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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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Aaron Rodgers Rallies Packers With Late Touchdown Voted 2014 GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year

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AARON RODGERS RALLIES PACKERS WITH LATE TOUCHDOWN VOTED 2014 GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE YEAR

Winner Selected By Fan Vote on NFL.com/GMC

Green Bay Packers quarterback AARON RODGERS’ inspiring Week 6 performance is the 2014 GMC NEVER SAY NEVER MOMENT OF THE YEAR, the NFL announced today. This marks the second consecutive year Rodgers and the Packers take home the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year honor.

Rodgers’ Week 6 performance was selected from a group of five moments by voters on NFL.com/gmc. The five finalists were selected among 17 of the most memorable GMC Never Say Never Moments during the 2014 NFL season.

Rodgers’ 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end ANDREW QUARLESS with three seconds remaining gave the Green Bay Packers a 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins. Rodgers overcame a fumble and a fourth-and-10 situation on the winning drive, which also included a fake intentional spike for a 12-yard gain to rookie receiver DAVANTE ADAMS that set up the winning score. The Packers twice gave up their lead on the Dolphins, and trailed 24-17 before Rodgers directed a 68-yard drive that resulted in a field goal. The Packers forced a punt and started at their own 40-yard line with 2:04 remaining en route to their third consecutive win.

“GMC would like to congratulate Aaron Rodgers on winning this year’s GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year Award. His incredible play and leadership is the epitome of determination, perseverance and teamwork,” said Rich Latek, GMC marketing director. “These characteristics are demonstrated everyday by GMC’s engineers creating professional grade trucks, crossovers and SUVs for our customers.”

Each week during the regular season, the NFL selected three nominees for the GMC NEVER SAY NEVER Moments of the Week from which the fans voted for a winner on NFL.com/GMC. From those weekly winners, the five GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year finalists were selected (listed in the chart below).
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“4th ANNUAL NFL HONORS” SATURDAY, JAN. 31 AT SYMPHONY HALL IN PHOENIX

RED CARPET:  3:00 – 5:30 PM MST

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCEMENT & AVAILABILITY: 7:00 PM

ASSOCIATED PRESS AWARD WINNERS AVAILABILITY: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

MEDIA INTERESTED IN COVERING MUST REQUEST SEPARATE CREDENTIAL

WHAT: The night before the Patriots and the Seahawks meet to kick off Super Bowl XLIX, the National Football League will salute its best players, performances and plays from the 2014 season with a two-hour primetime awards special – “4th Annual NFL Honors” –  to air nationally on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 9 PM ET/PT on NBC. “NFL Honors” will tape from 6 – 8 p.m. MST that evening. Preceding NBC’s telecast, NFL Network will air “Super Bowl Saturday Night presented by XFINITY,” at 8 PM ET covering all the sights and sounds from the red carpet at “NFL Honors.” For the second year, the newest PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME class will be announced and introduced during the show with the Class of 2015 appearing on the stage at Symphony Hall in Phoenix followed by on-site media availability.

RSVP:  Media who wish to cover “NFL Honors” and/or would like a place on the red carpet must request credentials by emailing Liz McCollum at elizabethm@bzapr.com. Credentials and space on the red carpet are limited so early registration is suggested.  The deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 28.  Please be advised your Week of Game or Super Bowl Media Credential will not grant you access to the event.

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SOMERSET HIGH SCHOOL HEAD FOOTBALL COACH BRUCE LARSON NAMED DON SHULA NFL HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR

Somerset High School Head Football Coach BRUCE LARSON was named the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year, it was announced today. As the national Shula Award winner, Larson will receive $25,000 from the NFL Foundation, $15,000 of which will go to his high school’s football program. He will also be a guest of the NFL during Super Bowl and be recognized at a media availability with Coach Shula on Friday, January 30.

Nominated by the Green Bay Packers, Larson, of Somerset, Wisconsin, was one of three high school football coaches from across the country named as a finalist. The award was created to honor exemplary high school football coaches who demonstrate a commitment to player health and safety, and to the integrity, achievement, and leadership exemplified by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula.


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