Archive for July, 2014

USA Football’s Heads Up Football Program Features Former NFL Players as Master Trainers and Ambassadors

NFL legends Ruben Brown, Merril Hoge and Barry Sanders, among others, partner with USA Football

More than 140 former NFL players will serve as Master Trainers and Ambassadors to teach and reinforce USA Football’s Heads Up Football program to youth leagues and high schools nationwide during the 2014 season.

Approximately 5,500 youth football leagues representing nearly 1 million players in addition to more than 750 high schools have registered for Heads Up Football for better and safer play this season. The program has been endorsed by leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics.

Of USA Football’s 78 Master Trainers, 17 played in the NFL, bringing knowledge and insight gained from competing at the sport’s highest level. Master Trainers lead full-day instructional sessions for high school and youth programs nationwide, teaching Heads Up Football’s curriculum to high school- and youth league-appointed Player Safety Coaches.

In addition, 127 former NFL players will serve as Heads Up Football Ambassadors, visiting practices and games of teams that participate within the program. Ambassadors strengthen awareness and reinforce Heads Up Football’s messages and standards.

“USA Football establishes important standards rooted in education, which is so important for young players,” said Master Trainer RUBEN BROWN, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection at guard for the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears (1995-2007). “I’m a father – nothing is more important to me than the health of our kids. Heads Up Football is changing for the better how coaches are prepared, players are taught and safety is addressed, and it’s exciting to see so many other former players share this commitment.”

Heads Up Football encompasses USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response, medical expert-approved heat and hydration protocols, equipment fitting instruction and Heads Up Tackling techniques for safer play.

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NFL Network’s ‘Inside Training Camp Live’ – Wednesday, July 30

Live Coverage of 49ers and Buccaneers Practices

Marshall Faulk with 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick & HC Jim Harbaugh

Michael Irvin with Bears WR Brandon Marshall & WR Alshon Jeffery

 Brian Billick with Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan

Terrell Davis at Broncos Training Camp

 ‘NFL Total Access’ & ‘Training Camp Primetime’ Wrap Up Coverage

NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live continues Wednesday, July 30 at 10:00 AM ET, providing live coverage of San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers practices.

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Football Is Back! Seven Inducted in Canton, Giants Take on Bills in NFL/Hall of Fame Game


It will be a celebration of both the past and present.

That’s the agenda this weekend in Canton, Ohio, birthplace of the NFL.

First, the past is saluted with the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday at 7:00 PM ET (NFL Network and ESPN). History will be at the forefront as the Hall of Fame class of 2014 is inducted, sporting their new gold Hall jackets in front of returning Hall of Famers and thousands of fans.

“This is a wonderfully spectacular tradition, one of the greatest in all of sports,” says Hall of Fame president DAVID BAKER. “Nowhere can fans see so many of the greatest heroes of the game in one place at one time. There’s no better way to kick off the NFL’s 95th season.”

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NFL Network’s ‘Inside Training Camp Live’ — Tuesday, July 29

Kurt Warner & Amber Theoharis Report with Live Coverage at Arizona Cardinals Training Camp

 Willie McGinest & Molly Qerim at Houston Texans Training Camp

 Desmond Purnell at Dallas Cowboys Training Camp

 ‘NFL Total Access’ & ‘Training Camp Primetime’ Wrap Up Coverage

NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live continues Tuesday, July 29 with live footage of Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals practices.

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2014 Kickoff Information Guide


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Highlights of’s fantasy football offerings for the 2014 season are the redesigned NFL Fantasy mobile application and the second year of’s Fantasy Genius.

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EPIX Original Documentary Profiles Four African American Athletes Who Broke the Color Barrier

Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football, narrated by Jeffrey Wright, premieres September 23 at 8PM ET

EPIX and the National Football League Honor the Story of the Forgotten Four with Local Screenings Nationwide

New York, NY July 28, 2014 – Premium entertainment network EPIX announced today that Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football, an EPIX Original Documentary, will make its World Premiere on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at 8PM ET. The 60-minute documentary, narrated by Tony Award® winner Jeffrey Wright and produced by 52 time Emmy® award winner Ross Greenburg, tells the little-known story of four outstanding and brave African American men – Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis – who broke the color barrier in pro football in 1946, one year before Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey were credited with integrating Major League Baseball. EPIX has joined forces with the National Football League to celebrate the achievements of the Forgotten Four with local screenings in NFL team markets across the country, followed by panel discussions on the current state of race relations and athletics. The first team to kick off the commemoration is the Denver Broncos on August 2, 2014. Other NFL teams confirmed to host events as of now include the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins. More teams will be announced over the coming weeks.

The hardships and triumphs of the Forgotten Four are told through the recollections of their families and those who have researched these remarkable pioneers. Those interviewed for this Epix Original Documentary include Forgotten Four family members Tony Motley (Marion Motley’s grandson), Mike Brown (Paul Brown’s son), Clem and William Willis, Jr. (Bill Willis’ sons), Karin L. Cohen (Kenny Washington’s daughter) and Kalai Strode (Woody Strode’s son). An all-star lineup of football legends also shares its insights, including: Don Shula (Hall of Fame coach who also played for the Cleveland Browns), Bob Gain, Sherman Howard, Jim Hardy (Los Angeles Rams) and George Taliaferro (Indiana University). Participating writers/historians include Joe Horrigan (Pro Football Hall of Fame), Lonnie G. Bunch (National Museum of African American History and Culture), Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), Jarrett Bell (USA Today) and Brad Pye, Jr. (Los Angeles Sentinel).

“EPIX is pleased to work with the National Football League to bring the story of these trailblazers in civil rights and professional sports to a new national audience,” said Mark Greenberg, President and CEO, EPIX.  “We believe Forgotten Four presents an insightful and informative account of the profound impact these courageous men had on the sport.”

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Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football, an EPIX Original Documentary, was produced by Ross Greenburg and directed by Johnson McKelvy. Ross Greenburg and Wesley E. Smith are executive producers. Ross Bernard is executive producer and Jill Burkhart is producer for EPIX. Donovan McNabb, former star NFL quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, served as creative consultant for the film.

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NFL Network’s NFL AM Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary with New Talent & Increased Audience

New Hosts – Rhett Lewis & Erin Coscarelli

 LaVar Arrington Joins Show Full-Time Starting Saturday, August 2

 ‘NFL AM’ Up 5% in Ratings, 6% in Impressions & 10% in Viewers in 2014

On Wednesday, July 30, NFL AM turns two years old, and NFL Network’s daily morning show – and the only national show dedicated to America’s favorite sport – is celebrating its two-year anniversary with new talent and increased ratings.

New hosts Rhett Lewis and Erin Coscarelli – who each made their debuts on July 14 – join NFL Network analysts Eric Davis and LaVar Arrington to form the new NFL AM team.

The first show with Rhett, Erin, Eric and LaVar together is a special Saturday edition of NFL AM August 2 at 6:00 AM ET, the day in which the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class is enshrined in Canton, Ohio.

Rhett joins NFL AM after spending the past five years at WHDH in Boston as an anchor and reporter. During his time with the station, Rhett covered all four major pro championships (Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series and Stanley Cup Final), and five championships in total. A graduate for Indiana University, Rhett received a B.S. in Sports Broadcasting in 2005 and a M.S. in Sports Administration, and was a member of the Indiana University football team as a wide receiver. Rhett’s father, Dean Kleinschmidt, has been a head trainer in the NFL for 40 seasons – 31 with the New Orleans Saints, two with the Washington Redskins and the past seven with the Detroit Lions.

Erin joins NFL AM from Comcast SportsNet Bay Area where she served as an anchor and reporter, and appeared on the network’s signature show SportsNet Central, in addition to other studio shows. Prior to joining Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in May of 2014, Coscarelli was a sideline reporter for various networks such as Fox Sports West, Pac-12 Networks, NBC Sports Network and ESPN. A native of Los Angeles, Erin received a B.A. in Broadcasting in 2006 from the University of Southern California.

A seven-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, LaVar joins NFL AM full-time after serving as a contributor during the 2013 NFL season. LaVar is relocating from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles and will appear in-studio.

In its first two years airing live on NFL Network every Monday – Friday from 6:00 – 10:00 AM ET (and re-airing from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET), NFL AM has experienced a steady increase in ratings, impressions and viewers. From January – June 2014, NFL AM is up 5% in US HH rating from 2013 and up 6% in HH impressions from 2013. Also, in the first half of 2014, NFL AM is up 10% in viewers from 2013 (58,765 to 64,813).

In addition to Rhett, Erin, Eric and LaVar, NFL Network analysts Terrell Davis, Jordan Babineaux, Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel, and host Molly Qerim will continue to contribute to NFL AM throughout the week.



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NFL Network’s ‘Inside Training Camp Live’ — Monday, July 28

‘Inside Training Camp Live’ at 10:00 AM ET

‘NFL Total Access’ & ‘Training Camp Primetime’ Wrap Up Coverage

NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live continues Monday, July 28 at 10:00 AM ET.

At 7:00 PM ET, host Amber Theoharis and analysts Heath Evans and Shaun O’Hara recap all of the day’s action on NFL Total Access, followed by Training Camp Primetime at 8:00 PM ET with Evans, O’Hara and host Andrew Siciliano.

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NFL Network’s ‘Inside Training Camp Live’ — Saturday, July 26 at 9:30 AM ET

Live Coverage of Browns’ Practice at 9:30 AM ET

Kurt Warner with Colts QB Andrew Luck & WR Reggie Wayne

‘NFL Total Access’ & ‘Training Camp Primetime’ Wrap Up Coverage

NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live continues Saturday, July 26 at a special time of 9:30 AM ET, providing live coverage of the Cleveland Browns’ practice.

At 7:00 PM ET, host Amber Theoharis and analysts Heath Evans and Shaun O’Hara recap all of the day’s action on NFL Total Access, followed by Training Camp Primetime at 8:00 PM ET with Evans, O’Hara and host Scott Hanson.

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