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Saints QB Drew Brees continues to lead 2019 Pro Bowl voting

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jake Gellerman & Sam Drexler, NFL.com; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

Drew Brees 2010 photo By US Navy - http www.navy.mil, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

LEADS PRO BOWL VOTING BY FANS

 

– Rosters to be announced Live on NFL Network’s

Pro Bowl Special on Tuesday, December 18 at 8:00 PM ET –

 

New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with 725,736 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (679,775 votes) ranks second overall, while Los Angeles Rams running backTODD GURLEY (580,997 votes), Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER (540,165 votes) and New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY (539,456 votes) round out the top five.

Six of the top 10 vote getters – Mahomes, Conner, Barkley, Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF, New Orleans Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA and Kansas City running back KAREEM HUNT – are currently in their first, second or third NFL season. Additionally, nine first-or-second year players currently lead their conference in votes received at their respective positions.

Fan voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones atNFL.com/ProBowlVote​ until Thursday, December 13.

Starting tomorrow, November 29, and extending through the end of the voting period on December 13, fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

Fans are able to vote as many times as they like through both NFL.com/ProBowlVote or directly on twitter.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 14.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Drew Brees N​ew Orleans 725,736

QB

Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 679,775

RB

Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 580,997

RB

James Conner Pittsburgh 540,165

RB

Saquon Barkley New York Giants 539,456

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 510,459

QB

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 508,372

RB

Alvin Kamara New Orleans 452,385

RB

Kareem Hunt Kansas City 431,341

TE

Travis Kelce Kansas City 422,877

 

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

 

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

 

QB

AFC Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City 679,775

DE

AFC J.J. Watt, Houston 311,006  

QB

NFC Drew Brees, New Orleans 725,736

DE

NFC Danielle Hunter, Minnesota 215,553  

RB

AFC James Conner, Pittsburgh 540,165

DT

AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 189,113  

RB

NFC Todd Gurley, LA Rams 580,997

DT

NFC Aaron Donald, LA Rams 298,549  

FB

AFC Anthony Sherman, Kansas City 133,912

OLB

AFC T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh 248,981  

FB

NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 332,238

OLB

NFC Khalil Mack, Chicago 288,187  

WR

AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 510,459

ILB

AFC Jon Bostic, Pittsburgh 86,364  

WR

NFC Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants 402,767

ILB

NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 194,202  

TE

AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 422,877

CB

AFC Denzel Ward, Cleveland 213,201  

TE

NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 381,780

CB

NFC Kyle Fuller, Chicago 204,450  

T

AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 180,745

SS

AFC Jamal Adams, NY Jets 136,376  

T

NFC Terron Armstead, New Orleans 191,469

SS

NFC Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Washington 108,074  

G

AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 223,708

FS

AFC Derwin James, LA Chargers 82,662  

G

NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 169,257

FS

NFC Eddie Jackson, Chicago 98,037  

C

AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 207,615

P

AFC Britton Colquitt, Cleveland 99,812  

C

NFC Max Unger, New Orleans 188,934

P

NFC Michael Dickson, Seattle 74,477  

K

AFC Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh 68,823

ST

AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 91,617  

K

NFC Wil Lutz, New Orleans 94,045

ST

NFC Mark Nzeocha, San Francisco 72,391  

RS

AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 137,632        

RS

NFC Tarik Cohen, Chicago 104,000        
*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, November 27 at 3:00 PM ET

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered By USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game.

More information about these and all of the events taking place during Pro Bowl Week is available at ProBowl.com​.

 

NFL announces AFC/NFC Players of the Week for Week 12

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

​​​​CHARGERS QB PHILIP RIVERS, TEXANS DE J.J. WATT &
RAVENS PUNT RETURNER CYRUS JONES NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 12

Quarterback PHILIP RIVERS of the Los Angeles Chargers, defensive end J.J. WATT of the Houston Texans and punt returner CYRUS JONES of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 12 (November 22, 25-26).

OFFENSE: QB PHILIP RIVERS, LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

DEFENSE: DE J.J. WATT, HOUSTON TEXANS

SPECIAL TEAMS: PR CYRUS JONES, BALTIMORE RAVENS

 

2018 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh WR-KR Jakeem Grant, Miami
Wk 2 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB Darius Leonard, Indianapolis DB Dane Cruikshank, Tennessee
Wk 3 QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh LB Matt Milano, Buffalo K Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Wk 4 QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee DE Jadeveon Clowney, Houston WR-PR Dwayne Harris, Oakland
Wk 5 RB Isaiah Crowell, NY Jets LB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh DB Denzel Ward, Cleveland
Wk 6 WR Albert Wilson, Miami LB Za’Darius Smith, Baltimore K Jason Myers, NY Jets
Wk 7

Wk 8

Wk 9

Wk 10

Wk 11

Wk 12

WR Emmanuel Sanders, Denver

RB James Conner, Pittsburgh

RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City

QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis

QB Philip Rivers, LA Chargers

S Mike Mitchell, Indianapolis

LB Dee Ford, Kansas City

CB Desmond King, LA Chargers

LB Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee

LB Von Miller, Denver

DE J.J. Watt, Houston

LB Dont’a Hightower, New England

K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis

P Matt Haack, Miami

K Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo

K Daniel Carlson, Oakland

PR Cyrus Jones, Baltimore

 

 

 

COWBOYS WR AMARI COOPER, BEARS S EDDIE JACKSON &

SEAHAWKS K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 12

Wide receiver AMARI COOPER of the Dallas Cowboys, safety EDDIE JACKSON of the Chicago Bears and kicker SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI of the Seattle Seahawks are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 12 (November 22, 25-26).

OFFENSE: WR AMARI COOPER, DALLAS COWBOYS

DEFENSE: S EDDIE JACKSON, CHICAGO BEARS

SPECIAL TEAMS: K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

 

2018 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay S Harrison Smith, Minnesota K Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams
Wk 2 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay LB Danny Trevathan, Chicago K Robbie Gould, San Francisco
Wk 3 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans DE Efe Obada, Carolina DB Blake Countess, LA Rams
Wk 4 QB Jared Goff, LA Rams LB Demario Davis, New Orleans K Brett Maher, Dallas
Wk 5 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans DE Chandler Jones, Arizona K Graham Gano, Carolina
Wk 6 RB Todd Gurley, LA Rams DE Frank Clark, Seattle K Mason Crosby, Green Bay
Wk 7

Wk 8

Wk 9

Wk 10

Wk 11

Wk 12

QB Cam Newton, Carolina

RB Adrian Peterson, Washington

WR Michael Thomas, New Orleans

QB Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago

RB Saquon Barkley, NY Giants

WR Amari Cooper, Dallas

DT Aaron Donald, LA Rams

CB P.J. Williams, New Orleans

DE Danielle Hunter, Minnesota

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas

LB Samson Ebukam, LA Rams

S Eddie Jackson, Chicago

K Giorgio Tavecchio, Atlanta

P Michael Dickson, Seattle

P Bradley Pinion, San Francisco

P Tress Way, Washington

K Cody Parkey, Chicago

K Sebastian Janikowski, Seattle​

 

NFL player causes take priority rest of season

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Clare Graff, NFL.com; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL Shines a Spotlight on the Issues and Causes Important to Players

As part of its ongoing work in collaboration with NFL players, the NFL today announced a multi-month focus on player causes, beginning with today’s My Cause, My Cleats Unboxing Day. Across the league today, teams will debut their players’ custom cleats for this weekend’s My Cause, My Cleats campaign, now in its third year.

“The philanthropic passions of NFL players come to life in incredible ways all year long,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “We are proud to expand our efforts to highlight the extraordinary impact of NFL players and teams in communities across the country.”

For games during Weeks 13-15, each NFL team will designate one home game as their My Cause, My Cleats game; players will wear customized cleats reflecting their commitment to charitable causes during these games.

More than 800 players are planning to showcase their causes on-field during My Cause, My Cleats games. The topics players selected represent hundreds of different charitable organizations, from ones that focus on bullying prevention to those that work with autistic youth to those that support families impacted by gun violence. Players will share images of their cleats and the stories behind them on social media, using the hashtag #mycausemycleats. Players and teams worked directly with local customizers as well as Nike, Under Armour and Adidas to design their cleats.

Players will have the opportunity to raise funds for the causes of their choosing by auctioning their cleats at NFL Auction; 100% of funds raised will be donated to charities selected by players. Fans may bid on game-issued player cleats at NFL.com/Auction and help players raise funds for their chosen causes. In addition, fans can visit www.nfl.com/mycausemycleats to learn more about each player’s chosen cause.

The focus on player causes will continue through December and January. Beginning in Week 14, the league will recognize the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide. The 32 team nominees will wear a special helmet decal through the end of the season, in recognition of their accomplishments on and off the field.

During the months of January and February, the NFL will focus specifically on the cause of social justice as part of a new Inspire Change initiative. This new platform will highlight league, player and team programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity, with a priority on supporting improvements in education and economic advancement, community-police relations, and the criminal justice system. It will include the debut of a new PSA, the hashtag #inspirechange, as well as digital content, social media support, grassroots funding, community activation and new nationwide programming.  In addition, the NFL Network multi-part series Impact & Influence – currently airing in short form on NFL Network and digitally on www.nfl.com/impactandinfluence and through NFL social channels – will air episodes in January and February focusing on player-led work to promote social and racial equality.

More details will be forthcoming on each element of the player cause platform as it launches.

Additional details will be forthcoming on each element of the player cause platform as it launches.  A list of player causes can be found here. ​

 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issues statement on death of Bob McNair, Texans’ owner

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

Bob McNair (courtesy Houston Texans)

During his nearly two decades as an NFL owner, Bob McNair left a lasting mark on his city and our league. His leadership and determination brought the NFL back to Houston, built a magnificent stadium that hosted two Super Bowls, and his beloved Texans are in the midst of another successful season and are again contending for a place in the postseason. Off the field, Bob served with distinction as the chairman ‎of the Finance Committee and was recognized in South Carolina, his adopted home of Houston, and elsewhere for his extraordinary philanthropic and community development work.  He cared deeply about the league and was generous with his time and willingness to share his insights as an exceptional businessman.  But above all, Bob was a family man.  I extend my heartfelt condolences to Janice, their family, the Texans, and the entire Houston community.

NFL mourns loss of Texans’ owner Bob McNair

INFORMATION WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

 

 

Bob McNair in 2012 By dskillzhtown on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Robert C. McNair (January 1, 1937 – November 23, 2018) was an American businessman, philanthropist, and the owner of the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL).

Professional career

The McNairs were residents of HoustonTexas beginning in 1960. He spent most of his 20s and 30s as a struggling salesman and unsuccessful entrepreneur whose businesses all failed. He eventually broke through to success when he founded the cogeneration company Cogen Technologies, which he sold in 1999 to Enron and CalPERS. At the time of his death, McNair retained ownership of power plants in New York and West Virginia. McNair served as chairman and chief executive officer of The McNair Group, a financial and real estate firm that is headquartered in Houston, Texas. He was also the owner of Palmetto Partners, Ltd., a private investment company that manages the McNairs’ public and private equity investments, and was Chairman of The McNair Foundation. In June 2000, McNair formed a biotechnology investment firm, Cogene Biotech Ventures, where he served as company chairman.

He was rumored to be interested in buying a soccer club in the United Kingdom, and twice went to visit St Andrews, home of Championship team, Birmingham City F.C., who have been up for sale for the past two years. On January 3, 2014, a consortium headed by McNair made a bid to purchase Reading F.C. of the Championship, but were unsuccessful.

Houston Texans owner

Committed to bringing the NFL back to the city of Houston after the Oilers left the city to become the Tennessee Titans in 1996, McNair formed Houston NFL Holdings in 1998. On October 6, 1999, the NFL announced that the 32nd NFL franchise had been awarded to McNair. This team would become the Houston Texans, who began play in 2002. They won their first AFC South title in 2011, repeating in 2012 en route to four titles in six seasons. He was influential in bringing two Super Bowls to Houston’s NRG Stadium in 2004 and 2017.

Death

McNair died on November 23, 2018. He had been diagnosed with skin cancer in 1994 and had been in treatment for various cancers throughout that span; he had largely withdrawn from the team’s operations in the last months of his life, and his son and chief operating officer Cal McNair is expected to inherit the team.

 

 

 

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