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NFL Statement

Our office has been conducting an investigation as to whether the footballs used in last Sunday’s AFC Championship Game complied with the specifications that are set forth in the playing rules. The investigation began based on information that suggested that the game balls used by the New England Patriots were not properly inflated to levels required by the playing rules, specifically Playing Rule 2, Section 1, which requires that the ball be inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch. Prior to the game, the game officials inspect the footballs to be used by each team and confirm that this standard is satisfied, which was done before last Sunday’s game.

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NFL Names Sportsmanship Award in Honor of Hall of Famer Art Rooney

The National Football League will name its annual award recognizing outstanding sportsmanship on the playing field in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer ART ROONEY, SR.

“Art Rooney is an iconic figure in NFL history. It is appropriate that we honor his legacy in this way and recognize NFL players for one of the important values that he represented so well,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL.

“The Art Rooney Award is a special tribute to my father, who always believed in sportsmanship and fairness to everyone. This award is one our entire family will be proud to see, and we are grateful the NFL made this choice. There are so many outstanding players in the NFL community. We look forward to seeing who will receive the award each year,” said Steelers Chairman and Art’s son DAN ROONEY.

“I think my grandfather would be a little uncomfortable with the idea of an award being named for him,” says Steelers President ART ROONEY II. “But I think he would appreciate that it is an award recognizing sportsmanship in the game of football, and that it honors a player who displays respect for the game and respect for the other players of the game. My grandfather cared about integrity in the game of football, and the recipient of this award should be proud his peers look at him in such a respectful manner.”

The winner selected by the vote of the players will be announced at the “4th Annual NFL Honors” on Saturday, January 31 on NBC, the night before Super Bowl XLIX. He will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice. He also will be presented “The Art Rooney Trophy,” which represents the important role that sportsmanship plays in the game and how NFL players that demonstrate integrity and honor on the field serve as role models for other players at all levels.

Art Rooney Sr. founded the Steelers in 1933 and was one of most respected men in the history of the National Football League. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964 for his contributions to developing the Steelers and the NFL. He turned the team into a four-time Super Bowl champion in the 1970s and played an active role in team operations until his death in 1988. Rooney was not just respected, but also loved by players, coaches, staff and fans. He was affectionately known as “The Chief.”

The award was established this year and is determined by a vote of the NFL players. The award will be presented each year to an NFL player who demonstrates on the field the qualities of great sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for opponents, and integrity in competition.

Each NFL team nominated one player during the season. A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community selected from the 32 nominees eight finalists (four in the AFC; four in the NFC). The panel of Legends Coordinators was comprised of WARRICK DUNN, CURTIS MARTIN, KARL MECKLENBURG and LEONARD WHEELER.

The finalists, featuring four players from each conference, were linebacker THOMAS DAVIS (Carolina), wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD (Arizona), linebacker CHAD GREENWAY (Minnesota), wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON (Detroit), safety TROY POLAMALU (Pittsburgh), wide receiver-special teamer MATTHEW SLATER (New England), quarterback ALEX SMITH (Kansas City) and defensive end DE MARCUS WARE (Denver). Current players voted on the finalists on the 2015 Pro Bowl ballot on December 19.

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Super Bowl XLIX Crop Circle To Add AFC Champion New England Patriots & NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks

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Hall of Fame Coach & Creator of the West Coast Offense Bill Walsh Profiled on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

‘Bill Walsh: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, January 23 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

“I look for the roots of Bill [Walsh] in places that I’m visiting and they’re always there. The game was coached, played, managed [and] owned in a very archaic way for a long time. Bill changed that fundamentally at every level forever.” – Steve Young

He was labeled a genius, but he also was an insecure, tortured artist. After revolutionizing the NFL with the team of the 1980s, Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh wrote a book that has become the bible for generations of football coaches.

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Super Bowl XLIX Team Media Availabilty Schedule

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Pro Bowl Pre-Draft Selections

– Alumni Captains Cris Carter & Michael Irvin Make Pre-Draft Selections –

The initial draft selections for the 2015 Pro Bowl were made on Tuesday by the alumni team captains, Pro Football Hall of Famers CRIS CARTER and MICHAEL IRVIN.

Irvin won a coin toss at Tuesday’s press conference and elected to choose Dallas Cowboys RB DE MARCO MURRAY and Cleveland Browns CB JOE HADEN, the active player captains, to help determine the roster as the first members of Team Irvin.

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Scouting Fellowship Program For Former Players Created By NFL Football Development Department

A new program designed to encourage former NFL players to pursue a career in professional scouting will launch this year, the NFL announced today.

The NUNN-WOOTEN SCOUTING FELLOWSHIP, named in honor of longtime Steelers personnel director BILL NUNN and former NFL player and front office executive JOHN WOOTEN, will be administered by the NFL’s Football Development Department. The objective of the program is to provide former players who are interested in becoming a professional scout an opportunity to observe and participate in how the scouting process works at NFL clubs.

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NFL Digital Media Offers Fans the Most Comprehensive Coverage of Super Bowl XLIX

“Super Bowl Live” to Provide Interviews with Players and Celebrities Live from the Super Bowl XLIX Media Center

Live Streaming Video of Super Bowl XLIX Accessible Through NFL Mobile from Verizon, and

NFL Now to Provide Insight and Analysis from Top NFL Insiders and Access to Super Bowl XLIX Shows and Events

First-Ever Social Media Command Center to Provide Updates on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram Conversation Surrounding Super Bowl XLIX

With an array of interactive offerings, NFL Digital Media has the most complete and comprehensive coverage of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona. Featuring,, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon, the Xbox One NFL app and more, NFL Digital Media has something for everyone.

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NFL Network Live On-Location From Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX

Record 87 Hours of Live On-Location Coverage from Arizona, Including 12.5 Hours of Super Bowl Sunday Coverage

41 On-Air Personalities with a Combined 18 Super Bowl Rings

First-Ever Social Media Command Center to Provide Updates on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram Conversation Surrounding Super Bowl XLIX

‘NFL AM,’ ‘Super Bowl Live,’ ‘NFL Total Access’ & ‘Super Bowl Tonight’ Shows Live from Arizona Throughout the Week

Comprehensive Live Coverage of Super Bowl XLIX Media Day from the US Airways Center – Tuesday, January 27

For the 12th year, NFL Network is on-location providing comprehensive, wall-to-wall coverage of Super Bowl week. With a record 87 live hours of on-location coverage from Arizona, and featuring a roster of 41 on-air personalities with a combined 18 Super Bowl rings, NFL Network is the go-to destination for expert analysis, the latest news and reports, special guest appearances, matchup-related programming and more leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.

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74 Players Granted Special Eligibility For 2015 NFL Draft

10 additional players who have graduated also eligible for selection

The National Football League announced today the names of 74 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2015 NFL Draft and 10 players who have graduated with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the April 30-May 2 draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

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