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National Football League AFC Notes for Week 12




The New England Patriots have reached 10-0 for the second time in franchise history and first time since 2007, when they finished the regular season undefeated and advanced to Super Bowl XLII.

“It feels good to win,” said quarterback TOM BRADY after the Patriots’ 20-13 win against the Bills on Monday Night Football. “It’s obviously hard to get to this point (10-0). So, we’ll just keep fighting.”

The Patriots are the fourth defending Super Bowl champion to start a season 10-0, joining Green Bay (13-0 in 2011), Denver (13-0 in 1998) and San Francisco (10-0 in 1990).

This weekend, New England can clinch its seventh consecutive division title, which would tie the 1973-79 Los Angeles Rams for the longest streak in NFL history. The Patriots will travel to Denver to face the Broncos in a battle of first-place teams in primetime on Sunday Night Football (8:30 PM ET, NBC).

The Patriots, who also won five consecutive division titles from 2003-2007, are the only team in NFL history to win 11 division championships in a 12-year span.

The teams with the most consecutive division titles:

Los Angeles Rams 1973-79 7
New England Patriots 2009-14 6*
Cleveland Browns 1950-55 6
Dallas Cowboys 1966-71 6
Minnesota Vikings 1973-78 6
Pittsburgh Steelers 1974-79 6
*Active streak; can clinch AFC East title in Week 12

Since the NFL instituted the 16-game schedule in 1978, five teams have clinched a division a title after 11 games. Four of those five teams advanced to the Super Bowl, including the 1985 Chicago Bears, who finished the season 15-1 en route to a Super Bowl XX victory.

The teams to clinch a division title after 11 games since 1978:



Chicago Bears 1985 11-0 15-1 Won Super Bowl XX
San Francisco 49ers 1997 10-1 13-3 Advanced to NFC Championship
Philadelphia Eagles 2004 10-1 13-3 Advanced to Super Bowl XXXIX
New England Patriots 2007 11-0 16-0 Advanced to Super Bowl XLII
Indianapolis Colts 2009 11-0 14-2 Advanced to Super Bowl XLIV
New England Patriots 2015 10-0* ?? ??
*Through 10 games

Dating back to the 2014 postseason, the Patriots have won 13 consecutive games, the third-longest winning streak in franchise annals.

New England leads the NFL in scoring defense (18.2 points per game) and ranks first in the AFC in scoring offense (32.3 points per game). The Patriots aim to become the first NFL team to lead a conference in both scoring offense and defense in the same season since the 2006 Chicago Bears.




National Football League NFC Notes for Week 12




The Carolina Panthers are 10-0 for the first time in franchise history and will face the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day (CBS, 4:30 PM ET). Dating back to last season, the Panthers have won 14 consecutive regular-season games, the longest active streak in the NFL.

Carolina, who will play on the holiday for the first time in franchise history, will join the 2011 Green Bay Packers (10-0) as the only teams in the Super Bowl era to play on Thanksgiving Day with a 10-0 record or better.

“It’s an honor to get to play on Thanksgiving,” says Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON, who tied a franchise record with five touchdown passes in last week’s 44-16 win over Washington. “It feels great to be 10-0. But we have a short week and we’ve got to get ready for Dallas.”

At 10-0, the Panthers have joined some elite company. Entering 2015, 15 teams started a season 10-0 during the Super Bowl era. Of those 15 clubs, all 15 qualified for the playoffs, nine advanced to the Super Bowl and six of those teams won the Super Bowl.

A look at the teams in the Super Bowl era to start 10-0:

Los Angeles Rams 1969 11-0 11-3 Advanced to Conference Championship
Miami Dolphins 1972 14-0 14-0 Won Super Bowl VII
Minnesota Vikings 1975 10-0 12-2 Advanced to Divisional Playoffs
Miami Dolphins 1984 11-0 14-2 Advanced to Super Bowl XIX
Chicago Bears 1985 12-0 15-1 Won Super Bowl XX
New York Giants 1990 10-0 13-3 Won Super Bowl XXV
San Francisco 49ers 1990 10-0 14-2 Advanced to Conference Championship
Washington Redskins 1991 11-0 14-2 Won Super Bowl XXVI
Denver Broncos 1998 13-0 14-2 Won Super Bowl XXXIII
Indianapolis Colts 2005 13-0 14-2 Advanced to Divisional Playoffs
New England Patriots 2007 16-0 16-0 Advanced to Super Bowl XLII
Tennessee Titans 2008 10-0 13-3 Advanced to Divisional Playoffs
Indianapolis Colts 2009 14-0 14-2 Advanced to Super Bowl XLIV
New Orleans Saints 2009 13-0 13-3 Won Super Bowl XLIV
Green Bay Packers 2011 13-0 15-1 Advanced to Divisional Playoffs
Carolina Panthers 2015 ?? ?? ??
New England Patriots 2015 ?? ?? ??


“The biggest thing we have to understand is that we have to maintain our focus,” says Panthers head coach RON RIVERA about being 10-0. “Teams are going to come in and give us their best shot so we have to respond by playing our best.”

The Panthers, who finished the 2014 season with a 7-8-1 record, are the first team in the Super Bowl era to start 10-0 in the season following a losing campaign.




Thanksgiving Day games kick off Week 12 in the NFL


The NFL enters Week 12 and the action begins with a tripleheader on Thanksgiving Day. Among the teams in action on the holiday are the Carolina Panthers, who improved to 10-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 44-16 win over Washington. The Panthers will join the 2011 Green Bay Packers (10-0) as the only teams in the Super Bowl era to play on Thanksgiving Day with a 10-0 record or better.

Carolina and the New England Patriots, who defeated Buffalo 20-13 on Monday night, are both 10-0, marking just the fourth time in NFL history there have been multiple 10-0 teams in a season (1934, 1990, 2009).

Entering 2015, 15 teams started a season 10-0 during the Super Bowl era. Of those 15 clubs, all 15 qualified for the playoffs, nine advanced to the Super Bowl and six of those teams won the Super Bowl.

“It feels great to be 10-0,” says Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON, who tied a franchise record with five touchdowns in the win over Washington. “It was a great team win. But we have a short week and we’ve got to get ready for Dallas.”

Week 12 kicks off on Thursday with a Thanksgiving tripleheader for the 10th consecutive year. Traditional competitors Detroit and Dallas will host games during the day followed by a primetime nightcap on NBC. The week continues with a full slate of games on Sunday and concludes on Monday night when the Cleveland Browns host the Baltimore Ravens (ESPN, 8:30 PM ET).

The three Thanksgiving games and some of the other key contests in Week 12:


PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-6) at DETROIT LIONS (3-7) (Thursday, FOX, 12:30 PM ET)

The Eagles will play on Thanksgiving for the second consecutive year. Last Thanksgiving, Philadelphia quarterback MARK SANCHEZrushed for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver JORDAN MATTHEWS as the Eagles won at Dallas 33-10. For the Eagles, this will be the team’s first Thanksgiving game at Detroit since November 28, 1968 when Philadelphia shutout the Lions 12-0.

“We’re moving on and getting ready to play Detroit,” says Eagles head coach CHIP KELLY. “I think we have a really good football team and I’m very confident in these football players.”

Detroit will play its 76th Thanksgiving Day game and are seeking their third consecutive win on the holiday. Lions wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON has eight receiving touchdowns on Thanksgiving – the most in NFL history – and aims for his seventh consecutive game on the holiday with a TD. Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD has passed for 1,161 yards (387 per game) in his past three Thanksgiving games and aims for his fourth consecutive 300-yard game on the holiday.

CAROLINA PANTHERS (10-0) at DALLAS COWBOYS (3-7) (Thursday, CBS, 4:30 PM ET)


In a season of firsts for the franchise, the Panthers, who are 10-0 for the first-time ever, will play their first Thanksgiving Day game. Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON threw a career-high five touchdown passes last week, tying the single-game team record. Newton, who has 102 passing touchdowns and 39 rushing touchdowns, is the only player in NFL history with at least 100 passing touchdowns and 25 rushing touchdowns in his first five seasons.

“It’s an honor to get to play on Thanksgiving,” says Newton.

The Cowboys are 29-17-1 on Thanksgiving and have won six of their past nine on the holiday. Dallas quarterback TONY ROMO, who returned last week to lead the Cowboys to a 24-14 win at Miami, is 4-0 in his career against Carolina and 6-2 as the starter on Thanksgiving. Romo, who is 3-0 as the starting quarterback this season, connected with wide receiver DEZ BRYANT on the pair’s 50th career touchdown pass last week, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famers TROY AIKMAN and MICHAEL IRVIN for the most by a QB-WR duo in team history.


CHICAGO BEARS (4-6) at GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-3) (Thursday, NBC, 8:30 PM ET)


The Bears will play their 34th Thanksgiving game and second in a row. Last Thanksgiving, Chicago quarterback JAY CUTLER threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver ALSHON JEFFERY and tight end MARTELLUS BENNETT had eight catches for 109 yards. Rookie running back JEREMY LANGFORD will play his first Thanksgiving game and has scored five touchdowns in his past five games.

The Packers will host their first Thanksgiving Day game since 1923, when the team defeated the Hammond Pros 19-0. Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has 14 touchdowns, two interceptions and a 112.4 passer rating in seven career games on Thursday. In his past three starts against the Bears, Rodgers has 13 touchdowns, no interceptions and a 146.7 passer rating. The Packers won at Minnesota in Week 11 to improve to 7-3 and move back into a tie with the Vikings for first place in the NFC North.

“That was a real good team win,” says Green Bay head coach MIKE MC CARTHY. “I feel good about the way we played in all three phases. We’ve still got things to improve on and we’ve got to turn around quickly and get ready for Chicago.”




The Vikings and Falcons enter Week 12 currently in playoff position. Both teams will try and bounce back from a loss in Week 11.

Minnesota running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for a touchdown last week, his third consecutive game with a rushing score. Peterson has 92 career rushing touchdowns and moved into sole possession of 10th place on the NFL’s all-time list, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famers JEROME BETTIS and FRANCO HARRIS (91).

Atlanta currently has the top two players in yards from scrimmage this season in wide receiver JULIO JONES (1,189 yards) and running back DEVONTA FREEMAN (1,184). Jones, who had nine catches for 160 yards last week, leads the league with 89 catches, tied withMARVIN HARRISON (2002) for the most receptions in a team’s first 10 games in NFL history.

“We just have to keep working,” says Jones. “We’re still in it. We need to get on a roll.”




The Buccaneers have climbed into the postseason picture and aim for their third consecutive win. Last week, Tampa Bay became the first team in NFL history to have a quarterback (JAMEIS WINSTON) pass for at least five touchdowns and a running back (DOUG MARTIN) rush for at least 200 yards in a road game. Winston became the second rookie quarterback in NFL history to have five touchdown passes and no interceptions in a game (RAY BUIVID, December 5, 1937) and Martin recorded his second career 200-yard rushing game.

“Anybody that knows football can see there’s a bright future here,” says Tampa Bay head coach LOVIE SMITH. “We feel like we’re a good football team right now. There’s a lot of football left to go. All of our goals we set at the start of the season are there for us. That is taking it one game at a time. Three wins in a row is what we’re trying to get done this week.”

Colts quarterback MATT HASSELBECK, who turned 40 earlier this year, improved to 3-0 as the team’s starter and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (four) and BRETT FAVRE (four) as the only quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to win at least three consecutive starts after their 40th birthday. Indianapolis has now won two games in a row and are tied with Houston for first place in the AFC South.




On Sunday night, New England and Denver – AFC rivals and division leaders – meet in primetime.

The Patriots are 10-0 for the second time in franchise history (2007). On Monday night, New England defeated Buffalo 20-13 as running backJAMES WHITE rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass from quarterback TOM BRADY. Brady reached 25 touchdown passes in a season for the 11th time, tied with BRETT FAVRE for the second-most seasons in NFL history (PEYTON MANNING, 16).

The Broncos are 8-2 and lead the AFC West. Last week in Chicago, quarterback BROCK OSWEILER completed 20 of 27 passes (74.1 percent) for 250 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 127.1 passer rating in the Broncos’ 17-15 win over the Bears. Osweiler, who turned 25 years old on Sunday, is the only quarterback in the Super Bowl era to make his first career start and win on his birthday.

“Winning tastes great,” says Denver linebacker VON MILLER. “Nothing tastes like it. It was a great win.”



American Football Conference
East Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
New England Patriots 10 0 0 1.000 323 182 6-0 4-0 7-0-0 4-0-0 Won 10
Buffalo Bills 5 5 0 .500 244 227 2-3 3-2 5-4-0 3-2-0 Lost 1
New York Jets 5 5 0 .500 234 208 3-2 2-3 4-4-0 1-2-0 Lost 2
Miami Dolphins 4 6 0 .400 205 249 1-3 3-3 2-5-0 0-4-0 Lost 1
North Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Cincinnati Bengals 8 2 0 .800 266 186 4-1 4-1 7-1-0 3-0-0 Lost 2
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 4 0 .600 236 191 4-2 2-2 3-4-0 1-2-0 Won 2
Baltimore Ravens 3 7 0 .300 226 249 2-3 1-4 2-5-0 1-2-0 Won 1
Cleveland Browns 2 8 0 .200 186 277 1-3 1-5 2-6-0 1-2-0 Lost 5
South Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Indianapolis Colts 5 5 0 .500 224 248 2-3 3-2 4-3-0 3-0-0 Won 2
Houston Texans 5 5 0 .500 208 228 3-2 2-3 4-3-0 2-1-0 Won 3
Jacksonville Jaguars 4 6 0 .400 211 268 3-2 1-4 4-4-0 1-2-0 Won 2
Tennessee Titans 4 6 0 .400 211 268 3-2 1-4 0-6-0 0-3-0 Lost 2
West Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Denver Broncos 8 2 0 .800 222 183 3-1 5-1 4-2-0 2-1-0 Won 1
Kansas City Chiefs 5 5 0 .500 257 198 2-2 3-3 4-2-0 2-1-0 Won 4
Oakland Raiders 4 6 0 .400 240 259 2-3 2-3 4-3-0 1-1-0 Lost 3
San Diego Chargers 2 8 0 .200 213 282 2-4 0-4 1-5-0 0-2-0 Lost 6

National Football Conference
East Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
New York Giants 5 5 0 .500 273 253 3-2 2-3 4-4-0 2-2-0 Lost 1
Washington Redskins 4 6 0 .400 221 253 4-1 0-5 4-3-0 1-1-0 Lost 1
Philadelphia Eagles 4 6 0 .400 229 229 2-3 2-3 3-5-0 2-2-0 Lost 2
Dallas Cowboys 3 7 0 .300 190 228 1-4 2-3 2-6-0 2-2-0 Won 1
North Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Green Bay Packers 7 3 0 .700 249 198 4-1 3-2 5-2-0 2-1-0 Won 1
Minnesota Vikings 7 3 0 .700 211 184 4-1 3-2 4-2-0 3-1-0 Lost 1
Chicago Bears 4 6 0 .400 214 251 1-4 3-2 1-5-0 0-3-0 Lost 1
Detroit Lions 3 7 0 .300 185 274 2-3 1-4 2-4-0 2-2-0 Won 2
South Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Carolina Panthers 10 0 0 1.000 299 191 6-0 4-0 6-0-0 2-0-0 Won 10
Atlanta Falcons 6 4 0 .600 250 214 3-2 3-2 4-3-0 0-2-0 Lost 3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 5 0 .500 236 254 2-3 3-2 4-3-0 2-1-0 Won 2
New Orleans Saints 4 6 0 .400 255 315 3-2 1-4 3-5-0 1-2-0 Lost 2
West Division
Team W L T Pct PF PA Home Away Conf Div Streak
Arizona Cardinals 8 2 0 .800 336 216 4-1 4-1 5-1-0 2-1-0 Won 4
Seattle Seahawks 5 5 0 .500 228 192 3-2 2-3 5-4-0 2-2-0 Won 1
St. Louis Rams 4 6 0 .400 179 199 3-2 1-4 3-4-0 3-0-0 Lost 3
San Francisco 49ers 3 7 0 .300 139 252 3-2 0-5 2-6-0 0-4-0 Lost 1



Byes: Cleveland, New Orleans, New York Giants, Pittsburgh

(Home Team in Caps)


Thursday, November 19 Sunday, November 22 (cont’d)
JACKSONVILLE 19, Tennessee 13 HOUSTON 24, New York Jets 17
Sunday, November 22 Tampa Bay 45, PHILADELPHIA 17

Kansas City 33, SAN DIEGO 3

DETROIT 18, Oakland 13 SEATTLE 29, San Francisco 13
CAROLINA 44, Washington 16 Green Bay 30, MINNESOTA 13
Dallas 24, MIAMI 14 ARIZONA 34, Cincinnati 31
BALTIMORE 16, St. Louis 13  
Denver 17, CHICAGO 15 Monday, November 23
Indianapolis 24, ATLANTA 21


NEW ENGLAND 20, Buffalo 13



(All times local)

Thursday, November 26 Sunday, November 29 (cont’d)
Philadelphia at Detroit, 12:30 PM Buffalo at Kansas City, 12:00 PM
Carolina at Dallas, 3:30 PM

Chicago at Green Bay, 7:30 PM (NBC)


Miami at New York Jets, 1:00 PM

Oakland at Tennessee, 12:0 PM

New York Giants at Washington, 1:00 PM

Sunday, November 29 Arizona at San Francisco, 1:05 PM
Minnesota at Atlanta, 1:00 PM Pittsburgh at Seattle, 1:25 PM
St. Louis at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM New England at Denver, 6:30 PM (NBC)
New Orleans at Houston, 12:00 PM  
Tampa Bay at Indianapolis, 12:00 PM Monday, November 30
San Diego at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM Baltimore at Cleveland, 8:30 PM (ESPN)






National Football Foundation to honor 2015 Faculty Athletics Representatives


The NFF and Fidelity recognize the critical role of faculty in supporting the interests of student-athletes nationwide.

IRVING, Texas (Nov. 24, 2015) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the names of the 12 faculty athletics representatives who will be honored as part of the 2015 NFF Faculty Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, honoring the significant contributions of faculty athletics representatives across the nation.

“For more than a century, faculty athletics representatives have played a critical role in the overall educational experience of our country’s student-athletes,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are proud to join Fidelity Investments in continuing to highlight their contributions and pivotal support in ensuring that our nation’s student-athletes succeed on and off the field.”

For 2015, the NFF will recognize 12 faculty athletics representatives from the 12 schools with a 2015 NFF National Scholar-Athlete, including (with the names of the scholar-athletes in parentheses):

·         Baylor University, Jeremy Counseller (Spencer Drango, OT, 3.71 GPA)

·         Ferris State University (Mich.), Kim Hancock (Jason Vander Laan, QB, 3.77 GPA)

·         Kent State University, Kathy Wilson (Jordan Italiano, S, 3.98 GPA)

·         Mississippi State University, Steven Turner (Taveze Calhoun, DB, 3.51 GPA)

·         Ohio State University, John Bruno (Jacoby Boren, C, 3.83 GPA)

·         United States Naval Academy, Christine Copper (E.K. Binns, OG, 3.43 GPA)

·         University of California, Los Angeles, Michael Teitell (Jake Brendel, C, 3.43 GPA)

·         University of Massachusetts, Rebecca Spencer (Blake Frohnapfel, QB, 3.65 GPA)

·         University of Montana, Dusten Hollist (Derek Crittenden, DE, 4.00 GPA)

·         University of Mount Union (Ohio), Scott Mason (Hank Spencer, LB, 3.99 GPA)

·         University of Nevada, David Croasdell (Jordan Dobrich, LB, 3.85 GPA)

·         University of Oklahoma, Kelly Damphousse (Ty Darlington, C, 3.91 GPA)

Fidelity, which is also the presenting sponsor of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and theWilliam V. Campbell Trophy, has taken on a leadership role with the Faculty Salutes as a natural extension of its ongoing support of the scholar-athlete ideal and commitment to higher education nationwide. As part of the initiative, each school with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete receives recognition for their faculty athletics representative, and a $5,000 donation per school ($60,000 total this year) from Fidelity will be made to support the academic support services for student-athletes at the schools.

The NFF consulted with the 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives to design the initiative, and the organizations continue to collaborate on its implementation as an extension of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Program, which provides $18,000 postgraduate scholarships to college football’s top student-athletes.

“The efforts of the National Football Foundation and Fidelity not only recognize the work of the FARs at an array of campuses each year, but their efforts also demonstrate that success in college athletics is about more than just athletic accomplishments,” said Brian Shannon, the current president of 1A FAR, a professor of law and the FAR at Texas Tech University. “Participating in college athletics provides the opportunity for a first-class education at many of our nation’s finest institutions.”

Launched in 2011 by Fidelity and the NFF, the initiative is an extension of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Program that provides postgraduate scholarships for college football’s elite student-athletes. The salutes have recognized 76 FARs since the program’s inception, and Fidelity has made a total of $380,000 (including $60,000 this year) in donations. At the start of the 2014 season, Fidelity became the presenting sponsor of the William V. Campbell Trophy, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award, which will be presented for the 26th time during the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

“Honoring the faculty athletics representatives from the schools with NFF National Scholar-Athletes sends a powerful message,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “There is no group more committed to the well-being of our student-athletes, and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete success stories provide a natural vehicle for emphasizing the important contributions of the faculty athletics representatives in ensuring a strong connection between the academic and athletic experiences of our nation’s student-athletes.”

About the National Scholar-Athlete Awards
The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, were established in 1959 as the first initiative in history to honor scholar-athletes with postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. In 2011, Fidelity Investments became the first official sponsor in the history of the program, which has awarded more than $10.9 million to 816 individuals since its inception. The program currently provides more than $223,000 each year in postgraduate scholarships to the nation’s top scholar-athletes from all levels of collegiate play.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Fame inductees and athletics administrators. The committee traditionally selects up to 15 scholar-athletes from across the country for these prestigious $18,000 scholarships.

Past recipients have used their post-graduate scholarships to set the standard for excellence in our society, earning more than 150 medical degrees, 100 law degrees, 80 MBAs and 43 PhDs. Others have used the financial backing to enhance their successful careers in finance, consulting and engineering. Continuing their excellence on the field, 175 recipients have played in the NFL, includingDrew Brees, Derrick Brooks, Joey Galloway, Peyton Manning, Lee Roy Selmon and Steve Young. Thiry-two former National Scholar-Athletes have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Past Scholar-Athletes have made it big in a variety of fields, including Yale’s Stone Phillips, former co-anchor of NBC’s “Dateline”; UCLA’s Mark Harmon, an actor and film producer; West Virginia’sOliver Luck, NCAA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs; Richmond’s Leland Melvin and Illinois’sMichael Hopkins, NASA astronauts; and Georgia’s Billy Payne, the chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club. For more information regarding the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards or the College Football Hall of Fame programs, please visit

The NFF announced today the names of the 12 faculty athletics representatives who will be honored as part of the 2015 NFF Faculty Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments. Above, Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe, 2014 Campbell Trophy winner David Helton, Duke Faculty Athletics Representative Martha Putallaz, NFF COO Matthew Sign and 2014 NFF Toner Award recipient and Duke athletics director Kevin White joined the NFF and Fidelity in honoring Putallaz for the third year in a row at an event earlier this year in Durham, N.C.About Fidelity Investments
Fidelity’s goal is to make financial expertise broadly accessible and effective in helping people live the lives they want. With assets under administration of $5.2 trillion, including managed assets of $2.1 trillion as of October 31, 2015, we focus on meeting the unique needs of a diverse set of customers: helping more than 24 million people invest their own life savings, nearly 20,000 businesses manage employee benefit programs, as well as providing nearly 10,000 advisory firms with technology solutions to invest their own clients’ money. Privately held for nearly 70 years, Fidelity employs 42,000 associates who are focused on the long-term success of our customers. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit

About the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, SKP, the Sports Business Journal and Under Armour. Learn more at

About 1A FAR
The 1A FAR is an organization of faculty athletics representatives at NCAA Division I institutions in the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division 1A.
The mission of the 1A FAR is to advocate for effective interaction and academic and fiscal balance between an institution’s academic mission and its intercollegiate program. The purpose of the 1A FAR is to address issues unique to Division 1A institutions, which requires a careful balancing of academic versus athletics interests, of student-athlete welfare versus competitive success and of cost containment versus additional revenue generation. Learn more at

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