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They spend time on air talking aobut football. This week, NFL Network will be honoring them.

Honoring some of the NFL’s greatest legends, including three of their own analysts, NFL Network will provide seven hours of live Pro Football Hall of Fame coverage Saturday, August 5 from Canton, Ohio beginning at 4 p.m. (All times listed are Eastern)

Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls will be highlighted by the induction of three NFL Network analysts, LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner and Terrell Davis. With these inductions, NFL Network doubles its number of Hall of Famers to six total (Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin) – far surpassing the number of Hall of Fame analysts on staff at any other network in the industry.

Tomlinson, Warner and Davis will be welcomed to the hall alongside fellow inductees Kenny Easley, Jason Taylor, Morten Andersen and Jerry Jones during the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony which airs live on NFL Network at 7 p.m.

Coverage will kick off on Friday, August 4 at 8 p.m. with Players Only: Hall of Fame. The one-hour program features a discussion with NFL Network’s six Hall of Fame analysts – Tomlinson, Warner, Davis, Faulk, Sanders and Irvin – about their time in the NFL and what they are most looking forward to about the Enshrinement ceremony.

On Friday at 9 p.m., NFL Network will air the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket Ceremony, followed by a look back at the most iconic career moments of 2017’s Hall of Fame Class during a special edition of Eternal Red Zone at 10 p.m At 10:30 p.m., Tomlinson, Warner and Davis visit training camps of their former teams in Back 2 Camp, followed by a live edition of NFL Total Access at 11 p.m.

On Saturday, August 5, coverage begins at 4 p.m. with Hall of Fame Saturday from Canton, Ohio. Host Rich Eisen, Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci and Steve Wyche anchor the three-hour show.

Featured on the three-hour show:

The moment Hall of Fame President David Baker knocked on the doors of LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner and Terrell Davis to welcome them to the Hall Tomlinson, Warner and Davis take an introspective look back at their careers

A live interview with the ‘Cowboys Triplets’ Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin as they reflect on the legacy of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

An in-depth look at how the football life of Jerry Jones intersected with history

Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre shares his memories about the Packers’ rookie quarterback who was cut from the practice squad in 1994, Kurt Warner

A debate on current players who could enter the Hall of Fame now and those that still have work to do

Discussion on the running back who deserves induction next

After the show, a special live edition of NFL Total Access airs recapping the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.

NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated morning show Good Morning Football will air live from Canton, Ohio Thursday, August 3 – Saturday, August 5 at 7 p.m., with Kay Adams, Nate Burleson, Peter Schrager and Kyle Brandt.

Fans can watch NFL Network’s Hall of Fame coverage on their smartphone through NFL Mobile from Verizon, as well as other digital platforms through Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV).

Digitally, VOD content of all eight enshrinements will be available, as well as a collection of the best Hall of Fame speeches from previous years. Additionally, Around the NFL writers will provide written pieces on each enshrinee.

Tomlinson played 11 seasons in the NFL (San Diego Chargers and New York Jets), amassing 13,684 career rushing list – fifth most in NFL history – as well as 145 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns. Tomlinson spent nine of his 11 seasons with the San Diego Chargers and was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2006 after setting the NFL’s single-season rushing touchdown record (28).

A two-time league MVP, Warner played 12 seasons in the NFL (St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals), amassing 32,344 career passing yards and 208 passing touchdowns. In 1999, Warner led the Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Davis played eight seasons with the Denver Broncos, amassing 7,607 career rushing yards and 60 rushing touchdowns. A two-time Super Bowl champion with the Broncos, Davis was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1998 after rushing for 2,008 yards.

2017 Pro Football Enshrinement Ceremony – Saturday, August 5 at 7 p.m. Eastern

At 7 p.m., NFL Network provides live coverage of the 2017 Pro Football Enshrinement Ceremony.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 presenters:

INDUCTEE (PRESENTER, RELATIONSHIP)
Morton Andersen (Sebastian Andersen, Son)
Terrell Davis (Neil Schwartz, Agent & Friend)
Kenny Easley  (Tommy Rhodes, High School Coach)
Jerry Jones (Gene Jones, Wife)
Jason Taylor (Jimmy Johnson, Dolphins Coach)
LaDainian Tomlinson (Lorenzo Neal, Chargers Teammate)
Kurt Warner (Brenda Warner, Wife)

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They’ve kissed and made up.

And they put a ring on it. (Sorry, Beyonce fans!)

A long, dirty phase in Chicago Cubs history has come to an end.

For those of you that have been living under a rock, there was a young man named Steve Bartman, who attended Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series against the-then Florida Marlins. For years, Bartman was the most-hated person in the Windy City since Al Capone and made the mistake of reaching for a foul ball along the left field line, deflecting the ball that Moises Alou would have caught for the second out of the eighth inning. Had Alou caught the ball, the Cubs would have been in the World Series for the first time since 1945. As fate would have it, the Cubs gave up eight runs in that frame and lost the contest 8-3, giving the Marlins a trip to the World Series, where they went on to beat the New York Yankees.

Bartman became a scapegoat and was considered persona non grata in the Windy City and also became the targer of jokes, SNL skits and death threats. He went into hiding, almost into his own Witness Protection Program, as it were and never talked about the incident.

With the Cubs winning their first World Series since Taft was in the Oval Office last year, the team decided that enough was enough. They needed this to come to an end, not just for the team but for the city of Chicago. Bartman had been punished enough. (As for the baseball that he touched? It was on display at Harry Caray’s Restaurant in downtown Chicago until it was destroyed).

The Cubs decided that Bartman deserved a ring, the same one that the players got last April, the one with the 108 diamonds, representing each year they didn’t win the Fall Classic.

The Cubs issued the following statement regarding the ring:

“On behalf of the entire Chicago Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series championship ring to Mr. Steve Bartman,” the statement said. “We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series. While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization. After all he has sacrificed, we are proud to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today.”

Bartman, through his attorney issued his own statement:

“Although I do not consider myself worthy of such an honor, I am deeply moved and sincerely grateful to receive an official Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship ring. I am fully aware of the historical significance and appreciate the symbolism the ring represents on multiple levels.

“My family and I will cherish it for generations. Most meaningful is the genuine outreach from the Ricketts family, on behalf of the Cubs organization and fans, signifying to me that I am welcomed back into the Cubs family and have their support going forward. I am relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over.

“I humbly receive the ring not only as a symbol of one of the most historic achievements in sports, but as an important reminder for how we should treat each other in today’s society,” Bartman said in his statement. “My hope is that we all can learn from my experience to view sports as entertainment and prevent harsh scapegoating, and to challenge the media and opportunistic profiteers to conduct business ethically by respecting personal privacy rights and not exploit any individual to advance their own self-interest or economic gain.

“Moreover, I am hopeful this ring gesture will be the start of an important healing and reconciliation process for all involved,” he said. “To that end, I request the media please respect my privacy, and the privacy of my family. I will not participate in interviews or further public statements at this time.”

Bartman also thanked the Ricketts family, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and the entire organization for the gift and “for providing the City of Chicago and Cubs fans everywhere an unforgettable World Championship in 2016.”

Added Bartman: “I am happy to be reunited with the Cubs family and positively moving forward with my life.”

The Windy City has survived a fire that was at first started by a cow kicking over a lantern, a depression, Al Capone, winters that would have easily frozen Hell over 10 times and political corruption so bad Shakespeare would have been jealous. It celebrated when they won the World Series last October. They finally exhaled when they got their rings. Bartman and the Cubs have kissed and made up. They’re not quite Facebook friends yet but the wounds have finally healed.

A city that languished as to if they would ever win another World Series has forgiven a man that caused their fan base so much grief. The Cubs have moved on to become World Champs. Bartman has stepped out of the shadows and once again made himself visible, if only for a few minutes. They kissed. They made up.

They put a ring on it.

(photo credit the Chicago Sun-Times, the Associated Press and MLB)

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

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL RedZone.

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For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on smartphones through NFL Mobile from Verizon, as well as other digital platforms through Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile, Watch NFL Network and NFL on Windows 10 apps), PC (NFL.com/watch), Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV). Watch NFL Network access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

 

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)
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The NFL released the entire 2017 preseason schedule last Monday. The 65-game slate features eight nationally televised matchups, including a game between the Chargers and Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 26 at 8 p.m.

The 2017 preseason will kick off Thursday, August 3 in Canton, Ohio, when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Arizona Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame Game at 8 p.m. on NBC. All preseason games will be shown on NFL Network. Kickoff times will be announced by the 32 teams later.

2017 preseason national television schedule (all times Eastern)

Hall of Fame Game (Canton, Ohio)

Dallas vs. Arizona (NBC, 8 p.m.), Thursday, August 3

Preseason Week 2 (August 17-21)

Tampa Bay at Jacksonville (ESPN, 8 p.m.), Thursday, August 17

New York Giants at Cleveland (ESPN, 8 p.m.) Monday, August 21

Preseason Week 3 (August 24-27)

Kansas City at Seattle (CBS, 8 p.m.) Friday, August 25

Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams (CBS, 8 p.m.) Saturday, August 26

Chicago Bears at Tennessee (FOX, 1 p.m.) Sunday, August 27

Cincinnati at Washington (FOX, 4:30 p.m.) Sunday, August 27

San Francisco at Minnesota (NBC, 8 p.m.) Sunday, August 27

2017 preseason week-by-week schedule

WEEK 1: August 10-14
ATLANTA at Miami
Dallas at Los Angeles Rams
Denver at Chicago
Detroit at Indianapolis
Houston at Carolina
Jacksonville at New England
Minnesota at Buffalo
New Orleans at Cleveland
Oakland at Arizona
Philadelphia at Green Bay
Pittsburgh at New York Giants
San Francisco at Kansas City
Seattle at Los Angeles Chargers
Tampa Bay at Cincinnati
Tennessee at New York Jets
Washington at Baltimore

WEEK 2: August 17-21
ATLANTA at Pittsburgh
Baltimore at Miami
Buffalo at Philadelphia Eagles
Carolina at Tennessee
Chicago at Arizona
Denver at San Francisco
Green Bay at Washington
Indianapolis at Dallas
Kansas City at Cincinnati
Los Angeles Rams at Oakland
Minnesota at Seattle
New England at Houston
New Orleans at Los Angeles Chargers
New York Giants at Cleveland
New York Jets at Detroit
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville

WEEK 3: August 24-27
Arizona at ATLANTA
Buffalo at Baltimore
Carolina at Jacksonville
Chicago at Tennessee
Cincinnati at Washington
Cleveland at Tampa Bay
Green Bay at Denver
Houston at New Orleans
Indianapolis at Pittsburgh
Kansas City at Seattle
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams
Miami at Philadelphia
New England at Detroit
New York Jets at New York Giants
Oakland at Dallas
San Francisco at Minnesota

WEEK 4: August 31-September 1
Jacksonville at ATLANTA
Arizona at Denver
Baltimore at New Orleans
Cincinnati at Indianapolis
Cleveland at Chicago
Dallas at Houston
Detroit at Buffalo
Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay
Miami at Minnesota
New York Giants at New England
Philadelphia at New York Jets
Pittsburgh at Carolina
Seattle at Oakland
Tennessee at Kansas City
Washington at Tampa Bay