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Soon it will be time to go to camp.

There’s no eating s’mores. There’s some swimming, no one’s singing “Kumba Ya.”

It’s almost time for football.

Soon, all 32 NFL teams will be on a practice field somewhere in America. One will be looking to defend their title. The other 31 teams will be looking to knock them off the top of the mountain.

The hunter is NOW the hunted.

Veterans will be looking to keep their jobs, while rookies and free agents fight for that coveted roster spot. That spot means a paycheck. It’s going to be hot. They’ll be sleeping in dorms for the first time since college, they’ll fight heat, humidity, bugs and in some cases each other.

The playbooks will be bigger than the textbooks they used in college, making “War and Peace” look like a comic book. Meetings with coaches in their positions, pre-season games that will determine their futures will take place and in the end, they’ll either be on a roster or they’ll get that knock on the door from a coach or support staff member and the dreaded words “Coach wants to see you and bring your playbook.” That usually means you’re getting cut.

Some camps will have their rookies come in first to get used to being in camp, while others will have everyone come in at one time. For some, it will be like riding a bike. For others, it’s sort of like learning to walk again. It’s not easy. Most teams will play four pre-season contests (Dallas and Arizona will play five because they are playing in the Hall of Fame Game). Some say the pre-season is too long and needs to be cut back to one or two games, like our CFL neighbours to the north.

Fans will get to see their teams up close and personal and make their own evaluations of their team. Some see their teams getting better from their 2016 finish and make the postseason, while other want to see if last year was a fluke.

Heat. Humidity. Bugs, Sweat. Fights with teammates. Come the Thursday after Labor Day when it gets underway in Foxboro as New England and Kansas City meet, if they make the cut, it’s worth it.

Below is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates. Check with your team for dates and if practices will be open to the public. Hydrate and mind your manners and watch out for your cousin Connie. She’s been known to wipe out a Super Bowl party.

AFC
Baltimore – Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Maryland (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Buffalo – St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Cincinnati – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Cleveland – Cleveland Browns Training Complex, Berea, Ohio (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Denver – University of Colorado Health Training Center in Englewood, Colorado, (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
Houston – The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Indianapolis – Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis, Indiana (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Jacksonville – Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields in Jacksonville, Florida (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Kansas City – Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/27)
Los Angeles Chargers – Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Miami – Baptist Health Training Facility in Davie, Florida (Rookies report 7/20, Veterans report 7/26)
New England – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Jets – Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)
Oakland – Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, California (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/28)
Pittsburgh – Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Tennessee – Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tennessee (Rookies and Veterans report 7/28)

NFC
Arizona – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (Rookies and Veterans report 7/21)
Atlanta – Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Carolina – Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (Rookies and Veterans report 7/25)
Chicago – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
Dallas – Marriott Residence Inn in Oxnard, California (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/22)
Detroit – Detroit Lions Training Facility in Allen Park, Michigan (Rookies report 7/24, Veterans report 7/29)
Green Bay – St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)
Los Angeles Rams – University of California at Irvine (Rookies report 7/26, Veterans report 7/28)
Minnesota – Minnesota State University at Mankato (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
New Orleans – New Orleans Saints Training Facility in Metairie, Louisiana (Rookies report 7/19, Veterans report 7/26)
New York Giants – Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Philadelphia – NovaCare Training Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Rookies report 7/23, Veterans report 7/26)
San Francisco – SAP Performance Facility in Santa Clara, California (Rookies and Veterans report 7/27)
Seattle – Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton, Washington (Rookies and Veterans report 7/29)
Tampa Bay – One Buccaneer Place on Tampa, Florida (Rookies report 7/25, Veterans report 7/27)
Washington – Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Virginia (Rookies and Veterans report 7/26)

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

And then there were 10.

NFL Network’s The Top 100 Players of 2017 weekly series concludes Monday, June 26 when players ranked No. 10 through No. 1 are revealed in two, one-hour episodes at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern.

At 10 p.m. Eastern, the Top 100 Players of 2017 Reactions show concludes the seventh season of the annual series which counts down the top 100 players in the NFL as voted on by the players themselves. Amber Theoharis, Ike Taylor and Willie McGinest host the special one-hour edition of the Reactions show, which includes interviews with some of the players revealed in the top 10.

Additional NFL.com content leading up to the series finale includes Ike Taylor’s own Top 100 list (http://tinyurl.com/yb2cugpv), Adam Schein’s own Top 9 players and an All-Top 100 team putting together a roster of the highest-rated players by position.

In advance of series finale, NFL Network announces the Top 10 players listed in alphabetical order, along with some quotes from current NFL players discussing each.

The Top 100 Players of 2017 – Top 10 Players listed in alphabetical order:

Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants, WR
•”He’ll go down as one of the greatest ever.” – Coty Sensabaugh

Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers, RB
•”He’s the best at everything. He’s the best running back all around in this league.” – Malcolm Jenkins

Tom Brady – New England Patriots, QB
•”I don’t know who you can compare him to and say he’s not the best of all time.” – Malcolm Jenkins

Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers, WR
•”He makes it look so effortless. He has such a sense of where he’s at on the field at all times.” – Le’Veon Bell

Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys, RB
•”He’s going to run through you if you’re in his way.” – Mike Daniels

Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons, WR
•”I can’t even imagine having to guard someone like that. It’s not even fair.” – Davante Adams

Khalil Mack – Oakland Raiders, LB
•”He’s a beast. He’s really unstoppable.” – Melvin Gordon

Von Miller – Denver Broncos, LB
•”Von’s like water – he’s fluid. Can’t get your hands on him, can’t touch him.” – Shane Ray

Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, QB
•”He’s a pro’s pro. He’s super slick. He has the confidence – he has the swagger a lot of quarterbacks don’t have.” – Michael Bennett

Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons, QB
•”Number one player in the league right now. MVP.” – Shane Ray

Below is complete list of players ranked #100-11:

To see specific segments on each player from the show, please visit http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-top100-2017

100. Joey Bosa – Los Angeles Chargers, DE

99. Malcolm Butler – New England Patriots, CB

98. Adrian Peterson – New Orleans Saints, RB

97. David DeCastro – Pittsburgh Steelers, OG

96. Damon Harrison – New York Giants, DT

95. Kelechi Osemele – Oakland Raiders, OG

94. Dont’a Hightower – New England Patriots, LB

93. Brandon Graham – Philadelphia Eagles, DE

92. Everson Griffen – Minnesota Vikings, DE

91. Lorenzo Alexander – Buffalo Bills, LB

90. Malcolm Jenkins – Philadelphia Eagles, S

89. Thomas Davis – Carolina Panthers, LB

88. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks, WR

87. Travis Frederick – Dallas Cowboys, C

86. Jurell Casey – Tennessee Titans, DT

85. Chandler Jones – Arizona Cardinals, LB

84. Mike Daniels – Green Bay Packers, DT

83. Calais Campbell – Jacksonville Jaguars, DE

82. Clay Matthews – Green Bay Packers, LB

81. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs, QB

80. LeGarrette Blount – Philadelphia Eagles, RB

79. Sean Lee – Dallas Cowboys, LB

78. Brian Orakpo – Tennessee Titans, LB

77. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – Green Bay Packers, S

76. Justin Houston – Kansas City Chiefs, LB

75. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans, TE

74. Harrison Smith – Minnesota Vikings, S

73. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers, QB

72. Taylor Lewan – Tennessee Titans, OT

71. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots, WR

70. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins, QB

69. Jay Ajayi – Miami Dolphins, RB

68. Geno Atkins – Cincinnati Bengals, DT

67. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers, TE

66. Xavier Rhodes – Minnesota Vikings, CB

65. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins, TE

64. Casey Hayward – Los Angeles Chargers, CB

63. Chris Harris Jr. – Denver Broncos, CB

62. Cameron Wake – Miami Dolphins, DE

61. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts, WR

60. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys, WR

59. Josh Norman – Washington Redskins, CB

58. Zack Martin – Dallas Cowboys, OG

57. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, QB

56. Cliff Avril – Seattle Seahawks, DE

55. Ndamukong Suh – Miami Dolphins, DT

54. Janoris Jenkins – New York Giants, CB

53. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders, WR

52. Gerald McCoy – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DT

51. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts, QB

50. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans, QB

49. Jadeveon Clowney – Houston Texans, DE

48. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers, WR

47. Trent Williams – Washington Redskins, OT

46. Michael Bennett – Seattle Seahawks, DE

45. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals, WR

44. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB

43. Marshal Yanda – Baltimore Ravens, OG

42. Jarvis Landry – Miami Dolphins, WR

41. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons, RB

40. Vic Beasley – Atlanta Falcons, LB

39. Bobby Wagner – Seattle Seahawks, LB

38. Fletcher Cox – Philadelphia Eagles, DT

37. Aqib Talib – Denver Broncos, CB

36. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs, WR/PR

35. J.J. Watt – Houston Texans, DE

34. Kam Chancellor – Seattle Seahawks, S

33. DeMarco Murray – Tennessee Titans, RB

32. Marcus Peters – Kansas City Chiefs, CB

31. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions, QB

30. Earl Thomas – Seattle Seahawks, S

29. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR

28. Landon Collins – New York Giants, S

27. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills, RB

26. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs, TE

25. Joe Thomas – Cleveland Browns, OT

24. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks, QB

23. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots, TE

22. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers, QB

21. Richard Sherman – Seattle Seahawks, CB

20. Luke Kuechly – Carolina Panthers, LB

19. Patrick Peterson – Arizona Cardinals, CB

18. Tyron Smith – Dallas Cowboys, OT

17. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals, WR

16. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints, QB

15. Aaron Donald – Los Angeles Rams, DT

14. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys, QB

13. Eric Berry – Kansas City Chiefs, S

12. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals, RB

11. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders, QB

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The National Football League and Bose Corporation announced they have signed a multi-year extension to their sponsorship agreement which designates Bose as the official headphone and headset of the NFL.

An official NFL sponsor since 2011, Bose will continue to design, engineer and manufacture headsets for the coaching staffs of all 32 NFL clubs to use in-game, enhancing sideline and booth communications in a variety of areas, including play-calling and instant replay. The Bose headsets were built from the ground-up specifically for the demands of football, and use proprietary technology found in the company’s military and aviation headsets to deliver superior audio, noise cancellation, rugged durability and long-wear comfort.

“We’re thrilled to extend our relationship with Bose and have their technology on our sidelines for many seasons to come,” said Brian Rolapp, Chief Media and Business Officer for the NFL. “The NFL is constantly looking to partner with companies that can provide best-in-class technology to help improve our game, not only for the players and coaches but also for our fans and Bose is a perfect example of that.”

“Our technology has been used to deliver critical communication for more than a 100,000 play calls over the last three years,” said Pat LaCroix, Head of Global Media and Alliances at Bose.  “We’re proud of the impact our headsets have had on the game, and are committed to continuing to make a difference for the league, its 32 teams and the millions of fans everywhere.”

“Since being implemented on our NFL game day sidelines, Bose technology has enhanced the audio and communication experience for our coaches, players and game day personnel,” Troy Vincent, Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the NFL told USA Today.

As part of the renewal, Bose continues to have global rights to leverage its NFL relationship, including the right to use the following designations:

Bose is “The Official Headphone and Headset of the NFL.”
Bose is “The Official Sound of the NFL.”
Bose is “The Official Home Audio and Speaker Sponsor of the NFL.”

About Bose Corporation: Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, then a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, the company is driven by its founding principles, investing in long-term research with one fundamental goal: to develop new technologies with real customer benefits. Bose innovations have spanned decades and industries, creating and transforming categories in audio and beyond. Bose products for the home, in the car, on the go and in public spaces have become iconic, changing the way people listen to music.

Bose Corporation is privately held. The company’s spirit of invention, passion for excellence, and commitment to extraordinary experiences can be found around the world — everywhere Bose does business.

He was the student that cost former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau her job and her freedom.

Later on in their lives, they eventually fell in love and tied the knot.

That knot may be untied.

Vili Fualaau filed for separation from his wife of 12 years, according to KIRO-TV in Seattle and the Associated Press. Their story when they first met Fualaau when he was a student in her second-grade class at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, a suburb of Seattle. Their relationship began in June of 1996 when police discovered that Letourneau, who was 34 at the time and married with four children was in a minivan parked at a local marina with Fualaau.  Picked up by the police, Letourneau said the boy was 18. The two were taken to a police station and later released. Later that Fall, she was pregnant with Fualaau’s first child. Following a tip, police interviewed Fualaau on Feb 25, 1997. Letourneau was pulled out of a teachers’ meeting and arrested for statutory rape.

She reached a plea deal with prosecutors in King County and she pled guilty in August 1997 to child rape in exchange for a 3-month jail sentence and probation. Judge Linda Lau accepted the deal on condition that Letourneau have no contact with
Fualaau. By that time, Letourneau had given birth to Fualaau’s daughter.

She was released after three months but Seattle police officers later found Letourneau and Fualaau in a car. Violating her probation in February 1998 and was pregnant with his second child that winter.

A judge vacated the plea bargain in February 1998 and sentenced Letourneau to 7 ½ years in prison. She was released in August 2004. Letourneau and Fualaau were married in Woodinville on May 20, 2005. She was 43 and Fualaau was 22.

Is the marriage over? Hard to say. Granted, they met under circumstances that were not ideal, let alone perfect. For the most part, it was a relationship that came into question and somehow survived this long. Mary Kay Letourneau will likely never be allowed to teach in a public or private school setting, given her criminal history but she’s no Pamela Smart. We hope they do well for their sake.

Let’s hope that Vili and Mary Kay can work this out and if they stay together, great; if they decide to part ways, let’s hope they do it in a civilized and adult manner and not smear each other in the press.

(photo courtesy Getty and the Associated Press)

 

The NFL and the Dallas Cowboys announced that head football coach Randy Allen of Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas is the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year. The award was created to honor exemplary high school football coaches who demonstrate a commitment to player health and safety and the integrity, achievement and leadership exemplified by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula.

The announcement was made during the 2017 Pro Bowl on ESPN. For the first time ever, all 32 Don Shula Award nominees were invited and recognized in special ways during the NFL’s week-long celebration of football at the Pro Bowl in Orlando.

Nominated by the Dallas Cowboys, Coach Allen was one of two high school football coaches selected as finalists from a group of coaches nominated by NFL teams. As the national Shula Award Winner, Allen will receive $25,000 from the NFL Foundation, $15,000 of which will go to his high school’s football program. He will be a guest of the NFL during Super Bowl LI and walk the red carpet at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime special airing nationally on February 4, the night before Super Bowl LI.

“Randy is someone that I respect and admire greatly. He is a man who understands the fundamental responsibility of being a high school football coach—and that is to build character and shape young lives,” said Dallas Cowboys Owner, President and General Manager Jerry Jones. “He teaches integrity and life lessons as well as he does the X’s and O’s and he is very successful builder of character.”

Allen has coached the Highland Park High School football team for 18 years and recently led the Scots to a 5A Division 1 Texas State Championship with a 16-7 victory over Temple High School. As one of the most recognized and winningest programs in the history of Texas high school football, this marks the Scots’ second state championship under Allen’s tenure. Allen previously coached current Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford to a state championship in 2005 and currently coaches the grandchildren of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

His success on the field is rivaled by his dedication to building high-character student-athletes, with a focus on leadership and strong moral values. Allen is a teacher who uses his role as a coach to build boys into men and emphasizes the importance of sportsmanship and integrity to his team.

The runner-up was Green Bay Packers nominee and Kimberly High School Head Football Coach Steve Jones of Kimberly, Wisconsin. Jones will receive $15,000 from the NFL Foundation, $10,000 of which will go to his high school football program.

All Shula Award nominees are active or retired high school football coaches nominated by NFL teams for their character and integrity, leadership and dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.

Coach Allen was selected by a panel of distinguished individuals. New to the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award selection panel this year are two-time Super Bowl champion (XLI, 50) and five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning, Super Bowl XLII champion and Good Morning America contributor Michael Strahan and Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker.

The selection panel also includes:
Coach Don Shula – the winningest coach in NFL history

Former Dallas Cowboys Personnel Director and NFL.com contributor Gil Brandt

2015 Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award Winner Michael Burnett

Former Indianapolis Colts Coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy

Executive Director of USA Football Scott Hallenbeck

Aplington-Parkersburg High School Principal and son of the school’s late football coach, Ed Thomas, Aaron Thomas

Below is a full list of the 2016 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees. For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit nflfoundation.org or follow @NFLFoundation on Twitter.

2016 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Nominees

NOMINATING TEAM (SCHOOL NAME – COACH)
Arizona (Perry High School – Preston Jones)
Atlanta (Tucker High School – Bryan Lamar)
Baltimore (Walkersville High School – Joe Polce)
Buffalo (Dunkirk High School – Mike Sarratori)
Carolina (Hilton Head School – Russel ‘BJ’ Payne)
Chicago (Peoria High School – Tim Thornton)
Cincinnati (St. Xavier High School – Steve Specht)
Cleveland (Lorain High School – Dave McFarland)
Dallas (Highland Park High School – Randy Allen)
Denver (Strasburg High School – Jeff Giger)
Detroit (Benton Harbor High School – Elliot Uzelac)
Green Bay (Kimberly High School – Steve Jones)
Houston (Ebbert L. Furr High School – Matthew Valmore)
Indianapolis (Westfield High School – Jake Gilbert)
Jacksonville (Ponte Vedra High School – Matthew Toblin)
Kansas City (Grain Valley High School – David Allie; Blue Valley High School – Eric Driskell)*
Los Angeles Chargers (Madison High School – Rick Jackson)
Los Angeles Rams (Narbonne High School – Manuel Douglas)
Miami (Carol City High School – Aubrey Hill)
Minnesota (Minneapolis North High School – Charles Adams)
New England (Millis High School – Dana Olson)
New Orleans (Edna Karr High School – Brice Brown)
New York Giants (Cardinal Hayes High School – C.J. O’Neill)
New York Jets (Curtis High School – Peter Gambardella)
Oakland (California School for the Deaf – Warren Keller)
Philadelphia (Perkiomen Valley High School – Rob Heist)
Pittsburgh (Thomas Jefferson High School – Bill Cherpak)
San Francisco (Saint Francis High School – Greg Calcagno)
Seattle (Tumwater High School – Sid Otton)
Tampa Bay (St. Petersburg High School – Joe Fabrizio)
Tennessee (Whitehaven High School – Rodney Saulsberry)
Washington (Quantico Middle/High School – Paul Roy)

*Indicates team has more than one nominee.

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: http://www.NFLFoundation.org.

With the release of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule, NFL Network announced it will televise 18 games over the course of the upcoming season, featuring nine Divisional matchups and 11 playoff teams from 2016.

As part of the 18-game schedule, 13 regular season Thursday Night Football games will be televised nationally by NFL Network, either exclusively or as a simulcast of the respective CBS or NBC broadcast.

Presented by Bud Light, the slate of 13 regular season Thursday Night Football games kicks off when the Houston Texans visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, September 14 exclusively on NFL Network. All Thursday Night Football games will again kickoff at 8:25 p.m. Eastern.

Both CBS and NBC will produce Thursday Night Football with their lead broadcasters and production teams and both will contribute to the production of Thursday Night Football exclusively on NFL Network.

Along with the simulcast on NFL Network, Amazon’s Prime Video will stream 11 games, including 10 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by CBS and NBC, as well as a Christmas Day game broadcast by NBC, to the tens of millions of Amazon Prime members worldwide, once again securing the league’s “Tri-Cast” model of broadcast (NBC/CBS), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime Video) distribution.

In addition to the 13 regular season Thursday Night Football games, NFL Network will televise a Week 8 International Series matchup from London, a Week 15 Saturday double header, and two Week 16 games.

The entire 18-game NFL Network schedule will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on Xbox One and Windows 10, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers.

2017 NFL NETWORK SCHEDULE
Week 2: Thursday, September 14 – Houston at Cincinnati (NFL Network)
Week 3: Thursday, September 21 – Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco (NFL Network)
Week 4: Thursday, September 28 – Chicago at Green Bay (CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 5: Thursday, October 5 – New England at Tampa Bay (CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 6: Thursday, October 12 – Philadelphia at Carolina (CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 7: Thursday, October 19 – Kansas City at Oakland (CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 8: Thursday, October 26 – Miami at Baltimore (CBS/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 8: Sunday, October 29 – Minnesota at Cleveland in London (NFL Network)
Week 9: Thursday, November 2 – Buffalo at New York Jets (NFL Network)
Week 10: Thursday, November 9 – Seattle at Arizona (NBC/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 11: Thursday, November 16 – Tennessee at Pittsburgh (NBC/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 13: Thursday, November 30 – Washington at Dallas (NBC/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 14: Thursday, December 7 – New Orleans at ATLANTA (NBC/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 15: Thursday, December 14 – Denver at Indianapolis (NBC/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
Week 15: Saturday, December 16 – Chicago at Detroit (NFL Network)
Week 15: Saturday, December 16 – Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City (NFL Network)
Week 16: Saturday, December 23 – Indianapolis at Baltimore (NFL Network)
Week 16: Monday, December 25 – Pittsburgh at Houston (NBC/NFL Network/Amazon Prime Video)
For more information about ways to watch Thursday Night Football, visit: nfl.com/tnf

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The NFL will honor outstanding members of the community throughout the three-day celebration at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia. Special guests will take part in the excitement of the Draft by announcing various picks and participating in festivities in Philadelphia.

Salute to Service – Military Appreciation: The NFL will recognize active duty service members, veterans and their families at Draft events throughout the week. On Thursday evening, a joint color guard will be joined onstage with veterans from Wounded Warrior Project during the National Anthem to open the Draft.

The NFL has teamed with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to honor the Frisons, a Gold Star Family. A Philadelphia native and passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan, U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Demetrius Frison lost his life in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. Frison’s wife and son will accompany Philadelphia Eagles Legend Ron Jaworski onstage to announce the Eagles’ Round 2 pick along with a Joint Service Honor Guard representing all branches of military service.

In addition, active duty service members from all five branches of the military and veterans from the USO and Wounded Warrior Project will be guests at the Draft on Saturday for Rounds 4-7.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®: St. Jude patient Kate Foster will join commissioner Goodell and Chicago Bears Legend Jay Hilgenberg to announce the Bears’ Round 2 pick. A competitive gymnast, Kate, 18, from Rockford, Illinois, lost her left leg to an infection during treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia at age 12 but overcame her illness and returned to the gym less than a year later.

MAKE-A-WISH®: Make-A-Wish recipient T.J. Onwuanibe will have his wish granted when he joins commissioner Goodell to announce the Baltimore Ravens’ Round 1 pick. A football-loving 14-year old, TJ is a cancer survivor and devoted Ravens fan from Laurel, Maryland.

Youth and High School Football

ROUND 1

Football players from MARTIN LUTHER KING HIGH SCHOOL will take the stage alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and represent the Philadelphia Eagles during their Round 1 pick. Due to lack of resources and funding, Germantown High School’s football program merged with former crosstown rival Martin Luther King High School. Prior to the pick announcement, the team will walk the Red Carpet alongside Draft prospects.

In addition, Liam McClure, a Methacton High School football player diagnosed with autism, will walk the Red Carpet on Thursday and hand out New Era Caps to Draft picks with his teammates. McClure fell in love with football after attending a Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp and further developed his passion for the game after joining the Methacton Warriors.

ROUND 3: In memory of the late legendary Pennsylvania high school football coach Mike Pettine, Sr., the Central Bucks West High School football team will accompany Philadelphia Eagles long snapper and 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year team winner Jon Dorenbos in making the Eagles’ Round 3 pick. Pettine Sr. had 16 undefeated seasons in his 33 years as head coach and won four state championships with Central Bucks West High School.

ROUND 6: For the first time, Round 6 of the NFL Draft will be youth football-themed. Youth football players from Pop Warner, NFL FLAG and local teams will represent various NFL clubs in their local markets during pick selections.

ROUND 7: The NFL Draft 7-on-7 tournament champions will be recognized onstage during the Philadelphia Eagles’ Round 7 selection.

NFL Legends and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recognition: Thirty-two former players from the NFL Legends Community, one representing each team, will be featured in Round 2. 15 Pro Football Hall of Fame members will announce picks, including Morten Anderson, Jim Brown, Willie Brown, Franco Harris, Jim Taylor and Thurman Thomas.

Round 3 Draft announcements will feature past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide. Carolina Panthers linebacker and 2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Thomas Davis will make the Round 1 pick selection on behalf of his team.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and represents the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact.

Below is the list of former players scheduled to make selections in Round 2, as well as Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year national and team winners announcing Round 3 picks. There are a total of 15 Pro Football Hall of Famers listed below.

Team – Round 2, Round 3
Arizona Cardinals – Jim Hart, Mike Leach
Atlanta Falcons – Gerald Riggs, Matt Bosher
Baltimore Ravens – Jermaine Lewis, Edwin Mulitalo
Buffalo Bills – Thurman Thomas, Bryan Scott
Carolina Panthers – Travelle Wharton, Greg Olsen
Chicago Bears – Jay Hilgenberg, Sam Acho
Cincinnati Bengals – Anthony Muñoz, Vincent Rey
Cleveland Browns – Jim Brown, Josh Cribbs
Dallas Cowboys – Drew Pearson, Bradie James
Denver Broncos – Floyd Little, Rod Smith
Detroit Lions – Lem Barney, Don Carey
Green Bay Packers – Jim Taylor, Jayrone Elliott
Houston Texans – Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing
Indianapolis Colts – Robert Mathis, Joe Reitz
Jacksonville Jaguars – Tony Boselli, Josh Scobee
Kansas City Chiefs – Carlos Carson, Will Shields
Los Angeles Chargers – Shawne Merriman, Jeremiah Attaochu
Los Angeles Rams – Jack Youngblood, Steven Jackson
Miami Dolphins – Larry Little, Chris Chambers
Minnesota Vikings – John Randle, Madieu Williams
New England Patriots – Andre Tippett – Matthew Slater
New Orleans Saints – Morten Andersen, Lance Moore
New York Giants – Harry Carson, Jessie Armstead
New York Jets – Joe Klecko, Brandon Moore
Oakland Raiders – Willie Brown (Brown will also do round 3)
Philadelphia Eagles – Ron Jaworski, Jon Dorenbos
Pittsburgh Steelers – Franco Harris, Arthur Moats
San Francisco 49ers – Tom Rathman, Justin Smith
Seattle Seahawks – Jacob Green, Cliff Avril
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike Alstott, Ryan Nece
Tennessee Titans – Mike Rozier, Jurrell Casey
Washington Redskins – Clinton Portis, London Fletcher

In other NFL-draft related news…

From military bases to state landmarks and attractions to even outer space, NFL teams will announce their Day 3 selections for Rounds 4 to 6 of the NFL Draft from special locations of their choosing and recognize individuals who have made a significant impact.

Beginning on Saturday, April 29 at Noon Eastern, Day 3 pick announcements will feature current NFL players and legends, military personnel, actors, singers and other special guests. New this year, Round 6 will be youth football-themed, and youth football players from Pop Warner, NFL FLAG and local teams will represent various NFL clubs in their individual markets during pick selections.

Here is a sampling of special team announcements during Day 3 of the NFL Draft:

•Arizona Cardinals – Ten season ticket members will join cheerleaders and Big Red, the team’s mascot, to announce picks from the GRAND CANYON.

•Chicago Bears – Bears running back Jordan Howard and military personnel will make selections from the team’s headquarters at HALAS HALL.

•Cleveland Browns – Former Browns player Josh Cribbs and season ticket members, along with alumni, will announce picks from CEDAR POINT AMUSEMENT PARK.

•Denver Broncos – Military members and NFL legends will make selections from PIÑON CANYON MANEUVER SITE.

•Houston Texans – Astronauts at the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND SPACE CENTER will announce picks for the first time from outer space.

•Indianapolis Colts – Colts defensive end Kendall Langford will make picks from the INDIANAPOLIS ZOO, along with staff personnel.

•Jacksonville Jaguars – Picks will be announced from LONDON and JACKSONVILLE.

•Kansas City Chiefs – Service members will make picks from the WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE.

•New York Jets – Children of fallen EMT Yadira Arroyo will announce Day 3 selections from EMT HOUSE 26.

•Philadelphia Eagles –  Actor Morris Chestnut and CNBC’s Jim Cramer will make picks from the NFL DRAFT THEATER.

•Pittsburgh Steelers – Actor Milo Ventimiglia, Actress Mandy Moore, current players, and members of a local youth football team will announce selections from HEINZ FIELD.

•San Francisco 49ers – Country music singer Jon Pardi will make picks from LEVI’S STADIUM.

•Tampa Bay Buccaneers – General Joseoh Votel, Commander of the United States Central Command, will announce selections from the team’s headquarters at ONE BUCANNEERS PLACE.

•Washington Redskins – Actor Michael Ealy will make picks with fans from FEDEX FIELD.

Special team announcements for Day 3 will be broadcast in Philadelphia throughout the NFL Draft Experience presented by Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero, the league’s largest free football festival taking place along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Fans may also view Day 3 pick announcements on NFL Draft live platforms – such as NFL.com, the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), NFL Now, the NFL app on Xbox One and Windows 10, and Yahoo! Sports – as well as on ESPN. NFL Network will also feature select picks live on NFL Network Draft programming.

Fans can watch NFL Network digitally through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers. Select teams will also live stream local pick announcements on their websites and social media. Get full audio coverage of the 2017 NFL Draft live with Westwood One, TuneIn and SiriusXM NFL Radio.