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The National Football League this morning unveiled on NBC’s TODAY the six finalists for the TOGETHER WE MAKE FOOTBALL campaign. Fans may now vote on the six stories at TogetherWeMakeFootball.com and send two of the finalists to Super Bowl XLIX. The winners will be announced on NBC in January.
Three finalists are in the individual category and three in the group category. The finalist in each category that receives the most votes will win a trip to Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona in February 2015. The campaign will culminate in an NFL Films special airing on NBC on Super Bowl Sunday.
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28 of 30 Most-Watched Shows This Fall Are NFL Games
Games Top Local Ratings in 26 NFL Markets
NFL telecasts were the three most-watched shows on television last week with the FOX national telecast (mostly Eagles-Packers) topping the charts with 26.5 million average viewers. The Patriots-Colts matchup on NBC’s Sunday Night Football held the second spot for the week, averaging 20.8 million viewers, followed by the CBS single window (mostly Broncos-Rams and Raiders-Chargers) which drew an average of 17.9 million viewers to round out the top three.
This marks the 11th time in 11 weeks that an NFL game has topped the weekly viewership charts, and the 10th time in 11 weeks that at least two NFL games have topped the weekly viewership charts.
NFL game windows account for the top 11 and 28 of the top 30 most-watched shows on television since the NFL season kicked off on Sept. 4.
Games Top Local Ratings in 28 NFL Markets
NFL Game Tops Viewership for 10th Consecutive Week
NFL telecasts ranked 1-2-3 in viewership among all television programs last week with the FOX national telecast (mostly Giants-Seahawks) topping the charts with 22.7 million average viewers. The Bears-Packers matchup on NBC’s Sunday Night Football held the second spot for the week, averaging 18.1 million viewers, followed by the CBS single window (mostly Dolphins-Lions, Broncos-Raiders and Steelers-Jets) which drew an average of 17.4 million viewers to round out the top three.
This marks the 10th time in 10 weeks that an NFL game has topped the weekly viewership charts, and the 9th time in 10 weeks that at least two NFL games have topped the weekly viewership charts.
The NFL and USAA, the NFL’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor, announced today nominees for the fourth annual Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.
Teams nominated players, coaches, personnel and alumni who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community. A list of the 2014 Salute to Service Award nominees is below.
Finalists for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA will be announced in January, and the winner will be recognized at the “4th Annual NFL Honors” awards show in Arizona on NBC on Saturday, Jan. 31, the night before Super Bowl XLIX.
Baltimore Ravens Head Coach JOHN HARBAUGH was last year’s award winner. USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to U.S. military members, veterans and their families, contributed $25,000 in his honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.
Harbaugh invites wounded warriors as his guests to every Ravens home game and helped institute Military Appreciation Day, an annual event that takes place during Baltimore’s training camp. In 2012, he was presented the Outstanding Civilian Service Award by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno.
Harbaugh will serve on the award panel and vote for this year’s winner. Chicago Bears cornerback CHARLES TILLMAN was the 2012 winner, and the inaugural winner in 2011 was Tennessee Titans late owner K.S. “BUD” ADAMS, a World War II veteran.
Fans everywhere can join USAA in honoring military by visiting SaluteToService.com throughout the season to view digital content featuring military and NFL players, coaches and legends – including ROBERT GRIFFIN III, RON RIVERA, ROGER STAUBACH and CHARLES TILLMAN.
The Salute to Service Award is part of the NFL and USAA’s year-long commitment to recognize and honor the military community. Culminating in November with the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign, for every point scored during the NFL’s 32 designated Salute to Service games, the league donates $100 to each of its three core, military non-profit partners – the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO and Wounded Warrior Project® – for a total of $300 per point.
To find out more about the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign or to read teams’ Salute to Service award nominations, visit www.nfl.com/salute.
2014 SALUTE TO SERVICE TEAM NOMINEES
|Arizona Cardinals||Larry Fitzgerald Jr. (WR)|
|Atlanta Falcons||Joe Hawley (C)|
|Baltimore Ravens||Morgan Cox (LS)|
|Buffalo Bills||Doug Marrone (Head Coach)|
|Carolina Panthers||Ron Rivera (Head Coach)|
|Chicago Bears||Jared Allen (DE)|
|Cincinnati Bengals||John Sawyer (VP/Board Member)|
|Cleveland Browns||Alex Mack (C)|
|Dallas Cowboys||Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders|
|Denver Broncos||Ben Garland (G)|
|Green Bay Packers||Tom Bakken (Assistant Equipment Manager)|
|Houston Texans||J.J. Watt (DE)|
|Indianapolis Colts||Pat McAfee (P)|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Roy Miller (DT)|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Derrick Johnson (LB)|
|Miami Dolphins||Lousaka Polite (Former FB)|
|Minnesota Vikings||Jeff Locke (P)|
|New Orleans Saints||Jimmy Graham (TE)|
|New York Giants||Tom Coughlin (Head Coach)|
|New York Jets||Robert Wood Johnson IV (Owner)|
|Oakland Raiders||Oakland Raiders Foundation|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Troy Polamalu (S)|
|St. Louis Rams||Jeff Fisher (Head Coach)|
|San Diego Chargers||Nick Hardwick (C)|
|Seattle Seahawks||Dan Quinn (Defensive Coordinator)|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Vincent Jackson (WR)|
|Washington Redskins||Darrel Young (FB)|
USAA provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 10.3 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. USAA membership is open to all who are serving or have honorably served our nation in the U.S. military and their eligible family members. Founded in 1922, USAA is headquartered in San Antonio. For more information about USAA, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@USAA), or visit usaa.com.
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Viewership Doubles Broadcast Primetime
NBC’s SNF #1 Show in Primetime
NFL Game Tops Viewership in Each of Season’s 9 Weeks
Games Top Local Ratings in 23 NFL Markets
At the halfway point of the 2014 NFL season, fans are tuning into NFL games in record numbers for good reason…they have been captivated by the fantastic contests and come-from-behind victories. Three teams have overcome deficits of 21 or more points to win games, on pace to break the single-season record. The record for the most such wins in one season is four, which has happened three times (1999, 2011 and 2013).
NFL telecasts were four of the top five most-watched shows this week, with the CBS national telecast (mostly Broncos-Patriots) holding the top spot with 29.1 million average viewers.
NFL game windows account for the top 10 and 26 of the top 30 most-watched programs on television since the NFL season kicked off on Sept. 4 (chart below).
In addition, the average NFL game telecast (including broadcast and cable) has drawn 18.0 million viewers (vs. 16.8 million at this point in 2013) – more than double the average primetime viewership (7.2 million) for the big four broadcast networks in the new television season, according to information provided by The Nielsen Company.
“TOGETHER WE MAKE FOOTBALL” FEATURES THE STORY OF A NAVY SHIP WITH CLOSE TIES TO THE GREEN BAY PACKERS – THE USS GREEN BAY – TOMORROW MORNING ON TODAY
NBC Sports Group’s Josh Elliott Reports Live on TODAY
Green Bay Packers Host Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 6, 2014 – Tomorrow’s “Together We Make Football” segment on TODAY, narrated by NBC Sports Group’s Josh Elliott, tells the story of the USS Green Bay, a navy ship with a special connection to the Green Bay Packers. Elliott will report the segment live for TODAY between 8 and 9 a.m. ET.
This week’s “Together We Make Football” segment profiles the USS Green Bay, a navy ship with a close relationship to the city and people of Green Bay, and the Packers. Aboard the ship, the spirit of the Packers can be seen and felt from the team’s iconic white ‘G’ logo located throughout, to passageways named after Packers’ legends, to the flight deck referred to as “Lambeau Field.” When the sailors and marines are deployed for months at a time, football and support from the people of Green Bay help connect them to home.
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NFL to Make Financial Donation for Each Point Scored
During Salute to Service Games
The National Football League and the NFL Players Association continue their long history of honoring veterans and active duty members of the military with the annual Salute to Service campaign. For every point scored during the NFL’s 32 designated Salute to Service games, the league will donate $100 to each of its three core, military non-profit partners – the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO, and Wounded Warrior Project® – for a total of $300 per point.
Since the campaign’s inception in 2011, the NFL has donated more than $2.35 million to its three military non-profit partners. Below are examples of how partners use the funds raised through the campaign:
- The Pat Tillman Foundation provides scholarships for service members, veterans and their spouses as part of the Tillman Military Scholars program.
- The building of the NFL Sports Lounge at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
- Wounded Warrior Project hosts Physical Health and Wellness Expos for injured veterans around the country.
Throughout November, teams will designate one home game to honor the military. During these games, including tonight’s Thursday Night Football Browns-Bengals game on NFL Network, teams will display a number of Salute to Service-branded elements throughout their stadiums. The games will feature:
- Players wearing helmet decals honoring military branches including Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard, as well as the NFL Salute to Service ribbon
- Camouflage ribbon footballs
- Camouflage goal post wraps and pylons with camouflage ribbon decals
- Wall banners and the words NFL Salute to Service written in the back of the end zone
- Camouflage equipment for players including quarterback towels, Nike and Under Armour gloves, captain’s patches, camouflage Gatorade towels, New Era caps and knits, and Nike KO Hoodies
- Camouflage sideline hats for coaches and sideline personnel and camouflage ribbon pins for coaches and team executives
- Salute to Service coins for the coin toss
Game-worn Salute to Service merchandise and footballs will be auctioned at NFL Auction. Special camouflage merchandise, including New Era hats, a Nike KO Hoodie and select players’ Salute to Service jerseys, will be available at NFLShop.com and in select stadium retail stores, with 100 percent of the NFL’s proceeds donated to the league’s three core military nonprofit partners. The NFL does not profit from the sale or auction of Salute to Service merchandise. For more information, visit nfl.com/salute.
The NFL and USAA, the NFL’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor, are continuing their annual Salute to Service Award, which recognizes NFL players, coaches, owners, front office staff and alumni who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community. Baltimore Ravens Head Coach JOHN HARBAUGH was the 2013 award winner. Harbaugh will serve on the award panel and vote for this year’s winner. This year’s Salute to Service Award nominees will be announced later this month.
Fans everywhere can join USAA in honoring military on Veterans’ Day by visiting SaluteToService.com to offer a “social salute.” SaluteToService.com is USAA’s military appreciation home throughout the NFL season and includes digital content featuring NFL players, coaches and legends – including Roger Staubach, Robert Griffin III, Charles Tillman and Ron Rivera, all of whom have a direct military connection.
In support of the Salute to Service campaign, Bose will donate 600 pairs of headphones to the NFL’s nonprofit partners, Pat Tillman Foundation, USO and Wounded Warrior Project. Campbell’s Chunky Soup is participating in the NFL’s Salute to Service program by introducing a limited-edition Chunky soup can exclusively at Walmart retail locations nationwide. The can was designed to recognize the country’s military personnel and their families. Additionally, through their involvement in Salute to Service, Campbell Soup Company will be making to donation of $150,000 to the campaign by giving $50,000 each to the NFL’s three nonprofit partners.
In 2010, the NFL and Pat Tillman Foundation established the NFL-Tillman Military Scholar award to annually honor an individual who exemplifies Tillman’s legacy of service. The scholarship is part of the Tillman Military Scholars program established by the Pat Tillman Foundation to support educational opportunities for military veterans and their spouses who are committed to a life of service in and out of uniform. As a result, in part of fundraising from the Salute to Service campaign, the Pat Tillman Foundation will fund up to 60 scholarships annually for Tillman Military Scholars to pursue degree programs of their choice in medicine, law, business, technology, education or the arts.
Capt. Michael Christman (USMC) of Berkeley, Calif. has been selected as the 2014 NFL-Tillman Military Scholar. Christman will be recognized at the San Francisco 49ers Salute to Service game on Nov 23. Christman is pursuing an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley.
The NFL’s tradition of supporting America’s armed services, including a partnership of more than 45 years with the USO for overseas visits to troops and trips to military hospitals nationwide. The USO will use funds raised from Salute to Service to support Operation Enduring Care, the USO’s campaign to support injured troops, their families and caregivers throughout the rehabilitation process. The centerpieces of Operation Enduring Care are two new USO Warrior and Family Care Centers at Fort Belvoir in Virginia and at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. Funding from Salute to Service also will be directed toward the construction and programming of the NFL Sports Lounge at the new USO Warrior and Family Care Center in Bethesda, Md.
The NFL continues to offer its NFL Game Pass service free of charge at USO Centers for military members stationed in Afghanistan, Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea and Kuwait. At the USO facility in each of these locations, service members can watch any NFL game live and online in its entirety. NFL Game Pass also is offered free of charge at US Embassies.
The NFL works closely with Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The league’s donation will help launch Physical Health and Wellness Expos throughout the country that aim to break down barriers to a healthy and active lifestyle. The overall goal of the Physical Health & Wellness program is to create independence and teach injured veterans skills they can take back to their communities. Participants in the WWP Physical Health & Wellness Expos will be encouraged to live healthier and will be given the tools to do so long after the event. WWP assists injured service members across the country.
During the nationally televised NBC Sunday Night Football game on Nov. 9, the Packers and USAA will honor service members, veterans and their families with a stadium card stunt during the National Anthem, performed by Specialist Heather Mendoza, from the 484th Army Band. At the ESPN Monday Night Football game on Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day, 125 service members from all five branches of the military will unfurl a full-field American flag during the National Anthem at the Philadelphia Eagles game.
Additional Salute to Service moments include PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH serving as the Houston Texans coin toss captain, country music band LONESTAR preforming during halftime at the Carolina Panthers game and PATRICK MONAHAN of the musical group Train singing the Anthem at the Tennessee Titans game.
The Cowboys vs. Jaguars International Series game in London at Wembley Stadium on Nov. 10 will honor Remembrance Day through an NFL partnership with the Royal British Legion. Uniforms from both teams will feature the Legion’s iconic Poppy logo, and a number of jerseys will be sold on NFL Auction, with 100 percent of proceeds donated to the Poppy Appeal. The money raised by the Poppy Appeal supports the Legion’s work for the Armed Forces community.
Click for a snapshot of how teams will honor the military community during the month of November. Learn more about the NFL’s year-long commitment to the military and veterans by visiting nfl.com/salute.
Below are the top 25 player jerseys as well as the top 10 teams merchandise on NFLShop.com from April 1 – October 31, 2014.
TOP-SELLING NFL PLAYERS JERSEYS (www.NFLShop.com)
April 1 – October 31, 2014
|1||Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos|
|2||Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks|
|3||Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns|
|4||Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers|
|5||Tom Brady, New England Patriots|
|6||Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys|
|7||LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles|
|8||J.J. Watt, Houston Texans|
|9||Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks|
|10||Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers|
|11||Devon Still, Cincinnati Bengals|
|12||Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints|
|13||12th Fan, Seattle Seahawks|
|14||Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys|
|15||Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks|
|16||Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts|
|17||Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles|
|18||DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys|
|19||Eli Manning, New York Giants|
|20||Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions|
|21||Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers|
|22||Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks|
|23||Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers|
|24||Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings|
|25||Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers|
TOP 10 SELLING TEAMS MERCHANDISE (www.NFLShop.com)
April 1 – October 31, 2014
|3||San Francisco 49ers|
|5||Green Bay Packers|
|7||New England Patriots|
|10||New York Giants|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
This Week’s Headlines:
- Heads Up Football Ambassador Visits Youth League in Japan
- Dolphins Team with Rebuilding Together To Salute Military in the Community
- Chiefs Kick Off American Indian Heritage Month
- Raiders Say “Boo to the Flu” During Community Event
- Redskins Bring Joy of Halloween to Hospital Patients
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