Transcript & Audio File of Conference Call with NFL Network Analysts Charles Davis & Daniel Jeremiah — 4/17/14

NFL Network analysts Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah held a conference call today to preview the 2014 NFL Draft.

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NFL Update—April 16, 2014

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NFL Update — April 9, 2014

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2014 Preseason Schedule Announced

The NFL’s slate of eight nationally televised preseason games will feature eight 2013 playoff teams, one of the highlights of the 65-game 2014 NFL preseason schedule announced today.

The 2014 preseason will kick off on Sunday, August 3 (NBC, 8:00 PM ET) in Canton, Ohio when the Buffalo Bills face the New York Giants in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game.

The San Francisco 49ers will play in the new Levi’s Stadium on national TV when the club hosts the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, August 24 (FOX, 4:00 PM ET).

Later that evening, the Arizona Cardinals will host the Cincinnati Bengals (NBC, 8:00 PM ET) at University of Phoenix Stadium, which will be the home of both the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX.

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2015 Pro Bowl to be Played in Arizona; 2016 Pro Bowl Slated for Hawaii

HERE COMES THE PRO BOWL!

(MOST-WATCHED ALL-STAR GAME IN SPORTS)

The National Football League announced today locations and dates for the next two Pro Bowls.

The Pro Bowl following the 2014 season will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015 and televised live on ESPN at 8 PM ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX a week later on Sunday, February 1. The Arizona Cardinals and Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee will host the Pro Bowl and surrounding activities.

The Pro Bowl following the 2015 season will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 and televised live on ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, which first hosted the NFL’s All-Star game in 1980. San Francisco will host Super Bowl L the following Sunday.

The NFL has an agreement with the State of Hawaii to play the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium following the 2016 season but final confirmation of the game will be made at a later date.

Watched by 11.4 million viewers in 2014, the Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, has been the most-watched all-star game in all of sports the past four years.

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be the third one played in the same city as the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Coliseum hosted the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967 and the Pro Bowl the following week. South Florida hosted the Pro Bowl in 2010 a week before Super Bowl XLIV.

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be the sixth consecutive game played prior to the Super Bowl.

The 2014 Pro Bowl featured a significantly revised format that will continue. For the first time, the Pro Bowl was “unconferenced,” and several key playing rules were changed. Rather than the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that had existed since 1971, players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.

Tickets will be available first to Arizona Cardinals season ticket members and annual Pro Bowl season ticket holders. Pro Bowl annual ticket subscribers in Hawaii will maintain their account status for any future games at Aloha Stadium.

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NFL Films-Produced ‘Caught in the Draft’ Premieres Wednesday, April 9 on NFL Network

Airs Every Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network Leading Up to 2014 NFL Draft

Examines Five Particular Drafts: 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994 & 2004

Before the 2014 NFL Draft kicks off, NFL Network provides a comprehensive look back at the past 50 years of the NFL Draft with a new, NFL Films-produced series, Caught in the Draft.

Premiering Wednesday, April 9 at 9:00 PM ET and airing every Wednesday leading up to the eve of the 2014 NFL Draft, the five-episode series examines five specific drafts which had a profound impact on the National Football League and helped to transform the NFL Draft into the enormous event it has become.

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NFL Offseason Workout Program Dates Announced

Following is the NFL Offseason Workout Program calendar for 2014. Voluntary offseason workout programs are intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.

As per Article 21 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program.  On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis.  No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program.  Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”.  No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Article 22 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players.  This minicamp, noted below, must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.  Head coaches hired after the end of the 2013 season are also entitled to conduct an additional voluntary veteran minicamp.

Each club may hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2014 may begin on May 12.  During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-NFL Draft rookie minicamp, which may be conducted on either the first or second weekend following the draft.  The dates of the post-draft rookie minicamps will be circulated at a later date.

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NFL Health and Safety Update—April 2, 2014

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NFL Retired Player News – April 2014

The NFL League Office stays in regular contact with its former players, passing along vital information via email each month about benefits and services available to them & their families as well as alerting them to where other members of the player alumni community are currently living and working.

The April 2014 edition of NFL Retired Player News included a list of 20 player alumni who have gone on to successful careers on and off the field.

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PLAYERS CURRENT CAREER POSITION (LOCATION)
G Ed Blaine Professor of Medical Pharmacology & Physiology, Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Missouri (MO)
RB James Bostic Police Officer, Coral Springs Police Department (FL)
QB Bubby Brister Director-Corporate Services, Warrior Energy Services (LA)
RB Steve Broussard Assistant Coach, Southern Methodist University (TX)
LB Vincent Brown Assistant Coach, University of Connecticut (CT)
QB Randall Cunningham Founder/Pastor, Remnant Ministries (NV)
CB Brian Davis Owner/Elite Fitness Trainer, The Training Room (AZ)
TE Chip Glass Assistant Coach, Lake Washington High School (WA)
WR Jacquez Green Wide Receivers Coach/Head Boys Track Coach, Valdosta High School (GA)
QB David Greene Client Executive, Seacrest Partners (GA)
DT Dave Hale Founder-Owner, Hale Agency (KS)
S Terry Hoage Co-Founder, Terry Hoage Vineyards (CA)
TE Nate Jackson Writer, Book Author (CO)
QB Jeff Kemp VP/HomeBuilder Catalyst, Family Life (AR)
WR Sam McCullum Executive VP of Purchasing, Advanced Refreshment LLC (WA)
QB Dan McGwire President, Vita H20 (NV)
CB Miles McPherson Book Author/Pastor, The Rock Church (CA)
QB Warren Moon President/Founder, Sports 1 Marketing (WA)
WR Cotton Speyrer Texas Council on Environmental Technology (TX)
QB Spergon Wynn Broker, Amerex Energy Services (TX)

27 NFL PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN “BUSINESS MANAGEMENT & PROGRAM” APRIL 3-6

Four-Day Program Hosted by University of Notre Dame Includes Business Pitch Competition

NFL Legends and past BM&E participants CHARLIE BATCH, DEKE COOPER, JEFF FAINE & J.R. TOLVER to Serve as Speakers and Mentors

Twenty-seven current and former NFL players will take part in the NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program (BM&E) April 3-6 at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. This is one of several training programs for post-NFL careers that NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players.

Participants will hear from University of Notre Dame faculty and successful business leaders. The program will kick off with presentations from four NFL Legends who applied learnings from past BM&E programs to launch their own business ventures and foundations including Notre Dame alumni DEKE COOPER and JEFF FAINE, as well as CHARLIE BATCH and J.R. TOLVER. Faine and BRADY QUINN, a fellow Notre Dame alumnus and past participant in the BM&E Program, were instrumental in bringing the program to Notre Dame for the first time in 2013.

The program—developed jointly with NFL Player Engagement, Mendoza’s Stayer Center for Executive Education and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship—will cover topics such as financial literacy and analysis, investing for impact, and business plan development. Attendees will receive mentoring from Batch, Cooper, Faine and Tolver as well as the Irish Angels, a select group of investors within the Notre Dame community who advise and invest in start-ups. Throughout the four days, participants will work in groups to develop and deliver a business plan for the Business Pitch Competition that closes out the program.

“We believe in a shared responsibility to prepare our players for career opportunities after their NFL playing experience,” said Kimberly Fields, Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. “This program provides education, mentoring, and hands-on experience for those looking to succeed in the business world.”

“It is a pleasure again to have the opportunity to work with the NFL in presenting the Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program,” said Paul Slaggert, Director of Non-Degree Programs for the Stayer Center for Executive Education at Notre Dame. “The ability to work with current and former NFL players who want to give back by starting or investing in new ventures that benefit their communities is extremely gratifying.”

Players will be live blogging throughout the program, documenting their experience on www.NFLPE.sportsblog.com. Following is a list of participating players:

 

NAME TEAM AFFILIATION(S)
ANDY ALLEMAN Former (KC, MIA, NO)
ANTHONY ARMSTRONG Free Agent
BRIAN ARNFELT Pittsburgh Steelers
ZANE BEADLES Jacksonville Jaguars
KEITH BROOKING Former (ATL, DAL, DEN)
SHAUN CODY Former (DET, HOU)
VONTAE DAVIS Indianapolis Colts
JEROME FELTON Minnesota Vikings
BRANDON FIELDS Miami Dolphins
VINCENT FULLER II Former (DET, TEN)
ANDRE GURODE Oakland Raiders
JEFFREY “J.J.” JANSEN Carolina Panthers
JOSH MARTIN Kansas City Chiefs
TIM MASTHAY Green Bay Packers
KEVIN MC DERMOTT San Francisco 49ers
RYAN MUNDY Chicago Bears
TORRANCE (MORAN) NORRIS Former (DET, HOU, NO, SF)
ERIC OLSEN Free Agent
MICHAEL PALMER Pittsburgh Steelers
JOE REITZ Indianapolis Colts
DUNTA ROBINSON Free Agent
BRYAN SCOTT Free Agent
AUSTIN SPITLER Miami Dolphins
WILL SVITEK New England Patriots
DARRYL TAPP Detroit Lions
DE MARCUS WARE Denver Broncos
SAM YOUNG Jacksonville Jaguars

About NFL Player Engagement

NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education. More information can be found at http://www.nflplayerengagement.com.

About Stayer Center for Executive Education

Founded in 1980, the University of Notre Dame’s Stayer Center for Executive Education, located in the No. 1 ranked Mendoza College of Business, provides leaders in the executive and management ranks with the opportunity to develop and strengthen their leadership abilities and business acumen skills. The Stayer Center for Executive Education is dedicated to devel­oping leaders who succeed in today’s global business world and are prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow. In keeping with the Notre Dame mission, the Stayer Center emphasizes values-centered leadership plus strategic thinking. The Stayer Center offers non-degree programs in 10 countries (including open-enrollment, custom and online) and the Executive MBA degree program (No. 15 ranked) in South Bend and Chicago awarding about 120 degrees annually. All these programs are designed to meet a range of career and lifetime goals, for individuals as well as organizations.

About the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship

Located in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship was founded in 1998 for the purpose of fostering innovation and infusing aspiring Notre Dame entrepreneurs with a sense of the possible.  Through rigorous coursework, its annual business plan competition, conferences, extensive networking and mentoring, and experiential learning opportunities, the Center provides students, alumni and faculty members with the knowledge and skills vital to entrepreneurship. Gigot develops individuals who have a vision for a startup, as well as “intrapreneurs” who seek to bring innovation to an existing business. In keeping with the Mendoza College mission to Ask More of Business™, the Gigot Center actively supports the social entrepreneur who uses business skills and knowledge to serve the greater good.