PATRIOTS, COWBOYS AND QUARTERBACKS HIGHLIGHT THIS WEEK’S “INSIDE THE NFL”

Oct 4, 2017 0

PATRIOTS, COWBOYS AND QUARTERBACKS HIGHLIGHT THIS WEEK’S “INSIDE THE NFL”

 Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

To Watch Arizona Head Coach Bruce Arians on Sunday Reacting

To The Reversed Touchdown Against San Francisco

 

NEW YORK (Oct. 3, 2017) — This week’s installment of Sports Emmy® Award-winning studio show “INSIDE THE NFL” premieres tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host James Brown is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and former veteran NFL linebacker Ray Lewis in-studio to discuss the ups and downs of NFL Week 4.

 

Tonight’s episode is highlighted by discussions about the struggles of the New England Patriots defense and the Dallas Cowboys offense, as well as talk of whether or not it’s time for some teams including the N.Y. Giants, L.A. Chargers and Baltimore Ravers to move on from their current franchise quarterbacks.

 

Plus, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan are wired for sound.

 

INSIDE THE NFL covers every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special in-depth features and spirited debate on the hottest topics in the NFL. The show is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films and airs every Tuesday during the NFL season through Feb. 6, 2018.

 

The show is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films.  The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports and Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

 

For more information about INSIDE THE NFL, visit SHO.com, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and join the conversation using #INSIDETHENFL.

 

 Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:

 

On whether or not it’s time for some teams to move on from their current quarterbacks…

Boomer Esiason – “I do believe that three of these quarterbacks on this list [Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees and Carson Palmer] will not be with their team next year… I would say Drew Brees, Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers will not be on their teams next year. That’s what I believe.”

 

Phil Simms -“We are in a new age. And what’s the age? It’s where the quarterback is paid so much money you can’t fire him… They call them the face of the franchise because they are… You can’t put Eli Manning in the same category sometimes because he’s won two championships. In the last two weeks, it looks like they’ve kind of figured out what they’re going to do on the offensive side. So he has more give than any of these guys, in my estimation, because of the fact he has two MVP’s in the Super Bowl.”

 

On New England’s defense…

Boomer Esiason -“They [New England] are missing a spark on that defense. In past years, whether it be [Rob] Ninkovich or [Mike] Vrabel or Patrick Chung coming up with the big play or Devin McCourty coming up with the big play, they’re not getting that right now for their defense.”

 

On the mobility of quarterbacks…

Ray Lewis – “You think about Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Alex Smith, Deshaun Watson. Those guys get out of the pocket. They make things happen outside of the pocket. They [New England] don’t have that spark.”

 

Phil Simms – “They thought they had two shutdown corners [Patriots cornerbacks Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore]. So when you have two corners like that, you think ‘Well, we got those two. We can put the rest in a certain position to give us a chance for great success.’ That has not happened. They have blown assignments. When I say blown an assignment, I mean guys that are running down the field uncovered and it has cost them two games [Carolina and Kansas City]… They never did that before.”

 

On parity around the league…

Ray Lewis – “Home teams aren’t safe at home any more. I’m looking at the Minnesota Vikings lose at home.  I’m looking at the New England Patriots lose at home.  The Atlanta Falcons lose at home. The Baltimore Ravens lose at home. The Dallas Cowboys lose at home … [It’s all about] matchups… It’s certain teams that you run into that you don’t normally play [and] you don’t know how to prepare for them.”

 

Phil Simms – “From the top to the bottom, it’s a fine line.  It really is. From one to 32, I’ve never seen it this close.”

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RAY LEWIS DELIVERS PERSONAL, IMPASSIONED RESPONSE TO ACTIONS DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ON THIS WEEK’S “INSIDE THE NFL”

Sep 28, 2017 0

RAY LEWIS DELIVERS PERSONAL, IMPASSIONED RESPONSE TO ACTIONS DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ON THIS WEEK’S “INSIDE THE NFL”

 

Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

 

Photo credit: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME®

 

NEW YORK (Sept. 26, 2017) — SHOWTIME Sports® continues the 10th season of the Sports Emmy® Award-winning studio show “INSIDE THE NFL” tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host James Brown is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and former veteran NFL linebacker Ray Lewis in-studio to discuss the biggest issues in the NFL, including the various forms of protest that have dominated the headlines.

 

For the first time, Ray Lewis offers an impassioned and personal message regarding his actions when he dropped to two knees during the playing of the national anthem prior to Sunday’s Ravens vs. Jaguars game in London.

 

In addition, Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian, producer and writer Keegan-Michael Key joins the INSIDE THE NFL cast to discuss his beloved Detroit Lions and offer his expert advice on touchdown celebrations.  Plus, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes and more are wired for sound.

 

INSIDE THE NFL covers every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special in-depth features and spirited debate on the hottest topics in the NFL. The show is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films and airs every Tuesday during the NFL season through Feb. 6, 2018.

 

The show is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films.  The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports and Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

 

For more information about INSIDE THE NFL, visit SHO.com, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and join the conversation using #INSIDETHENFL.

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BENGALS’ ADAM JONES SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY FOR ONE GAME FOR VIOLATING NFL’S PERSONAL CONDUCT POLICY

Jul 26, 2017 0

BENGALS’ ADAM JONES SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY FOR ONE GAME FOR VIOLATING NFL’S PERSONAL CONDUCT POLICY

The NFL today notified Adam Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals that he will be suspended without pay for the first 2017 regular season game for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

In May, Jones entered a plea of guilty to obstruction of official business stemming from a January 2017 incident. The state court imposed a sentence of time served (two days’ confinement) and court fees.

The NFL explained in a letter to Jones that it considered the “extensive video documentation of the tone, tenor and nature of your interactions with law enforcement at the site of your arrest, during transportation to the jail, and during the booking process. As you acknowledged, your post-arrest words and actions reflected poorly on you and your family, the Cincinnati Bengals football club, and the NFL. While it is our understanding that appropriate apologies have been publicly extended, they do not completely negate your behavior and admission of culpability for the underlying conduct.”

Jones will be eligible to return to the team’s active roster on Monday, September 11 following the Bengals’ September 10 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Jones is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

Jones may appeal this decision within three days.

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NFL and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business to Host Webinar for 63 Current and Former Players

Jul 20, 2017 0

NFL AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN’S ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS TO HOST WEBINAR FOR 63 CURRENT AND FORMER PLAYERS

Webinar to serve as introduction for NFL Business Academy

NFL Player Engagement has partnered with the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business to co-host a webinar on July 18 for active NFL players and Legends. Spouses and significant others are also invited to participate as part of Player Engagement’s commitment to involve players’ families in the professional development and career transition process.

This year’s webinar will serve as the introduction for the third NFL Business Academy, which takes place on March 4-8, 2018. The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, named for Miami Dolphins Owner STEPHEN M. ROSS, and the league hosted the second annual NFL Business Academy in February for 32 current and former players. During the week, participants heard from Ross faculty, successful business leaders and NFL veterans who have transitioned to careers in the corporate world.

“We are excited to offer the Business Webinar and expand upon our initiatives with the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business”, said ARTHUR MCAFEE, Senior Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. “Through this program, players will be provided with a foundation of business practices and knowledge that can aid in establishing a successful post-playing career.”

Led by University of Michigan Professor Len Middleton, the 60-minute webinar will provide an overview on finding and evaluating potential business ideas and how to start the business planning process.

“We are excited to further this partnership with the NFL Player Engagement team, especially because this webinar series extends the learning and enhances the players’ ability to apply it successfully” said MELANIE WEAVER BARNETT, Chief Executive Education Officer at Michigan Ross. “This portion of the Boot Camp Series provides the players and their significant others with a suite of opportunities covering what it takes to start and sustain entrepreneurial ventures. With this webinar, they will receive firsthand knowledge regarding the process of planning a business, building their business acumen, and developing the essential skills that will help them become successful and savvy entrepreneurs.”

The following individuals are participating in tonight’s webinar:

Tyrell Adams   Lamarr Houston
Mackensie Alexander   Richard Incognito
Dwayne Allen   Brian Ingram
Will Allen   Jordan Johnson
Jason Baker   Donta Jones
Matt Barkley   Matt Kopa
Mark Barron   Henry Lawrence
Ben Bass   Patrick Lewis
Charles Bennett   Jacob Lindsey
Ulish Booker   John Lotulelei
Carl Bradford   Steve Maneri
Kevin Brooks   Marc Mariani
Nolan Carroll   Martin Nance
Javiar Collins   Nick Novak
Morgan Cox   Alec Ogletree
Alge Crumpler   Phil Ostrowski
Dominique Curry   Vaughn Parker
Donovin Darius   Dr. Ray Perkins
Carl Davis   Chester Pitts
Jon Dekker   Neil Rackers
Patrick Devlin   Ryan Russell
Kevin Dockery   Tye Smith
Warrick Dunn   Bradley Smith
Paul Frase   Max Starks
Mike Gandy   Nigel Tharpe
Christopher Godfrey   Tim Tyrrell
Ben Hartsock   Van Waiters
Temarrick Hemingway   Leonard Wheeler
Chris Hetherington   Blair White
Michael Hicks   Maurice Williams
Robert Holcombe   Sam Young
Tyler Horn  
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NFL LEGENDS WELCOMED TO LEAGUE OFFICE HEADQUARTERS

Jul 12, 2017 0

NFL LEGENDS WELCOMED

TO LEAGUE OFFICE HEADQUARTERS

 

Through the NFL’s continuous efforts to assist players in successful transition into their post-playing careers, the most recent group of retired players and their significant others have been invited to the league office for a two-day introduction to the Legends Community and the resources available to them.

Eighteen of the most recent NFL Legends will be hosted at the league office July 13-14 to strengthen their connections with each other, their teams and the NFL.

Launched in July 2013, the Legends Community provides unique opportunities and resources for Legends to engage year-round and aims to celebrate, embrace and unite former players and their families. To date, more than 5,700 former players have registered for the Legends Community.

“The Legends Community provides former players ongoing resources, guidance and support in transitioning from their playing experience to their new normal,” said Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT.  “This is an extensive orientation about the resources available to all players in continuing their on-field success in their post-playing days.”

During the event, Legends will hear from NFL league and team executives, as well as former players currently serving as Legends Community Ambassadors. Additionally, they will participate in networking opportunities and learn about the initiatives and programs specifically designed for them.

Topics include career development and educational opportunities, discussions regarding benefits and transition assistance, information on how to stay engaged with teams, and tips for building their brand.

The following is a list of players who are attending this year’s event:

 

NAME
Husain Abdullah
Jason Avant
Colin Cole
Jerricho Cotchery
Josh Cribbs
Mike DeVito
King Dunlap
Dwan Edwards
Justin Forsett
Ryan Harris
Matt Hasselbeck
James Laurinaitis
Mike Leach
Phil Loadholt
Ricardo Lockette
Josh Scobee
Stephen Tulloch
Kamerion Wimbley
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350 Current and Former NFL Players and Coaches Host Free Youth Football Camps in Local Communities

Jul 5, 2017 0

350 CURRENT AND FORMER NFL PLAYERS AND COACHES HOST

 FREE YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMPS IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES

NFL Foundation Awards $1 Million to Support Youth Football Camps

Camps Part of ‘Play Football’ Summer Activities

As part of summer camp season festivities, 350 current and former NFL players and coaches will host free, non-contact youth football camps for more than 80,000 children, it was announced today. The NFL Foundation, the NFL’s nonprofit organization representing all 32 clubs, has awarded $1 million in grants to support youth football camps. Kids can Play Football all summer through additional NFL Foundation-funded camps and events hosted by Clubs and NFL partners such as USA Football.

The Youth Football Camp Grant Program, in its 20th year, recognizes NFL players and coaches who give back to communities in their hometowns or club markets and offer young athletes the opportunity to play in a healthy and fun environment. Camps are hosted throughout the country and focus on teaching proper technique across varying skill levels and emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship.

NFL Foundation grant recipients hosting camps this summer include: Buffalo Bills linebacker LORENZO ALEXANDER; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback BLAKE BORTLES; Green Bay Packers wide receiver RANDALL COBB; Carolina Panthers linebacker THOMAS DAVIS; Kansas City Chiefs safety ERIC BERRY;NFL Legend GREG JENNINGS;Denver Broncos linebacker SHANE RAY;Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver TORREY SMITH;and Pittsburgh Steelers headcoach MIKE TOMLIN. 

“The NFL is proud to support current and former NFL players and coaches as they give back to their communities and expand opportunities for children to play football and have fun,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “This summer, thousands of children will attend these free camps and learn the fundamentals of football directly from members of the NFL family who are outstanding role models both on and off the field.”

“My parents taught me from a young age to think about others’ needs in addition to our own. That’s why holding youth camps is so important to me and why we do it each year,” said Kansas City Chiefs safety ERIC BERRY, who is hosting his third NFL Foundation-funded youth football camp. “By hosting these youth camps, I hope to take some of the burden away from these kids’ parents while offering them the opportunity to get out here and have some fun. I’m honored to have the ability to give back to the communities that have given me so much along the way.”

200 of the camp grant recipients are working with USA Football to host FUNdamentals Camps this summer, which introduce young athletes to football by teaching basic skills. All drills at FUNdamentals camps are based on USA Football’s Player Progression Development Model, ensuring participants learn in an age-appropriate manner.

“The team nature of the military and sports hold distinct similarities – both can foster exceptional character and inspire extraordinary achievement,” said Retired Army General RAYMOND ODIERNO, chairman of USA Football, who served as the 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 2011-15. “Playing football afforded me these qualities and USA Football’s FUNdamentals camps, made possible through the NFL Foundation, deliver this to thousands of kids today. Our fun and forward-thinking programs open doors to fitness, friendships and life-enriching values that last a lifetime.”

First-time coaches at camps funded through the NFL Foundation must complete an online Coach Smart course with instruction on player health and safety fundamentals, including preventing, recognizing and responding to dehydration and overheating, concussion and sudden cardiac arrest.

The NFL has long supported players’ philanthropic endeavors and the NFL Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in grants to support free, non-contact youth football camps hosted by current and former players and coaches since 1998.

For a full list of 2017 NFL Foundation Youth Football Camp Grant Recipients click here.

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2017 ROSTER OF OFFICIALS CONFIRMED

Jul 5, 2017 0

2017 ROSTER OF OFFICIALS CONFIRMED

EIGHT FIRST-YEAR NFL OFFICIALS AMONG 2017 CLASS

The NFL roster of game officials for the 2017 season will include eight first-year NFL officials among the group of 124, the league announced today.

Line judge BRIAN BOLINGER (Big Ten), line judge MIKE CARR (Big Ten), side judge RYAN DICKSON (Pac-12), down judge DAVID OLIVER (SEC), field judge MEARL ROBINSON (Pac-12), field judge BRAD ROGERS (SEC), line judge DANNY SHORT (ACC), and umpire STEVE WOODS (Big Ten) will make their NFL officiating debuts this season.

All 17 referees from 2016 will return in 2017 and lead seven-person on-field officiating crews, led by the dean of NFL officials, WALT COLEMAN, who enters his 29th season.

An instant replay official will work as part of each of the 17 officiating crews, including TERRI VALENTI, who becomes the first female replay official in NFL history. Valenti has worked in instant replay for the NFL for the past five seasons, serving as a replay communicator from 2012-15 and a replay assistant in 2016 before being promoted to her current position. Prior to turning her focus to replay, Valenti was an on-field official at the high school, collegiate and professional level (Arena Football League, United Football League), as well as in various international football leagues.

Five officials will not be assigned to crews and will work with different crews throughout the season. In addition to these five officials, there will be more rotation of officials among the crews to ensure the most consistent officiating across the league.

Twelve officials will work at new positions this season in an effort to capitalize on the particular strengths of each official as well as balance the needs of the overall officiating staff.

In addition, the position formerly known as “head linesman” will be called “down judge” beginning this season to more accurately depict the primary responsibility of the role — ensuring the correct down and distance — as well as to eliminate the gender-based classification of the position.

Three sets of fathers and sons are included among the roster of officials — Coleman and his son, WALT IV; ED HOCHULI and his son, SHAWN; and STEVE FREEMAN and his son, BRAD — and four sets of brothers – ALLEN and RUSTY BAYNES; JEFF and JERRY BERGMAN; CARL, DINO & PERRY PAGANELLI; and GENE and TONY STERATORE.

Steve Freeman and PHIL MC KINNELY are the only current game officials to have also enjoyed NFL playing careers. Freeman played for 13 seasons, including 12 as a defensive back with the Buffalo Bills from 1975–86. McKinnely played for seven seasons on the offensive line from 1976–82, including five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons from 1976–80.

The following is the complete 2017 NFL roster of officials, including crew assignments, which may change during the season due to injury, schedule conflicts, etc.:

No. Name Pos. College Crew NFL Experience

(including 2017)

122 Brad Allen R Pembroke State Allen 4
20 Barry Anderson U North Carolina State Wrolstad 11
66 Walt Anderson R Texas Anderson 22
108 Gary Arthur LJ Wright State Steratore 21
72 Michael Banks FJ Illinois State McAulay 16
56 Allen Baynes SJ Auburn Hussey 10
59 Rusty Baynes LJ Auburn-Montgomery Hochuli 8
32 Jeff Bergman DJ Robert Morris Triplette 26
91 Jerry Bergman DJ Robert Morris McAulay 16
34 Clete Blakeman R Nebraska Blakeman 10
23 Jerome Boger R Morehouse Boger 14
40 Brian Bolinger LJ Indiana State Allen 1
18 Byron Boston LJ Austin Anderson 23
74 Derick Bowers DJ East Central Coleman 15
98 Greg Bradley DJ Tennessee Hochuli 9
43 Terry Brown SJ* Tennessee Triplette 12
11 Fred Bryan U Northern Iowa Allen 9
86 Jimmy Buchanan FJ South Carolina State Hussey 9
134 Ed Camp DJ William Paterson Boger 18
63 Mike Carr LJ Wisconsin Boger 1
60 Gary Cavaletto SJ Hancock Vinovich 15
41 Boris Cheek SJ Morgan State Morelli 22
51 Carl Cheffers R California-Irvine Cheffers 18
16 Kevin Codey LJ Western New England Coleman 3
95 James Coleman SJ Arkansas Coleman 13
65 Walt Coleman R Arkansas Coleman 29
87 Walt Coleman IV SJ Southern Methodist Boger 3
99 Tony Corrente R Cal State-Fullerton Corrente 23
94 Hugo Cruz DJ Texas-Pan American Blakeman 3
25 Ryan Dickson SJ Utah Corrente 1
27 Lee Dyer BJ Tennessee-Chattanooga Wrolstad 15
76 Alan Eck U* Bloomsburg Corrente 2
3 Scott Edwards SJ* Alabama Torbert 19
81 Roy Ellison U Savannah State Steratore 15
61 Keith Ferguson BJ San Jose State Hussey 18
64 Dan Ferrell U Cal State-Fullerton   15
71 Ruben Fowler U Huston-Tillotson Triplette 12
88 Brad Freeman SJ* Mississippi State Cheffers 4
133 Steve Freeman BJ Mississippi State Triplette 17
80 Greg Gautreaux FJ* S.W. Louisiana Triplette 16
128 Ramon George U Lenoir-Rhyne Blakeman 2
103 Eugene Hall FJ North Texas Boger 4
49 Rich Hall U Arizona Boger 14
125 Laird Hayes SJ Princeton Anderson 23
93 Scott Helverson BJ Iowa Hochuli 15
29 Adrian Hill SJ* Buffalo Steratore 8
97 Tom Hill FJ Carson Newman Allen 19
28 Mark Hittner DJ Pittsburg State Wrolstad 21
85 Ed Hochuli R Texas-El Paso Hochuli 28
83 Shawn Hochuli BJ Claremont Allen 4
82 Buddy Horton FJ Oregon State Corrente 19
37 Jim Howey DJ/LJ Erskine   19
35 John Hussey R Idaho State Hussey 16
117 John Jenkins FJ St. Mary’s Anderson 4
101 Carl Johnson LJ Nicholls State McAulay 14
55 Alex Kemp SJ Central Michigan Hochuli 4
121 Paul King U Nicholls State Torbert 9
21 Jeff Lamberth SJ Texas A&M Wrolstad 16
73 Joe Larrew FJ* St. Louis Blakeman 16
2 Bart Longson LJ Brigham Young Corrente 3
89 Jon Lucivansky FJ Minnesota Vinovich 9
10 Julian Mapp LJ Grambling State Wrolstad 9
107 Ron Marinucci LJ Glassboro State Hussey 21
19 Clay Martin U Oklahoma Baptist Cheffers 3
39 Rich Martinez BJ Canisius McAulay 4
77 Terry McAulay R Louisiana State McAulay 20
8 Dana McKenzie LJ Toledo Blakeman 10
110 Phil McKinnely DJ UCLA Vinovich 16
48 Jim Mello DJ Northeastern Allen 14
118 Dave Meslow FJ* Augsburg Parry 7
78 Greg Meyer BJ Texas Christian Vinovich 16
115 Tony Michalek U Indiana Hussey 16
111 Terrence Miles BJ Arizona State Coleman 10
120 Jonah Monroe SJ Arkansas McAulay 3
135 Pete Morelli R St. Mary’s Morelli 21
92 Bryan Neale U Indiana Morelli 4
1 Scott Novak FJ* Phoenix Coleman 4
24 David Oliver DJ Baker Steratore 1
124 Carl Paganelli U Michigan State Anderson 19
105 Dino Paganelli BJ Aquinas Steratore 12
46 Perry Paganelli BJ Hope Parry 20
132 John Parry R Purdue Parry 18
17 Steve Patrick BJ Jacksonville State Blakeman 4
15 Rick Patterson FJ/SJ Wofford   22
79 Kent Payne LJ* Nebraska Wesleyan Cheffers 14
131 Mark Pellis U Allegheny Parry 4
9 Mark Perlman LJ Salem Vinovich 17
6 Jerod Phillips DJ Northeastern State Anderson 2
47 Tim Podraza LJ Nebraska Morelli 10
109 Dyrol Prioleau SJ Johnson C. Smith Blakeman 11
30 Todd Prukop BJ Cal State-Fullerton Corrente 9
5 Jim Quirk BJ Middlebury Cheffers 8
44 Jeff Rice U Northwestern Coleman 23
31 Mearl Robinson FJ Air Force Cheffers 1
126 Brad Rogers FJ Lubbock Christian Morelli 1
50 Aaron Santi FJ Southern Oregon Torbert 3
129 Bill Schuster U Alfred   18
45 Jeff Seeman LJ Minnesota Parry 16
104 Dale Shaw FJ Allegheny Hochuli 5
113 Danny Short LJ North Carolina-Charlotte Triplette 1
14 Shawn Smith U Ferris State Hochuli 3
90 Mike Spanier DJ St. Cloud State Parry 19
12 Greg Steed BJ Howard Morelli 15
84 Mark Steinkerchner LJ Akron Torbert 24
22 Steve Stelljes DJ Friends Morelli 16
68 Tom Stephan DJ/LJ Pittsburg State   19
114 Gene Steratore R Kent State Steratore 15
112 Tony Steratore BJ California, Pa. Boger 18
102 Bruce Stritesky U Embry Riddle Vinovich 12
100 Tom Symonette DJ* Florida Cheffers 14
53 Sarah Thomas DJ* Mobile Torbert 3
62 Ron Torbert R Michigan State Torbert 8
42 Jeff Triplette R Wake Forest Triplette 22
13 Patrick Turner DJ Cal State-Long Beach Corrente 4
52 Bill Vinovich R San Diego Vinovich 13
123 Ed Walker DJ San Jose State Hussey 4
26 Jabir Walker SJ Murray State Allen 3
7 Keith Washington SJ Virginia Military Institute Parry 10
116 Mike Weatherford FJ Oklahoma State Steratore 16
119 Greg Wilson BJ USC Anderson 10
54 Steve Woods U Wabash McAulay 1
4 Craig Wrolstad R Washington Wrolstad 15
38 Greg Yette BJ Howard Torbert 8
33 Steve Zimmer FJ Hofstra Wrolstad 21

*Denotes new position for 2017

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NFL ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICIATING LEADERSHIP TEAM

May 11, 2017

NFL ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICIATING LEADERSHIP TEAM

ALBERTO RIVERON NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OFFICIATING

RUSSELL YURK NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF INSTANT REPLAY & ADMINISTRATION &

WAYNE MACKIE NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF OFFICIATING EVALUATION & DEVELOPMENT

ALBERTO RIVERON, a member of the NFL’s Officiating Department since 2013 and a nine-year veteran NFL game official has been named NFL senior vice president of officiating.

Riveron will oversee all aspects of the league’s officiating department – including the implementation of the centralized replay model approved by clubs at the annual meeting in March – as well as administration, evaluation and development.

A native of Cuba, Riveron moved to Miami at age five with his family and developed a passion for the game.  He began as an official in local youth leagues in 1977, made his collegiate officiating debut in 1990 before joining the NFL officiating ranks in 2004.  In 2008, Riveron was promoted to referee, earning the distinction as the NFL’s first Hispanic referee.  Riveron came off the field following the 2012 season to join the league office as senior director of officiating.

“Al has done a terrific job as a key member of our officiating staff for the past four seasons,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL.  “Prior to that, Al was an outstanding on-field official who earned the respect of his fellow officials, as well as coaches and players alike.  To have Al leading our officiating department, and then to add talented, knowledgeable instant replay and officiating experts like Russell and Wayne, is a tremendous positive for us as we look forward to the 2017 season.”

Reporting to Riveron, who will report to NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT, will be two new hires designed to aid in the department’s long-standing goal of excellence in officiating performance – RUSSELL YURK and WAYNE MACKIE.

Yurk joins the staff as Vice President of Instant Replay and Administration.  In this role, Yurk will direct the league’s instant replay operations in the Art McNally GameDay Central room and oversee all instant replay-related personnel.  Yurk will also be responsible for officiating administration, including supervising operational aspects of scheduling and logistics as well as the training and development of instant replay personnel.

Yurk spent the past seven seasons as an NFL instant replay official after working as an on-field official for 10 seasons at the high school and college level. An instant replay expert, Yurk assisted in authoring the replay section of the NFL Referee’s Manual for the past two years.

Mackie, a 10-year veteran NFL game official, has been named Vice President of Officiating Evaluation and Development, responsible for the officiating evaluation and development program, managing the on-field officials weekly crew evaluation process, as well the staff of officiating supervisors and trainers, and the management of the Officiating Development Program.

A highly-respected on-field game official for the past two decades at the collegiate and professional level, Mackie entered the NFL in 2007 as a head linesman and quickly established himself as one of the league’s top officials at his position.  Mackie has officiated in eight NFL playoff games, including serving as head linesman at Super Bowl 50 and for two conference championship games during his 10-year NFL career.

Mackie began his collegiate officiating career in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 1996 and also officiated in the Atlantic 10 and Big East through his final collegiate season in 2006 prior to joining the NFL.

Riveron, Yurk and Mackie will all work in GameDay Central throughout the season and have the final say on instant replay decisions, in consultation with the referee as part of the new replay rules for the 2017 season.

“Al, Russell and Wayne are a team dedicated to delivering the highest quality of officiating and game administration in professional sports,” Vincent said.  “The structure of their responsibilities will provide us with a sustainable model for greater efficiency, improved performance from our officials, and operational excellence in collaboration, development and training of our officiating team.”

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NFL PRESEASON DATES & TIMES ANNOUNCED

May 11, 2017
​NFL PRESEASON DATES & TIMES ANNOUNCED

The dates and kickoff times of the 65-game NFL preseason schedule were announced today, beginning with the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals in Canton, Ohio on Thursday night, August 3.

Televised live at 8:00 PM ET by NBC, the NFL/Hall of Fame Game is the first of eight national preseason telecasts carried by NFL broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC.

NFL Network will also provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live game broadcasts in all four weeks of the preseason. NFL Network’s preseason broadcast schedule will be announced in July.

The 2017 preseason schedule was announced on April 10 without dates and times, which now have been confirmed.

The complete 2017 NFL preseason schedule is listed below:

2017 NFL PRESEASON SCHEDULE
(Games grouped by start times and listed alphabetically by home team)
NFL/Hall of Fame Game – AUGUST 3
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thursday Aug. 3 Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM NBC
WEEK 1 – AUGUST 9-13
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET
Wednesday Aug. 9 Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 10 Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Friday Aug. 11 Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Friday Aug. 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Friday Aug. 11 San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs 8:00 PM (CT) 9:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 12 Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Saturday Aug. 12 Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 6:00 PM (PT) 9:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 12 Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 PM (MST) 10:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 13 Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts 1:30 PM (ET) 1:30 PM
Sunday Aug. 13 Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM
WEEK 2 – AUGUST 17-21
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thursday Aug. 17 Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 17 Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM ESPN
Friday Aug. 18 Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans 2:00 PM (CT) 3:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys 6:00 PM (CT) 7:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 New York Jets at Detroit Lions 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 New England Patriots at Houston Texans 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 19 Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 PM (MST) 10:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 20 Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:00 PM (ET) 4:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 20 New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM
Monday Aug. 21 New York Giants at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM ESPN
WEEK 3 – AUGUST 24-27
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thursday Aug. 24 Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 24 Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Friday Aug. 25 New England Patriots at Detroit Lions 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Friday Aug. 25 Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM CBS
Saturday Aug. 26 Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 New York Jets at New York Giants 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM CBS
Saturday Aug. 26 Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Saturday Aug. 26 Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos 7:00 PM (MT) 9:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 27 Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans 12:00 PM (CT) 1:00 PM FOX
Sunday Aug. 27 Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins 4:30 PM (ET) 4:30 PM FOX
Sunday Aug. 27 San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM NBC
WEEK 4 – AUGUST 31
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET
Thursday Aug. 31 Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers 6:00 PM (CT) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 New York Giants at New England Patriots 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs 7:30 PM (CT) 8:30 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos 7:00 PM (MT) 9:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Thursday Aug. 31 Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
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SPECIAL GUESTS TO ANNOUNCE 2017 NFL DRAFT PICKS

Apr 26, 2017

SPECIAL GUESTS TO ANNOUNCE 2017 NFL DRAFT PICKS

 

Service Members, St. Jude Patient, Make-A-Wish Kid and

Youth Athletes Participate in Draft Celebrations

 

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Team Winners

and NFL Legends Recognized During Multiple Rounds

 

The NFL will honor outstanding members of the community throughout the three-day celebration at the 2017 NFL Draft. Special guests will take part in the excitement of the Draft by announcing various picks and participating in festivities in Philadelphia.

Salute to Service – Military Appreciation

The NFL will recognize active duty service members, veterans and their families at Draft events throughout the week. On Thursday evening, a joint color guard will be joined onstage with veterans from Wounded Warrior Project during the National Anthem to open the Draft.

The NFL has teamed with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to honor the Frisons, a Gold Star Family. A Lancaster, Pa. native and passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan, U.S. Army 1st Lt. DEMETRIUS FRISON lost his life in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. Frison’s wife and son will accompany Philadelphia Eagles Legend RON JAWORSKI onstage to announce the Eagles’ Round 2 pick along with a Joint Service Honor Guard representing all branches of military service.

In addition, active duty service members from all five branches of the military and veterans from the USO and Wounded Warrior Project will be guests at the Draft on Saturday for Rounds 4-7.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® 

St. Jude patient KATE FOSTER will join COMMISSIONER GOODELL and Chicago Bears Legend JAY HILGENBERG to announce the Bears’ Round 2 pick. A competitive gymnast, Kate, 18, from Rockford, IL, lost her left leg to an infection during treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia at age 12 but overcame her illness and returned to the gym less than a year later.

MAKE-A-WISH®

Make-A-Wish recipient TJ ONWUANIBE will have his wish granted when he joins COMMISSIONER GOODELL to announce the Baltimore Ravens’ Round 1 pick. A football-loving 14-year old, TJ is a cancer survivor and devoted Ravens fan from Laurel, MD.

Youth and High School Football

ROUND 1

Football players from MARTIN LUTHER KING HIGH SCHOOL will take the stage alongside COMMISSIONER GOODELL and represent the Philadelphia Eagles during their Round 1 pick. Due to lack of resources and funding, Germantown High School’s football program merged with former crosstown rival Martin Luther King High School. Prior to the pick announcement, the team will walk the Red Carpet alongside Draft prospects.

In addition, LIAM MCCLURE, a Methacton High School football player diagnosed with autism, will walk the Red Carpet on Thursday and hand out New Era Caps to Draft picks with his teammates. McClure fell in love with football after attending a Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp and further developed his passion for the game after joining the Methacton Warriors.

ROUND 3

In memory of the late legendary Pennsylvania high school football coach MIKE PETTINE SR., the Central Bucks West High School football team will accompany Philadelphia Eagles long snapper and 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year team winner JON DORENBOS in making the Eagles’ Round 3 pick. Pettine Sr. had 16 undefeated seasons in his 33 years as head coach and won four state championships with Central Bucks West High School.

ROUND 6

For the first time, Round 6 of the NFL Draft will be youth football-themed. Youth football players from Pop Warner, NFL FLAG and local teams will represent various NFL clubs in their local markets during pick selections.

ROUND 7

The NFL Draft 7-on-7 tournament champions will be recognized onstage during the Philadelphia Eagles’ Round 7 selection.

NFL Legends and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recognition

Thirty-two former players from the NFL Legends Community, one representing each team, will be featured in Round 2. 15 Pro Football Hall of Fame members will announce picks, including MORTEN ANDERSEN, JIM BROWN, WILLIE BROWN, FRANCO HARRIS, JIM TAYLOR and THURMAN THOMAS.

Round 3 Draft announcements will feature past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide. Carolina Panthers linebacker and 2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year THOMAS DAVIS will make the Round 1 pick selection on behalf of his team.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and represents the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact.

Below is the list of former players scheduled to make selections in Round 2, as well as Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year national and team winners announcing Round 3 picks. There are a total of 15 Pro Football Hall of Famers listed below.

Bold designates Hall of Famers

Team Round 2 Round 3
Arizona Cardinals Jim Hart Mike Leach
Atlanta Falcons Gerald Riggs Matt Bosher
Baltimore Ravens Jermaine Lewis Edwin Mulitalo
Buffalo Bills Thurman Thomas Bryan Scott
Carolina Panthers Travelle Wharton Greg Olsen
Chicago Bears Jay Hilgenberg Sam Acho
Cincinnati Bengals Anthony Muñoz Vincent Rey
Cleveland Browns Jim Brown Josh Cribbs
Dallas Cowboys Drew Pearson Bradie James
Denver Broncos Floyd Little Rod Smith
Detroit Lions Lem Barney Don Carey
Green Bay Packers Jim Taylor Jayrone Elliott
Houston Texans Andre Johnson Brian Cushing
Indianapolis Colts Robert Mathis Joe Reitz
Jacksonville Jaguars Tony Boselli Josh Scobee
Kansas City Chiefs Carlos Carson Will Shields
Los Angeles Chargers Shawne Merriman Jeremiah Attaochu
Los Angeles Rams Jack Youngblood Steven Jackson
Miami Dolphins Larry Little Chris Chambers
Minnesota Vikings John Randle Madieu Williams
New England Patriots Andre Tippett Matthew Slater
New Orleans Saints Morten Andersen Lance Moore
New York Giants Harry Carson Jessie Armstead
New York Jets Joe Klecko Brandon Moore
Oakland Raiders Willie Brown Willie Brown
Philadelphia Eagles Ron Jaworski Jon Dorenbos
Pittsburgh Steelers Franco Harris Arthur Moats
San Francisco 49ers Tom Rathman Justin Smith
Seattle Seahawks Jacob Green Cliff Avril
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Alstott Ryan Nece
Tennessee Titans Mike Rozier Jurrell Casey
Washington Redskins Clinton Portis London Fletcher
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