TWO-HOUR PRIMETIME AWARDS SHOW SALUTES OUTSTANDING PLAYERS & PERFORMANCES FROM 2014 SEASON
PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015 TO BE ANNOUNCED DURING PROGRAM
NBC’s Seth Meyers to Host Show from Symphony Hall in Phoenix
The National Football League will recognize its best players, performances and plays from the 2014 season with a two-hour primetime awards special – “4th Annual NFL Honors” – to air nationally on Saturday, January 31, at 9 PM ET/PT on NBC.
For the second year, the newest PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME class will be announced and introduced during the show with the Class of 2015 appearing on stage at Symphony Hall in Phoenix.
SETH MEYERS, host of Late Night with Seth Meyers and Saturday Night Live alum, will take the stage as the host of the show the evening before the AFC and NFC champions meet to kick off Super Bowl XLIX.
Joined by current and former players, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS will announce its annual accolades in an awards show format. “NFL Honors,” which debuted three years ago in Indianapolis on NBC, is now an annual event from the Super Bowl city. The winners will be on hand to accept their awards.
Kicking off the night will be “Super Bowl Saturday Night presented by XFINITY,” a red carpet show on NFL Network from 8-9 PM ET featuring the sights and sounds of Super Bowl week and many of the stars who will be celebrating the best of the NFL later that evening. For the first time, “Super Bowl Saturday Night” will feature the presentation of the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.
Among the awards that will be announced will be the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, which recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. The winner of the inaugural NFL Sportsmanship Award presented by Bose, as voted by his peers, also will be recognized.
Seven of the awards will be from the AP. Those awards, which include AP Most Valuable Player and AP Coach of the Year presented by Lenovo, are voted on at the end of the regular NFL season by a nationwide media panel of 50 people who regularly cover the league. The ballots are tabulated solely by the AP.
The AP is providing the list of honorees to the NFL for the program, and any advertising or sponsorship on the broadcast is being handled separately and independently by the NFL. Microsoft Surface tablets will again replace the award envelopes this year at the NFL Honors.
Top-Tier Sponsors of “4th Annual NFL Honors” include Bose, Bridgestone, Lenovo, Nationwide, Surface, SAP and XFINITY.
Associate Sponsors include FedEx, Courtyard, USAA and Papa John’s.
“4th Annual NFL Honors” is an NFL Network production in association with Dick Clark Productions. For more information about “NFL Honors” fans may visit http://www.nfl.com/honors and follow the #NFLHonors conversation on Twitter.
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Joanna Hunter, NFL, 212-450-2449; Joanna.Hunter@nfl.com
Paul Colford, AP, 212-621-1895; firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris McCloskey, NBC Sports; email@example.com
Media interested in requesting credentials to cover NFL Honors and Red Carpet should e-mail Elizabeth McCollum, firstname.lastname@example.org. A “Week of Game” or Super Bowl credential does not gain access to NFL Honors or the Red Carpet. You will have to email for this separate credential. The deadline to request credentials is Wednesday, January 28.