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Week 9 News in Review

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 9

WATSON’S WIZARDRY: Houston rookie quarterback DESHAUN WATSON became the first player in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards (402), four touchdown passes (four) and 50 rushing yards (67) in a single game in the Texans’ Week 8 loss at Seattle.

Watson has passed for at least three touchdowns and recorded a 100+ passer rating in four consecutive games, the longest streak by a rookie quarterback in NFL history. On Sunday, Watson can become the fifth different quarterback in NFL history with at least three touchdown passes and a 100+ passer rating in five consecutive games.

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes and a 100+ rating in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON(S) CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 3+ TD PASSES & 100+ RATING  
Tom Brady New England 2007 8  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 2004 8  
Russell Wilson Seattle 2015 5  
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 2012-13 5  
Peyton Manning Denver 2012 5  
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 2011 5  
 
Deshaun Watson Houston 2017 4*  
*Active streak

– NFL –

DYNAMIC DUO: Houston wide receivers DE ANDRE HOPKINS (224 yards, one touchdown) and WILL FULLER V (125 yards, two touchdowns) each had at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in Week 8.

Fuller and Hopkins are tied for the NFL lead with seven touchdown receptions each this season. With a touchdown catch by both players against Indianapolis on Sunday, Fuller and Hopkins would become the third pair of teammates in NFL history with at least eight touchdown catches each in their team’s first eight games of a season.

The pairs of teammates with at least eight touchdown catches each in their team’s first eight games of a season:

SEASON TEAM PLAYER TD CATCHES PLAYER TD CATCHES
2013 Denver Wes Welker 9 Julius Thomas 8
1959 Baltimore Colts Raymond Berry 8 Jim Mutscheller 8
           
2017 Houston Will Fuller V 7* DeAndre Hopkins 7*
*Through seven games

With three combined touchdown catches on Sunday, Fuller and Hopkins, who have 14 total touchdown receptions this season, would tie for the second-most combined touchdown catches by a pair of teammates through their team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history.

The pairs of teammates with the most combined touchdown catches in their team’s first eight games of a season:

SEASON TEAM PLAYER (TDS) PLAYER (TDS) COMBINED TD CATCHES  
1942 Green Bay Don Hutson (14) Andy Uram (4) 18  
2013 Denver Wes Welker (9) Julius Thomas (8) 17  
2007 New England Randy Moss (11) Wes Welker (6) 17  
1961 Houston Oilers Bill Groman (11) Charley Hennigan (6) 17  
           
2017 Houston Will Fuller V (7) DeAndre Hopkins (7) 14*  
*Through seven games

– NFL –

PETERSON GAINS GROUND: Arizona running back ADRIAN PETERSON has 11,983 rushing yards and 99 rushing touchdowns in 11 career seasons.

With 17 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown at San Francisco on Sunday, Peterson would become the seventh player in NFL history with at least 12,000 career rushing yards and 100 rushing touchdowns. All six of the players with at least 12,000 rushing yards and 100 touchdown runs are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with at least 12,000 rushing yards and 100 rushing touchdowns in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) RUSHING YARDS RUSHING TDS  
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas, Arizona 18,355 164  
Walter Payton^ Chicago 16,726 110  
LaDainian Tomlinson^ San Diego, New York Jets 13,684 145  
Jim Brown^ Cleveland 12,312 106  
Marshall Faulk^ Indianapolis, St. Louis 12,279 100  
Marcus Allen^ Los Angeles Raiders, Kansas City 12,243 123  
         
Adrian Peterson Minnesota, New Orleans, Arizona 11,983 99  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

JAGUARS ON THE PROWL: The Jacksonville Jaguars, led by defensive ends YANNICK NGAKOUE (2.5 sacks) and CALAIS CAMPBELL (two), recorded 10 sacks in the team’s 27-0 win at Indianapolis in Week 7. Jacksonville enters Week 9 following a bye last week.

With seven sacks on Sunday against Cincinnati, Jacksonville, who leads the NFL with 33 sacks and ties for third in the league with 10 interceptions, would become the second team in the Super Bowl era with at least 40 sacks and 10 interceptions in its first eight games of a season. The 1967 Oakland Raiders, who advanced to Super Bowl II, are the only other team to accomplish the feat in the Super Bowl era.

The teams with at least 40 sacks and 10 interceptions in its first eight games of a season in the Super Bowl era:

TEAM SEASON SACKS INTERCEPTIONS
Oakland 1967 52 14
       
Jacksonville 2017 33* 10*
*Through seven games  

– NFL –

LANDMARK FOR LANDRY: Miami wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY ranks second in the NFL with 50 catches this season.

With five catches against Oakland on Sunday Night Football, Landry, who has 338 receptions since entering the league in 2014, would surpass ANQUAN BOLDIN (342) for the most catches by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 4 SEASONS  
Anquan Boldin Arizona 342  
Jarvis Landry Miami 338*  
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 330  
A.J. Green Cincinnati 329  
Brandon Marshall Denver 327  
*In fourth season

– NFL –

DOMINANT DEMARCUS: Dallas defensive end DEMARCUS LAWRENCE recorded a sack in the Cowboys’ 33-19 win at Washington in Week 8.

Lawrence, who leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks, has recorded a sack in all seven of Dallas’ games this season. With a sack against Kansas City on Sunday, Lawrence would become the fourth player to record a sack in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

Minnesota’s EVERSON GRIFFEN, who is on a bye in Week 9, has recorded at least one sack in each of the Vikings’ first eight games of the 2017 season.

The players to record a sack in each of their team’s first eight games of a season since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON
Everson Griffen Minnesota 2017^
Dwight Freeney Indianapolis 2009
Robert Mathis Indianapolis 2005
Demarcus Lawrence Dallas 2017*
*Has sack in each of first seven games
^Has bye in Week 9 (Active streak)

– NFL –

SOARING EAGLE: Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ passed for two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 33-10 victory over San Francisco last week.

With 26 completions against Denver on Sunday, Wentz, who has 540 completions in 24 career games, would surpass MATTHEW STAFFORD (565) for the most completions in NFL history by a quarterback in their first 25 career games.

The quarterbacks with the most completions in their first 25 career games in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM COMPLETIONS IN 1ST 25 GAMES
Matthew Stafford Detroit 565
Marc Bulger St. Louis 553
Derek Carr Oakland 551
Carson Wentz Philadelphia 540*
Carson Palmer Cincinnati 537
*Through 24 career games

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL announces Week 8 Players of the Week

STEELERS WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER, BENGALS DE CARLOS DUNLAP &

CHIEFS KICKER HARRISON BUTKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 8

Wide receiver JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER of the Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive end CARLOS DUNLAP of the Cincinnati Bengals and kicker HARRISON BUTKER of the Kansas City Chiefs are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 8 (October 26, October 29-30).

OFFENSE: WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER, PITTSBURGH STEELERS

DEFENSE: DE CARLOS DUNLAP, CINCINNATI BENGALS

SPECIAL TEAMS: K HARRISON BUTKER, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

2017 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Alex Smith, Kansas City DE Calais Campbell, Jacksonville K Giorgio Tavecchio, Oakland
Wk 2 QB Tom Brady, New England DE Chris Jones, Kansas City K Cody Parkey, Miami
Wk 3 QB Tom Brady, New England S Terrence Brooks, New York Jets K Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo
Wk 4 QB Deshaun Watson, Houston DE Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh K Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo
Wk 5 RB Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers LB Telvin Smith, Jacksonville K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis
Wk 6 RB Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh CB Johnathan Joseph, Houston K Ryan Succop, Tennessee
Wk 7 WR Amari Cooper, Oakland S Kevin Byard, Tennessee PR Travis Benjamin, Los Angeles Chargers
Wk 8 WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh DE Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati K Harrison Butker, Kansas City


SEAHAWKS QB RUSSELL WILSON, EAGLES CB JALEN MILLS &

COWBOYS DL TYRONE CRAWFORD NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 8

Quarterback RUSSELL WILSON of the Seattle Seahawks, cornerback JALEN MILLS of the Philadelphia Eagles and defensive lineman TYRONE CRAWFORD of the Dallas Cowboys are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 8 (October 26, October 29-30).

OFFENSE: QB RUSSELL WILSON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

DEFENSE: CB JALEN MILLS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

SPECIAL TEAMS: DL TYRONE CRAWFORD, DALLAS COWBOYS

​2017 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Sam Bradford, Minnesota CB Trumaine Johnson, Los Angeles Rams K Matt Prater, Detroit
Wk 2 WR J.J. Nelson, Arizona CB Desmond Trufant, Atlanta PR Jamal Agnew, Detroit
Wk 3

Wk 4

QB Kirk Cousins, Washington

RB Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

DE Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas

DE Julius Peppers, Carolina

K Jake Elliott, Philadelphia

K Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams

Wk 5 QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay S Earl Thomas, Seattle PR Kenjon Barner, Philadelphia
Wk 6 RB Adrian Peterson, Arizona DE Cameron Jordan, New Orleans KR Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams
WK 7 QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia S Eddie Jackson, Chicago K Kai Forbath, Minnesota
Wk 8 QB Russell Wilson, Philadelphia CB Jalen Mills, Philadelphia DL Tyrone Crawford, Dallas

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL moves into second half of season with Week 9: Browns have bye; Bengals travel to Jacksonville

 

NFL SEASON HEADS INTO SECOND HALF ​

November has arrived and the NFL season enters its second half. At the midpoint, there are nine teams with a .700 or better winning percentage, led by the 7-1 (.875) Philadelphia Eagles. Since 1990, when the current 12-team playoff format was adopted, nearly 97 percent (60 of 62, 96.8 percent) of the previous teams to start 7-1 or better advanced to the postseason.

Through the first eight weeks, 16 teams have a winning record. Two divisions – AFC East (New England 6-2, Buffalo 5-2, Miami 4-3) and NFC South (New Orleans 5-2, Carolina 5-3, Atlanta 4-3) – each have three teams with a winning record.

The first half of the season has seen thrilling comebacks and close finishes, but the excitement will only intensify as the playoff push begins. And there’s still plenty of football to be played so don’t count teams out yet.

Since 2000, 44 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and advanced to the playoffs, including at least one in each season. Last year, there were four such teams: Detroit (4-4), Green Bay (4-4), Miami (4-4) and Pittsburgh (4-4).

Of those 44 clubs, seven have advanced to the Conference Championship Game, including both the Packers and Steelers last season. The 2001 New England Patriots reached the midway point with a 4-4 record and went on to win Super Bowl XXXVI.

Week 9 begins on Thursday night with an AFC East matchup as the New York Jets host the Buffalo Bills (8:25 PM ET, NFLN). The week concludes with a pair of primetime contests as the Miami Dolphins host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night (8:30 PM ET, NBC) and the Detroit Lions visit the Green Bay Packers in a key NFC North showdown on Monday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN). Some of the other notable games in Week 9:

BUFFALO BILLS (5-2) at NEW YORK JETS (3-5) (Thursday, NFLN, 8:25 PM ET)

  • The Bills improved to 5-2 with a 34-14 win over Oakland last week. Buffalo is aiming to close the first half of the season with a 6-2 record which would be the team’s best start since 1993 (7-1).
  • Buffalo leads the NFL with a +14 turnover differential and ties for the league lead with 17 takeaways. Safety MICAH HYDE ranks first in the NFL with five interceptions and has four interceptions in his past four games. Hyde’s five interceptions are the most by a Bills player through the team’s first seven games since JAIRUS BYRD (five) in 2009.
  • Jets quarterback JOSH MC COWN ranks second in the NFL with a 70.5 completion percentage (179 of 254). McCown has posted a completion percentage of at least 60 percent and thrown multiple touchdown passes in four consecutive games and is the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
  • New York wide receiver ROBBY ANDERSON had six catches for a career-high 104 yards – his first 100-yard receiving game – and a touchdown in last week’s contest against Atlanta.

ATLANTA FALCONS (4-3) at CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-3) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)

  • ​Atlanta improved to 4-3 – including a 3-1 record on the road – with a 25-20 win at the New York Jets last week. Quarterback MATT RYAN threw two touchdown passes – including the go-ahead score to wide receiver MOHAMED SANU in the fourth quarter – in the victory over the Jets.
  • Ryan has won his past three starts against the Panthers, completing 78 of 100 passes (78 percent) for 1,086 yards (362 yards per game) with seven touchdowns and one interception for a 131.1 passer rating. In last year’s Week 4 matchup against Carolina (October 2, 2016), Ryan passed for 503 yards and wide receiver JULIO JONES had 300 receiving yards as the Falcons became the first team in NFL history to have a 500-yard passer and 300-yard receiver in the same game.
  • The Panthers have reached the midpoint with a 5-3 record and look to begin the second half with a key division victory. Last week, Carolina notched a 17-3 win at Tampa Bay as the Panthers limited the Buccaneers to 279 total net yards.
  • Carolina defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS had a sack and forced fumble against the Buccaneers and ranks fourth in the NFC this season with 7.5 sacks. Peppers has 151 career sacks and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer CHRIS DOLEMAN (150.5) for the fourth-most sacks since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-6) at HOUSTON TEXANS (3-4) (Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)

  • Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE had 101 scrimmage yards (82 rushing, 19 receiving) in last week’s game at Cincinnati. Gore became the ninth player in NFL history to reach 17,000 career scrimmage yards (17,015) and the other eight players to accomplish the feat are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Colts kicker ADAM VINATIERI scored 11 points last week and tied GARY ANDERSON for second on the NFL’s all-time scoring list with 2,434 career points.
  • Last week against Seattle, Houston rookie quarterback DESHAUN WATSON became the first player in NFL history with at least 400 passing yards (402), four touchdown passes (four) and 50 rushing yards (67) in a single game. Texans wide receivers DE ANDRE HOPKINS (224 yards, one touchdown) and WILL FULLER V (125 yards, two touchdowns) each had at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown.
  • Watson has thrown at least three touchdown passes in four consecutive games and is the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat. His 16 touchdown passes in his past four games are the most in league annals by a rookie in any four-game span and his 16 touchdown passes in October are the most ever by a rookie in any calendar month. This season, Watson has 19 passing touchdowns, the most in league history by a player in his first seven career games.

CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-4) at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (4-3) (Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)

  • The Bengals defeated Indianapolis 24-23 last week as quarterback ANDY DALTON threw two touchdown passes to lead the offense.
  • With Cincinnati trailing by six (23-17) in the fourth quarter, defensive end CARLOS DUNLAP had a 16-yard interception-return touchdown to help put the Bengals ahead for good. It marked the second fourth-quarter game-winning interception-return touchdown in team history (KEN RILEY, October 23, 1983).
  • The Jaguars, who had a bye last week, are coming off a 27-0 win at Indianapolis in Week 7. Led by defensive ends YANNICK NGAKOUE (2.5 sacks) and CALAIS CAMPBELL (two), the Jaguars recorded 10 sacks against the Colts. Jacksonville, which recorded 10 sacks in Week 1, became the first club in NFL history to record at least 10 sacks in two of a team’s first seven games of a season.
  • Campbell, who leads the AFC with 10 sacks in his first season with the Jaguars, has the most sacks by a player in his first seven games with a new team since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

DENVER BRONCOS (3-4) at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (7-1) (Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)

  • Denver owns the league’s top overall defense this season, allowing 261 yards per game. The Broncos rank second in the NFL – behind only Philadelphia (70.4) – allowing 72.9 rushing yards per game.
  • Broncos linebacker VON MILLER has 24 sacks in 23 career games against NFC opponents (including Super Bowl 50). Since entering the league in 2011, Miller has 80.5 sacks, the most in the NFL during that span.
  • The Eagles have reached the halfway point with the league’s best record (7-1) following last week’s 33-10 win over San Francisco. Quarterback CARSON WENTZ threw two touchdown passes and cornerback JALEN MILLS returned an interception 37 yards for his first career touchdown.
  • Wentz ties for the NFL lead with 19 touchdown passes, the most by an Eagles quarterback through the team’s first eight games of a season. The previous mark of 17 touchdown passes was shared by Pro Football Hall of Famer NORM VAN BROCKLIN (1960) and NORM SNEAD (1967).

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (6-2) at DALLAS COWBOYS (4-3) (Sunday, CBS, 4:25 PM ET)

  • The Chiefs improved to 6-2 with a 29-19 win on Monday night over the division-rival Denver Broncos. Rookie kicker HARRISON BUTKERconverted all five field-goal attempts and is the first rookie in NFL history to have two games with at least five made field goals.
  • Chiefs cornerback MARCUS PETERS opened the scoring against Denver by forcing a fumble and returning it 45 yards for a touchdown. Peters, who also added an interception in the opening period, is the first player to have both a fumble-return touchdown and an interception in the first quarter of a game since ED REED on December 7, 2008. Since entering the NFL in 2015, Peters has 21 takeaways, the most in the league over that span.
  • The Cowboys have won two consecutive games, including last week’s 33-19 win at Washington. Defensive tackle TYRONE CRAWFORD blocked a field goal – which was returned 86 yards by cornerback ORLANDO SCANDRICK to set up a touchdown – and also recorded a sack and forced fumble.
  • Dallas defensive end DEMARCUS LAWRENCE, who leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks, has recorded a sack in all seven games this season. With a sack on Sunday against the Chiefs, Lawrence would join EVERSON GRIFFEN (2017), DWIGHT FREENEY (2009) and ROBERT MATHIS (2005) as the only players to record a sack in each of his team’s first eight games of a season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

 

NFL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 5-6

(All times local)

Byes: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England, Pittsburgh

 

Thursday, November 2 Sunday, November 5 (cont’d)
Buffalo at New York Jets, 8:25 PM (NFLN) Baltimore at Tennessee, 12:00 PM
  Arizona at San Francisco, 1:05 PM
Sunday, November 5 Washington at Seattle, 1:05 PM
Atlanta at Carolina, 1:00 PM Kansas City at Dallas, 3:25 PM
Indianapolis at Houston, 12:00 PM Oakland at Miami, 8:30 PM (NBC)
Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM  
Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 12:00 PM Monday, November 6
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants, 1:00 PM Detroit at Green Bay, 7:30 PM (ESPN)
Denver at Philadelphia, 1:00 PM  
   

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL Network to feature former Bills QB Jim Kelly ‘A Football Life’ Friday, November 3

Jim Kelly in 2010 photo by By Staff Sgt. Corenthia Fennell, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

​​‘Jim Kelly: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, November 3 at 9:00 PM ET​

“I can go on and on, all of the ups and downs in my life. But the Lord was preparing me for what I’m doing now and that’s hopefully making a difference for others out there.” – Jim Kelly

NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Friday, November 3 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films features sitdown interviews with Kelly, his wife and daughters, Hall of Famers Marv LevyThurman ThomasAndre Reed and Bill Polian, and more.

Each episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on smartphones through NFL Mobile from Verizon, and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV).

Throughout his life, Jim Kelly has been defined by his toughness and his ability to pick himself up following hardships. No matter the circumstance – suffering a serious shoulder injury his senior season at the University of Miami, losing in four consecutive Super Bowls, the loss of his son Hunter Kelly, his cancer diagnosis – Kelly has displayed an ability to fight through and to not be defeated.

Among the topics discussed in Jim Kelly: A Football Life are:

  • Playing at the University of Miami after Penn State only offered him a scholarship to play linebacker
  • Kelly’s decision to play in the USFL after being selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 1983 NFL Draft
  • Eventually playing for the Buffalo Bills following the collapse of the USFL in 1986
  • The birth of the K-Gun offense
  • Kelly’s perseverance to overcome the loss of his son Hunter Kelly and his cancer diagnosis

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Jim Kelly: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Jim Kelly

Jill Kelly – Wife

Camryn Kelly – Daughter

Erin Kelly – Daughter

Frank Reich – Bills teammate

Steve Tasker – Bills teammate

Darryl Talley – Bills teammate

Thurman Thomas – Bills teammate

Andre Reed – Bills teammate

Marv Levy – Former Bills head coach

Bill Polian – Former Bills general manager

Howard Schnellenberger – Former University of Miami head coach

Vic Carucci – Buffalo News

Provided below are some select quotes from Jim Kelly: A Football Life:

“I can go on and on, all of the ups and downs in my life. But the Lord was preparing me for what I’m doing now and that’s hopefully making a difference for others out there.” – Jim Kelly

“His ability to want to get up off the floor, get off the deck and stand again, that’s the part that really came to the forefront when he was sick.” – Darryl Talley

“My agent looked at me and goes, ‘Is there anywhere you don’t want to play?’ I go, ‘Oh yeah. I don’t want to play for Green Bay, I don’t want to play for Minnesota and I sure don’t want to play for the Buffalo Bills.’” Jim Kelly

“Never in the history of the NFL has a player walked out of a tunnel with more – forget about pressure – expectation placed on him.” – Steve Tasker

“Joe Klecko and company just start beating the living daylights out of him but for Buffalo fans, they saw that Jim had this fire in him. They saw that Jim would take the hit and just like that bounce right back up.” – Vic Carucci

“The best part about it and the reason I’m in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is coach [Marv] Levy put his job security on the line. He let me call all of the plays.” – Jim Kelly

“In the football chapter of his life, did we come up one game short? Yeah. But at the end of the day, when you look at the whole story, if it’s not all about helping other people out and bringing people together and fighting battles together and going through victories and defeats together – if that’s not being a hero I don’t know what is.” – Frank Reich

“After Hunter was gone, Jim just hit a dark place but came out of that stronger than I’ve ever seen him. Came out of that more of a man than I had ever seen. Came out of that time incredibly humble and compassionate in ways that he had never been before, and he’s never been the same since.” – Jill Kelly

This year, the 13-episode season of the highly-acclaimed series A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET. Below is a broadcast schedule for the remaining episodes of A Football Life:

  • November 10 – Larry Fitzgerald
  • November 17 – Eddie George
  • November 24 – Joe Gibbs
  • December 1 – Jerry Jones
  • December 8 – Aeneas Williams
  • December 15 – John Randle
  • December 22 – Lynn Swann & John Stallworth

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2017 Health and Safety Report released by the NFL


Sixth Annual Report Outlines Progress of the NFL’s

Health and Safety Efforts and Play Smart. Play Safe. Initiative ​

NEW YORK, NY—Oct. 31, 2017—The National Football League (NFL) today released the 2017 Health and Safety Report, which highlights progress under the Play Smart. Play Safe. initiative, as well as other NFL player health and safety efforts. The digital report—featuring a wide variety of interactive content—can be found here: https://annualreport.playsmartplaysafe.com/.

“Outlined in this year’s report is a demonstration of our ongoing efforts to both learn and do more,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter introducing the 2017 NFL Health and Safety Report. “We will continue to seek solutions to ensure our entire football family and all those who love to play the game are provided with the best information, tools and support to protect their health and well-being.”

 

In September 2016, Commissioner Goodell announced the launch of Play Smart. Play Safe.—a League-wide health and safety initiative—to drive progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of head injuries, enhance medical protocols and procedures, and further improve the way the game is taught and played at all levels. Of the $100 million Play Smart. Play Safe. commitment, the League pledged $60 million to the Engineering Roadmap—an effort to improve the understanding of the biomechanics of head injuries in professional football and to create incentives for small businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and helmet manufacturers to develop new protective equipment—with $40 million of the total funding commitment allocated for medical research, primarily dedicated to neuroscience.

 

“The NFL has the unique opportunity to be a leader in health and safety and as we make advances they will be shared with our players, the broader sports community, the medical world and the public at large,” said Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer. “The League has made great strides in this effort so far, and it is my job to explore where and how we can continue to improve. I look forward to the progress that’s to come.”

 

Since 2012, the NFL has released an annual report highlighting the League’s ongoing commitment to health and safety, including its collaborative work with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to improve protections for players. The NFL’s sixth annual report highlights key updates on the league’s efforts, including:

  • Implementing five additional rules changes intended to reduce the risk of injuries, especially to the head and neck—totaling 47 health and safety-related rules changes since 2002;
  • Updating the NFL Concussion Diagnosis and Management Protocol to reflect the 2017 Berlin Conference on Concussion in Sport;
  • Continuing to transform game day sidelines to ensure they are equipped with the best tools, technology and experts to care for NFL players—including new sideline medical examination tents to immediately evaluate players in private following an injury;
  • Launching a pilot program to increase access to athletic trainers by providing funding to public high schools with football programs that have limited or no access to an athletic trainer;
  • Awarding more than $600,000 to five winners to support product development for innovative protective equipment concepts as part of the HeadHealthTECH Challenge series—part of the Engineering Roadmap;
  • Announcing Dynamic Research Incorporated as the grand prize winner of Head Health Challenge III for the creation of a new material system for protective gear for athletes, first responders, military personnel, and others who face potential impact injuries; and,
  • Launching a funding opportunity—led by the Scientific Advisory Board—for innovative translational research on concussion and comorbid conditions.

 

For more information on these efforts and more, visit playsmartplaysafe.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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