32 NFL Legends to Participate in 2012 NFL Kickoff

The National Football League announced that 32 legendary NFL alumni, one representing each team, will be part of the pregame celebration at Rockefeller Center® on Wednesday, September 5 as part of the 2012 NFL Kickoff Show. 

32 fans, one per team, will unveil their team’s 2012 season flag as winners of the inaugural NFL Fan Flag Challenge. The contest asked fans to submit designs with elements representative of their team’s city, community, traditions, or its fans.  The winner’s inspirational concept was then used to create the team’s flag.  The 32 fans will be joined by 32 NFL Legends to unveil their team’s flag.

The NFL alumni scheduled to be on-hand at Rockefeller Center to unveil their team’s flag include:

  • Arizona Cardinals, Frank Sanders (WR)
  • Atlanta Falcons, Alge Crumpler (TE)
  • Baltimore Ravens, Rob Burnett (DE)
  • Buffalo Bills, Steve Tasker (WR)
  • Carolina Panthers, Wesley Walls (TE)
  • Chicago Bears, Gale Sayers (RB)
  • Cincinnati Bengals, Jim Breech (K)
  • Cleveland Browns, Greg Pruitt (RB)
  • Dallas Cowboys, Charles Haley (DE)
  • Denver Broncos, Rod Smith (WR)
  • Detroit Lions, Charlie Sanders (TE)
  • Green Bay Packers, James Lofton (WR)
  • Houston Texans, Seth Payne (DT)
  • Indianapolis Colts, Jeff Herrod (LB)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars, Fred Taylor (RB)
  • Kansas City Chiefs, Will Shields (G)
  • Miami Dolphins, Larry Little (G)
  • Minnesota Vikings, Matt Blair (LB)
  • New England Patriots, Troy Brown (WR)
  • New Orleans Saints, Willie Roaf (T)
  • New York Giants, Antonio Pierce (LB)
  • New York Jets, Chad Pennington (QB)
  • Oakland Raiders, Willie Brown (DB)
  • Philadelphia Eagles, Brian Dawkins (S)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers, Dermontti Dawson (C)
  • St. Louis Rams, Jack Youngblood (DE)
  • San Diego Chargers, David Binn (LS)
  • San Francisco 49ers, Roger Craig (RB)
  • Seattle Seahawks, Shaun Alexander (RB)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Derrick Brooks (LB)
  • Tennessee Titans, Keith Bulluck (LB)
  • Washington Redskins, Pat Fischer (DB)


2012 NFL Kickoff leads into the season opener between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (NBC, NBCSports.com, Westwood One/Dial Global, 8:30 PM ET). 

It was previously announced that MARIAH CAREY and NO DOUBT would perform prior to the game at Rockefeller Center in New York City as part of NFL Kickoff 2012 Presented by Bud Light

NFL Kickoff 2012 will be televised from 7:30-8:30 PM (ET) on NBC and NFL Network.

This is the 10th anniversary of NFL Kickoff continuing the tradition of saluting the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium in primetime.

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CONTACT: Joanna Hunter, NFL, 212-450-2449; joanna.hunter@nfl.com; @joannanfl

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