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Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE: Edition 4

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10/10/2014
The mission of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values, Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE. Each Friday, ProFootballHOF.com features stories from the football world and beyond that illustrate the celebration of excellence!

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What love is all about

St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy is described by a teammate as “one of the good ones.” His motivation to compete in the National Football League is fueled by the role he plays in his younger brother’s life.
 
 


Excellence on Ice

At the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we celebrate excellence EVERYWHERE. Here is a great story from our friends over at the National Hockey League.
 
A 10-year-old girl asked Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin on a date for sushi. Here’s the story>>>
 

 

Roger Staubach Gridiron to Boardroom

Many of our Gold Jackets have used the life skills learned from the Game and applied them to achieve success in their professional careers after football. Here is a great video created about Roger Staubach and how he has succeeded in real estate.


October Awareness

The National Football League is again supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their sixth annual screening initiative and fundraising campaign. In collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the initiative, called “A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives,” reminds women 40 and older about the importance of having an annual mammogram.
 

Since 2009, the NFL’s program has raised approximately $4.5 million for the American Cancer Society, with the majority of the contribution coming from the sale of Breast Cancer Awareness-identified pink NFL merchandise.
 

Atlanta Falcons rookie tackle Jake Matthews, the son of Hall of Fame tackle-guard-center Bruce Matthews, recently paid tribute to his sister Gwen in honor of the month-long campaign.



During the month of October, the National Down Syndrome Society celebrates people with Down syndrome to make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments. The effort is not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities. 

http://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2014/10/7/6936853/falcons-jake-matthews-down-syndrome-awareness-month

Do you like pizza? Well, believe it or not, October is also National Pizza Month.

In honor of the 31-day celebration, we congratulate Dan Marino for his role in opening a new Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Livingston, New Jersey. Marino is a partner in the franchise which now has locations in five different states.

 
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NFL legend Dan Marino celebrates opening of 6th New Jersey Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza location. The former star co-owns the restaurant chain. #NFLAlumni #NFL #Newjersey #football #food

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Steve Sabol Remembered

An eight-foot statue of Steve Sabol was unveiled in August on the campus of NFL Films located in Mt. Laural, New Jersey. Sabol was the artistic vision behind the studio that revolutionized the way America watches football. Sabol, who passed away in 2012, received 35 Emmys for writing, cinematography, editing, directing, and producing during his tenure which began in 1964 when the company was founded. No one else in all of television has earned as many Emmys in as many different categories as Sabol.

Here's a link to an intriguing interview conducted by ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio with Chad Fisher the sculptor of the Sabol statue. Fisher talks about how Sabol influenced him as an artist.

http://sjmagazine.net/cover-feature/sculpting-a-legacy/

 

Ralph Wilson, Jr. still giving back

Buffalo Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. passed away in March at the age of 95. The team, which was led by the Hall of Famer for more than 50 years, recently sold for $1.4 billion.

Ralph continues to give back to the communities that had given him so much support over the years. Wilson instructed in his will that money from the sale of the Bills should be earmarked to be spent only in the Buffalo and Detroit communities through the Ralph Wilson Foundation.

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