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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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NFL PROVIDES $100,000 IN PRO BOWL GRANTS TO HAWAIIAN NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Grants to Hawaiian Non-Profits from the NFL Foundation In Last Decade Total More Than $1.7 Million

With the Pro Bowl returning to Hawaii in 2016, the NFL Foundation will continue its support of Hawaiian-based, youth-serving nonprofits in 2015, recognizing several non-profit organizations through the Pro Bowl Community Grant program. Thirty-five Hawaiian non-profit organizations will benefit from $100,000 as part of the NFL Foundation Pro Bowl Grant Program, the NFL announced today.

The NFL Foundation is providing grants to Hawaiian-based non-profit organizations focused on youth education, health, and physical fitness.


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2015 International Series Schedule Finalized: All Three London Games To Kick Off At 9:30 A.M. ET

The NFL has confirmed that the International Series game between the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, November 1 at London’s Wembley Stadium will kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET (2:30 p.m. UK time).

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Bears Defensive End Jared Allen and Buccaneers Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson Named Salute to Service Award Finalists

Easy Tweet: @NFL and @USAA announce 2014 #SalutetoService Award finalists @ChicagoBears @JaredAllen69 & @TBBuccaneers @VincentTJackson

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Award Recipient to be Honored at “4th Annual NFL Honors” Awards Show in Arizona

Jan. 31 on NBC the Night Before Super Bowl XLIX

The NFL and USAA, the league’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor, announced Chicago Bears defensive end JARED ALLEN and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON as the two finalists for the fourth annual Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.

 Allen and Jackson were selected for their exceptional efforts to honor and support members of the military community. The Salute to Service Award honoree 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.

USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to U.S. military members, veterans and their families, will contribute $25,000 in the winner’s honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.

“Since joining the NFL to launch Salute to Service in 2011, USAA has been proud to recognize leaders in the NFL community who honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military,” said Don Clark, assistant vice president of media and sponsorship marketing at USAA. “Jared Allen and Vincent Jackson have not only supported military and their families for years through their respective foundations, but they inspired so many others to join their efforts. Either finalist is worthy of this year’s Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.”

Making a difference in military members’ lives with his Homes for Wounded Warriors Foundation (JAH4WW), five-time Pro Bowler Allen makes homes accessible for veterans who return from war with debilitating injures. He builds, purchases or remodels homes to fit the new lifestyle a disabled military member faces. Since the organizations inception in 2009, JAH4WW has raised more than $3.5 million with the goal of donating 10 homes a year to wounded warriors.

“It’s an honor to be considered for such an award that encourages people to support the men and women who serve this great country,” said Allen.

Allen created the Helping Heroes Gala, held annually around Veterans Day, to raise funds for JAH4WW. From NFL-USO tours, military visits and monetary donations, to hosting golf tournaments and galas, Allen is committed to honoring and supporting wounded veterans. This marks the second consecutive year Allen is a finalist for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.  

A self-proclaimed “military brat,” three-time Pro Bowl player Jackson is proud of his parents combined 25 years of active-duty service in the Army. On Veterans’ Day 2012, Jackson launched the Jackson In Action 83 Foundation to support military families by focusing on the educational, emotional and physical health of military children. In 2014, Jackson wrote a children’s book, Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment, describing what life is like growing up in a military family.

“I want to thank the NFL and USAA for their continued efforts to bring awareness to the sacrifices of our service members and their families,” said Jackson. “I am humbled to even be considered for such a distinction, and I hope that this award will continue to inspire support for those who serve and protect us, both home and abroad.”

Jackson and his wife Lindsey hosted the inaugural Military Moms Baby Shower for 40 expecting or recently delivered military moms in October 2014. Jackson and his wife surprised each woman with $1,000 in merchandise to help them care for their infant. Jackson provides a special gameday experience for local military families through the “Jackson in Action” Front Row Fans section. This is the second year in a row the Buccaneers have nominated Jackson for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA.

In October 2014, 28 NFL clubs nominated coaches, active and retired players, and team executives and personnel who best demonstrated support for the military community. The submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges, including last year’s recipient Baltimore Ravens Head Coach JOHN HARBAUGH. Nominees’ credentials are evaluated based on the positive effect of the individual’s efforts on the military community, the type of service conducted, the thoroughness of the program and level of commitment.

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Super Bowl XLIX Officials Named

Referee BILL VINOVICH will lead the seven-person crew of game officials selected to work Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium, the NFL announced today.

The other members of the Super Bowl XLIX officiating crew are BILL SCHUSTER (umpire), DANA MC KENZIE (head linesman), MARK PERLMAN (line judge), BOB WAGGONER (field judge), TOM HILL (side judge), and TERRENCE MILES (back judge). Collectively, the Super Bowl XLIX officiating crew has 86 years of NFL officiating experience and 59 combined playoff game assignments.

Vinovich, in his 9th season as an NFL game official, entered the league in 2001 as a side judge and was promoted to referee in 2004. He has officiated 5 playoff games, including three divisional playoffs. He was the alternate referee for Super Bowl XLVII.

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NFL Stars Take Center Stage in 2015 Pro Bowl

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– Stars Will Be Realigned During Pro Bowl Draft Show Live on NFL Network on January 21 –

Pro Bowl Kicks Off Super Bowl Week in Primetime on ESPN on Sunday, January 25 –

The 2015 Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015 and televised live on ESPN at 8:00 PM ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.

For the second consecutive season, the Pro Bowl will be “unconferenced.” Gone is the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that had existed since 1971. Instead, players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.

The 2015 Pro Bowl Draft, presented by McDonald’s, will be nationally televised on January 21 with a primetime broadcast on NFL Network on Wednesday (8:00 PM ET).


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CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY AVERAGES 46.1 MILLION VIEWERS

60.5 MILLION VIEWERS TUNED IN AS GREEN BAY PACKERS-SEATTLE SEAHAWKS WENT TO OVERTIME

Football fans across America continue to tune in to NFL games in BIG numbers.  This weekend’s conference championship games averaged 46.1 million viewers, topping 45 million for a second consecutive year.  This is the sixth consecutive year that both conference championship games have averaged more than 40.0 million viewers.

The Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship Game on FOX peaked at 60.5 million average viewers as the game went into overtime. The game averaged 49.8 million viewers to rank as the most-watched program since Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots AFC Championship Game on CBS averaged 42.1 million viewers.

Since the 2014 Academy Awards, five NFL games have accounted for the only programs on television to average at least 40 million viewers – two Conference Championship games, two Divisional playoff games and one Wild Card playoff game.

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, Fast National Data

 

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