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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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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:
“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 spoke on Sunday at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.
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.
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NFL Network, NFL.com & NFL Mobile From Verizon Cover 2014 NFL Scouting Combine with 23-Man Roster of Analysts, Hosts & Reporters
Live Coverage of Combine Drills Begins Saturday, February 22 at 9:00 AM ET
Coverage of Combine Press Conferences Thursday, February 20 & Friday, February 21 at 2:00 PM ET
For the 10th year, NFL Media provides exclusive multi-platform coverage of the league’s next generation of talent with more than 60 hours of programming of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour. Beginning Thursday, February 20, NFL Network, NFL.com and NFL Mobile broadcast live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, providing an up-close look at South Carolina defensive Jadeveon Clowney, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and the rest of the more than 330 NFL prospects looking to take the next step in their careers. Additionally, NFL Network’s live coverage of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine can be accessed on mobile phones exclusively through NFL Mobile From Verizon.
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Thursday, February 20
9:45 AM Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins Head Coach
10:00 AM Marc Trestman, Chicago Bears Head Coach
10:15 AM Kevin Colbert, Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager
10:30 AM Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans Head Coach
10:45 AM Ruston Webster, Tennessee Titans Executive Vice President/General Manager
11:00 AM Phil Emery, Chicago Bears General Manager
11:15 AM Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills Head Coach
11:30 AM Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals General Manager
11:45 AM Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons Head Coach
Noon Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions Head Coach
12:15 PM Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers Head Coach
12:30 PM Tom Telesco, San Diego Chargers General Manager
12:45 PM John Fox, Denver Broncos Head Coach
1:00 PM Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach
1:15 PM Rick Spielman, Minnesota Vikings General Manager
1:30 PM David Caldwell, Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager
1:45 PM Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders Head Coach
2:00 PM Jason Licht, Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager
2:15 PM Dennis Hickey, Miami Dolphins General Manager
2:30 PM Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles General Manager
2:45 PM Rex Ryan, New York Jets Head Coach
3:00 PM John Idzik, New York Jets General Manager
3:15 PM Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach
3:30 PM Dave Gettleman, Carolina Panthers General Manager
4:00 PM Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys Head Coach
4:30 PM John Schneider, Seattle Seahawks Executive Vice President/General Manager
28 Current and Former NFL Players to Participate
The NFL and NCAA are offering the fourth annual NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy that kicks off today in Phoenix. The three-day program (February 14-16), developed in 2011 by NFL Player Engagement and the NCAA, will provide 58 coaches/coaching prospects – including 18 NFL Legends and 10 current NFL players (list below) — with tools and networking opportunities for potential careers as football coaches.
Many of the participants currently have high school or college coaching positions. The NCAA also invited football coaches who have less than eight years of college coaching experience to take part.
Arizona State University head coach TODD GRAHAM will serve as the opening night keynote speaker. Additional keynote speakers for the program include Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator TODD BOWLES and running backs coach STUMP MITCHELL, and NFL Network analyst and former Redskins and Texans general manager CHARLEY CASSERLY.
“The NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy provides both current players and NFL Legends with a unique opportunity to learn from top coaches at every level of the game,” said JAMES THRASH, manager of NFL Player Engagement. “Our goal is to develop a professional pipeline of coaches who understand the NFL standard and transfer that knowledge of coaching skills, leadership, and character to players at all levels.”
In keeping with NFL Player Engagement’s industry leading peer-to-peer model, participants will gain knowledge and insight into the world of coaching from those who have been successful on the sidelines. Sessions will include instruction from NFL, college and high school coaches, business leaders and athletic administrators. Topics include how to build a personal and professional brand; managing budgets; successful networking; health and safety; media messaging; coaching contracts; building relationships in college; effective leadership; understanding the academic landscape; and the interview process. Participants also will experience mock interview sessions.
“Continuing the education of administrators and coaches can provide a better, more complete, experience for athletes, whether on campus or in the professional arena,” said DR. BERNARD FRANKLIN, NCAA executive vice president of membership and student-athlete affairs and chief inclusion officer. “The partnership with the National Football League has a positive impact on the sport and those charged with developing the game and its participants. The exposure of aspiring coaches to a collection of the top minds in football – specifically on important topics such as financial literacy and mental health to the locker room culture – is crucial now and in the future.”’
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“Our office has received the report of independent counsel Ted Wells, which sets forth the findings of his investigation into the workplace environment at the Miami Dolphins. Consistent with our commitment at the outset of this matter, the full report has been transmitted to our clubs and has been made public. We appreciate the work of Ted Wells and his colleagues and the cooperation of the Miami Dolphins organization in the investigation. After we have had an opportunity to review the report, we will have further comment as appropriate.”