Make-A-Wish Hawaii
  • Making Dreams Come True, Valley of Rainbows
  • Marimed Foundation for Island Health
  • North Kohala Community Resource Center
  • ‘Ohana Komputer
  • Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance
  • Palama Settlement
  • Polynesian Football Hall of Fame
  • R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii
  • Special Olympics Hawaii
  • Talk About Curing Autism – Hawaii
  • Waikiki Community Center
  • Waikiki Health
  • Waimanalo Health Center
  • Waipahu Big Boyz Football League
  • West Hawaii Mediation Center
  • Young Women’s Christian Association of Oahu

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:

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NFL Network Analysts Available at Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day — Tuesday, January 28

Tuesday, January 28 – Approx. 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM ET

NFL Network analysts will be available for media interviews Tuesday, January 28 during the lunch period between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks team sessions at Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day at the Prudential Center. Availability begins approximately at 11:30 AM ET.

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GE & NFL Announce Sixteen Round One Winners of $20M Head Health Challenges

GE (NYSE: GE) and the NFL announced today 16 winners in the first stage of the $20 million “Head Health Challenge.” Each of the winners will receive a $300,000 award to advance their work to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury. GE and the NFL will provide mentorship, access to GE researchers and industry thought leaders with the opportunity for up to six of the awardees to win an additional $500,000 award in 2015.

The goal of the Head Health Challenge is to improve the safety of athletes, members of the military and society overall. The winners were selected from more than 400 entries from 27 countries, after having been reviewed and nominated by a panel of leading healthcare experts in brain research, imaging technologies, and advocates for advances in brain research.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “These studies hold the promise of advancing brain science in important ways. The health and safety of our players is our top priority, and this challenge extends that commitment to the general population as well. We hope the innovative approaches proposed by these winners will have a lasting impact on the treatment of head injuries.”

Sue Siegel, CEO of GE Ventures & healthymagination, said, “We launched the Challenge as a call to action to fast-track advancement in head health. The Challenge has shown us a remarkable number of breakthrough ideas that deserve attention, investment and further research. By advancing the work of these winners, we will better understand brain injuries suffered by athletes and members of the military and improve our knowledge of the brain overall which could help improve our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.”

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