Steve Weatherford’s reaction to winning the NFC Championship Game in San Francisco will forever be remembered thanks to NFL Films. Now the punter, who’s never been shy around a camera, will head to its headquarters in Mt. Laurel, N.J., to learn how it all works, taking part in the seventh annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp.
Twenty-four current and former NFL players, including wide receiver Ramses Barden and former Giants Jeff Feagles and Michael Clayton, will work hands-on in areas such as tape study, editing, production, and field reporting. Directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL Broadcasting departments, the program will take place June 17-20 with instructors from each of the NFL’s broadcast partners – CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, Dial Global Radio, plus local radio and TV.
“This boot camp is more than an introduction to the many facets of the sports broadcasting industry,” Senior Vice President of NFL Player Engagement Troy Vincent said. “It is a hands-on, demanding course for current and former players who seek a career in broadcasting after their NFL playing experience.”
Of the 128 players who participated in the boot camp in the last five years, 48 have earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program. Enrollment criteria for the Broadcast Boot Camp include NFL playing experience, essays, and demonstrated interest in media.
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California natives Ramses Barden and Justin Tryon have been selected to attend the second annual “NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp” at Universal Studios this month in Los Angeles.
The wide receiver and cornerback will join 20 other current and former NFL players for a four-day boot camp offering a comprehensive overview of creative disciplines in the film industry, including screen writing, directing, producing and film financing.
“We are excited to continue providing opportunities for active and former players to explore and develop valuable professional contacts in a wide range of career fields,” said Troy Vincent, senior vice president of NFL Player Engagement.
“We are excited to work with the NFL on the second Pro Hollywood Boot Camp, which exposes players to life beyond the field, “said Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life Inc., which created the Pro Hollywood initiative. “Pro Hollywood was designed to provide an in-depth overview of the film business as well as a mentorship program for those who come out of it serious about building a career in film.”
The program, which runs from March 11-15, is being directed by NFL Player Engagement and the New York-based production company Film Life Inc., and participants will have the opportunity to shoot and edit a short film at Universal Studios. NFL Player Engagement now offers current and former players 10 training programs for post-NFL careers, including the NFL Business of Music Boot Camp, which Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin attended last year.
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14:19 — Giants are unable to convert a fourth-and-4, turning the ball over on downs.
11:39 — Andre Brown rushes up the left sideline for 17 yards, the Giants’ longest play of the game.
10:55 — Manning gets strip-sacked and Cincinnati recovers on New York’s 41.
8:08 — Ramses Barden hauls in his second catch for 10 yards. Before today, Barden hadn’t caught a pass since Week 4.
2:50 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Andre Brown leaps in for his seventh touchdown of the season. XP is GOOD. CINCINNATI 31, NEW YORK 13 (Drive: 13 plays, 98 yards in 5:22)
*Brown has 65 yards on seven attempts.
FINAL: BENGALS 31, GIANTS 13
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Every Friday, we’re asking some Giants players what’s playing in their headphones. This is what they had to say this week before they travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers:
WR Ramses Barden
Nas – ‘Hero’
“I started listening to it during my senior year at Cal Poly and that’s just how I felt. I wanted to embody that hero persona for my teammates when I was in college.”
LS Zak DeOssie
Y.N. Rich Kids – ‘Hot Cheetos and Takis’
“It’s just a fantastic song. I love Cheetos and I don’t know what Takis are…but I’m very interested in finding out what they are.”
LB Mark Herzlich
Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean – ‘Clique’
“That song, Clique by Kanye. I love that.”
G Mitch Petrus
Vikings of the North Atlantic (Mitch’s band) – ‘We Were Dreamers’
“I guess I’m partial to my band, and I like that song, it’s my favorite song. It’s a little bit of my own creation, so that’s why I’m proud of it.”
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15:00 — Giants begin the fourth quarter on the Eagles’ 10.
*Manning throws an interception in the end zone.
9:29 — FIELD GOAL EAGLES. Henery makes 35-yard attempt (Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards in 5:24). EAGLES 16, GIANTS 10
8:42 — Ramses Barden catches a 31-yard pass over the from Eli Manning to the Eagles’ 49.
8:01 — Domenik Hixon follows up with a 41-yard catch-and-run
6:49 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Eli Manning 6-yard pass to Bear Pascoe in the end zone. XP is GOOD (Drive: 5 plays, 83 yards in 2:40). GIANTS 17, EAGLES 16
2:00 — Eagles have the ball on the Giants’ 4 on second down.
1:53 — Osi Umenyiora sacks Michael Vick for a loss of 6 yards, setting up fourth down.
1:52 — FIELD GOAL EAGLES. Henery makes 26-yard attempt (Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards in 4:56). EAGLES 19, GIANTS 17
*Giants begin drive on own 35.
0:15 — Lawrence Tynes misses 54-yard field goal attempt.
FINAL: EAGLES 19, GIANTS 17
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It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time to vote for the NFL’s weekly awards. Once again, a Giants player is nominated after Eli Manning was named the “FedEx Air Player of the Week” and recognized for the “Never Say Never Moment of the Week” following his 510 yards in a comeback victory against Tampa Bay.
But Week 3 was all about running back Andre Brown, who rushed 20 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns as the Giants defeated the Panthers 36-7 on the road. Making his first career start, Brown’s primetime performance on Thursday night has him nominated for the “Ground Player of the Week.”
Other nominees: Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) and Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars).
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Following the Giants’ 36-7 win in Carolina, it’s time to vote for the Giants “Extra Effort” Player of the Game. Along with Eli Manning, a pair of first-time starters, Ramses Barden and Andre Brown, boosted the offense to a quick lead and took off from there.
Here are this week’s candidates and a look at their performances:
QB Eli Manning
27/35, 288 YDS, 1 TD, 0 INT, 110.2 RTG
Taking the opening drive 80 yards on eight plays – capped by a 14-yard touchdown to Martellus Bennett – Manning’s performance on Thursday night was as efficient as they come. Completing all but seven of 35 passes, Manning led the offense to scoring drives on eight of its 10 possessions. VOTE NOW
WR Ramses Barden
9 REC, 138 YDS (15.3 AVG), 23 LG, 10 TGTS
In all of 2011, Barden totaled nine receptions for 94 yards. He eclipsed those numbers in one game as he stepped up in place of injured Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon. While he would not find the end zone, Barden led the team in all other receiving categories, including 10 targets. VOTE NOW
RB Andre Brown
20 CAR, 113 YDS (5.7 AVG), 2 TD, 3 REC, 17 YDS
Making his first career start in his home state of North Carolina, Brown received the opportunity he’s been waiting for since coming into the NFL in 2009. He powered the Giants’ rushing attack with 113 yards on 20 carries for an impressive 5.7-yard average. He also had two touchdowns from the goal line and added three catches for 17 yards out of the backfield. VOTE NOW
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0:00 — GIANTS 20, PANTHERS 0
1:29 — Jayron Hosley intercepts Cam Newton.
3:17 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 49-yarder, the longest of his season. NEW YORK 20, CAROLINA 0 (Drive: 11 plays, 57 yards in 5:59)
6:45 — With that 23-yard catch, Barden eclipses the century mark in the first half with 107 yards.
9:49 — Osi Umenyiora sacks Newton for a loss of nine yards. It was Umenyioa’s first of the year.
11:57 — Pierre-Paul bats down another Newton pass. Newton is 1/6 for 23 yards so far.
12:08 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Giants capitalize on the goal line as Brown pushes in for a one-yard score. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 17, CAROLINA 0 (Drive: 9 plays, 72 yards in 4:39)
13:50 — Barden picks up his fourth catch of the night, totaling 63 yards. Barden one of many capitalizing on opportunities early in the game.
15:00 — Giants will begin the second quarter with the ball on the Carolina 45.
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0:00 — GIANTS 10, PANTHERS 0 (key stat: Giants offense has gained 158 yards to Panthers’ 56)
3:50 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 47-yarder. NEW YORK 10, CAROLINA 0 (drive: 9 plays, 51 yards in 4:44)
*Tynes is a perfect 6/6 on the season.
4:36 — Manning showing his precision and begins 9 for 10 passing, including rookie Rueben Randle’s first catch of his career (a 4-yard gain).
8:30 — FB Henry Hynoski clears the way for Brown, who powers for another 16 yards on the ground.
9:13 — Jason Pierre-Paul takes down Cam Newton on third down as the quarterback was trying to get to the left edge, forcing the Panthers to punt.
11:42 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. TE Martellus Bennett catches a 14-yard pass in the end zone from Manning. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 7, CAROLINA 0 (drive: 8 plays, 80 yards in 3:22)
13:21 — RB Brown, starting in place of Ahmad Bradshaw breaks an arm tackle and breaks down the sideline for 31 yards. First-time starters on offense are making the most of it so far.
14:26 — With the receiving corps banged up, WR Ramses Barden hauls in an early catch for an eight-yard gain.
15:00 — Game Day Captains: CB Corey Webster and G Kevin Boothe in addition to season captains QB Eli Manning, DE Justin Tuck and LS Zak DeOssie. Giants win coin toss, elect to receive. Panthers elect to defend the west goal.
This week’s game will be the seventh regular season meeting between the two teams, with the series tied, 3-3. In the last meeting, the Giants defeated the Panthers, 31-18, in Week 1 of the 2010 season in the first regular season game in MetLife Stadium.
Kickoff: 8:20 P.M. ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
TV: NFL Network/WPIX 11
Weather: Scattered clouds. Warm. 77 °F, Wind: 3.45 mph/N
Tags: Andre Brown, Corey Webster, Henry Hynoski, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jayron Hosley, Kevin Boothe, Lawrence Tynes, Martellus Bennett, Ramses Barden, Rueben Randle
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When you see the stat line of 10 catches for 199 yards, you don’t automatically think of a gritty performance. However, that’s what wide receiver Hakeem Nicks showed on Sunday as he played through the pain associated with his recuperation from a broken foot and posted a career day en route to a Giants’ victory.
Antrel Rolle, who has been Nicks’ teammate since 2010 and once faced him in 2009 when Rolle played for Arizona, thought it was his best performance. And it didn’t have anything to do with personal records.
“I think Hakeem probably played one of his best games as a Giant,” Rolle said. “Just his attitude, I saw the hunger in his eye before we even stepped out on the field today. He knew that he had something in him today – that he was going to go out there and be dominant. That’s exactly what he was. He was a dominant force for us.”
Playing alongside Nicks since they were drafted together by the Giants in 2009, Ramses Barden agreed it was one of his best performances. He also knew what the day meant for Nicks with Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan on the other sideline. Sullivan was their wide receivers coach when they came into the league before becoming the Giants’ quarterbacks coach (2010-11) and then taking the job in Tampa over the offseason.
“It’s hard to say ‘best,’ with that guy,” Barden, who began the final go-ahead drive on Sunday with a 24-yard catch, said of Nicks. “Because he’s talented and he’s done some special things for us in the last several years. But it’s definitely a memorable one, especially with Hakeem’s relationship with Mike…I think it holds some special weight with him, and it would anybody.”
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