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NFL announces Steelers, Saints coaching staffs to lead 2018 Pro Bowl teams

 

Mike Tomlin 2007 photo by By SteelCityHobbies - MRR_0030.JPG, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Sean Payton at Super Bowl XLIV 2010 photo By VOA - S. Schy - http www1.voanews.com, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

The coaching staffs of the PITTSBURGH STEELERS and NEW ORLEANS SAINTS were selected to lead the 2018 Pro Bowl teams in Orlando, Florida, the NFL announced today.

The 2018 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 28, at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. Tickets to the game, which will kickoff at 3:00 PM ET and be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC, are on sale now atProBowl.com.​

MIKE TOMLIN and the coaches from the Pittsburgh Steelers and SEAN PAYTON and the coaches from the New Orleans Saints will lead the AFC and NFC teams, respectively.

Each conference will also be led by two Legends Captains – one offensive and one defensive. Pro Football Hall of Fame running back LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (offense) and Hall of Fame defensive end JASON TAYLOR (defense) will lead the AFC, while three-time Pro Bowl running back WARRICK DUNN (offense) and Hall of Fame linebacker DERRICK BROOKS(defense) will lead the NFC.

For additional information on the game or week-of festivities, fans are encouraged to visit ProBowl.com.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL announces Leslie Odom, Jr. to sing ”America The Beautiful” at Super Bowl LII

 

 

Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer LESLIE ODOM, JR. will sing “America The Beautiful” as part of Super Bowl LII pregame festivities at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, February 4, the NFL and NBC announced today. The performance will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff.

The Super Bowl is annually the most-watched television program. The appearance will be the first time Odom, Jr. an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit “Hamilton: An American Musical,” will perform on the Super Bowl stage.

LESLIE ODOM, JR. 2015 photo By Pete Souza - Behind the Lens 2015 Year in Photographs Chief Official White House Photographer, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

Odom, Jr. joins VICKI CARR (Super Bowl XI), RAY CHARLES (Super Bowl XXXV), MARY J. BLIGE MARC ANTHONY (Super Bowl XXXVI), ALICIA KEYS (Super Bowl XXXIX), FAITH HILL (Super Bowl XLIII), QUEEN LATIFAH (Super Bowl XLIV & XLVIII), LEA MICHELE (Super Bowl XLVI) in singing “America The Beautiful” at Super Bowl.  In 2013, JENNIFER HUDSON, along with 26 children from the Newtown, CT community, sang the song in advance of Super Bowl XLVII.

The NFL previously announced that P!NK will perform the National Anthem, ALEXANDRIA WAILES will sign the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful” and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show. The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.

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ABOUT LESLIE ODOM, JR.

Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer, Leslie Odom, Jr. has taken the entertainment world by storm across a variety of media – spanning Broadway, television, film, and music. Best known for his breakout role as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the smash hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, Odom, Jr. won the Tony Award for “Best Actor in a Musical” for his performance. He most recently appeared opposite Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz and Judi Dench in Murder on the Orient Express for Twentieth Century Fox. Odom, Jr. is one of the stars of the forthcoming feature length directorial debut of pop music sensation Sia. He also recently returned to the New York stage in a solo concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which will be broadcast as an hour-long PBS special on April 24, 2018. This spring, Odom, Jr. adds the title of “Author” to his resume with the release of his book – FAILING UP: HOW TO TAKE RISKS, AIM HIGHER, and NEVER STOP LEARNING. The book is being published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, for release March 27, 2018.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL: Catherine Boyle; NBC: Dan Masonson; Chris Kanarick, publicist for Leslie Odom Jr.; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL announces superstar performer P!NK to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl LII

 

P!nk performing live, March 6th 2013 By https www.flickr.com photos blumonkey14, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

SUPER BOWL LII ON NBC

International superstar P!NK will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LII pregame festivities at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, February 4, the NFL and NBC announced today. The performance will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff.

The Super Bowl is annually the most-watched television program. P!NK’s performance of the National Anthem in Minneapolis will be her first time appearing on the Super Bowl stage.

The American singer, songwriter and actress has released seven studio albums, one greatest hits album, sold over 50 million albums equivalents, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1). In addition, she is the recipient of three Grammy Awards (18 nominations), one Daytime Emmy Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, two People’s Choice Awards and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013. Her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s 200 chart and marked a career high for first week sales. The first single, “What About US” received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance and reached #1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart earning her ninth leader on the chart, the most number-ones at the format for a female (second overall).  Her 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix.

P!NK joins the ranks of many great performers who have sang the Super Bowl National Anthem including: Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera and many more.  (A complete list of National Anthem performers from past Super Bowls is listed below.)

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), actor and director ALEXANDRIA WAILES will perform in American Sign Language both the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful”.

The NFL previously announced that JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show. The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.

SUPER BOWL NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMERS
Super Bowl Performer Super Bowl Performer
Super Bowl I Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands Super Bowl XXVII Garth Brooks (Signed by Marlee Matlin)
Super Bowl II Grambling University Band Super Bowl XXVIII Natalie Cole with Atlanta University Center Chorus (Signed by Courtney Keel Foley)
Super Bowl III Anita Bryant (Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo Astronauts) Super Bowl XXIX Kathie Lee Gifford (Signed by Heather Whitestone)
Super Bowl IV Al Hirt (Pledge of Allegiance by Astronauts) Super Bowl XXX Vanessa Williams (Signed by Mary Kim Titla)
Super Bowl V Tommy Loy (trumpeter) Super Bowl XXXI Luther Vandross (Signed by Erika Schwarz)
Super Bowl VI U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale Super Bowl XXXII Jewel (Signed by Phyllis Frelich)
Super Bowl VII Andy Williams & Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo 17 crew Super Bowl XXXIII Cher (Signed by Speaking Hands)
Super Bowl VIII Charlie Pride Super Bowl XXXIV Faith Hill (Signed by Briarlake Elementary School Signing Choir)
Super Bowl IX Grambling University Band with Mardi Gras Chorus Super Bowl XXXV Backstreet Boys (Signed by Tom Cooney); “America The Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles
Super Bowl X Tom Sullivan Super Bowl XXXVI Mariah Carey (Signed by Joe Narcisse); “America The Beautiful” performed by Mary J. Blige & Marc Anthony
Super Bowl XI Vicki Carr (America the Beautiful) Super Bowl XXXVII Dixie Chicks (Signed by Janet Maxwell);
“God Bless America” performed by Celine Dion
Super Bowl XII Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University Super Bowl XXXVIII Beyoncé Knowles (Signed by Suzanna Christy)
Super Bowl XIII Colgate University Thirteen Super Bowl XXXIX More than 100 representatives from the four branches of the military (Signed by Wesley Tallent )
Super Bowl XIV Cheryl Ladd Super Bowl XL Aaron Neville and Dr. John with Aretha Franklin & Detroit based 150-member choir (Signed by Angela LaGuardia of Michigan School for Deaf).
Super Bowl XV Helen O’Connell Super Bowl XLI Billy Joel (Signed by Marlee Matlin and Jason Hay-Southwell)
Super Bowl XVI Diana Ross Super Bowl XLII Jordin Sparks (Signed by A Dreamer)
Super Bowl XVII Leslie Easterbrook Super Bowl XLIII Jennifer Hudson (Signed by Kristen Santos)
Super Bowl XVIII Barry Manilow Super Bowl XLIV Carrie Underwood (Signed by Kinesha Battles)
Super Bowl XIX Children’s Choir of San Francisco Super Bowl XLV Christina Aguilera (Signed by Candice Villesca)
Super Bowl XX Wynton Marsalis Super Bowl XLVI Kelly Clarkson (Signed by Rachel Mazique)
Super Bowl XXI Neil Diamond Super Bowl XLVII Alicia Keys (Signed by John Maucere)
Super Bowl XXII Herb Alpert Super Bowl XLVIII Renée Fleming (Signed by Amber Zion)
Super Bowl XXIII Billy Joel Super Bowl XLIX Idina Menzel (Signed by Treshelle Edmond)
Super Bowl XXIV Aaron Neville Super Bowl 50 Lady Gaga (Signed by Marlee Matlin)
Super Bowl XXV Whitney Houston Super Bowl LI Luke Bryan (Signed by Kriston Pumphrey)
Super Bowl XXVI Harry Connick, Jr. (Signed by Lori Hilary) Super Bowl LII P!NK (Signed by Alexandria Wailes)​

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ABOUT P!NK

Since her debut in 2000, P!NK has released 7 studio albums, 1 greatest hits album, sold over 50 million albums equivalents, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1). In addition, she is the recipient of three Grammy Awards (18 nominations), one Daytime Emmy Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013 and has sold out arenas all over the world.  Her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s 200 chart and marked a career high for first week sales.  Additionally, the album debuted at #1 in 10 other countries, on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart and Digital Albums Chart. The first single, “What About US” received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance and reached #1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart earning her ninth leader on the chart, the most number-ones at the format for a female (second overall).  Her 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix.

P!NK is a huge supporter of various charities, including: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, Human Rights Campaign and No Kid Hungry.  She remains on the UNICEF team as an Ambassador.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA WAILES

Alexandria Wailes is an accomplished actor, director, choreographer and American Sign Language (ASL) consultant. She recently performed as Stage Manager & Mrs. Gibbs in the Pasadena Playhouse/Deaf West Theatre production of Our Town. Her other Broadway credits include: Deaf West’s SpringAwakening and Big River (Tony Honoree for Ensemble). Additional theater, television and film highlights of Wailes’ career include the NY/Regional productions of: Mother Courage, A Kind Of Alaska, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Love Person, Sleeping Beauty Wakes (LA Ovation nominated) and Big River; television: ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’, ‘Nurse Jackie’, ‘Conviction’; film: ‘The Hyperglot’ and ‘Always Chasing Love’; and webseries: ‘High Maintenance’ and ‘Don’t Shoot The Messenger’. Wailes has ASL directed and consulted interpreting teams in New York City for School of RockKinky BootsSister ActA Long Day’s Journey In Night & Therese Raquin. She has also ASL interpreted Broadway’s On Your FeetALADDIN, as well as Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella for Theatre Development Fund and the Public’s King Lear & Taming of the Shrew for Hands On.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL: Catherine Boyle, NBC: Dan Masonson, P!NK: Meg Kehoe; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL announces Bengals’ Hayes, Raiders’ Johnson as head coaches for 2018 East-West Shrine Game

Jonathan Hayes of the Cincinnati Bengals 2013 photo By Thomson200 - Own work, CC0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Bobby Johnson (courtesy Oakland Raiders)

 

The NFL this week announced the head coaches for the 2018 EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME – JONATHAN HAYES of the Cincinnati Bengals and BOBBY JOHNSON of the Oakland Raiders.

Hayes, who will serve as the head coach the East team, has spent the past 15 seasons (2003-present) as the Bengals’ tight ends coach. Over Hayes’ tenure, his tight ends have contributed to the run-blocking efforts for eight 1,000-yard rushers and two players (TYLER EIFERT and JERMAINE GRESHAM) earned Pro Bowl nods under his tutelage. A 12-year NFL veteran with the Kansas City Chiefs (1985-1993) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1994-96), Hayes appeared in 184 career games with 122 starts, recording 153 catches for 1,718 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Johnson, who will coach the West team, is a 23-year coaching veteran at both the professional and collegiate levels and has spent the past three seasons (2015-17) as the Raiders’ tight ends coach. Prior to joining Oakland’s staff, Johnson spent five seasons with the Detroit Lions (2013-14), Jacksonville Jaguars (2013) and Buffalo Bills (2010-11). A native of Akron, OH, Johnson played tackle at Miami (Ohio), starting on the offensive line for three seasons from 1992-94.

“Our partnership with the NFL has once again given us two excellent head coaches,” said HAROLD RICHARDSON, executive director of the East-West Shrine Game. “Jonathan Hayes and Bobby Johnson are both outstanding coaches and certainly up-and-coming NFL head coaching prospects.  It is not only a great opportunity for them, but it is also a great learning experience for our players as they prepare for their NFL careers.”

At the conclusion of the NFL regular season, teams nominated deserving assistant coaches who were reviewed by a panel that includes NFL Football Operations staff, East-West Shrine Game leadership and two members of the NFL’s General Managers Advisory Committee. Once the head coaches are selected, each head coach then fills his 12-person staff from among other NFL assistant coaches nominated by the clubs, a key job requirement for head coaches at every level of the sport.

Coaches nominated by NFL clubs must be active assistant coaches who display extraordinary teaching and communications skills, and are recognized for their integrity and commitment to excellence in the coaching profession. The coaches must be accomplished at developing and preparing players to compete in the NFL.

The NFL also provides the game officials for the contest.

The 93rd annual East-West Shrine Game, which features some of college football’s best prospects, will kick off at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 20, from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and be televised live on NFL Network.

For more than 90 years, some of football’s greatest players and coaches have contributed to the tradition of the East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s first college all-star football game. Created by the Shriners in 1925, the game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. Participating players make an annual visit to the local Shriners Hospital, visiting children and staff in an experience that they will truly never forget.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Former Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award winners to gather in Minnesota at Super Bowl LII

 

Former Winners and Families to Come Together for Super Bowl

Weekend Culminating in Special On-Field Pregame Recognition

The legacy of former Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year winners will be recognized at Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, the NFL announced today. In honor of their excellence on and off the field, former Man of the Year winners – and family representatives of those who are no longer with us – will come together during Super Bowl weekend for a series of special events and programs. Prior to kickoff of Super Bowl LII, former winners will be recognized on-field, as a testament to their contributions to the game and to their communities. The Man of the Year legacy pregame moment will culminate with the introduction of the 2017 recipient.

Players spanning generations who belong to the exceptional Man of the Year fraternity will be honored in Minnesota, including the family of the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back WALTER PAYTON, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Pittsburgh Steelers Legend FRANCO HARRIS, Super Bowl Champions ELI and PEYTON MANNING, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Dallas Cowboys Legend ROGER STAUBACH and Pro Football Hall of Famer and San Diego Chargers Legend LADAINIAN TOMLINSON. A full list of past winners, which includes 28 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, can be found below.

“For the first time in NFL history, Man of the Year winners will come together on the NFL’s biggest stage,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “The NFL is proud to host these remarkable leaders and recognize their impact on the community. From the family of the late Johnny Unitas to 2016 co-winners Larry Fitzgerald and Eli Manning, the most distinguished players on and off the field will share a platform in honor of their accomplishments.”

An exclusive event for past winners and their families will kick off the weekend on Thursday, Feb. 1 and celebrate the legacy that Man of the Year winners have left on the game and in their communities. To further advance the legacy of Man of the Year winners and create impact in their communities, the event will also serve as a fundraiser for the NFL Foundation. Funds raised will be distributed among both the NFL Foundation and the nonprofit organizations supported by the Men of the Year.

Considered the League’s most prestigious honor, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field. The 32 nominees for the 2017 award were announced last month. Three of the nominees will be selected as finalists for the national award, renamed in 1999 after Walter Payton. Finalists will be announced later this month.

The winner will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 3, the eve of Super Bowl LII, at 9 PM (ET and PT) on NBC. NFL Honors will be taped earlier that evening at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

$500,000 dollars will be donated in the name of the 2017 winner. $250,000 will be donated to the winner’s charity of choice and $250,000 will be donated in his name to expand Character Playbook across the country. The two other finalists will each receive a $100,000 donation to their charity of choice and a $100,000 donation in their names to expand Character Playbook. All other 29 nominees will receive a $50,000 donation to their charity of choice and an additional $50,000 donation in their names to expand Character Playbook. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation, Nationwide and United Way Worldwide.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year trophy silhouette began appearing in uniform elements this season to further recognize past award winners and current nominees. The five current players who have won the award - DREW BREES, THOMAS DAVIS, LARRY FITZGERALD, ELI MANNING and JASON WITTEN – will wear a Man of the Year patch on their jerseys in perpetuity to recognize their outstanding contributions to the game and to their communities. All 2017 nominees wore a Man of the Year helmet decal through the end of the season, in recognition of their accomplishments on and off the field. This tradition will continue for future nominees and winners of the award.

Earlier this season, the NFL announced the Super Bowl Ticket Giveaway, a new initiative to surprise fans across the country with an invitation to attend Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. A total of 500 free tickets will be distributed under the program as a way to give back to dedicated NFL fans and provide them with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Each of the 2017 Man of the Year nominees received two Super Bowl LII tickets to give away to fans and community heroes.

For more information on the nominees and the award, visit NFL.com/manoftheyear.

PAST WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR WINNERS

YEAR WINNER TEAM
2016 Larry Fitzgerald

Eli Manning

Arizona Cardinals

New York Giants

2015 Anquan Boldin San Francisco 49ers
2014 Thomas Davis Carolina Panthers
2013 Charles Tillman Chicago Bears
2012 Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys
2011 Matt Birk Baltimore Ravens
2010 Madieu Williams Minnesota Vikings
2009 Brian Waters Kansas City Chiefs
2008 Kurt Warner Arizona Cardinals
2007 Jason Taylor Miami Dolphins
2006 LaDainian Tomlinson

Drew Brees

San Diego Chargers

New Orleans Saints

2005 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
2004 Warrick Dunn Atlanta Falcons
2003 Will Shields Kansas City Chiefs
2002 Troy Vincent Philadelphia Eagles
2001 Jerome Bettis Pittsburgh Steelers
2000 Derrick Brooks

Jim Flanigan

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Green Bay Packers

1999 Cris Carter Minnesota Vikings
1998 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins
1997 Troy Aikman Dallas Cowboys
1996 Darrell Green Washington Redskins
1995 Boomer Esiason New York Jets
1994 Junior Seau San Diego Chargers
1993 Derrick Thomas Kansas City Chiefs
1992 John Elway Denver Broncos
1991 Anthony Munoz Cincinnati Bengals
1990 Mike Singletary Chicago Bears
1989 Warren Moon Houston Oilers
1988 Steve Largent Seattle Seahawks
1987 Dave Duerson Chicago Bears
1986 Reggie Williams Cincinnati Bengals
1985 Dwight Stephenson Miami Dolphins
1984 Marty Lyons New York Jets
1983 Rolf Benirschke San Diego Chargers
1982 Joe Theismann Washington Redskins
1981 Lynn Swann Pittsburgh Steelers
1980 Harold Carmichael Philadelphia Eagles
1979 Joe Greene Pittsburgh Steelers
1978 Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys
1977 Walter Payton Chicago Bears
1976 Franco Harris Pittsburgh Steelers
1975 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals
1974 George Blanda Oakland Raiders
1973 Len Dawson Kansas City Chiefs
1972 Willie Lanier Kansas City Chiefs
1971 John Hadl San Diego Chargers
1970 Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts
1969 – Gladiator Award Bart Starr Green Bay Packers

 

*The Gladiator Award was the precursor to the Man of the Year Award, which was established in 1970.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Ana Blinder, NFL; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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