Colts’ Chuck Pagano selected as PFWA 2013 George Halas Award winner

NOTE: This is the first of five major off-field awards to be presented this week by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). The schedule of awards to be announced: Tuesday 6/18-Good Guy Award (player who helps the media the most); Wednesday 6/19-Dick McCann Award (distinguished reporter); Thursday 6/20-Jack Horrigan Award (league/club official who helps the media the most); Friday 6/21-Pete Rozelle Award (top PR staff).

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS HEAD COACH CHUCK PAGANO SELECTED AS PFWA’S 2013 GEORGE HALAS AWARD WINNER

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was selected as the PFWA's 2013 George Halas Award

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was selected as the PFWA’s 2013 George Halas Award winner. (Photo Credit: AP Images)

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, whose battle with a curable form of leukemia during the 2012 season touched many across the NFL and helped raise research funds, has been selected as the 2013 George Halas Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

Pagano, the 44th Halas Award winner, is the third NFL head coach and fourth member of the Colts franchise to receive the honor from the PFWA.

The Halas Award is given to a NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. The award is named for Halas, a charter member (1963) of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who was associated with the Chicago Bears and NFL from their inception in 1920 until his death in 1983 as an owner, manager, player and promoter. Halas won 324 games and six NFL titles in 40 seasons as a coach.

Pagano, who was in his first season as Colts head coach, was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and hospitalized at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis on Sept. 26 during the team’s bye week. The Colts named Bruce Arians as interim head coach as Pagano spent almost a month in the hospital.

Pagano attended the Nov. 4 home game against Miami and spoke to the team before and after the 23-20 victory over the Dolphins. He told the team after the game, “My vision that I’m living is to see two more daughters get married, dance at their weddings and then hoist that Lombardi Trophy several times.”

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2013 PFWA awards to be announced this week

PFWA LogoThis week, the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) will announce one of its major off-field awards each day, Monday through Friday.

Each award press release will be posted here at BlogAndTackle.net at 10 am ET.

The schedule of the awards: 

The 2013 PFWA Award schedule (all released at 10 am ET):
Monday, June 17: George Halas Award (player/coach/staff member overcomes most adversity to succeed)
Tuesday, June 18: Good Guy Award (player who most helps writers do their jobs)
Wednesday, June 19: Dick McCann Award (reporter with long & distinguished coverage of pro football)
Thursday, June 20: Jack Horrigan Award (league/club official who most helps writers do their jobs)
Friday, June 21: Pete Rozelle Award (top club PR staff)

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Super Bowl XLVII team availability schedule

Super Bowl XLVII Logo - TeamsThe run-up to Super Bowl XLVII will begin Sunday when the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers arrive in New Orleans to start preparations for the week. The AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens will arrive in the Crescent City on Monday afternoon.

All press conferences will be shown by NFL Network, while Media Day will be televised by both NFL Net and ESPN.

Sunday, January 27 (all times local to New Orleans – CT)
7:30 pm (approx.): Arrival of San Francisco 49ers charter at New Orleans International Airport (photo opportunity).
8:30 pm (approx.): San Francisco 49ers – Media availability with head coach Jim Harbaugh, followed by quarterback Colin Kaepernick and four-six players at team hotel.

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2013 NFL Wild Card and Divisional Playoff schedule

NFL Playoffs Logo BlueHere are the dates and times for the NFL’s Wild Card and Divisional Playoff rounds, leading up to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on February 3, 2012.

With the exception of Wild Card Saturday (both games on NBC), the order of games (conferences and times) from Wild Card Sunday (CBS & FOX), Divisional Playoff Weekend and Conference Championship Sunday are a reverse from the 2012 schedule.

One coincidence is that the Cincinnati-Houston Wild Card game on January 5 will play at the same time/date as it did last season (Saturday, 4:30 pm ET) as the first game of Wild Card Weekend.

NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND

Saturday, January 5
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) – Cincinnati at Houston (NBC)
NFC: 8:00 PM (ET) – Minnesota at Green Bay (NBC)

Sunday, January 6
AFC: 1:00 PM (ET) – Indianapolis at Baltimore (CBS)
NFC: 4:30 PM (ET) – Seattle at Washington (FOX)

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Saturday, January 12
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) – Baltimore/Indianapolis/Cincinnati at Denver (CBS)
NFC: 8:00 PM (ET) – Green Bay/Washington/Seattle at San Francisco (FOX)

Sunday, January 13
NFC: 1:00 PM (ET) – Washington/Seattle/Minnesota at Atlanta (FOX)
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) – Houston/Baltimore/Indianapolis at New England (CBS)

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2012 NFL Week 17 announcers (Dec. 30)

NFL on FOX crew of Pam Oliver, Troy Aikman and Joe Buck (Photo courtesy: FOX Sports)

NFL on FOX crew of Pam Oliver, Troy Aikman and Joe Buck (Photo courtesy: FOX Sports)

The final day of the 2012 NFL regular season sees all 32 teams playing on Sunday, with the Sunday Night Football game of Dallas-Washington moved to the NBC 8:20 pm ET slot in flexible scheduling on six days notice.

Listed are the TV network, TV/national radio announcers, DirecTV channel and Sirius and XM satellite radio channels. All times shown are local to game site:

Tampa Bay at Atlanta — FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). DirecTV: 704. SIRIUS: 125 (TB), 112 (Atl.). XM: 231 (Atl.).

New York Jets at Buffalo — CBS (1:00 PM ET): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. DirecTV: 710. SIRIUS: 148 (NYJ), 149 (Buf.). XM: 229 (Buf.).

Baltimore at Cincinnati — CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots. DirecTV: 711. SIRIUS: 134 (Bal.), 113 (Cin). XM: 232 (Cin).

Chicago at Detroit — FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). DirecTV: 705. SIRIUS: 86 (Chi.), 117 (Det.). XM: 233 (Det.).

Houston at Indianapolis — CBS (12:00 PM CT): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. Dial Global Radio: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli. DirecTV: 712. SIRIUS: 128 (Hou.), 85 (Ind.). XM: 230 (Ind.).

Carolina at New Orleans — FOX (12:00 PM CT): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz, Krista Voda (Field reporter). DirecTV: 707. SIRIUS: 139 (Car.), 93 (NO). XM: 226 (NO).

Philadelphia at New York Giants — FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). DirecTV: 708. SIRIUS: 132 (Phi.), 92 (NYG). XM: 225 (NYG).

Cleveland at Pittsburgh — CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein. DirecTV: 714. SIRIUS: 123 (Cle.), 94 (Pit.). XM: 227 (Pit.).

Jacksonville at Tennessee — CBS (12:00 PM CT): Don Criqui, Randy Cross. DirecTV: 715. SIRIUS: 106 (Jax.), 136 (Ten.). XM: 234 (Ten.).

Kansas City at Denver — CBS (2:25 PM MT): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. DirecTV: 716. SIRIUS: 123 (KC), 85 (Den.). XM: 230 (Den.).

Green Bay at Minnesota — FOX (3:25 PM CT): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). DirecTV: 706. Dial Global Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 117 (GB), 86 (Min.). XM: 228 (Min.).

Miami at New England — CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. DirecTV: 713. SIRIUS: 134 (Mia.), 94 (NE). XM: 227 (NE).

Oakland at San Diego — CBS (1:25 PM PT): Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker. DirecTV: 717. SIRIUS: 128 (Oak.), 93 (SD). XM: 226 (SD).

Arizona at San Francisco — FOX (1:25 PM PT): Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). DirecTV: 718. SIRIUS: 112 (Arz.), 92 (SF). XM: 225 (SF).

St. Louis at Seattle — FOX (1:25 PM PT): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jamie Maggio (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 113 (StL.), 149 (Sea.). XM: 229 (Sea.).

Dallas at Washington (Sunday night) — NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). DirecTV: 709. Dial Global Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 94 (DGR), 92 (Dal.), 93 (Was.). XM: 227 (DGR), 225 (Dal.), 226 (Was.).

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