Hall of Fame Coach & Creator of the West Coast Offense Bill Walsh Profiled on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

‘Bill Walsh: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, January 23 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

“I look for the roots of Bill [Walsh] in places that I’m visiting and they’re always there. The game was coached, played, managed [and] owned in a very archaic way for a long time. Bill changed that fundamentally at every level forever.” – Steve Young

He was labeled a genius, but he also was an insecure, tortured artist. After revolutionizing the NFL with the team of the 1980s, Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh wrote a book that has become the bible for generations of football coaches.

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

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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 Team Media Availabilty Schedule

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Pro Bowl Pre-Draft Selections

– Alumni Captains Cris Carter & Michael Irvin Make Pre-Draft Selections –

The initial draft selections for the 2015 Pro Bowl were made on Tuesday by the alumni team captains, Pro Football Hall of Famers CRIS CARTER and MICHAEL IRVIN.

Irvin won a coin toss at Tuesday’s press conference and elected to choose Dallas Cowboys RB DE MARCO MURRAY and Cleveland Browns CB JOE HADEN, the active player captains, to help determine the roster as the first members of Team Irvin.

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Scouting Fellowship Program For Former Players Created By NFL Football Development Department

A new program designed to encourage former NFL players to pursue a career in professional scouting will launch this year, the NFL announced today.

The NUNN-WOOTEN SCOUTING FELLOWSHIP, named in honor of longtime Steelers personnel director BILL NUNN and former NFL player and front office executive JOHN WOOTEN, will be administered by the NFL’s Football Development Department. The objective of the program is to provide former players who are interested in becoming a professional scout an opportunity to observe and participate in how the scouting process works at NFL clubs.

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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 Digital Media Offers Fans the Most Comprehensive Coverage of Super Bowl XLIX

“Super Bowl Live” to Provide Interviews with Players and Celebrities Live from the Super Bowl XLIX Media Center

Live Streaming Video of Super Bowl XLIX Accessible Through NFL Mobile from Verizon, NFL.com and SuperBowl.com

NFL Now to Provide Insight and Analysis from Top NFL Insiders and Access to Super Bowl XLIX Shows and Events

First-Ever Social Media Command Center to Provide Updates on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram Conversation Surrounding Super Bowl XLIX

With an array of interactive offerings, NFL Digital Media has the most complete and comprehensive coverage of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona. Featuring NFL.com, SuperBowl.com, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon, the Xbox One NFL app and more, NFL Digital Media has something for everyone.

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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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NFL Network Live On-Location From Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX

Record 87 Hours of Live On-Location Coverage from Arizona, Including 12.5 Hours of Super Bowl Sunday Coverage

41 On-Air Personalities with a Combined 18 Super Bowl Rings

First-Ever Social Media Command Center to Provide Updates on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram Conversation Surrounding Super Bowl XLIX

‘NFL AM,’ ‘Super Bowl Live,’ ‘NFL Total Access’ & ‘Super Bowl Tonight’ Shows Live from Arizona Throughout the Week

Comprehensive Live Coverage of Super Bowl XLIX Media Day from the US Airways Center – Tuesday, January 27

For the 12th year, NFL Network is on-location providing comprehensive, wall-to-wall coverage of Super Bowl week. With a record 87 live hours of on-location coverage from Arizona, and featuring a roster of 41 on-air personalities with a combined 18 Super Bowl rings, NFL Network is the go-to destination for expert analysis, the latest news and reports, special guest appearances, matchup-related programming and more leading up to Super Bowl XLIX.

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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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