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Oakland Raiders Safety Charles Woodson Named Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Winner

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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.

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 Fitzgeraldof the Arizona Cardinals as the inaugural winner of the Art Rooney Award.

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 Martin, Karl Mecklenburg, 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.

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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray Selected To First Pro Bowl

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ALAMEDA, Calif.Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray was named to his first Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Sunday. Murray, who was originally selected as an alternate, replaces Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart, who will be participating in the Super Bowl.

Murray joins teammates S Charles Woodson, FB Marcel Reece, DE Khalil Mack, QB Derek Carr and WR Amari Cooper as selections to the NFL’s all-star game, to be played at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Jan. 31. In December, Murray, Cooper and Carr and were named alternates for the Pro Bowl, and Carr and Cooper were named as replacements last week.

The Raiders’ six Pro Bowl selections mark the team’s most since having six in 1994. The selections that season were WR/KR Tim Brown, G Kevin Gogan, QB Jeff Hostetler, CB Terry McDaniel, DT Chester McGlockton and G Steve Wisniewski. The most Pro Bowl representatives in franchise history came in 1973 and 1974 when the Raiders featured nine Pro Bowlers each year.

Murray became the first Raider since 2010 to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, totaling 1,066 yards on 266 carries (4.0 avg.) and six touchdowns in 2015. His rushing total ranked sixth in the NFL and second among all AFC running backs. The third-year player also ranked third on the team with 41 receptions, totaling 232 yards.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound running back eclipsed the 100-yard mark twice during the campaign, racking up 139 yards on the ground in a Week 3 victory at Cleveland and posting a 113-yard effort in a Week 8 win over the New York Jets at home. He topped 70 yards rushing in a game on five other occasions during the year.

The native of Nedrow, N.Y., was drafted by the Raiders in the sixth round (184th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of UCF. He spent his rookie year on the reserve/injured list before playing in 15 games with three starts in 2014. He finished his second season with 82 carries for 424 yards and two touchdowns, leading the team with a 5.2-yard rushing average.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

San Francisco 49ers Wr Anquan Boldin Named Finalist For Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin was named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide, for the second consecutive year. One of the most prestigious awards in all of sports, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.

Boldin will be available on a conference call on Tuesday, January 26th at 11 a.m. PT. (49ers Conference Call Line – 866-710-5981 – Conference Room Number: 159-231-8300).

Boldin etched his name in the NFL record books multiple times throughout the 2015 season. In Week 16, Boldin recorded his 1,000th career reception becoming one of only 13 players in NFL history to record 1,000-or-more receptions in their career. In addition, Boldin reached 1,000 receptions in 185 games, making him the fifth-fastest player to reach that milestone, and currently ranks 12th in NFL history with 1,009 career receptions. Boldin also became the first player in NFL history to record 50-or-more receptions and at least 600 yards receiving in each of his first 13 NFL seasons. He finished the season with 69 receptions for 789 yards and four touchdowns. Throughout his career, Boldin has been honored with NFL Man of the Year nominations four times by three different teams and has been equally impactful in the community during his 13 years in the NFL.

Boldin is responsible for establishing the Anquan Boldin (Q81) Foundation, which for 12 years has been dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. Through grassroots efforts by Boldin, the foundation has showcased charitable activities in Phoenix, Baltimore, South Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area, developing a niche for awarding scholastic and community achievement in youth, as well as distributing four-year college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. In 2014, the three-time Pro Bowl selection and his wife, Dionne, donated one million dollars to the Q81 Foundation for continued distribution of college scholarships. That same year, the NFLPA awarded Boldin and his foundation $100,000 for winning the prestigious Byron “Whizzer” White Award. Boldin’s foundation was also awarded $25,000, when he was named a 2015 Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award finalist, the only NFL player to be acknowledged.

Furthermore, the 13-year veteran recruits fellow NFL players and celebrities to participate in the annual Q-Festival, a weekend of free entertainment provided to residents and participating fans in his Florida hometown of Palm Beach County, raising more than $100,000 annually. Other seasonal services provided through the foundation include Thanksgiving giveaways, holiday shopping sprees and back-to-school donations.

Boldin’s philanthropic endeavors have also had a global impact. Since 2010, he has worked with Oxfam America, taking two overseas trips to Ethiopia and Senegal and later using his testimony at the White House to lobby Senegalese rights.

Each of the 32 team nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year receives a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice. The two runner-ups will receive an additional $6,000 donation, and the winner will receive a $50,000 donation. Donations will be courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

The winner will be announced during the 5th Annual NFL Honors Awards show, a two-hour primetime special airing nationally on CBS on February 6, the night before Super Bowl 50, from 6-8 p.m. PT at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Winner Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis on Boldin:

“Anquan is a great dude. He’s very genuine and very passionate about helping others. It’s tremendous what he’s doing in the community. The lives he’s been able to impact, it leaves me in awe. I definitely feel that he should win the award. He’s very much deserving. Hopefully he’ll be the recipient of that award this year just based on all the things he’s been able to accomplish.”

San Francisco 49ers WR and 2014 Baltimore Ravens Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Nominee Torrey Smith on Boldin:

“I’m planning on him winning it. I think he should win it. The impact he’s had in Arizona, obviously back home in Florida, in Baltimore and now here. It’s crazy. He’s so spread out. There are not many players that can say that. What Anquan has done is really unique and it’s going to continue to live on longer than his playing days here and I think that says a lot because I think he’s a Hall of Famer.”

Press Release Courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers Media Relations

Raiders Sign Veteran LB Lorenzo Alexander

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Lorenzo Alexander, the club announced Wednesday.

Alexander is entering his ninth NFL season, following stints with the Washington Redskins (2006-12) and Arizona Cardinals (2013-14), and practice squad stops with the Carolina Panthers (2005) and Baltimore Ravens (2006). For his career, Alexander has totaled 111 games played with 16 starts, 154 tackles (95 solo), nine sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and six passes defensed. A standout special teams performer, he has also recorded 94 special teams stops over his career.

The 6-foot-1, 245-pounder was voted as the NFC’s special teams representative for the Pro Bowl after he posted 31 special teams tackles in 2012. On defense that season, Alexander added a career-high 2.5 sacks and 26 tackles (17 solo).

Off the field, Alexander was named the Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominee twice (2010-11) during his tenure with the team. He was also named as the recipient of Washington’s Media Good Guy Award in both 2011 and 2012.

A native of Berkeley, Calif., Alexander attended California, where he was a two-time honorable mention All-Pac 10 selection as a defensive lineman.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived LB Horace Miller.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Linebacker Horace Williams And Resigned Wide Receiver Milton Williams III

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Horace Miller and re-signed WR Milton Williams III.

Miller spent the 2014 season with the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. He originally signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in May 2014 before being waived at the end of training camp. Miller joined the Panthers’ practice squad in October 2014. He spent one week on Carolina’s active roster in December, but did not play in a game. He was waived by the Panthers in April 2015.

Miller played collegiately at UTEP following one year at Louisville. He played in 36 games with 30 starts in three seasons for the Miners and totaled 120 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes defensed.

Williams III re-signs with the team after a brief stint earlier this month. He was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent on May 8 before being waived on May 12. In four seasons at Delaware State, Williams III saw action in 40 games and totaled 126 career receptions for 1,612 yards and 11 touchdowns.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived CB Travell Dixon and WR Austin Hill.

Courtesy of Oakland Raiders Media Relations

The Oakland Raiders Sign Former Carolina Panthers Cornerback James Dockery

March 2013, 2015 3:06 PM PT

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ALAMEDA, California – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent CB James Dockery, the club announced Friday.

Dockery joins the Raiders following stints with the Cleveland Browns (2011) and Carolina Panthers (2012-14). His career totals include 31 games played with two starts, 30 tackles (25 solo) and two passes defensed.

Last season with the Panthers, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder played in seven games and posted 10 tackles (nine solo) after re-signing with the team in October.

The Palm Desert, Califonia, native was originally signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Dockery played in 38 games with 25 starts over four seasons at Oregon State, totaling 106 tackles, six interceptions and 13 passes defensed.

Dockery’s Contract details was undisclosed.

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Dockery grew up in Palm Desert, California, in a family that bled Silver and Black. His uncle, who passed away in 2002 was such a devout member of Raider Nation that he was buried in a Silver and Black casket and a Raiders blanket now rests on his grave.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Dockery after signing his contract. “It’s very personal for me. It’s not just about football. This is about my family and my community, and just an opportunity for a California kid to come back home. This means a lot.”

After playing four seasons at Oregon State, Dockery went undrafted but was signed by the Cleveland Browns in 2011, playing in 12 games before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012.
He then spent the next three seasons as a Panther, appearing in seven games and posting 10 tackles (nine solo) in 2014.
Dockery’s arrival in Silver and Black also allows him to fulfill another dream, a dream of playing with his favorite player growing up, Charles Woodson.

“Woodson is just a guy that in my opinion is the best defensive back,” he said. “He’s very versatile, safety, nickel, corner, and that’s somebody that I’ve tried to model my game after. I told him in the weight room today, don’t push me away because I’m going to be trying to soak up a lot of knowledge while I’m here.”

Dockery is looking forward to a fresh start in Oakland, and is excited about getting on the field and putting the pads back on.

“From a football aspect, [the fans] can expect to see someone that’s going to go out there and compete,” he said. “I’ve never been the biggest, strongest or the fastest guy, but I’ve always been one of the most competitive people that you’ll ever come across, and I intend to bring that here.”

He is also eager to begin working with defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr., and believes that he and the Raiders are a natural fit.

“I think they’re looking for guys that are high quality, high character, smart football players and I think that’s where I fit,” Dockery said. “I was blessed to be a part of a great defense in Carolina and I’m just looking forward to taking what I did over there and trying to bring that here and get this defense in the Top 10.”