The 2012 NFL season was the 93rd regular season of the National Football League, began on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, with the defending Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys in the 2012 NFL Kickoff game at MetLife Stadium, and ended with Super Bowl XLVII, the league's championship game, on Sunday, February 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, with the Jim Harbaugh-coached San Francisco 49ers facing the John Harbaugh-coached Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens won 34-31. Super Bowl XLVII marked the first time two brothers were head coaches for opposing teams in the championship game.
|2012 National Football League season|
|Duration||September 5 – December 30, 2012|
|Start date||January 5, 2013|
|AFC Champions||Baltimore Ravens|
|NFC Champions||San Francisco 49ers|
|Super Bowl XLVII|
|Date||February 3, 2013|
|Site||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Date||January 27, 2013|
|Site||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii|
In 2005, the NFL and NFL Referees Association agreed to a contract that would last through the 2011 season. In 2011, the officials' union had planned to use a contract clause to reopen negotiations a year early, but this failed to occur due to the 2011 NFL lockout.
By June 2012, the league and the officials' union had not yet come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, thus failing to resolve the labor dispute. The main issues between the union and the league were changes to the retirement plan, salaries, and personnel. On June 4, 2012, the NFL announced it would begin hiring replacement officials.
On September 26, 2012, an agreement was reached to end the lockout after increasing criticism of the NFL and the performance of the replacement officials. The contentious nature of the replacement officials' decision at the end of the Green Bay Packers–Seattle Seahawks game two days earlier was widely considered to have been the tipping point that finally led to an agreement. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged that the game "may have pushed the parties further along" in negotiations.
The league announced on June 28 that all late Sunday doubleheader games will be moved ten minutes later from 4:15 p.m. ET to 4:25 p.m. Late games broadcast on the single game network will still remain at 4:05 p.m. The league cited 44 early games from the 2009 to 2011 seasons in which part of the audience had to be switched immediately to the kickoff of their home team's doubleheader game, and thus miss the end of the first game. The 4:15 p.m. late doubleheader kickoff time dates back to the 1998 season when the NFL moved it from 4:05 p.m. for the same reason.
Highlights of the 2012 schedule include:
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game was played August 5 and featured a match-up between the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans last appeared in the game in 2007; former Saints offensive tackle Willie Roaf was inducted as part of the Hall of Fame ceremonies. The Cardinals played there for the first time since 1986, when the franchise was still located in St. Louis. As with the originally announced 2011 game, this matchup broke from the game's usual tradition of featuring two teams from opposing conferences (the 2011 Hall of Fame Game would've featured the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams, but the game was canceled due to the 2011 NFL lockout). The game, normally airing on NBC, instead aired this season on NFL Network due to NBC airing the 2012 Summer Olympics, as it had done in 2007. The Saints defeated the Cardinals, 17–10. The remainder of the 2012 preseason matchups were revealed on April 4.
The November 11 game between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams ended in a rare tied game, with each team scoring 24 points, none in the overtime period. Prior to this, the last tie game had been in 2008.
The 2013 Pro Bowl was held in Hawaii on January 27, 2013, after New Orleans was briefly considered as a site. Originally, the NFL delayed announcing a date or venue for the game, and even considered eliminating the game altogether due to the NFL's displeasure with the quality of play in the 2012 Pro Bowl.
The following games were rescheduled by the NFL using flexible scheduling to promote what the NFL deems to be its best games, typically because of their playoff implications:
|2[a]||New England Patriots||East||12||4||0||.750||6–0||11–1||557||331||226||W2|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|8[c]||San Diego Chargers||West||7||9||0||.438||4–2||7–5||350||350||0||W2|
|11[d][e]||New York Jets||East||6||10||0||.375||2–4||4–8||281||375||-94||L3|
|16[f]||Kansas City Chiefs||West||2||14||0||.125||0–6||0–12||211||425||-214||L4|
|2||San Francisco 49ers||West||11||4||1||.735||3–2–1||7–4–1||397||273||124||W1|
|3||Green Bay Packers||North||11||5||0||.688||5–1||8–4||433||336||97||L1|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|8||New York Giants||East||9||7||0||.563||3–3||8–4||429||344||85||W1|
|10||St. Louis Rams||West||7||8||1||.469||4–1–1||6–5–1||299||348||-49||L1|
|12[b][c]||New Orleans Saints||South||7||9||0||.438||3–3||5–7||461||454||7||L1|
|13[b][c]||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||7||9||0||.438||3–3||4–8||389||394||-5||W1|
Within each conference, the four division winners and the two wild card teams (the top two non-division winners with the best overall regular season records) qualified for the playoffs. The four division winners are seeded 1 through 4 based on their overall won-lost-tied record, and the wild card teams are seeded 5 and 6. The NFL does not use a fixed bracket playoff system, and there are no restrictions regarding teams from the same division matching up in any round. In the first round, dubbed the wild-card playoffs or wild-card weekend, the third-seeded division winner hosts the sixth seed wild card, and the fourth seed hosts the fifth. The 1 and 2 seeds from each conference then receive a bye in the first round. In the second round, the divisional playoffs, the number 1 seed hosts the worst surviving seed from the first round (seed 4, 5 or 6), while the number 2 seed will play the other team (seed 3, 4 or 5). The two surviving teams from each conference's divisional playoff games then meet in the respective AFC and NFC Conference Championship games, hosted by the higher seed. Although the Super Bowl, the fourth and final round of the playoffs, is played at a neutral site, the designated home team is based on an annual rotation by conference.
|1||Denver Broncos (West winner)||Atlanta Falcons (South winner)|
|2||New England Patriots (East winner)||San Francisco 49ers (West winner)|
|3||Houston Texans (South winner)||Green Bay Packers (North winner)|
|4||Baltimore Ravens (North winner)||Washington Redskins (East winner)|
|5||Indianapolis Colts (wild card)||Seattle Seahawks (wild card)|
|6||Cincinnati Bengals (wild card)||Minnesota Vikings (wild card)|
|Jan. 6 – M&T Bank Stadium||Jan. 12 – Sports Authority Field at Mile High|
|4||Baltimore||24||Jan. 20 – Gillette Stadium|
|Jan. 5 – Reliant Stadium||4||Baltimore||28|
|Jan. 13 – Gillette Stadium|
|3||Houston||19||Feb. 3 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
|Wild card playoffs|
|Jan. 5 – Lambeau Field||A4||Baltimore||34|
|Jan. 12 – Candlestick Park|
|6||Minnesota||10||Super Bowl XLVII|
|3||Green Bay||24||Jan. 20 – Georgia Dome|
|Jan. 6 – FedExField||2||San Francisco||28|
|Jan. 13 – Georgia Dome|
On December 14, 2011, the NFL announced that the Thanksgiving night game will move from the NFL Network to NBC effective the 2012 season. All of the other aforementioned Thursday night games will be televised on the NFL Network.
Also on that day, the league extended their contracts with their TV broadcasters through 2022, although many of the new provisions (such as expanding flexible scheduling to allow the shifting of AFC and NFC games between CBS and Fox; and NBC giving up one of its two wild card playoff games in exchange for a divisional round game) did not take effect until 2014.
ESPN made a cut to its Monday Night Football broadcasts, removing Ron Jaworski from the broadcast booth and moving to a two-man announcing crew; Mike Tirico will continue on play-by-play while Jon Gruden continues as the sole color commentator. One year prior, the network had switched from two sideline reporters to one.
The 2013 Pro Bowl will be televised on NBC. Under the current rotating TV contract, the network that broadcasts the Super Bowl will also broadcast the same year's Pro Bowl. CBS, the network broadcasting the 2013 Super Bowl, withdrew from the game and will not air it at all.
The NFL authorized a new rule loosening the league's blackout restrictions during the 2012 offseason. For the first time in NFL history, the new rule will no longer require a stadium to be sold out to televise a game; instead, teams will be allowed to set a benchmark anywhere from 85 to 100 percent of the stadium's non-premium seats. Any seats sold beyond that benchmark will be subject to heavier revenue sharing. Four clubs opted to set the lower TV threshold: the Miami Dolphins, the Minnesota Vikings, the Oakland Raiders, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At least four other teams expressly refused to lower their threshold; one case, that of the Buffalo Bills, was particularly controversial, as Buffalo congressman Brian Higgins had lobbied for the loosening of the blackout restrictions only for the Bills to rebuff his efforts, saying such a move would threaten the team's revenue.
The league is also attempting to reduce blackouts by improving the fan experience at each stadium. This includes displaying on each stadium's Jumbotron the same video that referees see during each instant replay review, and relaxing all rules regarding crowd noise.
The following rule changes have been approved by the competition committee for the 2012 season:
In 2012, the New Orleans Saints were discovered to have run a "slush fund" under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, that paid out bonuses, called "bounties", to purposely injure offensive players that the Saints were playing against. The system was known to have operated during Williams's time in Buffalo and Washington. Rumors started in 2009 during the Saints Super Bowl XLIV run in the 2009 NFC Championship game against the Vikings, where the Saints defense was allegedly trying to hurt Viking quarterback Brett Favre. Other than the Vikings, the Saints also allegedly targeted Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers players, and the program became even more notorious in the 2012 NFL Divisional Playoff Game against the San Francisco 49ers, when filmmaker Sean Pamphilon released audio tapes of Williams telling his players to injure a select group of 49ers, with one of them being running back Kendall Hunter, and to knock him out, as well as going after Kyle Williams because of his past history of concussions. Williams also told them to injure Vernon Davis' ankles and tear wide receiver Michael Crabtree's ACL. According to Pamphilon, Williams also appeared to put a bounty on quarterback Alex Smith after he told his men to hit Smith in the chin, "then he rubs his thumb against his index and middle fingers – the cash sign – and says, I got the first one. I got the first one. Go get it. Go lay that [expletive] out."
Ultimately, Goodell handed down one of the harshest penalties in league history, by suspending Williams indefinitely, head coach Sean Payton for the rest of the 2012 season, interim head coach Joe Vitt for the first 6 games, and general manager Mickey Loomis for 8 games. Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was also suspended for the season, as well as defensive linemen Anthony Hargrove (now with Green Bay) and Will Smith for 8 and 4 games, respectively. Former Saints and current Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was also suspended for 3 games. The player's suspensions were later thrown out on appeal.
During the Monday Night Football game on October 15 between the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos, officials checked the hands of Chargers players, under the suspicion that players were using "Stickum" or a similar banned adhesive on players' towels to gain a competitive edge. Chargers' head coach Norv Turner strenuously denied the accusations. The towels were revealed to have Gorilla Gold Grip Enhancer. The Chargers were fined $20,000 by the NFL for failing to immediately surrender team towels when requested, but were cleared of illegal substance use. Gorilla Gold was subsequently banned from use by the NFL.
There were a total of 11,651 points scored during the 2012 NFL regular season. The average points scored among all the teams in the NFL was 22.8 points per game.
The New England Patriots had the highest point differential, scoring an average of 14.1 points more than their opponents. The Kansas City Chiefs had the lowest point differential scoring an average of 13.4 points less than their opponents.
|Team:||2011 head coach:
at start of season
|2011 interim head coach:||2012 replacement:||Reason for leaving:||Story/Accomplishments:|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Jack Del Rio||Mel Tucker||Mike Mularkey||Fired||Del Rio was fired after compiling a 69–73 (.486) record (including postseason games) in 8¾ seasons as head coach; the team has not made the playoffs since 2007. Del Rio was fired at the same time that Wayne Weaver, the owner of the Jaguars, announced his intentions to sell the team to Pakistani-American automotive parts builder Shahid Khan. Del Rio later became defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Todd Haley||Romeo Crennel||Fired||Haley compiled a 19–27 (.413) record, including one postseason loss, in nearly 3 seasons with the Chiefs. Team ownership cited inconsistent play and a lack of progress in their decision; Haley was also cited for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in what turned out to be his final game. In 2012, he became offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Crennel was the defensive coordinator for the Chiefs when he was promoted, and had previously served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 2005–2008.
|Miami Dolphins||Tony Sparano||Todd Bowles||Joe Philbin||Fired||Sparano compiled a 29–33 (.468) record, including one postseason loss, in nearly 4 seasons with the Dolphins. Ongoing speculation regarding Sparano's future in Miami prompted Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to dismiss Sparano prior to the end of the season instead of letting the speculation become a further distraction. Sparano then became offensive coordinator of the New York Jets; Bowles joined the staff of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Dolphins intended on hiring someone from outside the organization in the 2012 offseason and followed through on that intent by hiring Philbin, the former offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers.
|St. Louis Rams||Steve Spagnuolo||Jeff Fisher||Fired||Spagnuolo compiled a 10–38 (.213) record in three seasons as head coach of the Rams, including a 1–15 record in 2009 and a 2–14 record in 2011. He and general manager Billy Devaney were dismissed concurrently on January 2. Spagnuolo joined the staff of the New Orleans Saints as defensive coordinator.
Fisher, who had spent the previous season out of football, had coached the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise from 1994–2010.
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Raheem Morris||Greg Schiano||Fired||Morris compiled a 17–31 (.354) record in three seasons as head coach of the Buccaneers and ended the 2011 season with a ten-game losing streak. He subsequently became defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins.
Schiano had spent the previous 11 seasons in college football, as head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team.
|Oakland Raiders||Hue Jackson||Dennis Allen||Fired||Jackson compiled an 8–8 (.500) record in his lone season as the Raiders' head coach, but set a league record for penalties. After the death of longtime owner Al Davis, the Raiders hired a new general manager Reggie McKenzie, who then decided to hire his own coaching staff. Subsequently, Jackson was dismissed from the team. As of 2012, Jackson serves as an assistant with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Allen had previously served as the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.
|Indianapolis Colts||Jim Caldwell||Chuck Pagano||Fired||Caldwell was fired after compiling a 28–24 (.538) record (including postseason games) in three seasons as head coach; the team suffered through a 2–14 record in 2011, in which quarterback Peyton Manning sat out the whole season after recovering from multiple neck surgeries. This record was the worst in the league and brought Caldwell's firing as well as that of 15-year general manager Bill Polian, and virtually every skill position player on the offensive side of the ball (including every quarterback on the roster). Caldwell then joined the Baltimore Ravens as quarterbacks coach.
Pagano had previously served as the defensive coordinator of the Ravens.
|New Orleans Saints||Sean Payton||Joe Vitt, Aaron Kromer||Suspended||Payton was suspended on March 21, 2012 for the 2012 season (starting April 1 and concluding with Super Bowl XLVII) for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, in which players would be rewarded under the table for injury-causing hits.
Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis were also suspended, for six and eight games respectively, and Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator at the time who allegedly oversaw the bounties, was banned indefinitely from the league (at the time of the ban Williams was the defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams).
Vitt served as head coach through training camp and the preseason, at which point he began serving his six-game suspension and Kromer (the team's offensive line coach) took over as interim coach until Vitt's suspension ended.
The following head coaches were replaced in-season:
|Team:||2012 head coach:||Interim head coach:||Reason for leaving:||Story/Accomplishments:|
|Indianapolis Colts||Chuck Pagano||Bruce Arians||Medical leave||Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia four weeks into the regular season, forcing him to take an indefinite medical leave of absence, while Arians, the Colts' offensive coordinator, took his place. Pagano returned to the team in Week 17.|
The following were named the top performers during the 2012 season:
Player of the Week/Month
Player of the Week/Month
Player of the Week/Month
|1||Joe Flacco (Ravens)||Robert Griffin III (Redskins)||Tracy Porter (Broncos)||Ronde Barber (Buccaneers)||Jeremy Kerley (Jets)||Blair Walsh (Vikings)|
|2||Reggie Bush (Dolphins)||Hakeem Nicks (Giants)||J. J. Watt (Texans)||Calais Campbell (Cardinals)||Adam Jones (Bengals)||Tim Masthay (Packers)|
|3||Jamaal Charles (Chiefs)||Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)||Michael Johnson (Bengals)||Chris Clemons (Seahawks)||Darius Reynaud (Titans)||Lawrence Tynes (Giants)|
|4||Tom Brady (Patriots)||Aaron Rodgers (Packers)||Donald Butler (Chargers)||Patrick Willis (49ers)||Matt Prater (Broncos)||Greg Zuerlein (Rams)|
|Sept.||A. J. Green (Bengals)||Matt Ryan (Falcons)||J. J. Watt (Texans)||Tim Jennings (Bears)||Darius Reynaud (Titans)||Percy Harvin (Vikings)|
|5||Reggie Wayne (Colts)||Drew Brees (Saints)||Randy Starks (Dolphins)||Charles Tillman (Bears)||Shaun Suisham (Steelers)||John Hekker (Rams)|
|6||Peyton Manning (Broncos)||Aaron Rodgers (Packers)||Jairus Byrd (Bills)||Antrel Rolle (Giants)||Jacoby Jones (Ravens)||Jason Hanson (Lions)|
|7||Chris Johnson (Titans)||Adrian Peterson (Vikings)||Lamarr Houston (Raiders)||Charles Tillman (Bears)||Devin McCourty (Patriots)||Andy Lee (49ers)|
|8||Tom Brady (Patriots)||Alex Smith (49ers)||Wesley Woodyard (Broncos)||Stevie Brown (Giants)||Olivier Vernon (Dolphins)||Davon House (Packers)|
|Oct.||Peyton Manning (Broncos)||Aaron Rodgers (Packers)||Cameron Wake (Dolphins)||Charles Tillman (Bears)||Sebastian Janikowski (Raiders)||Lawrence Tynes (Giants)|
|9||Andrew Luck (Colts)||Doug Martin (Buccaneers)||Ike Taylor (Steelers)||Brian Urlacher (Bears)||Trindon Holliday (Broncos)||Sherrick McManis (Bears)|
|10||Andy Dalton (Bengals)||Jimmy Graham (Saints)||Darius Butler (Colts)||Richard Sherman (Seahawks)||Jacoby Jones (Ravens)||Dwayne Harris (Cowboys)|
|11||Matt Schaub (Texans)||Robert Griffin III (Redskins)||Von Miller (Broncos)||Aldon Smith (49ers)||Leodis McKelvin (Bills)||Dan Bailey (Cowboys)|
|12||Ray Rice (Ravens)||Cam Newton (Panthers)||D'Qwell Jackson (Browns)||Janoris Jenkins (Rams)||T. Y. Hilton (Colts)||Leon Washington (Seahawks)|
|Nov.||Andre Johnson (Texans)||Calvin Johnson (Lions)||Von Miller (Broncos)||Aldon Smith (49ers)||Jacoby Jones (Ravens)||Dekoda Watson (Buccaneers)|
|13||Brady Quinn (Chiefs)||Russell Wilson (Seahawks)||Carlos Dunlap (Bengals)||William Moore (Falcons)||Shaun Suisham (Steelers)||Greg Zuerlein (Rams)|
|14||Tom Brady (Patriots)||Adrian Peterson (Vikings)||Cassius Vaughn (Colts)||Luke Kuechly (Panthers)||Travis Benjamin (Browns)||David Wilson (Giants)|
|15||Knowshon Moreno (Broncos)||Colin Kaepernick (49ers)||J. J. Watt (Texans)||Brandon Carr (Cowboys)||Sebastian Janikowski (Raiders)||Blair Walsh (Vikings)|
|16||Ray Rice (Ravens)||Matt Ryan (Falcons)||Geno Atkins (Bengals)||Julius Peppers (Bears)||Micheal Spurlock (Chargers)||Red Bryant (Seahawks)|
|17||Peyton Manning (Broncos)||Alfred Morris (Redskins)||Vontae Davis (Colts)||Stevie Brown (Giants)||Darius Reynaud (Titans)||Blair Walsh (Vikings)|
|Dec.||Peyton Manning (Broncos)||Adrian Peterson (Vikings)||J. J. Watt (Texans)||London Fletcher (Redskins)||Josh Brown (Bengals)||Blair Walsh (Vikings)|
|AP Most Valuable Player||Adrian Peterson||Running back||Minnesota Vikings|
|AP Offensive Player of the Year||Adrian Peterson||Running back||Minnesota Vikings|
|AP Defensive Player of the Year||J. J. Watt||Defensive end||Houston Texans|
|AP Coach of the Year||Bruce Arians||Head coach||Indianapolis Colts|
|AP Offensive Rookie of the Year||Robert Griffin III||Quarterback||Washington Redskins|
|AP Defensive Rookie of the Year||Luke Kuechly||Linebacker||Carolina Panthers|
|AP Comeback Player of the Year||Peyton Manning||Quarterback||Denver Broncos|
|Pepsi Rookie of the Year||Russell Wilson||Quarterback||Seattle Seahawks|
|Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year||Jason Witten||Tight end||Dallas Cowboys|
|PFWA NFL Executive of the Year||Ryan Grigson||General Manager||Indianapolis Colts|
|Super Bowl Most Valuable Player||Joe Flacco||Quarterback||Baltimore Ravens|
|Quarterback||Peyton Manning, Denver|
|Running back||Adrian Peterson, Minnesota|
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle
|Fullback||Vonta Leach, Baltimore|
|Wide receiver||Calvin Johnson, Detroit|
Brandon Marshall, Chicago
|Tight end||Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta|
|Offensive tackle||Duane Brown, Houston|
Ryan Clady, Denver
|Offensive guard||Mike Iupati, San Francisco|
Jahri Evans, New Orleans
|Center||Max Unger, Seattle|
|Defensive end||J. J. Watt, Houston|
Cameron Wake, Miami
|Defensive tackle||Geno Atkins, Cincinnati|
Vince Wilfork, New England
|Outside linebacker||Von Miller, Denver|
Aldon Smith, San Francisco
|Inside linebacker||Patrick Willis, San Francisco|
NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco
|Cornerback||Richard Sherman, Seattle|
Charles Tillman, Chicago
|Safety||Earl Thomas, Seattle|
Dashon Goldson, San Francisco
|Kicker||Blair Walsh, Minnesota|
|Punter||Andy Lee, San Francisco|
|Kick returner||Jacoby Jones, Baltimore|
There are three 2012 All-Pro Teams—one each named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA), and Sporting News—for performance in the 2012 NFL season. While none of these have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2013 Pro Bowl), they are included (separately) in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Any player selected to any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro."
The AP team, with first- and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of 50 NFL writers; the Sporting News selection process used a panel of 27 NFL coaches and executives, while the PFWA team is chosen by polling its 300+ members.2nd Annual NFL Honors
The 2nd annual NFL Honors was an awards show presented by the National Football League to salute the best players and plays from the 2012 NFL season. The event was held at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 2, 2013 and was hosted by Alec Baldwin. The show aired on CBS and recorded a 0.9 rating with 3.8 million viewers.Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson won four awards, the most of any player. Baldwin's opening monologue, in which he roasted the NFL's biggest stars, was praised. Steve Specht, winner of the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year, was the coach of Luke Kuechly, another award winner, at St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati).Adrian Peterson
Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985) is an American football running back for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. Peterson set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards as a true freshman during the 2004 season. As a unanimous first-team All-American, he became the first freshman to finish as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Peterson finished his college football career as the Sooners' third all-time leading rusher.
Following his first professional season, in which he set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game (296), Peterson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He was then awarded the MVP award for his performance in the Pro Bowl and became only the fifth player in NFL history to have more than 3,000 yards through his first two seasons. In 2010, he became the fifth fastest player to run for 5,000 yards, doing so in his 51st game.
In 2012, Peterson became the sixth fastest player to reach 8,000 rushing yards, ending the season with 2,097 rushing yards, just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single season all-time record. Peterson amassed 2,314 all-purpose yards from scrimmage in 2012, tying Marcus Allen for the eighth-highest total ever. For his efforts, he received the NFL MVP Award and the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award for the 2012 NFL season. During the 2013 season, Peterson became the third fastest player to reach 10,000 rushing yards in NFL history. In 2015, Peterson became the oldest running back to make first-team All-Pro, doing so at 30 years of age.
In September 2014, Peterson was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child that occurred earlier that year, and was suspended for the rest of the 2014 season. A free agent coming into the 2017 season, Peterson signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, but was traded to the Arizona Cardinals just five weeks into the season before being released following the season's end. Peterson then signed with the Washington Redskins in 2018, where he recorded the eighth 1,000-yard season of his career, tied for sixth-most all-time.Andrew Szczerba
Andrew Joseph Szczerba (born July 16, 1988) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He was a member of the Penn State Nittany Lions college football team for five seasons, but only played in three due to injury. After a senior college football season in which he faced adversity with the killing of his uncle, Szczerba signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent after the 2012 NFL Draft. After the Cowboys released him, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons and was a member of the Falcons' practice squad during the second half of the 2012 NFL season.Ben Jones (offensive lineman)
Ben Jones (born July 2, 1989) is an American football center for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Georgia Bulldogs. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.Bill Vinovich
William Vinovich III is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) from 2001 to 2006 and since 2012, as well as a college basketball official.David Molk
David Molk (born December 15, 1988) is a former American football center. Molk previously played college football at the same position for University of Michigan, where he was a consensus All-American and won the 2011 Rimington Trophy as the best center in college football. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles, and the San Diego Chargers.
Molk grew up in the Chicago area and played high school football at Lemont Township High School. He was named an All-State player by the Chicago Tribune and was selected to play in the first East-West All-America Football Game in January 2007.
Molk enrolled at the University of Michigan in 2007. He missed portions of the 2008 and 2009 seasons with injury. As a redshirt junior in 2010, Molk was the cornerstone in an offensive line that helped Denard Robinson break the Big Ten Conference single-season record with 4,189 yards of total offense. Molk was recognized as a first-team All-Big Ten Conference player at the end of the 2010 season. As a redshirt senior in 2011, Molk anchored a line that led the way for Denard Robinson and Fitzgerald Toussaint to become Michigan's first duo of 1,000-yard rushers since 1975. At the end of the 2011 season, he won the Rimington Trophy and was a consensus first-team All-American.
Molk was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He appeared in 12 games, none as a starter, for the Chargers during the 2012 NFL season.Kyle Rudolph
Kyle Daniel Rudolph (born November 9, 1989) is an American football tight end for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). Rudolph played college football for the University of Notre Dame. He was drafted by the Vikings in the second round, 43rd overall of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was selected for the Pro Bowl following the 2012 NFL season.List of Indianapolis Colts head coaches
The Indianapolis Colts are a professional American football team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are a member of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). In 1953, a Baltimore-based group led by Carroll Rosenbloom won the rights to a new Baltimore franchise. Rosenbloom was granted an NFL team, and was awarded the holdings of the defunct Dallas Texans organization. The team was known as the Baltimore Colts for 31 seasons before moving to Indianapolis in March 1984.There have been 19 head coaches for the Colts franchise. Keith Molesworth became the first coach of the Baltimore Colts in 1953, but he was reassigned to a different position with the team following the season. In terms of tenure, Weeb Ewbank has led the team for more games (112) and more complete seasons (nine) than any other head coach. He led the team to two of their NFL championships. Three Colts head coaches; Ewbank, Don Shula (3), and Ted Marchibroda, have been named coach of the year by at least one major news organization. Ewbank and Shula are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 1978 and 1997 respectively.Six times in Colts history there were interim head coaches. In 1972, Don McCafferty was fired five games into the season. John Sandusky was named as the interim head coach for the rest of the season, during which he led the Colts to a 4–5 record, but he was not made the permanent coach the next year. In 1974, head coach Howard Schnellenberger started off the season 0–3 and was fired. Joe Thomas assumed the duties of head coach and finished the season at 2–12. In 1991, the Colts started off 0–5 and Ron Meyer was fired as head coach. Rick Venturi was named as the interim for the final 11 games. In 2005 Tony Dungy was forced to miss one game due to personal issues. Jim Caldwell was named as the one game interim. In 2012 offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was named as the interim head coach indefinitely after Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia four weeks into the 2012 NFL season. Arians led the Colts to a 9–3 record – the record being credited to Pagano – and made the playoffs.List of Monday Night Football results (2010–present)
Beginning in the 1970 NFL season, the National Football League began scheduling a weekly regular season game on Monday night before a national television audience. From 1970 to 2005, the ABC television network carried these games, with the ESPN cable television network taking over beginning in September 2006. Listed below are games played from 2010 to the most recent season.Mickey Loomis
Mickey Loomis is the executive vice president and General Manager of the NFL's New Orleans Saints. He was named NFL executive of the year for 2006. Since June 2012, he is also head of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.Loomis grew up in Eugene, Oregon and graduated from Willamette High School in 1974, then attended Northwest Christian University in Eugene, where he played basketball. He earned his degree in accounting from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in sports administration from Wichita State University. Before coming to the Saints, Loomis spent 15 years in the Seattle Seahawks organization. Loomis joined the Saints in 2000 and became general manager in 2002. He was with the Saints when they were forced to relocate to Baton Rouge in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and helped rebuild the team afterward, culminating in its victory in Super Bowl XLIV.Loomis was one of the Saints officials to be penalized in 2012 in the aftermath of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, in which an NFL investigation found that players were paid bonuses from a pool for their on-field performance, including, allegedly, deliberately trying to knock opposing players out of games. A league investigation found that Saints team owner Tom Benson had ordered Loomis to shut the program down, but Loomis failed to do so. As a result, Loomis was suspended for the first 8 games of the 2012 NFL season.
In April 2012, ESPN's Outside the Lines reported allegations that Loomis had an illegal eavesdropping device that allowed him to listen to real-time playcalls of opposing coaches during the 2002-2004 seasons. Loomis denied the allegation, calling the report "absolutely false", and in August 2012, the Louisiana State Police announced that a four-month investigation had found no evidence to corroborate the allegations.In June 2012, Loomis was named head of basketball operations for the Hornets after Tom Benson bought the team. In this capacity, Loomis is responsible for overseeing interim Pelicans general manager Danny Ferry.NFL lockout
The NFL lockout may refer to any of the lockouts or strikes in the history of the National Football League:
The 1968 NFL strike/lockout, which lasted 12 days before the start of the 1968 season.
The 1970 NFL strike/lockout, which lasted a few days in July 1970.
The 1974 NFL strike, which lasted for two months before the start of the 1974 season.
The 1982 NFL strike, which lasted for three months and eight weeks, forced the 1982 season to be shortened to 9 games per team.
The 1987 NFL strike, which lasted for 24 days and forced the 1987 season to be shortened to 15 games per team.
The 2001 NFL referee lockout, which lasted until September 19 and an agreement was reached to end the 2 week lockout.
The 2011 NFL lockout, which lasted for over five months, resulted in cancellation of Pro Football Hall of Fame Game between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams, but preserved the 2011 regular season.
The 2012 NFL referee lockout, which impacted the first few weeks of the 2012 NFL season.Ron Pitts
Ronald Dwayne Pitts (born October 14, 1962) is a former professional American football player and current sportscaster. He played cornerback in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, and played college football at UCLA.Pitts has worked as a sportscaster and entertainment reporter, and currently works for CBS Sports Network on its college football coverage as a fill-in play-by-play announcer, and as a co-host for the syndicated news magazine OK!TV.Russ Hochstein
Russ Hochstein (born October 7, 1977) is a former American football Center. After playing college football for Nebraska, he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played for the Buccaneers for two seasons from 2001 to 2002 (but was released in 2002 before the team won the Super Bowl), the New England Patriots for seven seasons from 2002 to 2008 (earning two Super Bowl rings with the team), and the Denver Broncos for three seasons from 2009 to 2011.Sam Mills
Samuel Davis Mills Jr. (June 3, 1959 – April 18, 2005) was an American football linebacker who played twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers. He also played for three seasons in the United States Football League (USFL) with the Philadelphia Stars and won two championships.Sean Payton
Patrick Sean Payton (born December 29, 1963) is an American football coach and former player who is the current head coach of the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). Payton was a quarterback at Naperville Central High School and Eastern Illinois University and played professionally in 1987 and 1988. He began his coaching career as offensive assistant for San Diego State University and had several assistant coaching positions on college and NFL teams before being named as the tenth full-time coach in Saints history in 2006. Payton has always been known for his offensive prowess, having scored more points (2,804) and gained more yards (40,158) than any other team in a coach's first 100 games in NFL history. Payton is currently the 2nd longest active head coach in the NFL, behind the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, whom has coached them since the 2000 season.
Under Payton's leadership, the Saints made the 2006 NFL playoffs after a 3–13 season in 2005 and advanced to their first NFC Championship appearance in franchise history, Payton won the AP NFL Coach of the Year Award because of this effort. Following the 2009 season, the Saints won their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history. Since joining the Saints as head coach he has helped guide the team to 3 NFC Championship games (2006, 2009, and 2018), an appearance in Super Bowl XLIV, and 7 total playoff births with 5 division titles, making him the most successful coach in Saints franchise history.
On March 21, 2012, Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season, originally set to take effect April 1, 2012, as a result of his alleged involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, under which "bounties" were allegedly paid for contact that would "knock out" targeted players on opposing teams. Payton has denied that any program encouraging Saints players to injure opposing players ever existed, even though the NFL claims their evidence proves otherwise. Assistant coach Joe Vitt stated "We had a pay to perform program, just like many NFL teams do, but there was never a bounty program, we didn't ever encourage a pay-to-injure program. That's just not true. We never crossed the line." Payton filed an appeal of his suspension with the league the Friday before it was set to take effect. On April 9, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (who handed down the suspension) denied his appeal; his suspension began on April 16. Goodell reinstated Payton on January 22, 2013.Payton is under contract with the Saints at least until the end of the 2020 season. A previously agreed-upon extension of his contract through 2015 was voided by the NFL. This left his status after the 2012 season unclear until December of that year, when he agreed to a five-year contract that made him the highest paid coach in the history of the NFL. In March 2016, Payton signed a five-year extension with the Saints.Tarvaris Jackson
Tarvaris D. Jackson (born April 21, 1983) is a former American football quarterback. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Jackson played college football at Arkansas and Alabama State, and in the National Football League (NFL) for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Buffalo Bills.
The Vikings selected Jackson in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and Jackson played for the Vikings from 2006 to 2010. A reserve quarterback for much of his time with the Vikings, Jackson was starting quarterback for the 2007 season and part of the 2008 season, after which Jackson started the Vikings' Wild Card playoff game. In 2011, Jackson signed with the Seahawks and was starting quarterback for the 2011 season. Jackson was then traded to the Bills before the 2012 NFL season but never played a game. Jackson returned to the Seahawks in 2013. He was the backup quarterback for Russell Wilson during Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos.Wayne Larrivee
Wayne Larrivee is an American sportscaster. Larrivee is currently the radio play-by-play voice of the Green Bay Packers on the Packers Radio Network alongside color commentator Larry McCarren and calls college football and basketball for the Big Ten Network on television. Despite his current job with the Packers, Larrivee has long been associated with Chicago sports, having spent time as the voice of the Chicago Cubs, over a decade as the voice of the Chicago Bears and nearly twenty years as the television voice of the Chicago Bulls.William Gay (cornerback)
William Gay (born January 1, 1985) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He would later win Super Bowl XLIII with the team over the Arizona Cardinals. He played college football for the University of Louisville.
Gay signed with the Cardinals prior to the 2012 NFL season before returning to Pittsburgh the following year.
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