New England (13-3) vs. Philadelphia (13-3), 6:30 p.m. on NBC

And there were two.

The last two teams standing meet in the Twin Cities.

New England vs. Philadelphia.

The hunter vs. the hunted.

It’s the last football game that will be played until the pre-season (the regular season starts September 6th, so mark those calendars now).

one team will be going home with a trophy, while the otner team will be second-guessed from now until they kick off in the Fall. All the work of OTA’s, mini-camp, preseason and regular season comes to an end.

Sweating, fighting rookies and free agents for your job, sleeping in dorms for the first time since college, having a coach or ball boy come to you saying “coach wants to see you and bring your playbook,” which means you’re being cut.

17 weeks and 16 games. Travel, dealing with the media and coaches comes to an end in the Twin Cities in the great indoors. In three hours or so, the 2017 season will draw its final breath.

Super Bowl LII in the Twin Cities. While the other 30 teams will be at home wishing they were preparing to win the Lombardi, the New England Patriots will have a chance to defend their title, while the Philadelphia Eagles will look to win their first. A pair of top seeds meet to decide who will win it all.

The defending Super Bowl champions erased a 20-10 deficit in the final 15 minutes of play, using a pair of TD passes from Brady to WR Danny Amendola to win the AFC crown by a final of 24-20 over Jacksonville at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. The Jaguars led 14-10 at the intermission and could have made it a 14-point game going into the half had they not picked up two penalties that stalled their drive. The Jaguars then took a 17-10 lead into the start of the fourth quarter before Brady and Amendola did their magic, first scoring on a 9-yard pass with 8:44 left and then took the lead with 2:48 when the duo connected on a 4-yard toss with 2:48 left.

Jacksonville then had one last chance to reclaim the lead late in the contest when they got the ball back with 2:48 left at their own 25-yard line. After the two-minute warning, the Jaguars would get as close as New England’s 43-yard line when Blake Bortle’s pass to WR Dede Westbrook was swatted away by Stephon Gilmore. Jacksonville outrushed New England 101-46, with rookie RB Leonard Fournette leading all rushers with 76 yards and a TD, while Bortles threw for 293 yards and a TD, while Brady threw for 290 yards and the two Amendola TDs. Jacksonville on third down was 6 of 15 and kept the ball for 35:08 (they were 0 of 1 on fourth down), while New England was 3 of 12 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and held the ball for 24:52.

Philadelphia erased a 7-0 first quarter deficit and scored their 38 points in the NFC Championship Game unchallenged in their 38-7 win over Minnesota at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday afternoon. Minnesota opened the scoring and led 7-0 with 10:14 left in the quarter when Case Keenum and WR Kyle Rudolph connected on a 25-yard pass. The Eagles then went to work and tied the contest when Keenum was picked off by CB Patrick Robinson with 6:26 left in the first and things would go downhill from there for Minnesota as the Vikings would go into the intermission, trailing 24-7. Philly would then go on to score two more times in the second half, sealing the Vikings’ fate. Nick Foles threw for 352 yards and three TDs, two of them to WR Alshon Jeffery as the Eagles outrushed Minnesota 110-70, while Keenum threw for 271 yards with a pair of interceptions. The Eagles were 10 of 14 on third down tries and ruled the clock as they kept the ball for 34:04, while the Vikings were 6 of 13 and 0 of 2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the pigskin for 25:56.

For New England, it will be their 10th trip to the big game and they’re 5-4, while the Eagles will make their third trip with an 0-2 record under their belts. It will be their first meeting since George Walker Bush was in the White House and John Paul II was on the throne of St. Peter in the Vatican.

The Eagles, led by second-year head coach Doug Pederson, tied a franchise record with 13 regular-season wins (2004) and earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the fourth time since 2002. The Eagles, who completed a “worst-to-first” turnaround, are the first team since the 2009 New Orleans Saints to win its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place and advance to the Super Bowl.

“It’s a tremendous feeling to be going to the Super Bowl,” Pederson told USA Today and ESPN. “I love coaching this football team. I love coaching these players. The thing about this team is that despite all the adversity that surrounds the team, these guys don’t listen to that. I don’t listen to that. They come to work and practice hard every day. They love being around each other. One of our goals was to be the NFC champions and represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. And now we’ve got our work cut out for us. We’re going to the Super Bowl and we still have some unfinished business ahead of us.”

Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick and quarterback Tom Brady will be making their eighth Super Bowl appearance together, the most NFL title games for any head coach and starting quarterback duo in league history. Belichick and Brady have won five Super Bowls together, the most by a head coach and starting quarterback combination.

“You cherish these moments and opportunities,” Brady told the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. “I know we’ve had quite a few of them, which we’ve been very blessed to do. It’s just been an unbelievable run and I think everyone should be really proud of what we’ve accomplished. I’m proud of our team. It’s been a great year and it would be really great if we can take care of business in the next game.”

“We have great players and coaches in this locker room and I knew we’d be able to compete for this,” Eagles defensive end Chris Long told ESPN. “We’ve earned this opportunity but that’s all it is. We still have a lot of work to do.”

“We all believe in each other,” says Patriots safety Devin McCourty. “This team is battle tested. We’ve gone through ups and downs. We’ve gone through adversity. You just have to keep playing. When you have a foundation that you can lean on, you don’t panic. You understand and believe in each other and you just give yourself a chance to win.”

In regular season action, the Eagles lead the series 7-5 and have outscored the Pats 283-269. Their last regular season meeting took place in 2015 in Foxboro and the Eagles wer 35-28 winners, while New England’s last win in the series came in the City of Brotherly Love by a final of 31-10 in 2003.

Their only post-season meeting took place in 2004 in Super Bowl XXXIX and the Pats came away witt the 24-21 win at what was then Alltel Stadium (now Ever Bank Field). After a scoreless first quarter, the teams took a 7-7 tie with them to the intermission and were tied 14-14 at the end of the third quarter before New England went to work, scoring the first ten points of the period when RB Cory Dillon scored from 2 yards out with 13:44 left in the contest and added a 22-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri with 8:40 left to play. The Eagles would pull to within 3 with 1:48 left when WR Greg Lewis connected with QB Donovan McNabb on a 30 yard TD toss. Dillon led all rushers with 75 yards as the Pats outrushed Phialdelphia 112-45 and McNabb threw for 357 yards and three TDs, while Brady threw for 236 yard and a pair of TDs (McNabb was sacked four times, Brady was sacked twice and McNabb three three interceptions) and each team lost a fumble in the contest. New England on third down tries went 4 of 12 and held on to the ball for 31:37, while the Eagles kept the pigskin for 28:23, going 9 of 16 on third down tries.

In the final football game of the 2017 campaign, the oddsmakers in Vegas like the Patriots and the powers that be have made them 5 point favorites with the over/under at 48. Since this is the last game of the season, this is the LAST chance to make THE DRILL a reality until September. With that… (For those of you that know what The Drill is, you are excused. Everyone else, pay attention. We don’t want any rookie mistakes here, k?) After you go to the 9:30 mass on Sunday (the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday counts as a mass attended, people! Don’t make us send the nuns after you! If we do, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OVER!), head to your favorite store (a trip to Wal Mart, Target, K-Mart or Costco counts) and get the vittles and the beverages (soda, beer, wine, coffee, et al… if you live in a state that allows the purchase of the items in question) and invite the co-workers, the neighbors (including that really cute kindergarden teacher that knows what to do with a cover-2 defense) and your cousin Connie (remember her? She’s the one that’s been married twice that’s just turned 57 last June and dates a 42-year old ex-Marine, who’s now a football coach at the high school in your town. She’s also the one that ate an entire Oreo cheesecake, two bags of Cool Ranch Doritos, two bacon cheeseburgers with blue cheese and chugged two 2-liter Cokes at your Super Bowl party last year and didn’t gain a pound. You look at her and say to yourself, “what the hell?”

Two teams.

One game.

One mission.

It all comes down to this.

Win and you’re World Champions.

Lose and you’ll be second-guessed from now until the start of next season.

Each player on the winning team will get $112,000; as for the losing team, they’ll be getting $56,000 to each member of the losing, which comes out to a little more than $8 million total for the personnel of the two competing clubs. The winners will get rings, be on talk shows and perhaps make a trip to the White House. There’s a lot at stake. There will be winners on the field and winners in the ad battle that will ensue. Could there be overtime? It’s possible. Could there be a shutout? Maybe but there’s never been a shutout in all of the Super Bowls.

While the Pats are the darlings of the football world for now, there’s always a chance for an upset. That chance is coming Sunday in the Twin Cities. Philly pulls off the upset in the Land of 10,000 Lakes and takes the win, even though New England could make things closer than 5 points.

Broadcast Information – 6:30 p.m. on NBC: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter)WESTWOOD ONE: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mike Holmgren, Tony Boselli, Ed Werder; SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood1), 83 (Philadelphia), 82 (New England);| XM: 88 (WestW1ood), 83 (Philadelphia), 82 (New England)

Referee: Gene Steratore

Injury Report

New England – New England reports no injuries

Philadelphia – Philadelphia reports no injuries

Weather Information: Game indoors


You might want to tape “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Big Bang Theory” when Fall rolls around.

The National Football League, America’s most popular sports league and home to the most popular programming on television, reached an agreement with FOX Sports, the leader in live sports events, to broadcast the next five seasons of Thursday Night Football beginning with the 2018 season. The announcement was made together by Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner and Peter Rice, President of 21st Century Fox.

“This agreement is the culmination of over 10 years of strategic growth around Thursday Night Football, a period during which this property has grown from a handful of late season games on NFL Network to a full season of games and one of the most popular shows on broadcast television with additional distribution via cable and digital channels,” Goodell told USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. “As one of the leaders in sports television and a recognized innovator of NFL game broadcasts for many years, we’re excited to be extending our partnership with FOX Sports, one of our most trusted and valued partners, to include Thursday Night Football.”

The agreement awards FOX Sports with a five year deal that includes 11 games between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) to be broadcast on FOX, simulcast via NFL Network, and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes. In addition, NFL Network will exclusively televise seven games next season, with FOX producing the full slate of 18 games. As home to the Number 1 NFL package for the past 24 seasons, FOX Sports complements its current Sunday NFC package agreement with the addition of Thursday Night Football.

This landmark announcement allows FOX Sports and the NFL to each expand its digital rights, enabling the network to distribute both Thursday Night Football and its Sunday games to FOX subscribers over a wide array of digital platforms including mobile phones for the first time. The agreement also allows the NFL to further develop digital distribution models for Thursday Night Football as well as FOX’s Sunday games.

“Football is in our blood at FOX and we understand that nothing beats the NFL when it comes to television that captures people’s attention,” said Rice. “Our historic relationship with the NFL dates back to the earliest days of FOX and we couldn’t be more excited to expand our deep and enduring partnership to include primetime games on Thursday night.”

The NFL is the most valuable content in all of sports with nine of television’s 10 most-watched programs of the calendar year in 2017. The 2017-18 FOX NFL regular season came to a close with AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK averaging 22,745,000 viewers which ranks as televisions No. 1 show for the ninth straight year. Additionally, FOX NFL KICKOFF at 11 a.m. and FOX NFL SUNDAY at Noon Eastern enter the 2018 season as the No. 1 NFL pregame shows in their respective time slots. The OT, FOX’s postgame show ranks 8th among prime time’s top-20 programs.

Presented by Bud Light, Thursday Night Football is a top-5 show in all of television and the No. 2 show in primetime. In securing the Thursday Night Football package, FOX now has 3 of the 5 most-watched shows in all of television (AGOTW; NFL Sunday singleheader; Thursday Night Football).

The power of an NFL audience is unmatched in television. Live sports programming will be a catalyst in providing a robust promotional platform for FOX’s entertainment programming during the NFL season.

This marks the fifth media rights deal between FOX Sports and the NFL dating back to the landmark agreement struck in December 1993 that essentially solidified FOX as a major broadcast network.

About FOX Sports: FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes and FOX Sports GO. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

About Thursday Night Football: Thursday Night Football started in 2006 with an eight game schedule exclusively on NFL Network. By 2012, Thursday Night Football had grown to a 13-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network, where it remained through the 2013 season. For both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, CBS partnered with NFL Network to present an expanded 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule. For both the 2016 and 2017 seasons, NBC and CBS partnered with NFL Network to present Thursday Night Football with additional digital distribution via Twitter (2016 season) and Amazon Prime Video (2017 season).

The NFL and USAA awarded Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Andre Robets with the 2017 Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. The award was created to acknowledge the exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support members of the military community.

Roberts, whose parents served in the U.S. Army and is widely engaged in military appreciation events with the Falcons, will be recognized at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally tonight, the eve of Super Bowl LII, at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on NBC. NFL Honors will be taped earlier that evening at Northrop at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to U.S. military members, veterans and their families, will contribute $25,000 in Roberts’ honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.

“Andre’s support of the military community is authentic, genuine and greatly appreciated. Having grown up the son of two Army members, he knows the sacrifices military members and their families make,” said Vice Admiral (Retried) John Bird, USAA Senior Vice President of Military Affairs. “Giving back to those  who are willing to give all makes Andre a well-deserving recipient of this award.”

Andre Roberts’ passion for the military stems from his childhood, growing up with parents serving in the U.S. Army. Throughout his time in the NFL, Andre has participated in numerous military appreciation activities with his respective teams. In his short time with the Atlanta Falcons, Andre has expressed extreme gratitude to the military with multiple visits to local VA hospitals, spending a day fishing with veterans at ‘Fishing with the Falcons’ and selecting the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) as his organization for My Cause, My Cleats. His coach, Dan Quinn, was the 2016 recipient of the Salute to Service Award.

“True heroism is measured by a person’s willingness to sacrifice themselves for the safety and freedom of others,” said Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and 2017 Salute to Service award recipient Andre Roberts. “The men and women of the U.S. Armed Services are the greatest collection of heroes in our world today. I’m honored to salute their service and I’m forever grateful for the military heritage of my mother and father, both Army veterans, as well as the values of service to country and fellow man I received at the Citadel. May God bless the brave men, women and families of the U.S. military who have sacrificed so much for our great country.”

Andre’s reach goes beyond team-based military community service and well into a deeply diversified off-season travel schedule to military bases across the nation. He volunteers his time to camps offered to youth in grades 1-8 that take place in two three-hour sessions on consecutive days. The camp consists of different stations that include instructional learning and competitive-based games. Andre has also hosted previous camps at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, Luke Air Force base in Arizona, Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Fort Lee II in Richmond, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Joint Base in South Carolina, Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, Yankee Stadium in New York, Fort Jackson in South Carolina, Fort Benning in Georgia and Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

In October 2017, all 32 NFL clubs nominated coaches, active and retired players and team executives and personnel, who best demonstrated support for the military community. The nominees were publicly announced in November and the submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges, including last year’s award recipient, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. Nominees’ credentials are evaluated based on the positive effect of the individual’s efforts on the military community, the type of service conducted, the thoroughness of the program and level of commitment.

The panel of judges, consisting of representatives from the U.S. military, the NFL and USAA, includes:
Vice Admiral John Bird (Retired), United States Navy veteran and USAA Senior Vice President of Military Affairs
Rocky Bleier, United States Army veteran and four-time Super Bowl champion
Chad Hennings, Air Force Academy graduate and three-time Super Bowl champion
Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons head coach and 2016 Salute to Service Award recipient
Tod Leiweke, NFL Chief Operating Officer
Jim Mora, Sr. – Marine Corps veteran and former NFL head coach
Roger Staubach, Naval Academy graduate, NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and Super Bowl MVP

Below is the list of previous Salute to Service Award winners. The award is part of the NFL and USAA’s year-round commitment to recognize and honor the military community.

2016 – Dan Quinn (Head Coach), Atlanta Falcons
2015 – Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2014 – Jared Allen, Chicago Bears
2013 – John Harbaugh (Head Coach), Baltimore Ravens
2012 – Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears
2011 – K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. (Late Owner), Tennessee Titans

The “Salute to Service Award presented by USAA” is part of the NFL and USAA’s year-round commitment to recognize and honor the military community. To read about all 32 nominees, visit

About USAA: The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 12 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families. Known for its legendary commitment to its members, USAA is consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee well-being and financial strength. USAA membership is open to all who are serving our nation in the U.S. military or have received a discharge type of Honorable – and their eligible family members. Founded in 1922, USAA is headquartered in San Antonio. For more information about USAA, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@USAA) or visit

Building off the tremendous success of the 2016 and 2017 games in Mexico, the NFL will return to Mexico City in 2018 when the Los Angeles Rams host the Kansas City Chiefs at Estadio Azteca, NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell announced at his press conference in Minneapolis in advance of Super Bowl LII.

The date and time of the game will be determined in conjunction with the release of the NFL schedule this spring. The game in Mexico is the fourth international game confirmed for 2018, adding to the three previously announced games in London and a testament to the NFL’s commitment to growing the game beyond the borders of the United States.

In November, the NFL and Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism announced an agreement to play three NFL regular-season games from 2019 to 2021. The previous agreement covered games from 2016 to 2018.

“Over the past two seasons, we have seen the extraordinary passion that exists for NFL football in Mexico,” Goodell said. “We are excited for another memorable event at Estadio Azteca as the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs head to Mexico City in 2018.”

The Rams and Chiefs will both play their first regular-season game in Mexico next season. The Chiefs played a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys in Monterrey, Mexico on August 5, 1996, earning a 32-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

“Southern California and Mexico share strong historic and cultural ties and this game will provide an opportunity to celebrate the special connection between these two regions,” said Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanely Kroenke. “It is great to be participating in the NFL’s international games again and working with the league to grow the game abroad. Mexico has one of the largest NFL fan bases in the world and we are excited to bring Rams football to the millions of fans there.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of the NFL’s international initiatives once again and we are excited to face the Rams at historic Estadio Azteca this fall,” said Kansas C​ity Chiefs Chairman & CEO Clark Hunt. “The support for the NFL in Mexico has grown significantly since our initial trip in 1996. We look forward to returning to Mexico and connecting with a new generation of fans this season.”

Fans interested in receiving information about tickets for the game, which will go on sale this summer, should register their interest at Season ticket members of the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs will receive information directly from the clubs once tickets are ready for sale.


Aprovechando el tremendo éxito de los juegos 2016 y 2017 en México, la NFL regresará a Ciudad de México en 2018 cuando los Rams de Los Ángeles reciban a los Jefes de Kansas City en el Estadio Azteca, el comisionado de la NFL Rodger Goodell anunció en su conferencia de prensa en Minneapolis por adelantado del Super Bowl LII.

La fecha y hora del juego se determinarán junto con el lanzamiento del calendario de la NFL esta primavera. El juego en México es el cuarto juego internacional confirmado para 2018, que se suma a los tres juegos anunciados previamente en Londres y un testimonio del compromiso de la NFL para hacer crecer el juego más allá de las fronteras de los Estados Unidos.

En noviembre, la NFL y el Ministerio de Turismo de México anunciaron un acuerdo para jugar tres partidos de la temporada regular de la NFL entre 2019 y 2021. El acuerdo anterior cubría los juegos de 2016 a 2018.

“En las últimas dos temporadas, hemos visto la extraordinaria pasión que existe por el fútbol de la NFL en México”, dijo Goodell. “Estamos entusiasmados por otro evento memorable en el Estadio Azteca, ya que los Rams de Los Ángeles y los Jefes de Kansas City se dirigirán a la Ciudad de México en 2018”.

Los Rams y los Chiefs jugarán su primer partido de temporada regular en México la próxima temporada. Los Chiefs jugaron un partido de pretemporada contra los Dallas Cowboys en Monterrey, México el 5 de agosto de 1996, ganando 32-6 a los Dallas Cowboys.

“El sur de California y México comparten fuertes lazos históricos y culturales y este juego brindará la oportunidad de celebrar la conexión especial entre estas dos regiones”, dijo el propietario / presidente de los Rams, E. Stanely Kroenke. “Es genial participar de nuevo en los juegos internacionales de la NFL y trabajar con la liga para hacer crecer el juego en el extranjero. México tiene una de las mayores bases de fanáticos de la NFL en el mundo y estamos muy contentos de llevar el fútbol Rams a los millones de fanáticos allí “.

“Estamos encantados de ser parte de las iniciativas internacionales de la NFL una vez más y estamos entusiasmados de enfrentar a los Rams en el histórico Estadio Azteca este otoño”, dijo el presidente y gerente general de Kansas Ctyy Chiefs, Clark Hunt. “El apoyo a la NFL en México ha crecido significativamente desde nuestro viaje inicial en 1996. Esperamos volver a México y conectarnos con una nueva generación de fanáticos esta temporada”.

Los fanáticos interesados ​​en recibir información sobre boletos para el juego, que saldrá a la venta este verano, deben registrar su interés en Los miembros de los boletos de temporada de Los Angeles Rams y Kansas City Chiefs recibirán información directamente de los clubes una vez que los boletos estén listos para la venta.

Rochester, Minnesota native Manasa Yerriboyina, 12, is this year’s NFL PLAY 60 Super Kid, the NFL announced last week. As the winner of the 2017 NFL PLAY 60 Super Bowl Contest presented by Danimals, Manasa will act as the official NFL PLAY 60 Ambassador during Super Bowl Week and deliver the game ball to the official on the field moments before the kickoff of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4 on NBC.

ABC’s Good Morning America hosts broke the news to Manasa in-studio this morning with the help of Minnesota Vikings TE Kyler Rudolph. Hundreds of young fans nationwide entered this year’s NFL PLAY 60 Super Bowl Contest Presented by Danimals online at To be eligible, Manasa submitted videos showcasing her favorite celebration dance and her commitment to being active for 60 minutes a day. Following rounds of interviews and public voting, Manasa was named the winner of this year’s contest for her dedication to a healthy lifestyle and her passion for helping others to stay active and eat healthy.

Manasa is a 7th grade student, athlete and valued leader in her community. As a Fuel Up to Play 60 student, she helps lead health and wellness events at her school throughout the year, most recently organizing her school’s color run. She empowers her peers to stay active, learn healthy habits from each other and create positive change within their community. A multi-sport athlete, she plays tennis, football, badminton and basketball and challenges herself as a middle school student on the high school debate team.

During the week leading up to Super Bowl LII, Manasa will visit Super Bowl Experience Driven by Genesis, the epicenter for NFL fans in Minnesota during Super Bowl Week; interview members of the Super Bowl teams at Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade; and visit Super Bowl Live Presented by Verizon, amongst other events.

Watch Manasa’s surprise here:

The NFL PLAY 60 Super Bowl Contest Presented by Danimals is part of NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and wellness initiative encouraging kids to get active for 60 minutes a day. This year the NFL is celebrating a decade of getting kids active and healthy through NFL PLAY 60. Children can pledge to PLAY 60, get tips from NFL pros and learn ways to rally their community to get active and healthy by visiting Stay connected with NFL PLAY 60 on social media by following @NFLPLAY60 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About NFL PLAY 60: For a decade, NFL PLAY 60 has brought together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations to increase physical activity among youth. Since the program was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $350 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants, and media time for public service announcements. The NFL and its teams have constructed more than 250 NFL Youth Fitness Zones and integrated programs into 73,000 schools since the campaign launched. NFL PLAY 60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs. For more information, visit

About Dannon: The Dannon Company, maker of Danimals, is the Official Yogurt Sponsor of the NFL and is the leading maker of yogurt in the USA. Dannon’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.

The National Football League announced the eight finalists for the 2017 ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD. The finalists, featuring four players from each conference, are tight end Antonio Gates (Los Angeles Chargers), quarterback Josh McCown (New York Jets), quarterback Alex Smith (Kansas City) and tackle Joe Thomas (Cleveland) in the AFC, and tight end Vernon Davis (Washington), linebacker Luke Kuechly (Carolina), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (Detroit) and tackle Joe Staley (San Francisco) in the NFC.

Staley (2015 and 2016), Smith (2014) and Kuechly (2015) have been named finalists in the past. Gates (2014), McCown (2015) and Thomas (2016) have been nominated by their teams in previous seasons but are first-time finalists. Davis and Ngata were each nominated for the first time this season.

Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes those who best demonstrate the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition. The award was created in 2014 in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney, Sr.

A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community selected the eight finalists from the 32 nominees. The panel is comprised of Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler.

The winner of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category when players vote on Friday, December 15. From the eight finalists, each team’s players will submit a consensus vote of their choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.

Past recipients of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award are Frank Gore of the Indianapolis Colts (2016), Charles Woodson of the Oakland Raiders (2015) and Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals (2014).

The winner selected by the vote of the players will be announced during the nationally televised NFL Honors show on Saturday, February 3 on NBC, the night before Super Bowl LII. He will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice. He will also receive a trophy that represents the important role that sportsmanship plays in the game and how NFL players that demonstrate integrity and honor on the field serve as role models for players at all levels.


Player, Position – NFL Team
Vernon Davis, TE – Washington
Antonio Gates, TE – Los Angeles Chargers
Luke Kuechly, LB – Carolina
Josh McCown, QB – New York Jets
Haloti Ngata, DT – Detroit
Alex Smith, QB – Kansas City
Joe Staley, OT – San Francisco
Joe Thomas, OT – Cleveland

Emmy-nominated actor and comedian Rob Riggle will take the stage as host of NFL HONORS on Saturday, February 3 at Northrop at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The two-hour primetime awards special recognizing the NFL’s best players, performances and plays from the 2017 season will air nationally at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on NBC.

Riggle announced the news on his social media with the following video:

Riggle, who recently retired from the Marine Corps Reserve after 23 years of service, has been a staple in comedic film for more than 15 years. Widely known for his memorable roles in films such as The Hangover, Step Brothers and The Other Guys, Riggle can currently be seen in Warner Bros.’ 12 Strong, his first dramatic turn opposite Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Peña. Following up with another dramatic role, Riggle will co-star Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger in Open Road Films’, Midnight Sun, opening March 23 and he is currently in production on Universal’s upcoming comedy, Night School, opposite Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, which is set to release September 28.

Riggle is also a mainstay in television. Known for his four-year stint as a correspondent on the Emmy Award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, he went on to be a cast member on Saturday Night Live and currently appears in a recurring role as “The President of the Navy” in the Adult Swim comedy-action series NTSF:SD:SUV:. Other television credits include 30 Rock, The Office, Arrested Development, Modern Family, The League and New Girl.

In addition to his various film and television appearances, Riggle is a stand-up comedian and improv actor who spent seven years studying, teaching and performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Riggle began his comedy career in 1997 while still on active duty in the Marine Corps, serving in Marine Corps Aviation and later in Public Affairs on active duty and in the Marine Corps Reserve. During his 23-year military career, Riggle was deployed to Afghanistan, Albania, Kosovo and Liberia and earned more than 22 medals and ribbons.

NFL Honors, which debuted in Indianapolis in 2012, is an annual event hosted from the Super Bowl city the evening before the AFC and NFC champions meet. Riggle joins Alec Baldwin Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Meyers and Conan O’Brien on the list of award-winning celebrities to host the NFL’s awards show.

Music for the show will be performed by vocalist-instrumentalist Spencer Ludwig. The trumpeter, singer and songwriter wowed audiences at a string of festivals, including Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, in 2017 and opened for Bebe Rexha on her North American and European tours. Ludwig signed a worldwide record deal as a solo artist with Warner Bros. Records in 2015 and was previously the featured trumpeter for the multi-Platinum band Capital Cities.

The show includes the announcement of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS’ annual accolades and the newest PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME class. Preceding NBC’s telecast, NFL Network will air “Super Bowl Saturday Night” at 8 p.m. Eastern covering all the sights and sounds from the Red Carpet at NFL Honors.

The full list of awards that will be presented is:

AP Most Valuable Player Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide
AP Coach of the Year AP Comeback Player of the Year
AP Offensive Player of the Year presented by Microsoft AP Defensive Player of the Year
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year AP Defensive Rookie of the Year

Bridgestone Elite Performance Play of the Year
FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year
Salute To Service Award presented by USAACourtyard’s Greatness on the Road Award
Deacon Jones Award Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award
Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the YearCastrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Year
Touchdown Celebration of the YearGame Changer Award presented by Secret