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2017 NFL Draft positions set: Browns 1st, Bengals 9th, Colts 14th, Lions 21st, Steelers 30th



Following is the 2017 NFL Draft first round order.  The first round will start on Thursday, April 27 in Philadelphia with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 28 followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, April 29. ​





Team Win Loss Tie Winning Percentage Opp Win Opp Loss Opp Tie Strength of Schedule
1. Cleveland Browns 1 15 0 .063 139 114 3 .549
2. San Francisco 49ers 2 14 0 .125 127 125 4 .504
3. Chicago Bears 3 13 0 .188 133 122 1 .521
4. Jacksonville Jaguars 3 13 0 .188 135 121 0 .527
5. Los Angeles Rams

(traded to Tennessee)

4 12 0 .250 127 125 4 .504
6. New York Jets 5 11 0 .313 131 122 3 .518
7. Los Angeles Chargers 5 11 0 .313 139 117 0 .543
8. Carolina Panthers 6 10 0 .375 131 122 3 .518
9. Cincinnati Bengals 6 9 1 .406 133 122 1 .521
10. Buffalo Bills 7 9 0 .438 122 131 3 .482
11. New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 133 121 2 .523
12. Philadelphia Eagles

(traded to Cleveland)

7 9 0 .438 141 111 4 .559
13. Arizona Cardinals 7 8 1 .469 117 136 3 .463
14. Indianapolis Colts ^ 8 8 0 .500 126 130 0 .492
Minnesota Vikings

(traded to Philadelphia)

8 8 0 .500 125 129 2 .492
16. Baltimore Ravens 8 8 0 .500 126 127 3 .498
17. Washington Redskins 8 7 1 .531 131 123 2 .516
18. Tennessee Titans 9 7 0 .563 119 137 0 .465
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 .563 125 129 2 .492
20. Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .563 140 115 1 .549
21. Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 121 134 1 .475
22. Miami Dolphins 10 6 0 .625 115 138 3 .455
23 New York Giants 11 5 0 .688 123 130 3 .486
24. Oakland Raiders 12 4 0 .750 129 127 0 .504
25. Houston Texans 9 7 0 .563 128 127 1 .502
26. Seattle Seahawks 10 5 1 .656 112 142 2 .441
27. Kansas City Chiefs 12 4 0 .750 130 126 0 .508
28. Dallas Cowboys 13 3 0 .813 119 134 3 .471
29. Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 129 125 2 .508
30. Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 125 128 3 .494
31. Atlanta Falcons 11 5 0 .688 122 132 2 .480
32. New England Patriots 14 2 0 .875 111 142 3 .439


^ The 14th and 15th selections will be decided by coin flip



Patriots QB Tom Brady voted Super Bowl LI MVP

Tom Brady walking sidelines by Keith Allison Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons


New England Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY was voted the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl LI Most Valuable Player.

This marks the fourth time Brady has won the award, having previously been voted the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowls XLIX, XXXVIII and XXXVI. Brady is the only player in NFL history to win the award four times.

Brady has won five Super Bowls, the most by a starting quarterback in NFL history.

The award is chosen by a panel of 16 comprised of members of the Pro Football Writers Association of America, selected members of the electronic broadcast media and by fans interactively through the National Football League’s official website,

Brady completed 43 of 62 pass attempts for 466 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a 95.2 rating. Brady set Super Bowl single-game records in pass attempts, completions and passing yards and is only the second player in Super Bowl history to pass for more than 400 yards in a game, joining Super Bowl XXXIV MVP KURT WARNER (414). He also extended his Super Bowl records for most career completions (207), passing yards (2,071) and touchdown passes (15).

In the first-ever Super Bowl to go to overtime, Brady, a 17th-year player from Michigan, helped New England rally from a 25-point deficit, the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.

On the opening possession of overtime, Brady orchestrated a game-winning, eight-play, 75-yard drive, culminating with a two-yard touchdown run by running back JAMES WHITE.




Cardinals’ Fitzgerald, Giants’ Manning share 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

Larry Fitzgerald at WR position By FF Swami CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Eli Manning passing ball By Marianne O'Leary., CC BY 2.0, https




​Arizona Cardinals wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD and New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING were named the 2016 WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR, the NFL announced today. The award, which is presented by Nationwide, recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field.


The announcement was made during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special that will air nationally from 8 – 10 p.m. ET/PT on FOX tonight.


ANQUAN BOLDIN, the 2015 Man of the Year, will honor Fitzgerald and Manning on-field tomorrow before kickoff of Super Bowl LI.


“Quite simply this is the most meaningful honor an NFL player can receive and I am flattered beyond words that the selection committee deemed me worthy of it,” said LARRY FITZGERALD. “More than anything it is a reflection on my parents whose words and example taught my brother and me the value of service and the importance of giving back.”


“It’s a commitment that I know is shared by Eli (Manning), Greg (Olsen), all the other 2016 Man of the Year nominees and countless others throughout the NFL. I accept this honor with immense gratitude and humility but also in full recognition that it is on behalf of all of them as well.”


Larry Fitzgerald understands the responsibility that comes with being a professional athlete and uses his platform to give back to the community. Continuing a family legacy, Fitzgerald’s charitable work keeps him grounded and in touch with his roots. He looks for ways to increase the impact of his charitable work by teaming with others in Arizona and Minnesota.​

Fitzgerald’s foundation, The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, has provided grants of more than $1 million to promote reading and technology access for students K-12 and to support efforts to prevent and cure breast cancer and support breast cancer survivors. Fitzgerald has also teamed with national and international charities to serve as a volunteer to promote vision care for children, to fit people around the world with hearing aids and to visit countries in Africa to promote economic development.


Since being drafted by the Cardinals third overall in the 2004 Draft, Larry Fitzgerald has been a leader on and off the field. Since 2004, Fitzgerald leads the NFL in receptions (1,125) and receiving yards (14,389) and has 104 career touchdowns.


A father of three daughters, Eli Manning is a fervent champion for causes involving children. He has served as the Chair of the New York March for Babies for the past seven years, helping raise over $25 million since. Manning also spearheads “Tackle Kids’ Cancer,” an initiative with Hackensack University Medical Center. Prior to kicking off an extensive media campaign to raise awareness of this cause, Manning spent time with patients and doctors at the hospital’s pediatric cancer center, learning more about the greatest needs in cancer research.


“It’s an honor to be selected as the Walter Payton Man of the Year and I want to congratulate Larry Fitzgerald and Greg Olsen, two guys I have great respect for on and off the field, for being named as finalists,” said ELI MANNING. “It’s truly an honor to be in their company; they do such great work in their communities and in representing their teams and our league.”

“I think I speak for all of us when I say that anytime you’re mentioned in the same breath with Walter Payton, it’s a tremendous honor.


“None of us do what we do on behalf of charity or in our communities to get recognized. We do it because we truly care. You want to make a difference in people’s lives and in our communities. But to be recognized and know that that people do notice your work is nice.”

“I really appreciate the way the Giants are supportive of me and my teammates in the community, and the people who give of themselves on behalf of the charities I have had the privilege to assist. I appreciate all their help.”


Dismayed by the existence of only one children’s hospital in Mississippi, Manning and his wife founded the Eli and Abby Manning Children’s Clinics in 2007, kicking off a five-year fundraising campaign that raised close to $3 million. Building on that accomplishment and model, they also established the University of Mississippi Medical Center Manning Family Fund, which raised nearly $1.5 million in its first year.


A two-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Super Bowl MVP, former No. 1 overall pick Eli Manning has spent the entirety of his 13-year NFL career at the helm of the New York Giants. He holds numerous team records, including passing touchdowns, pass completions and passing yards, and also currently has 199 consecutive regular-season starts, most among active players.


“We are proud of Larry and Eli, who inspire us all with their unwavering commitment to philanthropy and dedication to supporting communities throughout the country and abroad. These two impressive men of character and integrity are role models for the NFL community,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “They are champions on the field and champions for others and we congratulate them on this well-deserved honor.”


Fitzgerald and Manning will each receive $625,000, half of which will go to a charity of their choice and half of which will support the expansion of Character Playbook across all NFL markets. Character Playbook is a digital education initiative launched by the NFL and United Way that teaches students the skills to cultivate character and maintain healthy relationships. As the runner-up, Greg Olsen will receive a $125,000 donation to the charity of his choice and a $125,000 donation in his name to expandCharacter Playbook. The other 29 team finalists received a $50,000 donation to both a charity of their choice and to expandCharacter Playbook. Donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation, Nationwide and United Way Worldwide.


“Larry Fitzgerald and Eli Manning have demonstrated a tireless dedication to their communities through the Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund and the Tackle Kids’ Cancer Initiative. They are most deserving of this prestigious award,” said Nationwide Chief Marketing Officer TERRANCE WILLIAMS. “On behalf of Nationwide’s associates, agents and members, I congratulate Larry and Eli on being named this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. Nationwide also wants to thank Greg Olsen as well as all of the nominees for the life-changing work they are doing every day.”


The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year finalists and overall winner are selected by an elite panel of individuals comprised of:

  • NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL
  • 2015 Man of the Year ANQUAN BOLDIN
  • NFL Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility ANNA ISAACSON
  • MMQB writer PETER KING
  • President of the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation and wife of the late Walter Payton CONNIE PAYTON
  • 2006 Man of the Year LADAINIAN TOMLINSON
  • Presenting sponsor Nationwide CMO TERRANCE WILLIAMS
  • United Way Worldwide CEO BRIAN GALLAGHER
  • One representative each from NFL broadcast partners CBS, ESPN, FOX, and NBC


To learn more about all 32 team nominees, visit


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About The NFL Foundation: The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit:


About Nationwide: Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit
Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side, Join the Nation and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.




2017 Memorial Tournament FORE! MILER set for May 25


the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide


February 9, 2017




FORE! Miler registration NOW open; race set for May 25

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today the return of the FORE! Miler presented by OhioHealth, a 4-mile road race that will kick off the 42nd playing of the prestigious PGA TOUR event hosted annually by golf legend Jack Nicklaus at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The race serves as a fundraiser that highlights and benefits the alliance between Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


The FORE! Miler presented by OhioHealth will begin at 7 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 25. The race will follow a route that starts and ends at Muirfield Village Golf Club and includes Memorial Drive, Avery Road, Brand Road, Muirfield Drive and Kinross Court. After the race, runners and walkers will enjoy a free Post-Race Party at the Golden Bear Club, an enclosed, climate-controlled venue located between the fairway at Hole No. 10 and the green at No. 14 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The FORE! Miler is limited to the first 3,000 runners and walkers.


Registration for the FORE! Miler is NOW open at Race fees are $45 per person through March 31, 2017; $50 per person from April 1 through May 22; and $55 per person starting May 23 until sold out. All proceeds from the FORE! Miler benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The race has raised more than $81,000 for Nationwide Children’s since it began in 2015.


Race participants receive an Official FORE! Miler-themed Technical Race Shirt, an Official FORE! Miler-themed Finisher’s Medal, one complimentary Practice Round ticket ($35 value) to the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide (good for any one day, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, with Wednesday’s ticket including access to the Official Pro-Am and Memorial Honoree Ceremony) and a complimentary adult beverage at the Post-Race Party.

“We are excited about the growth the FORE! Miler has enjoyed over its first two years,” said Memorial Tournament Executive Director Dan Sullivan. “The support we’ve received for this community-focused race from event partners OhioHealth, City of Dublin, Perio, Inc. (makers of Barbasol and Pure Silk Shave Cream) and WBNS 10TV has been instrumental to its success in raising important funds for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, as well as providing a platform for us to highlight the alliance between the Hospital and Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.”


The Memorial Tournament, scheduled for May 29 – June 4, will once again collaborate with M3S Sports to operate the FORE! Miler. The Memorial and M3S will work closely with City of Dublin officials to create a first-class race experience for participants and Dublin residents alike.


“Dublin is home to a healthy and wellness-focused community,” said Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel. “The FORE! Miler is a great event kicking off one of the most important weeks in Dublin focused on world-class golf, hospitality and economic development. We value the opportunity to partner with the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, OhioHealth,  Perio, Inc. and WBNS 10TV  to bring a ‘best of class’ race and charitable event to central Ohio.”


Race presenting sponsor OhioHealth is a leader in health and wellness in central Ohio and shares a common vision with the Memorial and City of Dublin to improve the health of the community.


“We’re excited to again serve as presenting sponsor of the FORE! Miler and lend our support to such a worthwhile cause,” said Sue Jablonski, senior vice president and chief communications officer, OhioHealth. “We have a long history of collaboration with City of Dublin, the Memorial Tournament and Nationwide Children’s Hospital and are excited to not only support our friends and partners, but also to get people active, moving and focused on their health.”


For more information and to register for the FORE! Miler presented by OhioHealth, please visit


The 2017 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is scheduled for May 29 – June 4 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The public may call the Tournament Ticket Office 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 877-MT BADGE (877-682-2343) or visit to purchase badges. Kids 18 and under can attend for free with a ticketed adult. Daily practice round tickets for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are also available. The cost is $35 and they are valid for all three practice-round days.





About the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit or call 614-889-6700.

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit


Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.


Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth has been recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it has received six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for 10 years in a row, 2007-2016.


Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 50+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area.


OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at



Thomas P. Sprouse, The Memorial Tournament;  Colin Yoder, Ohio Health; COURTESY THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

NHL Schedule for Thursday, February 9, 2017; Milestones & Streaks, Loose Pucks

All Times Eastern
San Jose @ Boston, 7 p.m., SN360, SNW, TVAS, NESN, CSN-CA
Anaheim @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, PRIME
Nashville @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., MSG, FS-TN
NY Islanders @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., NBCSN, TCN-PH
Detroit @ Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC, FS-D
Vancouver @ Columbus, 7 p.m., FS-O, SNP
St. Louis @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., SNO, FS-MW
Dallas @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., RDS2, TSN5, FS-SW+
Los Angeles @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, FS-W
Pittsburgh @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, ROOT
Montreal @ Arizona, 9 p.m., FS-A, SNE, RDS
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Several significant milestones and streaks look to be reached and extended as 22 teams are in action on Thursday:

* Sidney Crosby (368-630—998 in 753 GP) resumes his hunt to become the third player in Penguins history – and the 86th player in NHL history – to record 1,000 career points when Pittsburgh (33-13-6, 72 points) visits Colorado (15-33-2, 32 points). Crosby (30-30—60) leads the League in goals and sits tied with Connor McDavid (18-42—60) in the Art Ross Trophy race. The Penguins have earned a point in each of their last four games (3-0-1) and sit one point back of the Blue Jackets (34-13-5, 73 points) for the second-most points in the Eastern Conference.

* The League-leading Capitals (37-11-6, 80 points) aim for their 11th consecutive home win when they face the Red Wings (22-21-10, 54 points) at Verizon Center. The Capitals have recorded shutouts in each of their past two home games and a total of five during their home win streak, outscoring opponents 50-12 in the 10 contests. Washington has won more than 10 consecutive home games twice before: from Jan. 5 – March 6, 2010 (13-0-0) and Nov. 21, 2015 – Jan. 17, 2016 (12-0-0).

Brent Burns, who leads all defensemen and ranks third in NHL scoring with 22-35—57, looks to extend his road point streak to 15 games (10-13—23 in 14 GP) when the Sharks (33-17-4, 70 points) visit the Bruins (26-23-6, 58 points), who will play their first game under interim head coach Bruce Cassidy. Elias notes that only two defensemen in NHL history have posted longer such runs: Ray Bourque (Nov. 7, 1993 – Jan. 25, 1994: 7-18—25 in 16 GP) and Paul Coffey (March 6 – April 27, 1995: 8-13—21 in 15 GP).


Wild forward Charlie Coyle (0-1—1) played in his 284th consecutive regular-season game to surpass Antti Laaksonen for the longest such streak in franchise history . . . The Capitals welcomed Fatima Al Ali of the United Arab Emirates women’s national team to practice, while the Avalanche and Bruins each held community initiatives as part of Hockey Is For Everyone month.

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