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NFL Prep 100 Series Presented by Under Armour and National Guard Kicks Off in New Orleans

NFL Legends Including Hall of Famer AENEAS WILLIAMS to Discuss Academics and Athletics With 100 Regional High School Football Players

One hundred high-school football players will participate in the kickoff of the 2014 NFL PREP 100 Series Presented by Under Armour and the National Guard on Saturday, March 1 in New Orleans, LA.

The participants hail mostly from the southern Louisiana region, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Reserve. The Mississippi Gulf Coast also is represented with participants from Ocean Springs and D’Iberville.

PREP 100 is an invitation only one-day seminar designed to enhance the personal and athletic development of high school football players. Participants will engage in focused classroom sessions led by athlete development professionals and NFL Ambassadors, and position-specific on-field training coached by NFL Legends. PREP 100 attendees are selected based on academic performance, athletic involvement, leadership potential, and coach and teacher recommendations.  There will be eight sessions across the country from March through June as part of the 2014 NFL Prep 100 Series.

2014 Pro Football Hall of Famer and New Orleans native AENEAS WILLIAMS will facilitate breakout sessions on building and maintaining strong personal character. On-field sessions will be held at the New Orleans Saints training facility and led by NFL Legends JEFF BLAKE, KHARY CAMPBELL, EDDIE MASON and ANDRE WOODSON among others. Participants also will be educated on key nutrition information by Gatorade and leadership development by the National Guard.

PREP 100 is one of multiple programs offered by NFL Player Engagement through its youth and collegiate outreach arm, NFL PREP.

“The NFL PREP platform provides resources for developing the ‘Total Athlete of Tomorrow,’” said TROY VINCENT, senior vice president of NFL Player Engagement. “Through PREP 100, we’re recognizing the achievements of some very talented student-athletes, and equipping them with the tools to be highly successful both on and off the field.”

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.

Bills and Giants to Kick Off Preseason in NFL/Hall of Fame Game August 3 on NBC

The Buffalo Bills and New York Giants will kick off the 2014 preseason in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, August 3 at 8:00 PM ET on NBC.  The game also will be broadcast on WestwoodOne Radio.

The game will be played at Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio one day after the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 is formally enshrined. Two of the seven members of the Class of 2014 have ties to the participating teams.

Wide receiver ANDRE REED played 15 of his 16 seasons with the Bills from 1985-1999, and was named to the Pro Bowl seven times. Defensive end MICHAEL STRAHAN spent his entire 15-season career with the Giants from 1993-2007 and also was selected to seven Pro Bowls.

Joining Reed and Strahan in the Class of 2014 are linebacker DERRICK BROOKS, punter RAY GUY, defensive end CLAUDE HUMPHREY, tackle WALTER JONES, and cornerback/safety AENEAS WILLIAMS.

This is the first time the Bills and Giants will meet in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game.  The Giants played in the very first Hall of Fame Game in 1962 and followed with three other trips to Canton to play in the preseason classic (1972, 1985, and 2002). Buffalo returns to Fawcett Stadium for the fourth time.  The Bills started their season in Canton in 1974, 1989, and 2009.

Ticket packages with prime seat locations to the NFL/Hall of Fame Game are on sale now exclusively through NFL On Location, the league’s official event experience and hospitality source. The all-inclusive ticket packages feature Gold Zone and Green Zone seating and include hospitality opportunities. Ticket packages may be purchased online through NFL On Location at ProFootballHOF.nflonlocation.com or by calling 877-611-3947. Packages are serviced by QuintEvents, the official travel partner of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Individual tickets for the NFL/Hall of Fame Game will go on sale on March 25 at 11:00 AM ET and are priced at $54 End Zone, $64 Red Zone, and $69 Green Zone, and can be ordered online at ProFootballHOF.com/2014tix or by calling 877-464-9526.

Additional information on both the NFL/Hall of Fame Game and the 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony including Enshrinement Festival ticket packages can also be found on ProFootballHOF.com.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest

This year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is giving fans the opportunity of a lifetime to go “behind the ropes” to meet and hear from 100 Hall of Famers over a two-day period at the first-ever Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest at Cleveland’s I-X Center, May 3-4, 2014. There are four separate shows during the two-day event. Each show will feature 25 different Hall of Famers as well as exciting programs and interactive experiences spread out over the more than one million square feet of the Cleveland I-X Center. Fans may purchase tickets to Fan Fest at ProFootballHOF.com/FanFest or by calling 1-844-FAN-FEST (or 216-265-2624).

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Two Dates Added to 2014 NFL Regional Combines Schedule

MIAMI AND INDIANAPOLIS ADD SUNDAY WORKOUTS

Two dates have been added to the 2014 NFL Regional Combines schedule, the NFL announced today. The additional dates are Sunday, March 23 at the Miami Dolphins’ Doctors Hospital Training Facility and Sunday, March 30 at the Indianapolis Colts’ Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. NFL Regional Combines, hosted throughout the country, serve as a supplement to the NFL’s National Scouting Combine and provide an opportunity for players to display their skills before veteran NFL talent evaluators.

NFL Regional Combines are conducted specifically for the following players:

  • Players eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft but not attending the National Scouting Combine
  • Players who were eligible for a prior draft, but never signed a contract
  • Players with some pro playing experience, but who have been out of the game for a period of time

Players are tested and evaluated by experienced NFL scouting personnel, and measurements and combine results are compiled and entered into a database available to all 32 NFL clubs.

Standouts at NFL Regional Combines will be invited to attend the NFL Super Regional Combine. At the Super Regional, players will have an additional opportunity to work out and showcase their talents in front of current NFL team scouts and player personnel directors.

For more information, visit www.nflregionalcombines.com.

The 2014 Regional Combines Schedule:

Date Location Facility
March 1 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Facility
March 8-9 Atlanta Atlanta Falcons Training Facility
March 15 Chicago Halas Hall at Conway Park
March 22-23 Miami Doctors Hospital Training Facility
March 22-23** Seattle Virginia Mason Athletic Center
March 29-30 Indianapolis Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center
March 29-30 Baltimore Under Armour Performance Center
April 12-13* Detroit Ford Field
*2014 Super Regional Combine (by invitation only)
**Kickers and Punters Combine (March 23)

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NFL Health and Safety Update—February 26, 2014

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NFL Players to Participate in New “NFL Boot Camp: Consumer Products” March 2-5

Four-Day Program For Current & Former Players Includes Final Pitch At Baltimore’s Under Armour Headquarters

NFL Legend & G-III Sports President CARL BANKS to Present

Fifteen current and former NFL players — including Baltimore Ravens WR TORREY SMITH, and Pittsburgh Steelers veterans PLAXICO BURRESS and SHAUN SUISHAM — will take part in the first-ever NFL Boot Camp: Consumer Products from March 2-5 in Baltimore.

The boot camp is one of several training programs for post-NFL careers that NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players.  In addition, two wives of players will participate as part of NFL Player Engagement’s Women’s Resource Initiative aimed at engaging the women who support the players.

The program—developed jointly with NFL Player Engagement, NFL consumer products department, and the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business—offers an in-depth look at the consumer products industry for players looking to transition into the business. The boot camp is run in conjunction with the annual NFL Consumer Products Summit, which participants will attend to interact with NFL licensees and the trade show experience. Participants also will take on a Group Pitch Project, competing in teams to develop and deliver a product pitch to a panel of NFL executives and industry experts. The presentations will occur on the final day of the program, hosted at the Under Armour headquarters.

“We seek to prepare our players for career opportunities after their NFL playing experience. This boot camp provides a solid foundation for navigating the consumer products industry,” said TROY VINCENT, Senior Vice President of NFL Player Engagement.

Participating players represent a broad range of interests and experience within the consumer products industry. PHILLIP BUCHANON, an 11-year veteran, is developing a concept for an educational board game that teaches life skills and money management to children.  Burress has launched a luxury sock line, The Plaxico Burress Collection.  Arizona Cardinals long snapper MIKE LEACH and his wife Julie are building Potty Pals, which assists parents and children during the toilet training process.

The boot camp will kick off with a Consumer Products 101 session led by NFL Senior Vice President of Consumer Products LEO KANE and NFL Vice President of Consumer Products NATARA HOLLOWAY.

“The consumer products landscape is complex, but very important as it delivers meaningful ways for our fans to get closer to the game and show their passion for the teams and players they love” said Leo Kane. “We are excited to work with players and provide an inside look at the consumer products business.”

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NFL, Under Armour and GE Receive More Than 450 Submissions to Head Health Challenge II

Innovative challenge is a collaboration to improve protection against brain injury

February 25, 2014 –More than 450 proposals from 19 countries were submitted to Head Health Challenge II, the NFL, Under Armour (NYSE:UA) and GE (NYSE: GE) announced today. The challenge will award up to $10 million for new innovations and materials that can protect the brain from traumatic injury and for new tools for tracking head impacts in real time. The challenge is part of the Head Health Initiative, a collaboration to help speed diagnosis, improve treatment and protect against brain injury.

According to site manager NineSigma, between September 2013 and February 11, 2014, when the challenge closed, more than 40,000 people from 110 countries visited www.headhealthchallenge.com. The submissions will now be evaluated by a panel of external judges that include leading experts in brain research and engineering solutions for training and protocols. Winners will be announced at a later date.

Specific focus areas for Head Health Challenge II include:

  • Potential to improve the prevention and identification of brain injuries
  • Monitoring and identifying injury
  • Protection against injury or its consequences
  • Training

“The response to this challenge demonstrates the global interest in brain protection,” said JEFF MILLER, NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy. “The number of great scientific minds committed to protecting the brain provides hope that we will see great innovations that have the potential to protect athletes in all sports at all levels. We are proud to work with innovative partners like GE and Under Armour to help advance science.”

“Striving to make the field of play safe across all sports is a world-wide mission, which has been demonstrated by the global response to the Head Health Challenge II,” said KEVIN HALEY, SVP Innovation, Under Armour. “We are committed to this cause and look forward to working hand-in-hand with the NFL and GE, reviewing the submissions and finding those innovations that can have a positive effect on all sports and help protect athletes at every level.”

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NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Press Conference — Sunday, February 23

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock spoke on Sunday at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.


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Audio File of NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock’s 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Conference Call

Provided below is the audio file of NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock’s 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Conference Call, which was held on Tuesday, February 18:


NFL Health and Safety Update—February 19, 2014

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2014 NFL Draft First Round Order

Following is the 2014 NFL Draft first round order.

The Dallas Cowboys will select 16th and the Baltimore Ravens 17th, following the coin flip held today at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The first round will start on Thursday, May 8 with the second and third rounds on Friday, May 9 followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, May 10. The 2014 Draft will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

For the complete first round draft order, click here