FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NFL FILMS’ “SUPER BOWL 50: BEFORE THEY WERE PROS” TO AIR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY ON CBS
Special to Kick Off CBS’ Super Bowl Sunday Pregame Show
One-Hour Special Features Boomer Esiason, Jim Kelly,
Eli and Peyton Manning, amongst others
NFL Films’ one-hour “Super Bowl 50: Before They Were Pros” special inspired by the season-long Super Bowl High School Honor Roll campaign, will air on CBS Sunday, February 7 at 11 a.m. ET kicking off CBS’ Super Bowl Sunday pregame show.
Through the lens of Super Bowl 50 and the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll, the program showcases the impact of high school football across America. “Super Bowl 50: Before They Were Pros” follows current and former NFL players who made it to the pinnacle of their sport, the Super Bowl, as they go back to the communities that helped shape them into men of high character.
NFL Films captures the lessons that the game of football has taught players by highlighting stories of family, resiliency, teamwork and mentorship. A sampling of players featured in the special is listed below.
- TROY BROWN
- DARYN COLLEDGE
- BILL COWHER
- BOOMER ESIASON
- LARRY FITZGERALD
- TORRY HOLT
- MICHAEL IRVIN
- JEVON KEARSE
- JIM KELLY
- ELI MANNING
- PEYTON MANNING
- DAN MARINO
- DEION SANDERS
- JESSE SAPOLU
- LUKE WILLSON
In addition to the “Super Bowl 50: Before They Were Pros” one-hour special, Super Bowl High School Honor Roll will be featured in various places throughout the week leading up to The Big Game including: a special screening of “Super Bowl 50: Before They Were Pros” at the Super Bowl Media Center presented by Microsoft, an interactive display at the NFL Experience Driven by Hyundai and a photo and video display at Super Bowl City presented by Verizon, amongst other locations and activations.
The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll platform is designed to link the past 49 Super Bowls with this year’s game by honoring the players, head coaches, high schools and communities that have positively impacted the game and contributed to Super Bowl history.
High schools across the country and globe received a commemorative Golden Football produced by Wilson in honor of every player or head coach who graduated from the high school and was on an active Super Bowl roster.
Nearly 3,000 players and head coaches, and more than 2,000 high schools, were recognized through the program. More than 600 players went back to their high schools to personally deliver Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Wilson Golden Footballs this season.
Super Bowl High School Honor Roll visits were featured on CBS This Morning every Thursday throughout the regular season. The 17 visits were also featured across CBS Sports assets, Thursday Night Football programming and NFL media platforms.
The NFL Foundation provided the schools with a new character education curriculum and the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to help support and grow their football programs. The NFL Foundation has invested $1 million toward the campaign.
The program will become an annual tradition. Following each Super Bowl, every high school that produces a player or head coach in the game will be recognized.
For more information about the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll and all the ways the NFL is celebrating Super Bowl 50, visit SuperBowl.com, follow @SuperBowl on Twitter or hashtags #SB50 and #SBHonorRoll.
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Ana Blinder, NFL; Ana.Blinder@NFL.com
Jen Sabatelle, CBS; firstname.lastname@example.org