BC-FBN–NFL Preseason Packages
The following packages will move for NFL preseason and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions coverage:
JULY 30-AUG. 1
NEW YORK – What’s new in the NFL? Try longer extra-point kicks, and perhaps more 2-point conversion attempts. Medical timeouts. Darrelle Revis returning to the Jets, while Rex Ryan leaves them – and lands in Western New York. Tim Tebow back in the NFL. And plenty more. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by noon Friday, July 31.
BC-FBN–NFL’S ENDLESS TROUBLES
Roger Goodell declared at the Super Bowl that the NFL had made ”enormous progress” on social issues after last year’s incessant barrage of disturbing developments. Yet, the league endured an offseason marked by even more crime and punishment: a steady stream of player arrests and owners disciplined for violating rules. Another owner’s son and potential successor was arrested after a fight with his girlfriend, and a Hall of Famer was fired from his TV gig after allegedly assaulting two women. Then, there was the superstar convicted of murder. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by noon Saturday, Aug. 1.
SAN FRANCISCO – NFL players have brought a whole new meaning to early retirement. Players 30 and under, including 49ers star linebacker Patrick Willis and teammate Chris Borland – at 24 with only one pro season on his resume – quit the game in the offseason. So did the likes of Jake Locker, Anthony Davis and Jason Worilds. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by noon Thursday, July 30.
HALL OF FAME
Sunday, Aug. 2
FBN–HALL OF FAME-BETTIS
PITTSBURGH – Jerome Bettis waited five years to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Expect lots of Steelers fans to be on hand for quite a celebration in Canton on Saturday when he is inducted. By Will Graves. 750 words, photos, by 6 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 3
FBN–HALL OF FAME-BROWN
OAKLAND, Calif. – Tim Brown’s versatility and longevity made him a strong candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At last, Brown, who retired in 2004, was elected this year. By Josh Dubow. 750 words, photos, by 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 4
FBN–HALL OF FAME-WOLF
When the Green Bay Packers were searching for someone to help rekindle the glory of the Lombardi years, they turned to Ron Wolf. He turned them back into a powerhouse, and now he has been rewarded with election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. 750 words, photos, by 4 a.m.
FBN–HALL OF FAME-POLIAN
INDIANAPOLIS – Bill Polian built three franchises into contenders – Buffalo, Carolina and Indianapolis – and had the wisdom to draft Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf, leading to the Colts’ 2007 Super Bowl win. Also a power broker within the league, Polian will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. By Michael Marot. 750 words, photos, by 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 4
FBN–HALL OF FAME-TINGELHOFF
MINNEAPOLIS – Talk about durability, Mick Tingelhoff played 17 NFL seasons and never missed a start. The Vikings center made six All-Pro teams, and will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday as a veterans committee selection. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. 750 words, photos, by 4 a.m.
FBN–HALL OF FAME-HALEY
DALLAS – Charles Haley made winning Super Bowls a habit and owns five championship rings. On Saturday, he will get a gold jacket as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. By Schuyler Dixon. 750 words, photos, by 6 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 6
FBN–HALL OF FAME-SEAU
SAN DIEGO – Junior Seau was the measuring stick for NFL linebackers throughout his 20 pro seasons, playing for San Diego, Miami and New England. Seau, who committed suicide in 2012 at age 43, will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. By Bernie Wilson. 750 words, photos, by 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 7
FBN–HALL OF FAME
CANTON, Ohio – From perennial champion Charles Haley to the incredibly durable Mick Tingelhoff to the Bus, Jerome Bettis, the 2015 class for the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a versatile and impressive bunch. Sadly, one inductee, linebacking great Junior Seau, who committed suicide three years ago, will be missing for Saturday’s inductions. By Will Graves. 750 words, photos, by 6 p.m.