As of last Sunday in New Orleans, the book has been officially closed on the 2012 NFL season. The league now turns its attention to the draft, but there are important steps along the way for front offices and the prospects themselves. First, the NFL Scouting Combine will be held in Indianapolis, where 333 prospects have been invited to showcase their athleticism.
Combine workout schedule:
Saturday, Feb. 23: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams
Sunday, Feb. 24: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
Monday, Feb. 25: Defensive linemen, linebackers
Tuesday, Feb. 26: Defensive backs
After that, team executives hit the road and travel around the country to college campuses to check out this year’s talent pool.
March 1: Purdue, Texas-El Paso
March 4: Alabama-Birmingham, Alcorn, Minnesota, North Dakota State, Troy
March 5: Alabama State, Auburn, Buffalo, Jackson State, Northwestern, Southern Mississippi, Youngstown State
March 6: Alabama A&M, Mississippi State, North Alabama, South Florida, Wisconsin
March 7: Arizona, Central Arkansas, Clemson, Furman, Illinois, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Syracuse, Washington State
March 8: Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Montana, TCU, Texas A&M
March 11: California (Pa.), Penn State
March 12: Delaware State, Florida, Jacksonville State, Lehigh, Towson, Sacramento State, UCLA
March 13: Alabama, Colorado, Colorardo State, Louisiana-Monroe, Marshall, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Rutgers
March 14: Georgia Tech, Tulsa, UNLV, West Alabama
March 18: Air Force, Howard, Valdosta State
March 19: Florida A&M, Florida State, Louisville, Richmond (with Liberty), Virginia
March 20: Ball State, Central Florida, Connecticut, North Carolina State, Tennessee
March 21: Boise State, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Kentucky, Stanford
March 22: Missouri Western, Tennessee State, Vanderbilt
March 25: Middle Tennessee State
March 26: McNeese State, North Carolina Central, Texas
March 27: LSU, Louisiana Tech, SMU
March 28: BYU, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, Yale
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For the running back, it was an opportunity to win two Super Bowls with the team that drafted him. For the defensive tackle, it doesn’t get much better than hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in his hometown.
While Bradshaw will be remembered for his go-ahead touchdown with 57 seconds remaining in Super Bowl XLVI, it was whom he did it with that stands out for the 26-year-old.
“It’s one thing with the Giants, they just have one of the greatest organizations and I can vouch for that,” Bradshaw told WFAN’s Mike Francesa. “So, like I say, I’m definitely going to remember the guys I did it with – not only just the moments I had individually — but it was a blast.”
Meanwhile, wherever Canty takes his career, the Bronx native relished his time with the New York fans.
“I’m just thankful for the opportunity when I came here in 2009 to join this organization and play in my hometown and win a Super Bowl here,” Canty said on ESPN’s “The Michael Kay Show” on Wednesday. “And it’s a great city, great fans, it was a great experience.”
He added: “New York will always be home. New York will always be home for me. This is where it all started for me. It was a great opportunity for me to play here, I won a championship here, so New York will always be [home].”
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Even before the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII, comparisons were being made with the 2011 Giants as teams of destiny. Naturally, the talk involved their two quarterbacks, and it has only continued since Joe Flacco replaced Eli Manning as defending Super Bowl MVP.
That is why NFL.com has posed the question: Who had the better championship performance – Manning or Flacco? It was broken down into “Pregame Pressure” and “In-Game Performance.”
Here is what NFL.com had to say about the quarterbacks:
Eli Manning, Super Bowl XLVI
Giants 21, Patriots 17
30-for-40, 296 YD, 1 TD, 0 INT
“Eli Manning entered Super Bowl XLVI with the opportunity of a lifetime. If he could beat Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in the Super Bowl for the second time in five years, he’d cement his legacy as a New York sports icon and possibly even reserve a ticket to the Hall of Fame. Those who are into all that talk about “elite” status (not my bag) noted that a win would induct him into that club, as well. If Manning and the New York Giants had gone down in flames in their rematch with the New England Patriots, however, it would have fueled talk that Super Bowl XLII had been a fluke.
“Manning was as cool as ever against the Patriots. You have to have nerves of steel to start a game of this magnitude with nine straight completions, a Super Bowl record. More importantly, he directed the nine-play, 88-yard touchdown drive that put the Giants ahead for good with 57 seconds to go. Manning finished 30-of-40 for 296 yards with one touchdown pass and zero interceptions, winning his second Super Bowl MVP award in five years.”
Joe Flacco, Super Bowl XLVII
Ravens 34, 49ers 31
22-for-33, 287 YD, 3 TD, 0 INT
“Joe Flacco entered Super Bowl XLVII on the precipice of greatness. Three playoff wins had significantly boosted his credentials and ensured he’d receive a huge payday from the Baltimore Ravens. But Flacco still needed one more win to put a stamp on one of the greatest postseason runs by a quarterback in NFL history. If Flacco had struggled against the San Francisco 49ers, his earlier conquests would have been largely forgotten. Flacco had started something, but now he had to finish it.
“You know how a 16-bit player turned into a ball of fire when he was going off in NBA Jam? That was Flacco on Sunday night. Every throw he made — even the throws he shouldn’t have made — were right on target. He finished 22-of-33 for 287 yards and three touchdowns, capping a postseason in which his touchdown-to-interception margin stood at a god-like 11-0. Flacco was named Super Bowl MVP, a well-earned honor for a quarterback who had made the leap.”
Who do you think had the better overall performance?
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February 9-10 — Regional Combine, Orange Coast College-Lebard Stadium, Los Angeles, California
February 16 — Regional Combine, Methodist Training Center (Texans), Houston, Texas
February 17 — Regional Combine, Cleveland Browns Training Facility, Cleveland, Ohio
February 20-26 — Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 2-3 – Regional Combine, Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility, New York/New Jersey
March 9 — Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida
March 10 — Regional Combine, Halas Hall (Bears), Chicago, Illinois
March 9-11 — Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will be Unrestricted Free Agents at the end of the current League Year.
March 12 — Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.
March 12 — Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit Qualifying Offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
March 12 — Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.
March 12 — All 2012 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
March 12 — Top-51 Begins. All clubs must be under the Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.
March 12 — The 2013 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.
March 12 — Trading period begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, for 2013 after expiration of all 2012
March 16-17 — Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Atlanta, Georgia
March 17-20 — Annual League Meeting, The Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona.
March 23-24 — Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center (Seahawks), Seattle, Washington
March 23-24 — Regional Combine, Baltimore Ravens Training Facility, Baltimore, Maryland
April 7-8 — Super Regional Combine, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas
April 25-27 — NFL Draft, New York City, New York
May 20-22 — NFL Spring League Meeting, Hyatt-Harborside, Boston, Massachusetts.
September 5, 8-9 — NFL Kickoff 2013
*Dates subject to change
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The NFL Network is asking fans to vote for the top 25 episodes of “America’s Game” to be aired beginning on February 9, 2013 at 8PM ET.
Chronicling every Super Bowl season, “America’s Game” has looked at the Giants’ four titles through the eyes of notable coaches and players. Here’s a look at the Giants’ features:
1986: Bill Parcells, Phil Simms, and Lawrence Taylor (Narrated by Laurence Fishburne)
1990: Otis Anderson, Jeff Hostetler, and Carl Banks (Narrated by Alec Baldwin)
2007: Eli Manning, Michael Strahan, and Tom Coughlin (Narrated by James Gandolfini)
2011: Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Victor Cruz, and Tom Coughlin (Narrated by Alec Baldwin)
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“Mayhem in the Meadowlands” is inviting CrossFit affiliates, CrossFitters and all other athletes to compete in a “football” themed CrossFit challenge at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. This is a CrossFit event for ATHLETES OF ALL LEVELS–BEGINNERS TO ADVANCED.
From the Weekend Warrior to the Elite Athlete… everybody is welcome! This is an opportunity for everyone to compete on the turf in MetLife Stadium where the NY Giants and the NY Jets kick off every Sunday!
Due to the nature of the stadium and its connection with the NFL, the event will be themed around the College/NFL Combine. This is a new and unique approach to the CrossFit workout that adds an additional component of football exercises.
This combination of CrossFit and football is a new twist and will be fun for the football fan and CrossFit athlete alike. Read more »
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To memorialize one of New Jersey’s most innovative entrepreneurs, Senators Diane Allen and Dawn Marie Addiego (both R-Burlington) announced that they are introducing on Monday a resolution honoring NFL Films pioneer Steve Sabol.
“Steve Sabol inspired the finest cinematic reflection of any sport and left nothing on the field,” Allen said. “His innovative filmmaking documented the intellect, emotion and humanity in America’s most aggressive and popular sport.”
“Steve Sabol’s ingenuity, artistic brilliance and endless commitment to creating history are celebrated across the country and around the world,” Addiego added. “He is a pride of Burlington County whose legacy will surely be continued by NFL Films, with their coverage of this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII and beyond.”
NFL Films is located in Mount Laurel and has grown over the decades to employ some 250 people and boast the world’s largest sports film library.
“Steve Sabol was a creative genius who changed the way we look at football and sports,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “This is a great honor that I know Steve would proudly share with all of his colleagues at NFL Films headquarters in Mount Laurel.” Read more »
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