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Most-Watched Ever: Record 114.4 Million Fans Watch Super Bowl XLIX on NBC

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21 MILLION VISITS TO NFL DIGITAL PROPERTIES

 SOCIAL SUPER BOWL: MORE THAN 265 MILLION POSTS, COMMENTS & LIKES ON FACEBOOK AROUND SUPER BOWL; 28.4 MILLION GLOBAL TWEETS DURING THE GAME

 The 2014 NFL season concluded with another television milestone as Super Bowl XLIX on NBC was watched by an average of 114.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched telecast in television history.

Most-Watched TV Programs, Average Viewers

 

Game  Average Viewers
Super Bowl XLIX (Patriots-Seahawks), 2/1/15 114.4 million
Super Bowl XLVIII (Seahawks-Broncos), 2/2/14 112.2 million
Super Bowl XLVI (Giants-Patriots), 2/5/12 111.3 million
Super Bowl XLV (Packers-Steelers), 2/6/11 111.0 million
Super Bowl XLVII (49ers-Ravens), 2/3/13 108.7 million

Source: NFL, The Nielsen Company

Viewership peaked at 120.8 million viewers from 9:45-10:00 PM ET during the fourth quarter.

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AARON RODGERS AND LE’VEON BELL NAMED 2014 FEDEX AIR & GROUND NFL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR AT “4th ANNUAL NFL HONORS”

FedEx Supports American Red Cross with more than $100,000 in Donations

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell were named FEDEX AIR & GROUND NFL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR, FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX)  and the National Football League announced tonight during the “4th Annual NFL Honors” awards show – a two-hour primetime special that aired nationally on January 31 on NBC the night before Super Bowl XLIX.

FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year awards are a culmination of weekly awards presented by FedEx throughout the NFL season that give football fans the ability to honor stand-out quarterback and running back performances each week while earning charitable donations for the winning players’ cities.


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AWARDS ANNOUNCED AT “4th ANNUAL NFL HONORS” SUPER BOWL EVE ON NBC

The night before the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks kick off Super Bowl XLIX, the National Football League handed out 18 awards at “4th Annual NFL Honors” – a two-hour primetime awards special that saluted the best players, performances and plays from the 2014 season.  The show airs nationally on Saturday, January 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.


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ODELL BECKHAM JR ONE-HANDED TOUCHDOWN CATCH NAMED BRIDGESTONE PERFORMANCE PLAY OF THE YEAR AT “4TH ANNUAL NFL HONORS”

TWO-HOUR PRIMETIME AWARDS SHOW ON NBC SALUTES OUTSTANDING PLAYERS & PERFORMANCES FROM 2014 SEASON & PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015 

New York Giants WR ODELL BECKHAM JR’s incredible one-handed touchdown catch during the Week 12 Dallas Cowboys – New York Giants game is the BRIDGESTONE PERFORMANCE PLAY OF THE YEAR. The award was announced tonight, Saturday, January 31, at the “4th Annual NFL Honors” awards show that will air nationally at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year was selected from 20 Performance Moments voted on by NFL fans on NFL.com.


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CAROLINA PANTHERS LINEBACKER THOMAS DAVIS NAMED WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR

THOMAS DAVIS of the Carolina Panthers was named the 2014 WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR, it was announced today.  The award, which is presented by Nationwide, recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.

The announcement was made during the fourth annual NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special that will air nationally from 9:00-11:00 p.m. (ET) on NBC tonight.

JARRETT and BRITTNEY PAYTON, the late Walter Payton’s children, will honor Davis on-field tomorrow before kickoff of Super Bowl XLIX.

“I am honored to be selected as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year,” said Davis.  “This award means a great deal to me, as it symbolizes the valued work that the NFL, its players, and its 32 teams do in the community. I am blessed to have such a strong support system in my family, the Carolina Panthers and the NFL, which allows me to make an impact in the communities we serve.


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PITTSBURGH STEELERS RB LE’VEON BELL NAMED NFL.COM FANTASY PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY SAP AT “4TH ANNUAL NFL HONORS”

PITTSBURGH STEELERS RB LE’VEON BELL NAMED NFL.COM FANTASY PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY SAP AT

“4TH ANNUAL NFL HONORS”

TWO-HOUR PRIMETIME AWARDS SHOW ON NBC SALUTES OUTSTANDING PLAYERS & PERFORMANCES FROM 2014 SEASON & PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015

Pittsburgh Steelers running back LE’VEON BELL is the 2014 NFL.COM FANTASY PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY SAP, it was announced tonight at “4th Annual NFL Honors” – a star-studded football and entertainment event saluting the best players, performances and plays from the 2014 season that will air nationally at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.


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ARIZONA CARDINALS WIDE RECEIVER LARRY FITZGERALD NAMED ART ROONEY AWARD WINNER

LARRY FITZGERALD of the Arizona Cardinals is the winner of the inaugural ART ROONEY AWARD, it was announced today. The award recognizes the NFL player who demonstrates the qualities of outstanding sportsmanship on the playing field, including fair play, respect for opponents and integrity in competition.

The award was founded this year in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer ART ROONEY, SR.

The announcement of the ART ROONEY AWARD PRESENTED BY BOSE was made during the “4th Annual NFL Honors”, a two-hour primetime awards special that will air nationally from 9:00-11:00 p.m. (ET) on NBC tonight.

Fitzgerald will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.


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DALLAS COWBOYS QB TONY ROMO WINS “GREATNESS ON THE ROAD” AWARD PRESENTED BY COURTYARD AT “4th ANNUAL NFL HONORS”

TWO-HOUR PRIMETIME AWARDS SHOW ON NBC SALUTES OUTSTANDING PLAYERS & PERFORMANCES FROM 2014 SEASON & PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015

Dallas Cowboys QB TONY ROMO is the winner of the “GREATNESS ON THE ROAD” AWARD PRESENTED BY COURTYARD for his four-touchdown, comeback performance in a 31-28 road victory over the New York Giants. The award was announced tonight, Saturday, January 31, at the “4th Annual NFL Honors” awards show that will air nationally at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The “GREATNESS ON THE ROAD” AWARD PRESENTED BY COURTYARD is given to the player who demonstrates the best performance in a road game during the regular season. NFL Media Analysts selected Romo’s Week 12 play as the pinnacle of “Greatness On The Road.”


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BEARS DEFENSIVE END JARED ALLEN NAMED SALUTE TO SERVICE AWARD HONOREE

Allen’s commitment to supporting the military and their families recognized at

“4th Annual NFL Honors” Awards Show in Arizona

The NFL and USAA awarded Chicago Bears defensive end JARED ALLEN with the fourth annual Salute to Service Award presented by USAA, the league’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor. The award was created to acknowledge the exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support military and their families.

Allen accepted the award at the “4th Annual NFL Honors” awards ceremony in Arizona, the night before Super Bowl XLIX. USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to U.S. military members, veterans and their families, will contribute $25,000 in Allen’s honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.

“Jared Allen is a true leader in the NFL community in his commitment to honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military through his Homes 4 Wounded Warriors foundation,” said Don Clark, assistant vice president of media and sponsorship marketing at USAA. “Jared’s display of military appreciation makes him an inspired choice as the recipient of the Salute to Service Award.”


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NFL Announces $2 Million Super Bowl Legacy Grant, Benefitting More Than 25 Community Projects Throughout Super Bowl Host Community

Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill, Commissioner Roger Goodell,

Host Committee Representatives Recognize Grant Recipients

Super Bowl leaves an impact long after the game has come and gone. As it does every year, the NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city with a financial donation. This year, the NFL Foundation provided a $1 million grant to the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee via the Arizona Community Foundation to fund charitable projects throughout Arizona to support health and wellness programs for the Arizona community. This grant was matched by the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee for a total of more than $2 million.

Representatives from the NFL, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and the Arizona Cardinals gathered today to recognize the recipients of this year’s Super Bowl Legacy Grants.  Arizona Cardinals President MICHAEL BIDWILL, NFL Commissioner Roger GOODELL and Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman DAVID ROUSSEAU made the announcement at ASU Preparatory Academy School, one of this year’s grant recipient locations. Before its Super Bowl makeover, the field at ASU Prep was in subpar condition for the thousands of youth who utilized it for organized sports and intramurals.

The event also recognized the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s (AIA) support of USA Football’s Heads Up Football program. The AIA’s support of Heads Up Football is part of Arizona’s comprehensive approach to student-athlete health. Following the press conference, high school athletic directors and football coaches from around the state attended an education session on the Heads Up Football program. Heads Up Football, which includes a focus on education and certification, equipment fitting, concussion recognition and awareness, heat and hydration, and Heads Up Tackling, was launched in 2012 by USA Football with the NFL’s support. As part of today’s event, ESPN also announced their support of Heads Up Football by donating $30,000 towards the initiative to help Arizona-based high school coaches become Heads Up Football certified in 2015.

A list of Super Bowl Legacy Grant recipients and the projects being funded by the NFL Foundation’s $1 million grant and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee foundation’s $1 million contribution is below.

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