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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.

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Oliver Luck Joins NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel

Former NFL quarterback OLIVER LUCK, currently serving as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for his alma mater, West Virginia, has been selected to join the NFL’s Player Safety Advisory Panel, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today.

Co-chaired by Pro Football Hall of Famers RONNIE LOTT and JOHN MADDEN, the Player Safety Advisory Panel was formed two years ago by Commissioner Goodell to assist the league in reviewing all facets of the game involving player health and safety.

“It is a real honor to have been asked to participate as a member of the NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel,” says Luck, who is the father of Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback ANDREW LUCK, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. “I would like to thank the co-chairs, John Madden and Ronnie Lott, for the opportunity, and I look forward to making a positive contribution to the work of the panel.”

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NFL Launches New Comprehensive Total Wellness Program for Current and Former NFL Players

The National Football League announced today a new comprehensive health program for former and current players that will provide additional resources to address personal issues. NFL TOTAL WELLNESS builds upon current NFL programs and services that assist members of the NFL family with matters such as physical and mental health, family safety, lifestyle and transition into their post-NFL life.

The initiative was launched today at a meeting at the NFL office in New York that included COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL and DR. DAVID SATCHER, as well as representatives from GRIDIRON GREATS, the NFL PLAYER CARE FOUNDATION and NFL PLAYER ENGAGEMENT.

DR. SATCHER, the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and current director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, will broaden his role with the NFL and serve as a mental health advisor. Dr. Satcher has conducted 14 mental health forums for NFL retired players and their families the past two years and will facilitate more events across the country.

The NFL TOTAL WELLNESS platform will help empower players to make positive health decisions; promote support-seeking behaviors in connection with behavioral and mental health issues; and provide health and safety education for players and all members of their support network, including spouses, parents, and children. The platform will expand on a number of NFL Player Engagement programs and service offerings.

Among the program’s services is NFL LIFE LINE, a new free, independent and confidential 24/7/365 phone consultation service and website developed and manned by third-party mental health professionals. NFL LIFE LINE provides support to all members of the NFL family in times of need and will be administrated by a group of national mental health experts that also operates a program for military service members with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

In an email today to more than 11,000 current and former players, plus club and league staff, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said: “There is no higher priority for the National Football League than the health and wellness of our players. Members of our community are not immune to the challenges that all individuals face.  As we enter what promises to be a very exciting 2012 season, we stand by our commitment to the total wellness of our current and former players. This service is here for you.”

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New Cancer Center Opens Today in Memory of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gene Upshaw

The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee, California had its formal opening today. It is named in honor of the late Pro Football Hall of Fame Oakland Raider and former NFLPA Executive Director GENE UPSHAW.

The newly-opened building is part of the Tahoe Forest Cancer facility and will honor Upshaw’s legacy and advance the Upshaw family’s passion for quality medical care for cancer patients and their families. The center is located in Truckee near Lake Tahoe, where Upshaw was a part-time resident for 35 years until his death from pancreatic cancer in 2008.

In addition to Gene’s widow Terri, others attending today’s formal opening include former NFL players MARCUS ALLEN, TIM BROWN, WILLIE GAULT, TOM FLORES and STEVE BONO and NFL senior executive JOE BROWNE representing Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. The NFL has been the largest contributor to the Upshaw Center’s fundraising efforts.

Upshaw played for the Oakland Raiders from 1967-1981 and was a six-time Pro Bowl player. He served as the NFLPA’s executive director from 1983 until his death in 2008.

For more information about today’s opening of the new Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, click here

NFL, NFLPA Agree on Full Funding of Legacy Benefits for Eligible Widows and Survivors of Pre-1993 Players

The NFL and NFL Players Association have reached an agreement to extend the collective bargaining agreement’s new Legacy benefits to approximately 330 widows and other survivors of eligible pre-1993 players, the NFL and NFLPA announced jointly today.

Each of the eligible beneficiaries will receive an increase in the amount they were receiving as of the effective date of the CBA. The benefit will be retroactive to August 1, 2011, which was the same effective date for the Legacy benefit for eligible pre-1993 players.   

The funding of the benefit will be split on the same basis as the funding for the other beneficiaries of the Legacy Fund – 51 percent paid by the NFL and 49 percent by the NFLPA.

Widows and survivors qualifying for this benefit will begin receiving their retroactive checks within the next two weeks. They will begin receiving their monthly benefits beginning August 1.

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NFL Youth Football Fund Awards $600,000 in Grants to 214 Current and Former NFL Players and Coaches For Free Youth Football Camps

Camps Receiving NFL YFF Grants Required to Participate in USA Football Safety Initiative, Focusing on Concussion and Hydration Awareness

The NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) has awarded $600,000 to 214 NFL players and coaches to support their free youth football camps, it was announced today.

The camps, run by former and current NFL players and coaches, will reach more than 55,000 young football players this summer.  Players and coaches hosting free camps throughout the summer include former player ISAAC BRUCE, Arizona Cardinals quarterback KEVIN KOLB, Pittsburgh Steelers Coach MIKE TOMLIN and Dallas Cowboys tight end JASON WITTEN.  A list of players and coaches receiving grants this year is below.

“Summer camps are a great way for children to keep active, build confidence and learn important skills,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, who serves on the NFL Youth Football Fund board of directors. “We are pleased to support our players’ philanthropic efforts that promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyles in young people.”

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2012 NFL Rookie Symposium Kicks Off Sunday Stressing History, Experience, Expectations & Responsibility




The NFL kicks off its 15th Rookie Symposium on Sunday (June 24), emphasizing the sport’s legacy, tradition of character and leadership, as well as social and professional responsibility. The four-day orientation will be held at the Bertram Hotel in Aurora, Ohio and for the first time will feature speakers and a history session at the nearby Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Led by NFL Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT, the symposium will also introduce a new format to facilitate more effective learning by separating the rookies into smaller groups divided by conference.

“We have reduced the number of draftees simultaneously attending the symposium to create the most favorable learning environment,” said Vincent, a five-time Pro Bowler and former NFL Players Association president. “Each rookie should leave the symposium with the knowledge and history of where our game began, where it is today, and challenged to make a positive personal impact on the future of our game. The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing players with the best resources to succeed both on and off the field.”

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Sixth annual “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” kicks off June 18

Top NFL Producers & Talent to Instruct Players: CBS’ James Brown to Serve as Host Joined By Ron Jaworski, Curt Menefee, Kenny Albert & Dick Vermeil

First-Time “Advanced” Curriculum Offered to 3 Former Boot Campers

Players can earn guest hosting opportunity on SiriusXM NFL Radio & NFL TV and radio partners in U.K.

Twenty three current and former NFL players, including CHAD BROWN, TROY BROWN, NATE BURLESON, KRIS JENKINS and JARRETT PAYTON, will take part in the sixth annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, it was announced today.

The program, which runs from June 18-21, is directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL Broadcasting departments and covers a wide range of topics with instructors from each of the NFL’s broadcast partners – CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, Dial Global Radio, plus local radio and TV.  It will include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation.  Each player will tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives.  Each player also will serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio alongside hosts Rich Gannon, Adam Schein, Tim Ryan, Pat Kirwan and Ross Tucker.

New this year, three veteran Broadcast Boot Campers – ADAM ARCHULETA (Class of 2010), JOHN FINA (2011) and MICHEAL YOUNG (2010) – will participate in “Boot Camp Advanced” featuring one-on-one training with faculty members offering extensive training in speech and vocal techniques, getting the most out of production meetings, and studio and play-by-play analysis.

Also for the first time, the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp Class of 2012 will have the opportunity to earn a guest hosting spot on SiriusXM NFL Radio and one of the league’s United Kingdom broadcasting partners during the 2012 season. Last season former NFL players ROCKY BOIMAN and NICK FERGUSON were selected to serve as studio analysts for an NFL regular-season Sunday on Sky Sports in the U.K. Later in the season, Boiman earned additional game assignments including the Playoffs and Super Bowl for Sky TV and BBC Radio.

Of the 105 players who took part in the Broadcast Boot Camp from 2007-2011, 44 have earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program.

“We are excited to continue and expand the Broadcast Boot Camp which for many current and former players has been a springboard to successful careers off the field,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL Vice President of Player Engagement.

The NFL Broadcast Boot Camp is one of several NFL Player Engagement programs to assist 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.

Enrollment criteria for the Broadcast Boot Camp include NFL playing experience, essays, and demonstrated interest in media.

Click here for the full press release including the list of current and former NFL players enrolled in the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp and the faculty, which has more than 400 years of broadcasting experience.

Transcript: NFL EVP Jeff Pash, NFL VP of Player Engagement Troy Vincent & Falcons President & CEO & Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay at 2012 Spring League Meeting

Pash: Good morning.  Thank you.  We opened with a player health and safety presentation that included Dr. John York, the chairman of our owner committee on that subject; myself; Dr. David Satcher, the former surgeon general of the United States; and Dr. (Elliot) Pellman, our medical director.  We reviewed a series of subjects.

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NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy kicks off May 22 in Dallas

30 former NFL players to take part

The NFL and NCAA will offer the second annual NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy on May 22-24 in Dallas, it was announced today.  The program, developed last year by NFL Player Engagement and the NCAA, will provide 30 former 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 will invite football coaches who have less than eight years of college coaching experience to take part. 

“This is an excellent opportunity for players who are looking to continue their careers on the football sidelines to learn leadership, management and administrative skills from football coaches at all levels,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL vice president of player engagement.

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; 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.  Keynote speakers include Baylor University head coach ART BRILES, former Notre Dame and Stanford head coach TYRONE WILLINGHAM and NFL Network analyst and former Redskins and Texans general manager CHARLEY CASSERLY.

“Our partnership with the NFL provides a broader base of networking and access to essential information and key influencers for football coaches who want to become head coaches,” said ROBERT VOWELS, NCAA vice president of student-athlete affairs. “We look at this Academy as an opportunity that could positively influence the diversity numbers in the collegiate coaching ranks and as a way to get exposure for some of the most talented coaching minds in the football industry. We believe the partnership and the Academy overall will have a positive effect for the NCAA and the NFL immediately and in the future.”

The NFL also partners with the NCAA on a Life Skills and Professional Development Summit each February. 

Click here for the complete release and a list of participants in the NFL-NCAA Coaches.