Pro Player Insiders http://proplayerinsiders.com NFL Players Athletes Sports and Life Style Stories Founded by Melissa Mahler Sat, 13 Feb 2016 17:58:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Miami Dolphins Part Ways with Coples and McCain http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/miami-dolphins-part-ways-coples-mccain/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/miami-dolphins-part-ways-coples-mccain/#comments Sat, 13 Feb 2016 17:58:46 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162855

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MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have terminated the contracts of defensive end Quinton Coples and cornerback Brice McCain.

Coples was acquired by the Dolphins off waivers from the New York Jets on Nov. 24, 2015 and played in six games for Miami during the 2015 season. He tallied one quarterback hurry in his Dolphins debut at the Jets on Nov. 29.

A first-round draft pick (No. 16 overall) by the Jets in 2012, Coples has played 62 games and made 32 career starts. He has made 114 total tackles (77 solo) and 16.5 sacks during his four-year NFL career and was a two-time first team All-ACC selection at North Carolina.

A seven-year NFL veteran, McCain played one season for the Dolphins, participating in 14 games and starting 11 for Miami in 2015. He totaled 39 tackles (31 solo) and had one interception and 10 passes defensed.

McCain joined the Dolphins from Pittsburgh as an unrestricted free agent on March 11, 2015. He entered the league as a sixth-round draft pick (188th overall) by the Houston Texans in the 2009 NFL draft and played five seasons for the Texans. McCain has played 100 career games, totaling 169 tackles (135 solo) and nine interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns.

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Von Miller and Anquan Boldin at the Grammy Awards http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/von-miller-anquan-boldin-grammy-awards/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/von-miller-anquan-boldin-grammy-awards/#comments Sat, 13 Feb 2016 17:47:22 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162851

Grammy-Awards

While the season culminated Sunday with the Super Bowl, two NFL players who ended the year on a high note will be in action Monday night during the 58TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS. The show will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network 8:00-11:30 PM ET/check local listings for other time zones.

Making appearances on the Red Carpet and during the live show from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles will be Super Bowl 50 MVP VON MILLER of the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers ANQUAN BOLDIN, the winner of the 2015 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide.

Miller and Boldin will introduce a musical performance by superstars CARRIE UNDERWOOD and SAM HUNT.

Miller led a Broncos defense on Super Bowl Sunday that recorded seven sacks, posting six tackles, two and half sacks, two forced fumbles, one pass defensed and two quarterback hits.

Boldin was named the Man of the Year at NFL Honors on Super Bowl Eve and was recognized for his excellence on and off the field.

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First Round NFL Draft Order -2016 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/first-round-nfl-draft-order-2016/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/first-round-nfl-draft-order-2016/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:47:20 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162840

Following is the 2016 NFL Draft first round order. The first round will start on Thursday, April 28 in Chicago with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 29 followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, April 30.

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First Round order for the 2016 NFL Draft 

(Does not include trades)

 

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Team

 

Win

 

Loss

 

Tie

Winning

Percentage

 

Win

 

Loss

 

Tie

Strength of

Schedule

1.

  Tennessee Titans

3

13

0

.188

126

130

0

.492

2.

Cleveland Browns

3

13

0

.188

136

120

0

.531

3.

San Diego Chargers

4

12

0

.250

135

121

0

.527

4.

Dallas Cowboys

4

12

0

.250

136

120

0

.531

5.

Jacksonville Jaguars

5

11

0

.313

121

135

0

.473

6.

Baltimore Ravens

5

11

0

.313

130

126

0

.508

7.

San Francisco 49ers

5

11

0

.313

138

118

0

.539

8.

Miami Dolphins

6

10

0

.375

120

136

0

.469

9.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6

10

0

.375

124

132

0

.484

10.

New York Giants

6

10

0

.375

128

128

0

.500

11.

Chicago Bears

6

10

0

.375

140

116

0

.547

12.

New Orleans Saints

7

9

0

.438

129

127

0

.504

13.

Philadelphia Eagles

7

9

0

.438

130

126

0

.508

14.

Oakland Raiders

7

9

0

.438

131

125

0

.512

15.

Los Angeles Rams

7

9

0

.438

135

121

0

.527

16.

Detroit Lions

7

9

0

.438

137

119

0

.535

17.

Atlanta Falcons

8

8

0

.500

123

133

0

.480

18.

Indianapolis Colts

8

8

0

.500

128

128

0

.500

19.

Buffalo Bills

8

8

0

.500

130

126

0

.508

20.

New York Jets

10

6

0

.625

113

143

0

.441

21.

Washington Redskins

9

7

0

.563

119

137

0

.465

22.

  Houston Texans

9

7

0

.563

127

129

0

.496

23.

Minnesota Vikings

11

5

0

.688

129

127

0

.504

24.

Cincinnati Bengals

12

4

0

.750

122

134

0

.477

25.

Pittsburgh Steelers

10

6

0

.625

129

127

0

.504

26.

Seattle Seahawks

10

6

0

.625

133

123

0

.520

27.

Green Bay Packers

10

6

0

.625

136

120

0

.531

28.

Kansas City Chiefs

11

5

0

.688

127

129

0

.496

29.

New England Patriots*

12

4

0

.750

121

135

0

.473

30.

Arizona Cardinals

13

3

0

.813

122

134

0

.477

31.

Carolina Panthers

15

1

0

.938

113

143

0

.441

32.

Denver Broncos

12

4

0

.750

128

128

0

.500

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“The Big Game Experience” at Super Bowl 50 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/big-game-experience-super-bowl-50/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/big-game-experience-super-bowl-50/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:26:06 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162828
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During Super bowl 50 one of the most talked about events that took place this pass week was “The Big Game Experience ” Brought to you by The Big Great Initiative & Athletes for Art Renaissance Tour sponsored by D’usse & Kesse Group.Friday, February 5, 2016 was the kick off Dinner at the Limon in San Francisco where Hollywood and Football collide along with the amazing  host “Jamie Fox” it was a true star studded event.

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The ultimate party for a purpose amongst the hottest in Hollywood glitz and glam.The finale took place Sunday, February 7th at Aura Night Club.  This Years Super Bowl 50 Champions the Broncos Celebrated their win at “The Big Game Experience with (BG Sports) President Barry Gardner and )Athletes for Art Renaissance Tour) Founder Jumoke Mendez hosted by Odell Beckham of the NY Giants along with  Model Chantel Jeffries.Notable athletes that attended
Super Star WR DeMaryius Thomas(Broncos) & Emmanuel Sanders(Broncos)
Malik Jackson (Broncos)
Marquette King (Raiders) Kyle Williams(Broncos)
Omar Bolden(Broncos),Sly Williams(Broncos)
Pharaoh Brown(Panthers) Nick Moody(Seahawks)  Rob McClain (panthers) and many more .

Keep a look out for the Be Great Initiative & Athletes for Arts Renaissance Tour in 2016 with more amazing events to come.

 

 

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San Diego Chargers Coaching Staff now Complete http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/san-diego-chargers-coaching-staff-now-complete/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/san-diego-chargers-coaching-staff-now-complete/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:57:32 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162824

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San Diego Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy completed his coaching staff Tuesday with the addition of special teams assistant coach Marquice Williamsand offensive assistant Tommy Rees.

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Williams joins the Chargers from the University of South Dakota where he coached from 2012-15, including 2015 as the Coyotes’ special teams coordinator. Williams also coached outside linebackers and the defensive line at South Dakota and in 2012 linebacker Tyler Starr, now a member of the Atlanta Falcons, was named the Missouri Valley Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. A native of Fresno, California, Williams was a defensive back at Fresno City College and University of Mary in North Dakota. Williams began his coaching career in 2010 at Winona State before moving on to Central Oklahoma in 2011 and South Dakota in 2012. In 2013, he was invited to participate in the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship program with the Chicago Bears and in 2014 the Bears invited him back to serve as a coaching intern. During both stints in Chicago, Williams worked closely with Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis. In 2015, Williams completed a similar internship with the Detroit Lions.

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Rees is a former Notre Dame quarterback who played for the Irish from 2010-13. Several of his former Notre Dame teammates now play for the Chargers, including centers Trevor Robinson and Chris Watt, and inside linebackerManti Te’o. Rees started for the Irish as a sophomore and a senior, throwing for 2,871 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011, and 3,257 yards with 27 touchdowns as a senior. Rees signed with the Washington Redskins in 2014 but was released by the team during its rookie mini camp. In December 2014, Rees joined Pat Fitzgerald’s coaching staff at Northwestern University as an offensive graduate assistant. In 2015, the Wildcats went 10-3 and finished the year ranked No. 23 in the final Associated Press Top-25 poll.

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The 2016 Chargers coaching staff: 

Head Coach........................................................................................ Mike McCoy
Defensive Coordinator....................................................................... John Pagano
Offensive Coordinator....................................................................... Ken Whisenhunt
Special Teams Coordinator............................................................... Craig Aukerman
Linebackers........................................................................................ Bob Babich
Offensive Line.................................................................................... Jeff Davidson
Assistant Offensive Line..................................................................... Dave DeGuglielmo
Assistant Defensive Backs.................................................................. Chris Harris
Strength and Conditioning................................................................. Kent Johnston
Assistant Linebackers......................................................................... Bobby King
Assistant Strength and Conditioning.................................................. Rick Lyle
Tight Ends.......................................................................................... John McNulty
Defensive Backs ................................................................................ Ron Milus
Offensive Assistant............................................................................ Tommy Rees
Quality ControlOffense/Special Assistant to the Head Coach....... Mark Ridgley
Quality Control—Defense................................................................. Chris Shula
Wide Receivers.................................................................................. Nick Sirianni
Defensive Line................................................................................... Giff Smith
Quarterbacks..................................................................................... Shane Steichen
Assistant Special Teams..................................................................... Marquice Williams
Running Backs.................................................................................... Ollie Wilson

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Von Miller is Super Bowl 50 MVP http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/von-miller-super-bowl-50-mvp/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/von-miller-super-bowl-50-mvp/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:52:18 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162812 Von Miller lead the one of the greatest– if not the greatest– defensive performance in Super Bowl history.  Cam Newton was the only player taken prior to Von Miller in the NFL draft in 2011.  When the two faced off in Sunday’s game, Miller walked away on top.  Miller finished with 2.5 sacks, 2 strip sacks, six tackles, two quarterback hits, and a defended pass.  His performance earned him MVP honors of Super Bowl 50– the fourth linebacker to receive the coveted award.

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At a press conference on Monday morning, Miller was officially presented with the MVP trophy.   NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodall, spoke of Miller’s successes,  “He’s the kind of young man that plays this game at the highest level and does it off the field also.”  Goodall then turned to Miller, “Von, we’re proud of you. You did a terrific job yesterday. We’re glad to give you the MVP trophy.”

Von Miller

Miller spoke of wanting to share the award with his teammates.  He described the MVP honor as, “special, but the Super Bowl ring is something that I will keep with me for the rest of my life. I’ll be able to be with my brothers for eternity. I’ll be able to be with those guys for 100 years from now and that’s truly beautiful.”

Ware Miller

Of his ‘brothers,’  Miller spoke most passionately about DeMarcus Ware, “He’s an All-American person. He’s an All-Pro player. He’s a leader. He’s a big brother to me. He is a coach, mentor.”

A young Von Miller idolized Ware and patterned his play after him, “I remember when I first got into the game and watching DeMarcus and watching the passion that he played with. I wanted to mimic that in my game.”

In response to how it felt to help Ware finally win a Super Bowl, Miller stated, “To have a percentage in helping him achieve greatness is something that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Denver Broncos v Carolina Panthers

 

Von Miller faces free agency this year and his performances in the playoff games and his Super Bowl MVP has significantly raised his net worth in the NFL.  He assured that his negotiations with John Elway and the Denver Broncos are going to be a “peaceful thing.”

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Broncos top-ranked defense shuts down MVP Cam Newton and the Panthers en route to Super Bowl win http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/broncos-top-ranked-defense-shuts-mvp-cam-newton-panthers-en-route-super-bowl-win/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/broncos-top-ranked-defense-shuts-mvp-cam-newton-panthers-en-route-super-bowl-win/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:25:50 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162803 And here most thought coming into this one that it would be the Peyton Manning and Cam Newton show.

It turned out the Denver Broncos top-ranked defense stole both of their thunder this evening in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Quarterback Peyton Manning did became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl title in what could be the final game of a storied NFL career. He was also the first player to do so with two different franchises.

But this one won’t be remembered as the game Peyton Manning won single-handily.

“It is very special,” Manning said. “This game was like this season has been. It tested our toughness, our resilience and our unselfishness. It’s only fitting it turned out that way. A great bunch of teammates, a great bunch of guys to play with. I feel very grateful.”

Manning finished the night just 13 of 23 for 141 yards and an interception.

It certainly wasn’t vintage Peyton by any stretch of the imagination.

But the Broncos didn’t need that today.

The defense completely took over and made the Most Valuable Player in the league look like just an ordinary quarterback.

The strong effort was led by Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, who finished the night with six tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two hurries and a pass defended.

His first quarter sack-strip of Newton was scooped up in the end zone by Malik Jackson to put the Broncos up 10-0.

Denver wouldn’t look back for the rest of the night.

“We’ve just been the same group of guys that we’ve been all year long,” Miller said after the victory. “We haven’t really paid attention to the underdog talk, this talk or that talk. We know what type of team we are. We know what type of game we can play. We just focused around that. Enjoy the moment. I enjoyed being around my guys, spending hours and hours with those guys everyday this week. We really didn’t pay attention to [the outside] stuff. We just played our game.”

The defense forced three total turnovers and seven sacks (tying a Super Bowl record), not allowing the Panthers to ever truly get into a rhythm.

“You don’t have to say anything to [that defense],” Manning added. “Like I said, I had a chance, I was up there with Von (Miller) up on stage, I told him, ‘Just let me have a ride in that car every now and then,’ I’m so proud of him. I told the guys that I was, I had great thoughts about what was going to happen and I kind of thought Von and DeMarcus (Ware) and (Aqib) Talib and Chris (Harris Jr.) might split the MVP and also have to split a car. The four of them riding in an MVP car together is a great vision for me. But Von earned it; he’s been awesome. I’m just glad that I was on the same team as our defense and I don’t have to play against them.”

Newton, who was harassed by the strong Denver rush all evening, finished the day just 18 of 41 (43.9 percent) for 265 yards and an interception.

He didn’t throw a touchdown pass all game, and finished with a passer rating of 55.4.

“They just played better than us,” a frustrated Newton said after the game. “I don’t know what you want me to say. They made more plays than us, and that’s what it came down to. We had our opportunities. There wasn’t nothing special that they did. We dropped balls. We turned the ball over, gave up sacks, threw errant passes. That’s it. They scored more points than we did.”

“Well, obviously, Cam (Newton_ was the focus of our plan but we played our defense,” Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. “We played things and we played well. We knew we had to get some rush on the guy. We talked about containing him but you know when you’ve got DeMarcus (Ware) and Von (Miller), you’ve got to let those guys go and know other guys will make up for it. We tried to let them go and they did a great job.”

“You just have to give it to all the guys,” Ware said. “All the guys this whole season; they put in a lot. This was an opportunity for us, just to seize it. We really talked about it when we were in the locker room, saying it’s there for our taking. It’s the team that has the most faith going out there that’s going to win it.”

The Broncos got the ball first and quarterback Peyton Manning led what looked to be a promising opening drive, completing four of six passes for 47 yards.

The drive eventually stalled out in the red zone, with Brandon McMannus converting a 34-yard field goal to put the Broncos up first, 3-0.

The teams traded three and outs, before the game-changing defense of the Broncos showed up.

Von Miller broke through the line and hit Cam Newton hard as he stepped up to throw, forcing a fumble.

Malik Jackson scooped it up in the end zone for a Broncos touchdown, putting Denver up 10-0.

Carolina got back in it with their first drive of the second quarter.

Newton helped lead the Panthers on a nine-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a leaping one-yard touchdown from running back Jonathan Stewart.

The teams once again traded three-and-outs before Jordan Norwood took a punt return 61 yards to set the Broncos up inside the 15-yard line.

Denver cashed in with another McMannus field goal, this time from 33-yards out to push the lead to 13-7.

What looked like a promising drive to open up the second half for the Panthers was for naught, after kicker Graham Gano pushed a 44-yard field goal attempt wide right.

The Broncos took the momentum and on their next possession added another Brandon McManus field goal from 30 yards out to improve their lead to 16-7.

The Panthers started off the fourth quarter strong as well, forcing a Peyton Manning fumble on a Kony Ealy sack.

Once again, Carolina wasn’t able to truly take advantage, ending the drive with a 39-yard field goal by Gano to cut the lead to 16-10.

The teams took turns not doing much of anything before Miller broke free again, forcing another Newton fumble on a sack that was recovered by safety T.J. Ward on the Panther’s nine-yard line.

This is when the Broncos truly put the game away off of a two-yard touchdown run by C.J. Anderson.

Manning hit Bennie Fowler in the end zone on the two-point conversation to put Denver up for good, 24-10.

“I’m just so proud of our team,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “That’s the kind of games we’ve been winning all year. It was tough offensively but defensively we were tremendous. On special teams, we played great. It was just another grind-it-out win.”

So after winning the Super Bowl trophy there was really just one question left to answer.

Is this indeed the end for future Hall of Famer Manning?

“You know, I’ll take some time to reflect. I have a couple of priorites first. I want to go kiss my wife and my kids, I want to go hug my family. I’m going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight. I promise you that,”

“I’m going to take care of those things first, and say a little prayer to thank the man upstairs for this great opportunity. I’m just very grateful.”

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Broncos lead Panthers at the half, 13-7 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/broncos-lead-panthers-half-13-7/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/broncos-lead-panthers-half-13-7/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 01:42:22 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162791 The Denver Broncos jumped out to a quick 10-0, but the Carolina Panthers bounced back and got themselves back in it at the half, trailing 13-7 heading into the tunnel at Super Bowl 50.

The Broncos got the ball first and quarterback Peyton Manning led what looked to be a promising opening drive, completing four of six passes for 47 yards.

The drive eventually stalled out in the red zone, with Brandon McMannus converting a 34-yard field goal to put the Broncos up first, 3-0.

The teams traded three and outs, before the game-changing defense of the Broncos showed up.

Von Miller broke through the line and hit Cam Newton hard as he stepped up to throw, forcing a fumble.

Malik Jackson scooped it up in the end zone for a Broncos touchdown, putting Denver up 10-0.

The Panthers were able to gain just 28 yards in the opening quarter.

Carolina got back in it with their first drive of the second quarter.

Newton helped lead the Panthers on a nine-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a leaping one-yard touchdown from running back Jonathan Stewart.

Newton was a perfect four for four, with 41 yards passing and added 23 yards with his legs.

The teams once again traded three-and-outs before Jordan Norwood took a punt return 61 yards to set the Broncos up inside the 15-yard line.

Denver cashed in with another McMannus field goal, this time from 33-yards out to push the lead to 13-7.

The Broncos defense got their second takeaway of the game, as safety Darian Stewart put his helmet right on the football and forced it away from running back Mike Tolbert to give it right back to Denver.

Carolina stopped what looked like at least another easy three points on the ensuing drive for Denver as defensive lineman Kony Ealy dropped into coverage and came through with a one-handed interception of Manning, returning it all the way to the Carolina 40-yard line.

The Denver defense still would not give much, as Carolina could not take advantage of the turnover and gave it right back after another three-and-out.

DeMarcus Ware ended the second quarter with a huge sack, making sure Carolina wasn’t able to generate any points before the half.

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Broncos lead Panthers after 1, 10-0 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/broncos-lead-panthers-1-10-0/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/broncos-lead-panthers-1-10-0/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:23:57 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162786 The Denver Broncos jumped out to a fast 10-0 lead after one quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

The Broncos got the ball first and quarterback Peyton Manning led what looked to be a promising opening drive, completing four of six passes for 47 yards.

The drive eventually stalled out in the red zone, with Brandon McMannus converting a 34-yard field goal to put the Broncos up first, 3-0.

The teams traded three and outs, before the game-changing defense of the Broncos showed up.

Von Miller broke through the line and hit Cam Newton hard as he stepped up to throw, forcing a fumble.

Malik Jackson scooped it up in the end zone for a Broncos touchdown, putting Denver up 10-0.

Manning finished the quarter 7 of 9 for 61 yards.

Emmanuel Sanders led the way receiving for Denver, with three receptions for 20 yards.

Carolina was able to gain just 28 total yards in the opening quarter.

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Pregame Fan Report from Super Bowl 50 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/pregame-fan-report-super-bowl-50/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/pregame-fan-report-super-bowl-50/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:12:03 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162780 Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers is just under an hour and a half away from getting underway at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

The players and fans could not have wished for a more perfect afternoon for football.
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The weather is perfect at 72 degrees with not a single cloud in the bright blue sky.

It is expected to stay that way throughout the entire afternoon and early evening.

It seems that the fan base to take in the game is not leaning towards one particular team.

The stadium is filled with an almost split crowd between Bronco and Panther fans, with a few local San Francisco 49er and Oakland Raider fans sprinkled in the mix.

Before the big game, fans were treated to live performances from Seal and country singer Sam Hunt at the NFL tailgate party held outside the stadium.

Pop star Lady Gaga will lead the event off with the handling of singing the Star-Spangled Banner.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (EST)/3:30 p.m. (PST).

Be sure to keep it locked at ProPlayerInsiders.com and our twitter account, @PlayerInsiders for all your Super Bowl 50 coverage, live from the stadium.

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How to watch Super Bowl 50 http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/watch-super-bowl-50/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/watch-super-bowl-50/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:01 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162772 Super Bowl 50 is finally here!

Despite what has seemed like weeks and weeks of anticipation, the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers are finally set to kick off today from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA at 6:30 p.m. (EST)/3:30 p.m. (PST).

As millions of Americans and people around the globe get ready to watch the big game, here is how you can find it this evening.

On your television: The game can be found on your television on your CBS channel.

On your cell phone: Only Verizon users can find use in this.  Verizon has an exclusive rights to the game (and all games this season) for streaming on mobile devices.  Verizon users can find the game on their NFL Mobile app.

On your computer: The game will be streamed for free on CBSSports.com.  You do not need a pay-TV subscription in order to take advantage of the online viewing.

On your tablet: The stream off of CBSSports.com will work on these devices as well, or you can stream the game off of the CBS Sports app, available in your Apple/Google Play store.

On your Xbox One, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, or Roku: All of these devices can stream the game through downloading the CBS Sports App.

To our Canadian friends: The game will be broadcasted on CTV and will also be available on the CTV Go app.

All will stream the commercials and halftime show as well.

Happy Sunday!

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Fighting hunger – no better way than “Taste of the NFL” http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/fighting-hunger-better-way-taste-nfl/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/fighting-hunger-better-way-taste-nfl/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:48:42 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162767 Nobody, let alone any child, should have to repeatedly go to bed hungry. Without food, individuals are not able to receive the nourishment needed for strength and live a prosperous life. Food and nourishment is the foundation to living and making it through the day.

Food and nourishment is the foundation for individuals to have success, allowing one to be able to think, make wise decisions and most importantly learn.

Without food and nourishment individuals are weak, struggle and might possibly never have the opportunity to become and adult and showcase the talents they have to the ability to complete.

These individuals without food and nourishment could very easily pass away before having a true impact on the world.

What if one of these individuals who did not have sufficient food and nourishment held the key to curing cancer? What if one of these individuals who did not have sufficient food and nourishment held the key to curing the HIV virus?

The world would never know because there is the high probability these individuals would pass away without demonstrating their talents due to the lack of food and nourishment.

Therefore, it is best to combat the problem of hunger relief head on and allow for those who do not have the proper food and nourishment to become strong and live a prosperous life.

Wayne Kostroski started an event to raise awareness and money for hunger relief. Twenty-five years later, “Taste of the NFL,” where current and former NFL Players, celebrities, chefs and fans “Party with a Purpose” to raise awareness and money for hunger relief, making this event the NFL-sanctioned charitable event at the Super Bowl that is the most successful.

Host for the night, Chef Andrew Zimmern, expressed how he was glad to be at the event, yet did not know why this nation was in the situation it was when it came to fighting hunger.

“I’m thrilled this event has grown to the size that it has,” Zimmern said. “Children going to be hungry at night is embarrassing. A lot of people think it’s shameful and I think it’s criminal.   I don’t understand how in a nation that has so much, why we allow so many to have so little.”

Alyssa Milano, in her second year of attending “Taste of the NFL,” shared her sentiment of how important this event is to her.

“It’s important. There are children who go to bed hungry in this country every night and it’s unacceptable to me,” Milano expressed. “The Taste of the NFL brings together the best chefs just to raise awareness of such an important thing we are dealing with in this country.”

Daniel Whitney, who most everyone knows as Larry the Cable Guy, brought humor as he entered the red carpet singing and cracking jokes. Yet, he realized how important “Taste of the NFL” is when aiding in hunger relief.

“Prilosec OTC, we teamed up with ‘Taste of the NFL’, who has been doing this for 25 years,” Whitney said. “It’s a fantastic thing. They are giving meals to the people who need it.”

Whitney then shared information, which is going to aide many families, in the hunger relief effort.

“We are giving a check for $125,000, which is one million meals,” Whitney shared.

On the night, chefs from each of the 32 NFL cities participate by cooking a dish relating to the city, or state, for those in attendance to sample. But also, those in attendance can meet with alumni and current players from their favorite, or hometown, NFL team. These players signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans, all in the light-hearted environment raising money for hunger relief.

This year, “Taste of the NFL” was held Cow Palace – an event center where there were three parts.

The NFC side, consisting of all of the NFC teams along with an open bar in the center, was represented by the Carolina Panthers team headlining as the representative in Super Bowl 50.

The AFC side, consisted of all of the AFC teams, along with an open bar in the center, was represented by the Denver Broncos team headlining as the representative in Super Bowl 50.

Between the two halls, a merchandise and silent auction area, where those in attendance could purchase items from the night as souvenirs, or autograph items, or take a chance on winning priceless merchandise. The highlight auction item, a diamond and blue sapphire necklace with 47 oval natural blue sapphires, with 846 cut diamonds. The raffle also included a pair of Super Bowl 50 tickets.

This raffle those was limited to 300 tickets, at $100 per ticket, but what was the most important thing about the raffle, each ticket purchased provided 800 meals to those for hunger relief.

Third Eye Blind ended the night with a great concert that rocked the house, as their new album, “Dopamine,” was just released.

However, Zimmern summed up the night perfectly, as he expressed what everyone felt.

“In some small way we are hoping to make a difference here tonight,” he said.

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Super Bowl 50 Preview: Carolina Perspective http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/super-bowl-50-preview-carolina-perspective/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/super-bowl-50-preview-carolina-perspective/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162694  Carolina on offense

Let’s take a look at Carolina’s offense versus Denver’s defense via the run. The strength of this team on offense is their rushing game. They ran the ball more than any other team in the league this season with 526 attempts, finished with the second most yards, racking up almost 143 per game, and they scored 18 touchdowns on the ground, which was tied for second. Jonathon Stewart has shown burst at times this season and has had two nice games inCam Newton 350 the post season. However, Cam Newton‘s size and fearlessness when he decides to run the ball is what makes this offense go; he converted a whopping 56 of his runs for a first down and 10 for touchdowns. Newton’s ability to run is the main reason this team hasn’t been held to under 100 yards in ANY game this season.

So basically, if they just continue to do what they’ve been doing all season, they’ll win the game right? Well it’s not that simple because they’re facing an opponent that was third best against the run this year. Denver gave up less than 84 yards rushing per game. Middle linebackers Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall are two of the fastest on the second level that Carolina will have seen all season long; they read the run well and flow quickly to the ball to snuff out running attempts. Safety T.J. Ward is loves to mix it up with inside and lay the hat down.

The slight edge here goes to Carolina. Many times when teams struggle running the ball early against Denver, they tend to abandon it, which plays right into their defense’s game plan. But not Carolina, they will keep pounding it. Denver is facing an offense that is similar to the Seattle team that destroyed them in the Super Bowl two years ago, but the main difference is the physicality that Newton brings to the field.

Now let’s look at Carolina’s offense versus Denver’s defense via passing game. The Carolina wide receivers aren’t much to write about (read what I wrote about them before you continue) but make plays when they need to. Cam Newton finished with modest passing yardage with just over 3500 but he threw 35 touchdown passes to only 10 interceptions. The truth is, he didn’t need to throw it that much because of how well the team ran the ball this year.

If you go by the raw numbers, you’ll say that Denver has the clear advantage here because they were the best defense in the league, especially against the pass where they allowed less than 200 yards per game. Starting cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris were both voted to the Pro Bowl; they both rsz_120714-nfl-von-miller-ln-pivresize1200675high41do an excellent job in coverage. The coverage versus wide receivers allows outside linebackers Demarcus Ware and Von Miller time to terrorize quarterbacks. They both are tremendous pass rushers – both selected for the Pro Bowl – who makes it difficult for quarterbacks to go through their progressions.

Denver having a slight advantage. However what I didn’t mention in the previous paragraph is the tight end play. Tight end Greg Olsen is Cam Newton’s main weapon. If there is a weakness in Denver’s passing defense, it is guarding the tight end. Rob Gronkowski had a field day both times he played against Denver; Olsen is just as good as Gronk is.

Carolina on defense

Carolina finished in the top four of the league against the run. Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short clogged things up in the middle to make life easier for theStar-Panthers linebackers. Lotulelei commands a double team every time, if you don’t double him, the entire ground game will be shut down. Everybody knows about the All Pro linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis because of the freedom to roam that the defensive line pressure affords them.

It always starts with the run in a Gary Kubiak offense. Unfortunately for Denver this offensive line never got up to the desired speed necessary to make things click on offense for them. CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman seemed to get on track down the stretch, though. They will really need to force the issue here and continue that momentum to give them the best chance at winning. This offense was only 17th ranked in this department.

The advantage here goes to the Panthers.

Let’s see how the game might look when Denver is throwing it. Peyton Manning has had the worst year of his career. Manning has thrown almost twice as many interceptions as touchdowns and never seemed to look comfortable in this scheme. However, he hasn’t thrown an interception in the post season. Demaryius Thomas has been the main guy for Manning’s run in Denver; he has been quiet in the post season and will need to step up to loosen
up the Carolina defense.

The Panthers play fundamentally sound defense. Safety Kurt Coleman’s job is simple because of the sound play by the rest of this group; Coleman led this team with seven interceptions. The aforementioned All Pros at linebacker are also great pass defenders at the intermediate level. Cornerback Josh Norman had a breakout season and he rightfully garnered a lot of attention because of the plays he has made. Norman will likely lock down one of Denver’s receiving options. However, it all starts up front with the defensive linemen, they pressure the QB so well that Carolina rarely blitzes the pass. Kawann Short led them in sacks; a feat not usually accomplished by a defensive tackle.

Panthers Charles Tillman story by Melissa Mahler

The advantage here goes to Carolina. This defense isn’t called “Thieves Avenue” for nothing. I won’t rule out either of Denver’s wideouts having a big game. Where they might have success is when they go to three-wide sets and move Emmanuel Sanders to the slot to assure he doesn’t get defended by Norman. Other teams have had a measure of success by targeting the wide receivers that Norman doesn’t cover.

 

The deciding factor

The team that wins the turnover battle usually wins the football game. Carolina led the league with a +20 turnover ratio; they forced 39 turnovers. Carolina led the league in scoring points after turnovers. This category is crucial to their success. Denver’s ratio was -4. Denver has reached this game because of their defense putting this offense in a position to succeed or by scoring it themselves; offenses have a very difficult time moving the ball against them. It’s almost safe to say that if Denver doesn’t turn the ball over they will be holding the Lombardi trophy when it’s all said and done.

Prediction: Carolina 23 – Denver 20

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Voters trying to teach Terrell Owens a “lesson”, leave him out of Hall of Fame http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/voters-trying-teach-terrell-owens-lesson-leave-hall-fame/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/voters-trying-teach-terrell-owens-lesson-leave-hall-fame/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 15:03:35 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162750 Terrell Owens was denied from entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame last evening when the league announced its Class of 2016 at its NFL Honors award show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco.

Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel all were elected in.

But Owens was not.

It is clear that the people who voted on the honor clearly had the intention of teaching T.O. “a lesson “ with the snub.

Because whether you like it or not, it is quite clear to anyone with two eyes that Owens was one of the best receivers to ever play the game.

Oh, and sorry for forgetting that the Hall if filled with nothing but choirboys, eh?

I’m not here to try to tear down the legacies of others already in.

I’m here trying to figure out why the people who voted left Owens out of the hall.

Was he a bad teammate? Sure.

Did he put himself first most of the time? Absolutely.

Did his personality rub people the wrong way? You’re damn right.

But none of that is criteria for electing someone to the Hall of Fame.

The numbers alone should speak for themselves.

Over 15 NFL seasons, Owens finished his career with 15,934 receiving yards (2nd all-time in league history), 1,078 receptions (6th) and 153 receiving touchdown (3rd).

Only receiving legend Jerry Rice is ahead of Owens in all of those categories.

He also put together one of the most gutsy performances in Super Bowl history.

On December 19, 2004 Owens suffered a severely sprained ankle and fractured fibula.

Less than two months later on February 6th, 2016, against doctors orders, Owens shocked the football world in Super Bowl XXXIX by taking to the field and finishing the game with nine receptions for 122 yards.

Owens was also elected to the Pro Bowl six times and was voted an All-Pro five times over the course of his career.

The voters had no problem electing Harrison in, who played the majority of his career with Peyton Manning and has an ugly gun incident in which a person was shot and a year later found dead, which is still clouded with mystery.

So what exactly is the criteria?

Look the other way for players you like and ones you don’t, jump on?

Because a guy celebrates too much while play a game, you exclude him from the Hall?

I’m just not buying that you take into account football first for some but not for others.

It is all just so petty.

And now Terrell Owens will have to wait at least another year before he gets to have his day in Canton.

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Complete breakdown as the NFL hands out the hardware at Honors Award Show http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/complete-breakdown-nfl-hands-hardware-honors-award-show/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/complete-breakdown-nfl-hands-hardware-honors-award-show/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 04:43:49 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162747 The best of the NFL was on hand at the NFL Honors Awards show this evening at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco.

There weren’t a ton of surprises, especially when it came down to the Most Valuable Player award, with Cam Newton taking home the top prize just a day before he is set to play in Super Bowl 50.

Keep reading for all of the award winners and a complete breakdown from this year’s show.

Offensive Rookie of the Year, RB Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams

He might have had only 13 games this season, but St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley made the most of them.

Gurley started off the night by taking home the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Despite missing the first three games of the season recovering from a torn left ACL, Gurley led NFL rookies in rushing, finishing the year with 1,106 yards on 229 carries (4.8 yards per carry) and 10 total touchdowns.

He added 21 receptions for 188 yards.

“The award, definitely, it means a lot,” Gurley said. “Like I said earlier, coming off an ACL (injury) a year ago and being able to win this award, it definitely means a lot. It’s a gift from God. I can’t say (anything) else about it. And thank you to my teammates, coaches and everybody that believed in me and helped me get to this point.”

“I think, in this moment, all the emotions are just pushing out,” he added. “I think, besides this award, the Pro Bowl was another accolade that just (brought) all the emotions out of me. So, it’s definitely a proud a moment in my life. So, I’m going to have my friends pick on me about crying, but I’ll be fine.”

AP Offensive Player of the Year Award, QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

The night started fast for Carolina Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton.

In just the second award of the evening, Newton already took home a victory in the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year Award.

It was an easy choice for the AP to make, with Newton finishing the year with over 4473 total yards to go with 45 touchdowns.

More on the young superstar below.

Salute to Service Award: WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Vincent Jackson was the next player to get rewarded, taking home the Salute to Service Award for his work supporting military families.

Jackson founded the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation to help provide support to military families, focusing on the educational, emotional and physical health and physical health of the children.

“This award is definitely an honor,” Jackson said. “Very humbling for the efforts and works that everybody in my camp and everybody that’s helped with the foundation has been a part of the last four years. We’re a fairly young foundation, but we definitely, I think, put some great roots in our community, as well as some other various places around this country.”

“If you don’t know my background, my father served about 22 years in the Army,” Jackson added. “My mom was in briefly as an enlisted soldier. When she got out, she served another 25 years as a civilian working for the government. Obviously, you understand that my entire upbringing has been a military household and military style as far as traveling, going overseas, dealing with a parent deployed, very near and dear to my heart,”

“I understand what these military families go through, and the biggest thing that we try to do, which is a little bit unique from other military foundations. We all know about Wounded Warriors and other foundations working with PTSD and things like that, is how can we bridge that gap and focus about what’s going on back at home? How are spouses affected? How are the kids affected in those families as they’re traveling around as they have a parent deployed? So, we really try to bridge that gap.”

Jackson will have $25,000 donated in his name from the United Services Automobile Association to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.

AP Comeback Player of the Year, S Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs

There wasn’t a better story in the NFL this year than the one of Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry.

Berry missed 10 games just a year ago after he was diagnosed with lymphoma.

After undergoing a successful chemo treatment, Berry found himself back on the field just eight months later for the Chiefs’ season opener.

And he wasn’t there to just be on the roster.

Berry returned to his All-Pro form, becoming a force once again on the defensive side of the ball and earning a Pro Bowl honor in the process.

“This journey has meant a lot, and obviously, I didn’t get here by myself,” Berry said after accepting the award. “I had great family support, great fan support, friends, my coaching staff, the whole Hunt family – they were all great. It’s truly an honor to be here to stand before you all.”

“I kind of pushed that to the back of my brain,” Berry said when asked about how soon he thought about playing again. “I wasn’t really pressing to get back on the field. I was just trying to get myself in a mental state to where I could actually function on a day-to-day basis and just pretty much get out of that slump, because I did kind of start off in a slump. I guess you could say the way our season went, how we started 1-5, that’s pretty much how my whole process went throughout the treatments and stuff like that. Once I just started focusing on what I could control, which was my attitude and my effort, then I started seeing everything change around.”

“I guess it kind of is almost like closure,” Berry added. “I could finally sit back and say, ‘Man, I can put that year behind me,’ not to say it was a bad thing, it was just a lot of things that happened. I kind of just pushed it to the side throughout the whole season. I never really dealt with it until now, and just seeing everything that I went through. The video before the presentation really got me, because it kind of put everything in perspective and showed me the timeline and reminded me of all those things I went through to get back to this point. Just thinking about (it) brought all those emotions out.”

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, CB Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs

Who says that NFL rookie cornerbacks can’t play in their first year in the league?

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award over another young corner in the Buffalo Bills Ronald Darby.

Darby might have had the edge at first, but Peters’s play reached another level as the season went on.

Peters ended up leading the entire league in interceptions, finishing the year with eight to go with 60 tackles and an absurd 26 passes defended (which also was a league-high).

Defensive Player of the Year, DE J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

Another non-shocker came in the form of defensive end J.J. Watt winning his third NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The Houston Texan became just the second player in NFL history to win the award three times, joining just Hall of Famer and all-time great Lawrence Taylor to do so.

“It’s almost difficult to comprehend, because I’ve only been in the league for five years,” Watt said. “To think about where I’ve come from and where I am now and what lies ahead, those types of things, it almost doesn’t register with me because of the greatness of the guys that have come before me. To even be considered amongst those guys is truly incredible, but that’s what the goal is. It’s always to come out and try to be one of the best ever.”

Watt finished the year with 76 tackles, 17.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and eight passes defended.

Despite the fact that defenses have changed their entire game plans in weeks against Houston to try to shut the fifth-year pro, nothing works, as Watt is still able to single-handily take over games.

When accepting the award on-stage, Watt made sure to note the fact that he was a 2-star recruit coming out of high school, yet now has three NFL DPOY Awards for his mantle.

“So…screw all you guys that doubted me,” Watt said with a smile as he exited the stage.

Art Rooney Award, DB Charles Woodson, Oakland Raiders

While the season might not have ended how he wanted it to, Charles Woodson at least got to end his career with a little bit of hardware.

After being named to the Pro Bowl, Woodson was honored this evening with the Art Rooney Award, given to the player who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship on the playing field.

“This is a great honor,” Woodson said. “It’s always a great honor anytime you get voted for anything where your peers vote for it. I’m very honored to have received the award. I think what it speaks to is, the way that I played the game each time that I went out there on the field. I just tried to give it everything I had every time I stepped on the field. I know that other players respect that, and they know that. It didn’t matter if it was my first year or my 18th year, that’s the way I tried to play the game. I did that my whole life, so I think that’s what this award is about.”

The 18-year veteran and nine-time Pro Bowler didn’t have any plans for his life after football just yet.

“I don’t know, maybe if they come calling,” Woodson said. “We’ll see. But I don’t know. The future really is kind of unknown at this point. I know I have my family, I have kids, and I worry about that in the short term. Right now, I’m just enjoying myself. My career as an NFL player is over. It’s almost like a weight off of your shoulders. Now I can just kind of relax and see what’s next on my journey.”

AP Coach of the Year, Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers

From just sneaking into the playoffs at 7-8-1 to going 15-1 just a year later, there wasn’t a more deserving coach in the league than Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers.

Rivera led his squad to the best mark in franchise history and his team is sitting just one game away from taking home the Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl champions.

It is the second time in three years that Rivera has won the award.

No team had ever won the NFC South in back-to-back years before Rivera’s squad has taken the title home in each of the last three seasons.

AP NFL Most Valuable Player: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

It might have taken most of the evening to get to, but the NFL’s worst kept secret is finally out of the bag.

Cam Newton is your 2016 NFL MVP.

No one can argue it after the incredible year that Newton had in leading his Panthers to a 15-1 record and a shot at Super Bowl 50.

“I’m very proud,” Newton said. “We didn’t get in this position by happenstance. It took years of hard work and dedication.”

While he wasn’t in attendance due to playing in the big game tomorrow afternoon, you know for a fact that he hopes to add one more trophy to his case before the weekend is done and over with.

Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award: WR Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

The Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award went to San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin, based on his performance on and off the field and for his commitment to the community.

The Anquan Boldin Foundation was formed in 2004 by Boldin himself, with a mission to expand the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged youth.

In early 2015, Boldin and his wife Dionne announced a $1 million pledge out of their own pockets to help increase the impact that the foundation could have.

The Foundation offers programs throughout the year, including a summer enrichment program, Thanksgiving food drives offering 300 meals annually and holiday shopping sprees. In the fall of 2015, the Foundation awarded $10,000 academic scholarships to five students entering college and since its inception has awarded 13 four-year scholarships.

“The word humbled does not even come close to describing what it feels like to be selected Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year,” said Boldin. “Walter Payton was a player I idolized as a kid for what he could do on the football field, but he became even more of an inspiration to me as I learned about his legacy as a humanitarian.”

“I commend the other finalists throughout the National Football League who continue to use the tremendous platform we as professional athletes have to positively influence the lives of others,” Boldin added. “May we all continue to open our hearts and make an impact in our own communities throughout this world.”

Boldin will receive a $55,000 donation to give to a charity of his choice.

The runner-ups quarterback Eli Manning and tight end Benjamin Watson will receive $11,000 donations for their charities of their own choosing.

“This award means a lot,” Boldin said. “It’s definitely an honor for me to be honored in this way. I think it’s an award that all of the guys in the NFL relate to, but I think I speak for myself when I speak for the guys that were nominated with me, we don’t do it for awards or the accolades. We really do it because we truly believe in what we’re doing and it’s in our hearts.”

NFL Rookie of the Year: QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Rookie of the Year award was won by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.

Winston set the franchise rookie-record for passing yards (4,042) and touchdowns (22) in a single-season.

The young quarterback helped the Buccaneers improve by four games this year, leading the team to a 6-10 overall record.

Complete list of the other awards handed out tonight:

  • Class of 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees: Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel
  • FedEx Air and Ground Players of the Year: QB Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals/RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
  • Fantasy Player of the Year: WRAntonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Deacon Jones Award: DE J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
  • Greatness on the Road Award: WR Antonio Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Play of the Year: Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary pass to Richard Rodgers to beat the Detroit Lions
  • Clutch Performer of the Year Award, QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
  • AP Assistant of the Year: Wade Phillips, Denver Broncos
  • Don Shula High School Coach of the Year: Michael Burnett, Tuscarora (Virginia) High School
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Charles Woodson Takes Home the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/charles-woodson-takes-home-art-rooney-sportsmanship-award/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/charles-woodson-takes-home-art-rooney-sportsmanship-award/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 04:21:46 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162742

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CHARLES WOODSON of the Oakland Raiders is the winner of the second annual ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD PRESENTED BY MCDONALD’S, it was announced today. The award recognizes the NFL player who demonstrates the qualities of outstanding sportsmanship on the playing field, including fair play, respect for opponents and integrity in competition.

The announcement of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Presented by McDonald’s was made at NFL HONORS, a two-hour primetime awards special that will air nationally at 9 PM ET/PT tonight on CBS. The award was founded last year in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer ART ROONEY, SR.

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Woodson will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.

To commemorate the honor, Woodson was presented on-stage “The Art Rooney Trophy,” which 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 other players at all levels. The award design was inspired by the upward arc of a football in motion and contains a gold line embedded in glass that represents the path of sportsmanship throughout a career. Etched into the award are the words “integrity,” “honor,” “respect,” and “fairness,” the values that define excellent sportsmanship.

The winner of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. In 2014, the players chose LARRY FITZGERALD of the Arizona Cardinals as the inaugural winner of the Art Rooney Award.

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Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field. A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community selected eight finalists (four in the AFC; four in the NFC) from the 32 nominees. The panel of Legends Coordinators was comprised of WARRICK DUNN, CURTIS MARTINKARL MECKLENBURG and LEONARD WHEELER.

The eight finalists were listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award when players voted on December 18, 2015. From the eight finalists, each team’s players submit a consensus vote of its choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team could not vote for its own player.

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The finalists, featuring four players from each conference, were running back JUSTIN FORSETT (Baltimore), running back MATT FORTÉ (Chicago), linebacker LUKE KUECHLY(Carolina), quarterback MATT HASSELBECK (Indianapolis), wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON(Detroit), cornerback JASON MC COURTY (Tennessee), tackle JOE STALEY (San Francisco) and Woodson.

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Aaron Rodgers -Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/aaron-rodgers-bridgestone-performance-play-year/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/aaron-rodgers-bridgestone-performance-play-year/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 04:08:35 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162737 Hail-Mary-Rodgers

Green Bay Packers QB AARON RODGERS’ incredible Hail Mary pass during the Week 13 Green Bay Packers – Detroit Lions game was the Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year . The award was announced tonight at NFL HONORS – a two-hour primetime awards show that will air nationally tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on CBS.


The Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year was selected from 20 Performance Moments voted on by NFL fans on NFL.com<http://www.NFL.com>.

On the eve of Super Bowl 50, the NFL and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS announced their annual accolades in an awards show saluting the best players, performances and plays from the 2015 season. CONAN O’BRIEN, Emmy award-winning comedian and late night talk show host, hosted the show and many of the winners were on hand to accept their awards.

The newest PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME class was announced and introduced during the show with the Class of 2016 appearing on stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

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The prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, which recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence, and the Rooney Sportsmanship Award presented by McDonald’s, as voted by his peers, were among the awards announced this evening.

Seven of the awards were from the AP. These awards are voted on at the end of the regular NFL season by a nationwide media panel of 50 people who regularly cover the league. The ballots are tabulated solely by the AP.
The full list of awards presented were:

AP Most Valuable Player presented by Verizon

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide

AP Coach of the Year presented by Lenovo

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 Performance Play of the Year


FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year

NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year presented by SAP

Courtyard’s Greatness on the Road Award

Salute To Service Award presented by USAA

Rooney Sportsmanship Award presented by McDonald’s

Deacon Jones Award

Clutch Performer of the Year presented by Castrol

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“NFL Honors” is an NFL Network production in association with Rock Garden Media. For more information about “NFL Honors” fans may visit http://www.nfl.com/honors and follow the #NFLHonors conversation on Twitter.

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Antonio Brown is Your NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/antonio-brown-nfl-com-fantasy-player-year/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/antonio-brown-nfl-com-fantasy-player-year/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 03:53:33 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162732 rsz_antonio-brown-baltimore-ravens-v-pittsburgh-kzhowwvjf2bx_00 (1)

Pittsburgh Steelers QB ANTONIO BROWN is the 2015 NFL.COM FANTASY PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY SAP, it was announced tonight at NFL HONORS – a two-hour awards special saluting the best players, performances and plays from the 2015 season that will air nationally tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on CBS.

 

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The 2015 NFL.COM Fantasy Player of the Year Presented by SAP was chosen by a panel of NFL Media analysts and Fantasy Football experts.

On the eve of Super Bowl 50, the NFL and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS announced their annual accolades in an awards show saluting its best players, performances and plays from the 2015 season. CONAN O’BRIEN, Emmy award-winning comedian and late night talk show host, hosted the show and many of the winners were on hand to accept their awards.

The newest PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME class was announced and introduced during the show with the Class of 2016 appearing on stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

The prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, which recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence, and the Rooney Sportsmanship Award presented by McDonald’s were among the awards handed out.

Seven of the awards were from the AP. These awards are voted on at the end of the regular NFL season by a nationwide media panel of 50 people who regularly cover the league. The ballots are tabulated solely by the AP.
The full list of awards presented were:

AP Most Valuable Player presented by Verizon

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide

AP Coach of the Year presented by Lenovo

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 Performance Play of the Year


FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year

NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year presented by SAP

Courtyard’s Greatness on the Road Award

Salute To Service Award presented by USAA

Rooney Sportsmanship Award presented by McDonald’s

Deacon Jones Award

Clutch Performer of the Year presented by Castrol
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“NFL Honors” is an NFL Network production in association with Rock Garden Media. For more information about “NFL Honors” fans may visit http://www.nfl.com/honors and follow the #NFLHonors conversation on Twitter.

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2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2016-pro-football-hall-fame-class/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/2016-pro-football-hall-fame-class/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 01:56:58 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162667 The 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class has been announced and as expected former Green Bay Quarterback Brett Favre was a lock to make the class. The rest of the class so far include Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, and Kevin Greene. Eddie DeBartolo, Kenny Stabler and Dick Stanfel have also been selected.

So that’s it here is your 2016 Hall of Fame Class.

You can find a link here to the full statement from the Pro Football Hall of Fame on today’s process. 

The finalists included Morten Andersen, Steve Atwater, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Tony Dungy, Alan Faneca, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, John Lynch, Terrell Owens, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner. Seniors Committee finalists were Kenny Stabler and Dick Stanfel while Eddie DeBartolo was the contributor finalist.  You can see the full nominations here at the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.  The process took a while and almost smashed the record set back in 2014 when the election committee debated the Class of 2014.

What made the debate take so long? A perusal of the names might give you a clue. Indeed, the debate over Terrell Owens was predictably long.

As is typical, leaks soon emerged and it was clear Eddie DeBartola, the former owner of the San Francisco Forty Niners, was voted in.

His election was the longest debate of the night per Rick Gosselin.

Terrell Owens in typical TO fashion chose to announce his own exclusion early.

Other early announcements included Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison.

Post announcements, players and teams began releasing official statements and we have compiled them below starting with the Packers statement on Favre’s selections.

Here is the release on Favre’s selection by the Green Bay Packers. You can find the full release in print here.

Brett Favre Press Release
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The San Francisco Forty Niners released a 12 page statement detailing DeBartolo’s contributions to the sports. You can find it here.

 

Congratulations to all the selections and to all the finalists for their contributions to the sports we all love. Stay tuned for more coverage of the NFL Honors awards as well as our Super Bowl 50 coverage. You can follow Sharona Sports on twitter at @sportsbysharona and on Instagram at @sharonasports.

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Adrian Peterson named FedEx Ground Player of the Year http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/adrian-peterson-named-fedex-ground-player-year/ http://proplayerinsiders.com/nfl-player-team-news-features/adrian-peterson-named-fedex-ground-player-year/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:36:51 +0000 http://proplayerinsiders.com/?p=162685 Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been named this year’s FedEx Ground Player of the Year this evening at the NFL Honors Award show in San Francisco, CA.

Peterson posted a league-leading 1,485 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, marking the fifth time in his nine NFL seasons he has won the award.

“I just wanted to say its an honor to be voted by the fans as the FedEx Ground Player of the Year,” Peterson said.  “The one thing that I love the most is the donation that they give to the Red Cross in Indianapolis, giving back to the community.  That’s more important than this trophy to me.”

Peterson was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week twice during the 2015 campaign.  The first came in a Vikings win over the Oakland Raiders, 30-14 in which Peterson went off for 203 yards on 26 attempts, including an 80-yard rushing score.

The second came in another win, this time 20-10 over the Atlanta Falcons.  Peterson had 158 yards on 29 carries and added two scores.

The Palestine, Texas, native has won the NFL rushing title three times (‘08, ’12, ’15) in his nine year career. Peterson ranks 17th on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 11,675 career rushing yards (4.9 yards per rush) and has recorded 97 rushing TDs.

The six-time Pro Bowler has been named the FedEx Ground player of the year five times following the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015 seasons and won 16 FedEx Ground Player of the Week awards.

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