Seven From Sunday – Week 3

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 21, the third week of the 2014 season.

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NFL Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

NFL CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

32 Hispanic Leaders Recognized During Hispanic Heritage Month in Every NFL Market

Teams designate home game in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

 The National Football League and its teams will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept.15 – Oct.15) with a series of special events focused in weeks 3 and 4 of the season.

All NFL teams will enhance the celebration with local efforts throughout the month including designated home games with in-stadium themed elements and local community outreach in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

For the 2014 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the NFL, Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Verizon have partnered for the fourth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market. Each award recipient will be recognized in-stadium at a Hispanic Heritage game in their local market. With support from Verizon, each recipient will select a non-profit organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.

The Carolina Panthers and Kansas City Chiefs will host NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps as part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps were held in 12 NFL markets this summer and are presented in partnership with the Muñoz Agency and USA Football. The camps are part of the NFL’s year-round Hispanic outreach initiative, focused on offering youth opportunities to play and experience the game of football while emphasizing exercise and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life.

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, fans can visit www.NFL.com/HispanicHeritage for a look at the personal stories of Hispanic players past and present who have left a lasting legacy on the NFL.

A national spotlight will shine on the NFL’s celebration during Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football broadcasts in weeks 3 and 4 which will highlight in-stadium elements as well as community events.

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32 Hispanic Leaders Recognized During Hispanic Heritage Month in Every NFL Market

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Quotes From Week 3 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

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Officiating Video – Week 2

The following is an officiating video to assist in your coverage of the NFL.

It can be accessed by clicking on the links below or visiting www.nflmedia.com.

Windows

http://media02.nfl.info/NFL/Media/2014/Video4/Officiating_Media_Video_09-19-14.wmv

Mac/Mobile

http://media02.nfl.info/NFL/Media/2014/Video4/Officiating_Media_Video_09-19-14.mp4

The video reviews plays from Week 2.  It may not be posted on your website, but if you are interested in tweeting the link to the video from www.nflcommunications.com, feel free to do so.

We hope you find this information helpful.  Please contact us with any questions.

Preview of Week 3 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Final’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

‘NFL GameDay First’ Kicks Off Sunday Programming at 7:00 AM ET

Most Comprehensive Pregame Show – ‘NFL GameDay Morning’ – Airs at 9:00 AM ET

Sunday is ‘GameDay’ and every week NFL Network provides more than 15 hours of live coverage, beginning at 7:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay First. NFL Network’s coverage continues at 9:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay Morning leading viewers into the early games. At 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Live provides in-progress highlights and analysis of the day’s games, and at 7:30 PM ET, NFL GameDay Highlights recaps the entire afternoon. At 11:30 PM ET, NFL GameDay Final provides complete analysis on the entire football Sunday.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Press Conference Opening Statement

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

3:00 PM ET

Commissioner Roger Goodell: Good afternoon. Thank you for coming today. I’d like to make a few points and then I’ll be happy to take your questions.

At our best, the NFL sets an example that makes a positive difference.

Unfortunately over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong.

That starts with me.

I said this before, back on August 28th, and I say it again now – I got it wrong in the handling of the Ray Rice matter. I am sorry for that.

I got it wrong on a number of levels – from the process that I led to the decision that I reached.

But now I will get it right and do whatever is necessary to accomplish that. First, I don’t expect anyone just to take my word. Last week, I asked former FBI Director Robert Mueller to conduct an independent investigation to answer the questions raised about our process in reviewing Ray Rice’s conduct.

I pledged that Director Mueller will have full cooperation and access. We all look forward to his report and findings. I promise you that any shortcomings he finds in how we dealt with the situation will lead to swift action. The same mistakes can never be repeated. We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that we are thorough in our review process and that our conclusions are reliable. We will get our house in order first.

Second, and most importantly, these incidents demonstrate that we can use the NFL to help create change not only in our league but in society with respect to domestic violence and sexual assault.

We are taking a number of steps. I said on August 28th that the entire NFL would receive comprehensive information on resources and support systems for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We will reexamine, enhance and improve all of our current programs – and then we’ll do more.

Earlier today, each NFL club and all of our league office locations received information about advocacy and support organizations in their communities.

In addition, our teams and league staff – everyone – will participate in education sessions starting in the next month — followed by training programs.

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Joint NFL-NFLPA Statement on Wide-Ranging Changes to Drug Programs

The NFL and NFL Players Association have reached agreement on a wide-ranging series of improvements to their programs on substance abuse and performance enhancing substances that include the use of third-party arbitration appeals of positive tests, implementation of testing for human growth hormone within the next few weeks and revised disciplinary standards for DUIs and marijuana.

“With these changes, the NFL and NFLPA once again have the finest and most comprehensive set of drug policies in sports,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

“Our collectively bargained drug policies set the standard for testing protocols and fairness in all of sport,” said NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith. “We are proud to continue a legacy of protecting the integrity of our game.”

Key revisions to the program are:

  • HGH testing will be fully implemented this season.  Information on testing procedures will be sent to clubs and players within the week, and testing should begin by the end of this month.
  • Appeals of positive tests in both the substance abuse and performance enhancing drug programs (including HGH) will be heard by third-party arbitrators jointly selected appointed and retained by the NFL and NFLPA.  Appeals will be processed more expeditiously under uniform rules and procedures.
  • Discipline of players for certain violations in the 2014 league year will be adjusted by certain aspects of the new policies. Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos, Orlando Scandrick of the Dallas Cowboys and Stedman Bailey of the St. Louis Rams were eligible to return to their teams this week. Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns and free agent LaVon Brazill will be eligible to return after 10 games.
  • Discipline for violations of the performance enhancing drug policy (including for HGH) will be modified.

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Week 3 Tweets of the Week

The following release includes the “Tweets of the Week” from the @NFLFootballInfo, @NFLHistory and @RLiuNFL Twitter feeds.

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CBS & NFL Network’s ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes — Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons

NFL Thursday Night Kickoff aired from inside the Georgia Dome tonight at 7:30 PM ET on CBS and NFL Network, with host James Brown and analysts Bill Cowher and Deion Sanders providing pregame analysis leading up to Buccaneers-Falcons on Thursday Night Football.’

Former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez joined the set in Atlanta.

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