National Football League Most Valuable Player Award
The National Football League Most Valuable Player Award is an award given by various entities to the American football player, considered the most valuable in the National Football League during the regular season. Organizations which give an NFL MVP award or have in the past include the Associated Press, the Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers of America, United Press International; the first award described as a most valuable player award was the Joe F. Carr Trophy, awarded by the NFL from 1938 to 1946. Today, the AP award is considered the de facto official NFL MVP award. Since the 2011 season, the NFL has held the annual NFL Honors ceremony to recognize the winner of the Associated Press MVP award; the AP has presented an MVP award since 1957. The award is voted upon by a panel of 50 sportswriters at the end of the regular season, before the playoffs, though the results are not announced to the public until the day before the Super Bowl. Pro Football Writers of America began naming their most valuable player in 1975 and continue to do so as of the 2017 season.
Sporting News began awarding a National Football League player of the year award in 1954. From 1970 to 1979, Sporting News chose American Football Conference and National Football Conference players of the year, returned to a single winner in 1980. Beginning in 2012 Sporting News chose an offensive player of the year and a defensive player of the year; the Newspaper Enterprise Association presented its MVP award from 1955 to 2008. The winner was chosen by a poll of NFL players and received the Jim Thorpe Trophy, which by 1975 was described as "one of the pros' most coveted honors." Beginning in 1997, the trophy was presented by the Jim Thorpe Association, with the winner determined by a "vote of NFLPA representatives". The Joe F. Carr Trophy was the first award in the NFL to recognize a most valuable player, it was named in honor of NFL commissioner Joseph Carr and remains the only MVP award the NFL has sanctioned. United Press International gave an NFL MVP/player of the year award from 1948 through 1969, excepting 1949–50, 1952.
In 1970 UPI instituted separate awards for the NFC and AFC. In 1975 UPI added a Defensive Player of the Year Award for both the NFC and AFC. American Football League Most Valuable Player Award Bert Bell Award Football Digest § NFL Player of the Year Sporting News NFL Player of the Year Award UPI AFL-AFC Player of the Year UPI NFC Player of the Year Washington D. C. Touchdown Club § NFL Player of the Year awards General"Joe F. Carr Trophy Winners". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 15, 2016. "UPI NFL Most Valuable Player Winners". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 20, 2016. "Newspaper Ent. Assoc. NFL Most Valuable Player Winners". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 20, 2016. "AP NFL Most Valuable Player Winners". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 20, 2016. "PFWA NFL Most Valuable Player Winners". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 20, 2016. Footnotes -->|}
Ryan Schraeder is an American football offensive tackle, a free agent. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2013, he played college football at Valdosta State. Schraeder did not play high school football, he walked-on to the Butler Community College football team three days before camp started and ended up making the team. He grew a foot in one year; some say he put a Valdosta IHOP on a temporary hiatus because of how many pancakes he was able to consume on "National Free Pancake Day" in 2013. Schraeder was selected as a First Team All-America three times in all three years he played college football, he was selected to the first team All-Region by Daktronics and Don Hansen's Football Gazette. On April 28, 2013, the Atlanta Falcons signed Schraeder to a three-year, $1.48 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $2,000 as an undrafted free agent. In 2015, Schraeder graded out as one of the top offensive tackles in the NFL, he was selected to Pro Football Focus' All-Pro team in 2015.
On November 21, 2016, Schraeder signed a five-year contract extension with the Falcons. After starting all 16 games at right tackle for the Falcons in 2016, Schraeder started 14 games in 2017, missing two games due to a concussion, he started 13 games at right tackle in 2018. On March 13, 2019, Schraeder was released by the Falcons after six seasons. Valdosta State bio Media related to Ryan Schraeder at Wikimedia Commons
Charles Godfrey (American football)
Charles Marquise Godfrey is a retired American football free safety. He played college football at Iowa and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. At the University of Iowa Godfrey appeared in 47 contest with 28 starts, 25 coming at corner back 2 at strong safety and 1 at free safety. During his career he recorded seven interceptions. In his junior season, he recorded two interceptions; as a senior, he recorded five interceptions. Despite spending most of his time at cornerback, he was described as a physical hitter that likes to provide run support, may be better suited at safety. Godfrey was selected with the 4th pick in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft; the Panthers acquired the pick from the New York Jets along with a 5th round pick, used to select Gary Barnidge in a trade that sent Kris Jenkins to the Jets. He was announced the team's free safety during camp that May, after impressing coaches, he started all 16 games at the free safety position and finished his rookie campaign with 61 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception.
On September 10, 2011, the Panthers re-signed Godfrey to a 5-year/$27.5 million contract extension with $12.4 million guaranteed. On October 26, 2012, Godfrey was fined $7,875 for a chop block in Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys, it was announced during the offseason before the 2014 NFL season that Godfrey would be moved from safety to nickelback. He was released on October 21, 2014. On October 28, 2014, Godfrey was signed by the Atlanta Falcons, he was released on September 2015, in order to make room for the signing of Jake Long. On October 6, Godfrey re-signed with the Falcons to offer depth while starting safety Ricardo Allen recovers from injuries. On October 20, 2015, it was reported that the Falcons had released Godfrey in order to make room for newly acquired linebacker, Philip Wheeler. On October 27, 2015, the Falcons re-signed Godfrey. Godfrey signed another contract to stay with the Falcons on March 15, 2016. Carolina Panthers bio Iowa Hawkeyes bio
2015 Atlanta Falcons season
The 2015 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 50th season in the National Football League and the first under new head coach Dan Quinn. The Atlanta Falcons started the season 5–0, their best start since 2012. However, the Falcons would struggle throughout the rest of the season by losing 8 of their remaining 11 games finishing at.500 for the first time in 10 years. After their Week 15 win at EverBank Field against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Falcons managed to improve their record from last season; the highlight of the season was the team's Week 16 victory over their divisional rival Carolina Panthers who were 14-0 coming into the game and thus denying them a Perfect Season that would've made them the second team after the 2007 Patriots to go undefeated since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule. On December 29, 2014 head coach Mike Smith was fired after back-to-back losing seasons; the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced the hiring of Dirk Koetter as their new offensive coordinator. On January 15, 2015, the New York Jets announced the hiring of Joe Danna as their new defensive backs coach.
On January 16, 2015, the Oakland Raiders announced the hiring of Mike Tice as their new offensive line coach. On January 18, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Kyle Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator. On January 23, 2015, the Chicago Bears announced the hiring of Glenn Pires as their new linebackers coach. On January 24, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Raheem Morris as their defensive backs coach and assistant head coach. On January 26, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Richard Smith as their defensive coordinator. On January 25, 2015, the Falcons promoted Wade Harman Tight Ends Coach, formally the assistant offensive line coach. On January 29, 2015, the San Diego Chargers announced the hiring of Mike Nolan as their linebackers coach. On January 31, 2015, the San Francisco 49ers announced the hiring of Tim Lewis as their defensive backs coach. On February 2, 2015, Dan Quinn was hired as the Falcons' 16th head coach. On February 2, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Chris Morgan as their offensive line coach.
On February 3, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Bobby Turner as their running backs coach. On February 3, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Mike LaFleur as their offensive assistant. On February 3, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Marquand Manuel as their defensive backs coach and senior defensive consultant. On February 4, 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced the hiring of Andrew Weidinger as their offensive assistant. On February 4, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Steve Scarnecchia as their assistant to head coach coach. On February 8, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Jeff Ulbrich as their linebackers coach. On February 10, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Matt LaFleur as their Quarterback coach. On February 10, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Doug Mallory as their defensive Assistant & Linebackers coach. On February 10, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Mike McDaniel as their offensive assistant. On February 10, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Chad Walker as their defensive assistant & defensive backs coach.
On February 10, 2015, the Falcons announced the hiring of Keith Carter as their assistant offensive line coach. Notes The Falcons acquired an additional seventh-round selection as part of a trade that sent the team's 2013 first-, third- and sixth-round selections to the St. Louis Rams; the Falcons were not rewarded any compensatory picks this year. The Falcons traded their fifth- sixth- to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the Vikings' fifth-round selection. Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text. With the win, the Falcons began their season 1-0; the Giants would lead 20–17 with below 2 minutes left, but Atlanta was able to pull off the comeback, scoring with 1:14 remaining after Devonta Freeman took it in from a yard out. New York tried to come back. With the win, Atlanta improved to 2–0; the Falcons would trail 14–28 at one point, but they would pull off their second comeback in as many weeks, as they scored 25 unanswered points afterwards to win 39–28. With the win, the Falcons improved to 3–0 for the first time since 2012.
The Falcons routed the Texans 48–21 at home. Atlanta would build a 42–0 lead, but Houston put up a fight, as they would outscore Atlanta 21–6 for the remainder of the game. However, the Falcons still won in a blowout. With the win, the Falcons improved to 4–0; the Falcons would win this game in overtime against the Redskins. In overtime, the game was sealed away after Robert Alford returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown to end the game. With the win, Atlanta started 5–0 for the first time since 2012; the Falcons suffered their first loss of the season in New Orleans on Thursday Night Football. The Saints would lead the entire game; the Falcons would tie it, but, the closest they would come to striking distance, as the Saints won 31–21. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 5–1. With the win, the Falcons improved to 6-1. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 6–2. With the bitter loss, the Falcons fell to 6–3; the Falcons would lead 21–7 at one point, but Indianapolis would rally to erase it after D'Qwell Jackson returned an interception 6 yards to tie it at 21.
The Colts would go down the field to win it with an Adam Vinatieri field goal from 43 yards with 52 seconds left. With the loss, Atlanta fell to 6–4. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 6–5. With the loss, the Falcons fell to 6–6; the Falcons would suffer a shutout loss to undefeated Carolina. The Falcons would struggle all day, as the Panthers romped them 38-0, their worst shutout loss since
Thomas George Dimitroff, Jr. is an American-Canadian football executive, the general manager for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. Before joining the Falcons in 2008, Dimitroff was with the New England Patriots for six years, he joined the Patriots in 2002 as a national scout and was named director of college scouting a year later. Dimitroff was born in Ohio to Tom Sr. and Helen. He grew up in Canada, where his father was a football coach with the Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the University of Guelph in Ontario. In 1983, Dimitroff served as an equipment manager for the Guelph football team. From 1985–1990, he played defensive back for the Gryphons football team and was team captain from 1988–1990. Dimitroff graduated from Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990, his brother Randy played quarterback for Guelph from 1982–1985 as they were teammates in 1985. His nephew Dillon Dimitroff played for Guelph from 2009–2012. After graduating from college, Dimitroff joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League as their Canadian scouting coordinator, but worked in many areas of the team's operations for the two seasons he was there.
In 1992, he worked in the Dallas, Texas office of the World League of American Football, tracking NFL player transactions and rosters. When the league folded that year, Dimitroff moved to Japan, where he helped coach a friend's corporate American football team. Dimitroff considered leaving the football world for business, but instead he went back to the United States, where he joined the Cleveland Browns' grounds crew. There he worked under then-pro personnel assistant Scott Pioli. At the same time, he worked as a part-time scout for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. In 1994, Dimitroff became a full-time area scout for the Detroit Lions, a position he held through 1997, he held a similar college scouting position with the Browns from 1998 through 2001. In 2002, Dimitroff re-joined Pioli with the New England Patriots as a national scout, he spent the season reporting on the nation's top prospects before being promoted to director of college scouting on June 11, 2003. He oversaw the team's college scouting operations through the 2007 season.
After six seasons with the Patriots, Dimitroff was hired as the Falcons' general manager on January 13, 2008. In the 2008 NFL Draft and the Falcons drafted both quarterback Matt Ryan and offensive tackle Sam Baker in the first round; the Falcons signed free agent running back Michael Turner from the San Diego Chargers, selected to the 2009 Pro Bowl in his first year with the team. The Falcons, under first-year head coach Mike Smith, reached the playoffs in 2008 for the first time in four seasons, but lost to the Arizona Cardinals in the opening round. Soon after, Sporting News named Dimitroff their 2008 NFL Executive of the Year; the Falcons finished 9 -- 7 in 2009. In 2010, the Falcons finished 13–3, earning home field advantage for the duration of the playoffs, he was named the 2010 NFL Executive of the Year by the Sporting News, his second time receiving the award. The Falcons made consecutive playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012 with records of 10-6 and 13-3 respectively; the Falcons were four points away from the Super Bowl.
After five successful seasons, the Falcons took a turn for the worse and generated records of 4-12, 6-10, 8-8 the next three years. In 2016, the Falcons finished the regular season 11-5, they earned a trip to the Super Bowl, winning the NFC Championship against the Packers, it was the last game at the Georgia Dome
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston area. The Patriots compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's American Football Conference East division; the team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, located 21 miles southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts and 20 miles northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are headquartered at Gillette Stadium. An original member of the American Football League, the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues; the team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971. The Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium from 1971 to 2001 moved to Gillette Stadium at the start of the 2002 season; the Patriots' rivalry with the New York Jets is considered one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL. Since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000, the Patriots have since become one of the most successful teams in NFL history, winning 16 AFC East titles in 18 seasons since 2001, without a losing season in that period.
The franchise has since set numerous notable records, including most wins in a ten-year period, an undefeated 16-game regular season in 2007, the longest winning streak consisting of regular season and playoff games in NFL history, the most consecutive division titles won by a team in NFL history. The team owns the record for most Super Bowls reached and won by a head coach–quarterback tandem, most Super Bowl appearances overall, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins, tied with the Denver Broncos for the most Super Bowl losses. On November 16, 1959, Boston business executive Billy Sullivan was awarded the eighth and final franchise of the developing American Football League; the following winter, locals were allowed to submit ideas for the Boston football team's official name. The most popular choice – and the one that Sullivan selected – was the "Boston Patriots," with "Patriots" referring to those colonists of the Thirteen Colonies who rebelled against British control during the American Revolution and in July 1776 declared the United States of America an independent nation.
Thereafter, artist Phil Bissell of The Boston Globe developed the "Pat Patriot" logo. The Patriots struggled for most of their years in the AFL, they never had a regular home stadium. Nickerson Field, Harvard Stadium, Fenway Park, Alumni Stadium all served as home fields during their time in the American Football League, they played in only one AFL championship game, following the 1963 season, in which they lost to the San Diego Chargers 51–10. They did not appear again in an NFL post-season game for another 13 years; when the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, the Patriots were placed in the American Football Conference East division, where they still play today. The following year, the Patriots moved to a new stadium in Foxborough, which would serve as their home for the next 30 years; as a result of the move, they announced they would change their name from the Boston Patriots to the Bay State Patriots. The name was rejected by the NFL and on March 22, 1971, the team announced they would change its geographic name to New England.
During the 1970s, the Patriots had some success, earning a berth to the playoffs in 1976—as a wild card team—and in 1978—as AFC East champions. They lost in the first round both times. In 1985, they returned to the playoffs, made it all the way to Super Bowl XX, which they lost to the Chicago Bears 46–10. Following their Super Bowl loss, they lost in the first round; the team would not make the playoffs again for eight more years. During the 1990 season, the Patriots went 1–15, they changed ownership three times in the ensuing 14 years, being purchased from the Sullivan family first by Victor Kiam in 1988, who sold the team to James Orthwein in 1992. Though Orthwein's period as owner was short and controversial, he did oversee major changes to the team, first with the hiring of former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells in 1993. Orthwein and his marketing team commissioned the NFL to develop a new visual identity and logo, changed their primary colors from the traditional red and blue to blue and silver for the team uniforms.
Orthwein intended to move the team to his native St. Louis, but instead sold the team in 1994 for $175 million to its current owner, Robert Kraft. Since the Patriots have sold out every home game in both Foxboro Stadium and Gillette Stadium. By 2009, the value of the franchise had increased by over $1 billion, to a Forbes magazine estimated value of $1.361 billion, third highest in the NFL only behind the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. As of July 2018, the Patriots are the sixth most valuable sports franchise in the world according to Forbes magazine with a value of $3.7 billion. Continuing on as head coach under Kraft's ownership, Parcells would bring the Patriots to two playoff appearances, including Super Bowl XXXI, which they lost to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 35–21. Pete Carroll, Parcells's successor, would take the team to the playoffs twice in 1997 and 1998 before being dismissed as head coach after the 1999 season; the Patriots hired current head coach Bill Belichick, who had served as defensive coordinator under Parcells including during Super Bowl XXXI, in 2000.
Their new home field, Gillette Stadium, opened in 2002 to
Matt Ryan (American football)
Matthew Thomas Ryan, nicknamed Matty Ice, is an American football quarterback and team captain for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. After playing college football for Boston College, Ryan was drafted by the Falcons with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Ryan was Boston College's starting quarterback from 2005 to 2007, leading them to three bowl victories and a 25–7 record in 32 starts, he threw for 200 or more yards 15 times and is third all time in school history in passing yards and in pass completions. He earned MVP of the game honors at the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl. In 2007, Ryan led his team to an ACC Atlantic Division championship and was named ACC Player of the Year. During his rookie year, Ryan started all 16 games for the Falcons and led them to the playoffs with an 11–5 season record, he earned honors as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. In 2016, Ryan was the NFL's Most Valuable Player and led the Falcons to Super Bowl LI, where they were defeated by the New England Patriots.
After signing a $150 million five-year extension with the Falcons in 2018, Ryan became the first $30 million per year quarterback and the highest paid player in NFL history until being surpassed months by Aaron Rodgers. Ryan attended the William Penn Charter School, in Philadelphia, where he was a three-year starter and earned All-East honors from Larunt Lemming Prep Football Report, he captured All-Southeastern Pennsylvania accolades as a senior quarterback in addition to receiving All-City first-team honors in 2002 and second-team recognition in 2001. A three-time All-League selection, he threw for more than 1,300 yards with 9 touchdowns as a senior, finishing his career by completing more than 52 percent of his pass attempts during all three seasons at the helm. Ryan played football and baseball while in high school and was named captain of all three teams his senior year, he was quarterback of the football team in 2002, played small forward on the basketball team, was a pitcher and a shortstop on the baseball team.
Ryan began receiving scholarship offers as a sophomore. Some of the schools that offered him an athletic scholarship were Purdue, Georgia Tech and Connecticut. After attending his recruiting visit with Boston College during his junior year, it was announced he gave them his verbal commitment on August 14, 2002, his choices had come down to Boston College. Ryan was looking for a university close to home and had a strong and competitive football program with a major emphasis on academics. Ryan redshirted his first year with the team. Before the 2004 season, he was named the starting quarterback for Boston College due to an injury to Quinton Porter, he made his collegiate debut on October 2, 2004 against the UMass Minutemen and completed two of three passes for 16 yards. He would not complete his first touchdown until November 20, 2004 against Temple, after throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass to Larry Lester. Replacing the injured Paul Peterson, he completed 9-of-15 passes for 121 yards, he made his first collegiate start on November 27, 2004 in the final game of that season, completing 24 of 51 passes for 200 yards against Syracuse.
He played against North Carolina in the Continental Tire Bowl. He completed one of his two passes for 13 yards. Ryan was quite proficient in the classroom, was awarded the 2004 Freshman Male Scholar-Athlete award that same year. Ryan launched a website during his senior year at Boston College called Mattyice.com, where fans and media have 24-hour access to video highlights, updated biographical information and other information about him. In 2016, Boston College retired his jersey. At the beginning of the 2005 season, Ryan was named the second-string quarterback behind Quinton Porter. Porter had some success at the beginning of the year, including winning Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week for his performance in Boston College's 28–17 win over Virginia. After a 30–10 loss to third-ranked Virginia Tech, coach Tom O'Brien went to Ryan for good in the fourth quarter of the next game against North Carolina State. In ten games, he completed 121 of 195 passes for 1,514 yards, he had five interceptions.
He rushed for five touchdowns and 94 yards. He started his first bowl game in the MPC Computers Boise State, he completed 19 of 36 passes for a career-best three touchdowns. Ryan started 11 of the 12 games, he completed 263-of-427 passes for a conference-leading 2,942 yards, 15 touchdowns, ten interceptions. In addition, he rushed for four touchdowns, he was All-ACC first-team and led the ACC in passing yards. He was named ACC Offensive Back of the week three times, he set career highs in passing yards. He led the team to a 9 -- 3 record including double overtime wins versus Brigham Young, he led the Eagles to a close 25–24 victory on December 26, 2006 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Navy in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the season opener against Central Michigan, Ryan sprained his ankle. Against Virginia Tech, Ryan broke his foot on the same leg. Despite these injuries, Ryan only missed one game, his 57 pass attempts in the 2006 Wake Forest game tied Shawn Halloran's performance against Syracuse Orange in 1985 and Frank Harris's performance against Army in 1968 for the school record his 40 pass completions in the 2006 Wake Forest game broke the old school record of 37 by Frank Harris in the 1968 Army clash.
Before the season started, Ryan was named to the preseason All-ACC team. Against