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Winner to be Announced at NFL Honors the Night Before Super Bowl LIV

The NFL announced today the 32 nominees for the WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE. Representing the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact, each player was selected as his team’s Man of the Year and is now eligible to win the national award. Considered one of the league’s most prestigious honors, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. First established in 1970, the national award was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back WALTER PAYTON.

“Every day, in cities and towns across America, NFL players give of themselves to make our communities better. This year, as we celebrate our 100th season and the 50th year of the Walter Payton NFL Man of Year Award, NFL players have continued to raise the bar on community engagement and impact,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “The 32 nominees for this year’s award are the best of the best and truly embody the spirit of Walter and his legacy of leaving the world better than he found it.”

For the second year in a row, all 32 team winners will be highlighted as nominees and recognized for their important work during the weekend leading up to Super Bowl LIV.

The 2019 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 1, the eve of Super Bowl LIV on FOX. NFL Honors will be at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami.

All 32 nominees will receive a donation of up to $50,000 in their name to their charity of choice. The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award will receive a $250,000 donation to the charity of their choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide. 

“Nationwide congratulates this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominees,” said Nationwide’s Chief Marketing Officer RAMON JONES. “Year after year, we’re amazed at the amount of time, talent and resources the NFL players give to their communities. This year’s best of the best from each team—these 32 men—recognized a need, took action and energized those around them to do more. It’s our privilege to help share their stories  about making positive differences for  others.” 

Fans are encouraged to participate in Nationwide’s 5th annual Charity Challenge, a social media campaign designed to support and promote team nominees. Fans can vote on Twitter by using #WPMOYChallenge followed by their favorite nominee’s last name. The player whose unique hashtag is used the most between Dec. 12 and Jan. 12 will receive a $25,000 contribution to their charity of choice, while the second and third place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000 donations, all courtesy of Nationwide. Hashtag information and official rules can be found at nfl.com/manoftheyear.

Beginning in 2017, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year trophy silhouette came to life in uniform elements to further recognize past award winners and current nominees. The six current players who have won the award—DREW BREES, THOMAS DAVIS, LARRY FITZGERALD, JASON WITTEN, ELI MANNING and J.J. WATT—continue to wear a Man of the Year patch on their jerseys to recognize their outstanding contributions to the game and to their communities. All 2019 nominees will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal beginning Week 15 and continuing through the end of the season in recognition of their accomplishments on and off the field.

For more information on the nominees and the award, visit NFL.com/manoftheyear.

Below is a list of the 2019 nominees:

TEAMNOMINEE
Arizona CardinalsDavid Johnson
Atlanta FalconsRicardo Allen
Baltimore RavensBrandon Carr
Buffalo BillsLorenzo Alexander
Carolina PanthersCam Newton
Chicago BearsAllen Robinson II
Cincinnati BengalsGiovani Bernard
Cleveland BrownsJarvis Landry
Dallas CowboysTravis Frederick 
Denver BroncosJustin Simmons
Detroit LionsDevon Kennard
Green Bay PackersBlake Martinez
Houston TexansD.J. Reader
Indianapolis ColtsPierre Desir
Jacksonville JaguarsCalais Campbell
Kansas City ChiefsDustin Colquitt
Los Angeles ChargersUchenna Nwosu
Los Angeles RamsAndrew Whitworth
Miami DolphinsDavon Godchaux
Minnesota VikingsKyle Rudolph
New England PatriotsKyle Van Noy
New Orleans SaintsTerron Armstead
New York GiantsNate Solder
New York JetsJonotthan Harrison
Oakland RaidersTahir Whitehead
Philadelphia EaglesMalcolm Jenkins
Pittsburgh SteelersMaurkice Pouncey
San Francisco 49ersRichard Sherman
Seattle SeahawksBobby Wagner
Tampa Bay BuccaneersMike Evans
Tennessee TitansBen Jones
Washington RedskinsNick Sundberg

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

EIGHT FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

— WINNER TO BE REVEALED AT NFL HONORS BEFORE SUPER BOWL LIV —

The eight finalists for the 2019 ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD have been named, the NFL announced today. The finalists, featuring four players from each conference, are defensive lineman CALAIS CAMPBELL (Jacksonville), linebacker THOMAS DAVIS, SR. (Los Angeles Chargers), wide receiver T.Y. HILTON (Indianapolis) and wide receiver MATTHEW SLATER (New England) in the AFC, and running back ADRIAN PETERSON (Washington), quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD (Detroit), tackle JOE STALEY (San Francisco) and safety ERIC WEDDLE (Los Angeles Rams) in the NFC. 

Staley is a finalist for the fifth consecutive season, while Campbell and Weddle are finalists for the second straight year. Slater, who is a finalist for the first time, has been nominated for the past three years, and Hilton received nominations in 2017 and 2019. Davis, Sr., Peterson and Stafford are all first-time nominees in 2019. 

2019 ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD FINALISTS
NOMINEETEAMCONFERENCE
DL Calais CampbellJacksonville JaguarsAFC
LB Thomas Davis, SrLos Angeles ChargersAFC
WR T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis ColtsAFC
RB Adrian PetersonWashington RedskinsNFC
WR Matthew SlaterNew England PatriotsAFC
QB Matthew StaffordDetroit LionsNFC
T Joe StaleySan Francisco 49ersNFC
S Eric WeddleLos Angeles RamsNFC

Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players around the league who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field. The award was created in 2014 in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer ART ROONEY, SR.

A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community selected the eight finalists from the 32 nominees. The panel is comprised of WARRICK DUNNCURTIS MARTINKARL MECKLENBURG and LEONARD WHEELER. The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category when players begin voting today.

The winner of the NFL Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. From the eight finalists, each team’s players will submit a consensus vote of their choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.

The award is presented each year to an NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition.

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
YEARPLAYERTEAM
2018QB Drew BreesNew Orleans Saints 
2017LB Luke KuechlyCarolina Panthers
2016RB Frank GoreIndianapolis Colts
2015CB Charles WoodsonOakland Raiders
2014WR Larry FitzgeraldArizona Cardinals

The winner, selected by the vote of the players, will be announced during the nationally televised NFL Honors show on Saturday, February 1 on FOX, the night before Super Bowl LIV. He will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice. He will also receive a trophy that 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 players at all levels.​​

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

Oakland Raiders To Host Rams For Joint Training Camp Practices

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders will host the Los Angeles Rams for two joint practice sessions as part of the team’s 2019 Training Camp schedule, the team announced Monday.

The Raiders and Rams will practice on Wednesday, Aug. 7 and Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Silver and Black’s training camp home in Napa, Calif. The Raiders will then host the Rams in the preseason opener for both teams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m.

It marks the second-straight season that the Raiders have hosted a visiting team at training camp, as the Silver and Black welcomed the Detroit Lions to Napa Valley last summer.

The remainder of the Raiders’ training camp schedule, including specific dates and times, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders 2019 Preseason Opponents Announced

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders’ 2019 preseason schedule features a nationally-televised ESPN contest against the Arizona Cardinals and games against the Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, the National Football League announced Tuesday.

Week/Date   Opponent                Time (PT)       Broadcast

1                      Los Angeles Rams        TBA                 KTVU (Bay Area)/KVVU (Las Vegas)

Thu., Aug. 15  at Arizona Cardinals    5:00 p.m.         ESPN

3                      vs. Green Bay Packers TBA                 KTVU (Bay Area)/KVVU (Las Vegas)

4                      at Seattle Seahawks    TBA                 KTVU (Bay Area)/KVVU (Las Vegas)

The Silver and Black will open the preseason with a home contest against the Los Angeles Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, marking the third consecutive preseason that the two clubs have squared off. 

The Raiders will then travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals for a contest televised nationally on ESPN. It will mark the fourth time in the last five years that the two teams have met in preseason action, while also being the third consecutive such meeting with the Cardinals on the road. 

In preseason Week 3, the Raiders will take on the Green Bay Packers at a to be announced neutral site. It represents the fourth time in six seasons that the Raiders and Packers have met in the preseason and it will be the Silver and Black’s first neutral site preseason contest since participating in the 2006 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio

Oakland will wrap up its slate against the Seahawks for the 14th straight year, as the team will travel to Seattle to close out the preseason for the 10th time since 2006. 

Further broadcast information, times and specific dates will be announced at a later date.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders’ TE Jared Cook Named Ed Block Courage Award Winner

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook has been selected as the Raiders’ 2018 Ed Block Courage Award recipient. 

The Ed Block Courage Award is presented to the player who exemplifies a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Additionally, the award recognizes a player’s efforts on and off the field, as well as their ability to overcome great adversity. The recipient is selected by a vote of his teammates.

Cook, who came to Oakland as a free agent prior to the 2017 campaign, has emerged as a top weapon on the Raiders’ offense this season. Through Week 12, Cook leads the team in receiving yards (609), touchdowns (five) and ranks second on the team in receptions (47). 

Cook started the 2018 season off strong, racking up 180 yards on nine catches in the season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. The 180 yards set a Raiders franchise record and tied for the sixth-highest total by a tight end in NFL history. In a Week 4 win over Cleveland, Cook hauled in eight passes for 110 yards with two touchdowns. Six of his eight catches against the Browns went for first downs and his second touchdown tied the game with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation. His performance was part of a historical effort for the Silver and Black, as the Raiders produced a 100-yard receiver, 100-yard rusher and a 400-yard passer for the first time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. He tied a single-season career high with his fifth touchdown reception of 2018 last week, as a one-handed effort at Baltimore cut the Ravens’ lead to three points in the third quarter.

In 2017, his first year with the Raiders, Cook started all 16 games and led the team with 688 receiving yards on a career-high 54 receptions while adding two touchdowns. His yardage total marked the sixth-highest among NFL tight ends. 

Cook joined the Silver and Black after playing one season with Green Bay, seeing action in 10 games and posting 30 receptions for 377 yards with one touchdown. He played in all three postseason games for the Packers, tying for the team lead with 18 receptions for 229 yards, which were both top marks by a Packers tight end in a single postseason, including a memorable 35-yard reception against the Dallas Cowboys to set up the game-winning field goal in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

He played three seasons with St. Louis Rams from 2013-15, appearing in all 48 games and topping 50 receptions twice, while establishing a career high in 2013 with five touchdown catches. Cook, who attended South Carolina, started his NFL career with the Tennessee Titans after the club selected him in the third round (89th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Derek Carr was the Raiders’ Ed Block Courage Award recipient in 2017.

The Ed Block Courage Award annually honors one player from each NFL team. The award has become one of the most esteemed honors bestowed upon a player in the NFL, primarily because his selection is based upon a vote of his peers.

The Ed Block Courage Award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts, who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian. In 1989, the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation formulated the Courage House National Support Network for Kids.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Preseason Opponents Announced

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders’ preseason schedule will feature home games against the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks, with road contests at the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys, the National Football League announced Monday.

Dates                    Opponent                        Time

Aug. 10-14               @ Arizona Cardinals              TBA

Aug. 17-21                LOS ANGELES RAMS            TBA

Aug. 24-27                 @ Dallas Cowboys                  TBA

Aug. 31-Sept. 1        SEATTLE SEAHAWKS          TBA

The Raiders will open the preseason at the Arizona Cardinals for the second consecutive season. It will be the third straight year playing the Cardinals, as Arizona traveled to Oakland in 2015 before last year’s game in Arizona. The Raiders’ second game will be a home contest against the Los Angeles Rams, marking the first game between the two teams since the Rams moved back to Los Angeles.

 The Silver and Black will then play on the road for their third preseason game, travelling to Dallas in the preseason for the first time since 2010. Oakland will finish up its preseason slate against the Seattle Seahawks for the 12th straight season. Eight of those 12 games to close the preseason have come in Seattle, but this is the third time in four years – and second consecutive season – that the Raiders will host the Seahawks in Oakland.

All games will be broadcast locally on the Raiders radio flagship, 95.7 The GAME, and its affiliate stations.

Preseason times and specific dates will be announced at a later date.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations