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NFL WELCOMES SPECIAL GUESTS TO THE DRAFT

Service Members, St. Jude Patient and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year to Appear

In addition to the excitement of Draft prospects taking the stage at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, several special guests will also have the opportunity to be a part of the proceedings.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Pick Announcement

St. Jude patient SAMANTHA JONES will join COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL to announce a pick during the third round of the Draft. NFL PLAY 60 is the “official champion of play” at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to give all kids the chance to PLAY 60 and lead active and healthy lives. Sam, 13, from Dunlap, IL, is currently being treated at St. Jude for Ewing sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. She is a Chicago Bears fan. Earlier this year, during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Network host RICH EISEN ran the 11th annual ‘Run Rich Run’ 40-yard dash to benefit the NFL PLAY 60 relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Service Member Recognition

Over the course of Draft week, more than 90 service members will participate in NFL events. A service member from the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America will open the Draft by performing the National Anthem on Thursday evening.  She will be joined by wounded warriors from Wounded Warrior Project and eight active-duty service members. A color guard will also be standing during Selection Square during the Anthem.

In addition, Pat Tillman Foundation Scholars and their guests, along with active duty service members from the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy will be guests at the Draft on Friday for Rounds 2-3. During the third round on Friday, a service member from the Army will announce a Draft pick.

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Moment

The NFL and the Panthers will recognize THOMAS DAVIS, winner of the 2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide. Davis will announce the Panthers first round selection.

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22 CURRENT & FORMER NFL PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN NFL BOOT CAMP: FRANCHISING APRIL 17-20 AT ROSS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT UNIV. OF MICHIGAN

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to serve as keynote speaker

Twenty-two current and former NFL players – including 2015 Pro Bowlers QB Drew Brees (Saints) and WR Devin Hester (Falcons) – will take part in the NFL Boot Camp: Franchising, which begins tomorrow and continues through April 20. The event will take place at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, named for Miami Dolphins Owner STEPHEN M. ROSS. Three players will also attend with their significant others as part of Player Engagement’s Women’s Engagement Initiative, designed to engage spouses and significant others in the professional development and career transition process.

Over the four days, participants will hear firsthand from franchisees, franchise owners, professors and former players, as well as executives at the International Franchise Association (IFA). Mr. Ross, the chairman, and founder of Related Companies, an international real estate firm, will open the program as the keynote speaker. In addition, former NFL players with franchise ownership experience, including Tim Biakabatuka, owner of four Bojangles’ locations, ANGELO CROWELL, owner of five Jersey Mike’s Subs locations, and Van Jakes, owner of three McDonalds locations, will take part in panel discussions.

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28 Top Prospects To Attend NFL Draft

Twenty-eight top prospects, who are expected to be selected on Thursday or Friday night, are confirmed to attend the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, the NFL announced today.

The NFL Draft, which had been held in New York since 1965, returns to Chicago for the first time since 1964. Chicago served as the location for the NFL Draft in 1938, 1942-44, 1951, and 1962-64.

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32 NFL PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT & ENTREPRENEURIAL PROGRAM APRIL 6-9

Four-Day Program at the Wharton School’s San Francisco Campus Includes Business Pitch Competition

Thirty-two current and former NFL players including Carolina Panthers DT DWAN EDWARDS, Indianapolis Colts TE COBY FLEENER and Cleveland Browns WR BRIAN HARTLINE -– will take part in the NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program (BM&E) April 6-9 at the San Francisco campus of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. This is one of several training programs that NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players as part of its NFL NEXT platform.

Participants will hear from Wharton faculty and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. The program will kick off with presentations from four NFL veterans who applied learnings from past BM&E programs including former NFL player and CEO and founder of Integrate JEREMY BLOOM, as well as Pro Football Hall of Fame member RONNIE LOTT, and RYAN NECE. Participants will also make site visits to Facebook, Google, and Luxe to supplement the learning experience.

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NFL Media Counts Down the Top 20 Games of 2014

NFL Media Counts Down the 20 Best Games From the 2014 Season

Two games revealed each day on NFL.com through March 13

‘Game Rewind’ editions of Each Game Air on NFL Network Every Night at 8:00 PM ET


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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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