A journey of 100 seasons began with a single step
For the National Football League, that step was made by RALPH HAY, owner of the Canton Bulldogs. Hay’s simple
initiative was to invite owners of three other Ohio teams – the Dayton Triangles, Cleveland Indians and Akron Pros
– to a meeting at his Canton auto showroom to discuss forming a league. Three issues prompted the meeting:
Dramatically rising salaries, players jumping from one team to another following the highest offers, and teams illegally
using players still in college. That initial meeting conceived the foundation of the league, originally called the American
Professional Football Association, on August 20, 1920.
Countless steps, strides and leaps later, the NFL embarks on its 100th season . The league has five
objectives in 2019:
Strengthen the lifelong generational bond between fans and their favorite NFL teams.
Embrace and engage past and present NFL players and teams.
Make meaningful contributions in America’s communities.
Portray the game’s influence on American culture and its unifying values.
Use the 100th season as a launch pad for the future of the NFL.
The league understands and recognizes that its success would not have materialized without its diverse and
passionate fans. So, the NFL has created a series of contests that will reward fans with once-in-a-lifetime
experiences that only the NFL can offer.
The first of those unique experiences was Tickets for 100 Years, an unprecedented giveaway impacting
multiple future generations. At this year’s NFL Draft in Nashville on April 25, Commisioner ROGER GOODELL
announced New York Giants fan GREGORY HAMPTON (below) and his family were the winners of season
tickets for the next 100 seasons. Each club also is awarding two season tickets for this 100th season to one
of their fans.
Other NFL Experiences of a Lifetime include the exclusive chance to serve as a Madden NFL ratings adjustor
at EA Sports, a trip to New York with friends for Commissioner Goodell to announce their fantasy league’s
draft picks, having Chiefs Pro Bowler TRAVIS KELCE attend your wedding, and the opportunity to work out
with Giants sensational running back SAQUON BARKLEY in his Quad Squad Quad Challenge. Each team also
is rewarding fans with their own Experience of a Lifetime. Here’s a sample:
CLUB EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
Arizona Helicopter ride to and from game; halftime wedding ceremony
Baltimore Karaoke contest for fans and friends at M&T Bank Stadium (words on scoreboard) with Matt
Judon and Brandon Williams
Buffalo Halftime wedding ceremony with Hall of Famer Jim Kelly giving away the bride
Denver Von Miller to attend homecoming of a Broncos fan
Detroit Turkey Bowl flag-football game with Barry Sanders; lunch with Mrs. Ford; travel on team plane to
Indianapolis Playing catch with Peyton Manning at Lucas Oil Stadium
Jacksonville Trip to London for fan living in Jacksonville; trip to Jacksonville for fan living in London
Philadelphia Lead Eagles onto field and join club during pregame, then help Eagles equipment staff during
Pittsburgh Five families join Ben Roethlisberger for barbecue at Steelers training camp
Seattle Full day with Cliff Avril, limo service, shopping spree, raise the “12” flag before game
Tampa Bay Gameday party with nine friends on deck of Raymond James Stadium pirate ship
Washington Stay at hotel with team legends, car service to game, on-field meet and greet with Adrian
Peterson, honorary team captain during coin toss
Central to NFL100 plans are “Fantennials.” What’s a Fantennial, you ask? A Fantennial is a mindset designed to keep the fan front and center for all initiatives this season.
During the 2019 season, each team will host a “Fantennial Weekend” – a three-day celebration of football – from Weeks 1-10 and Week 14.
The homecoming-style weekend will include a high-school game on a Friday night attended by legends from their local NFL team, a fan festival on Saturday and, saving the biggest celebration for last, its home game to close the multi-day extravaganza. At that home game, high-school players will take part in the coin toss, the greatest moment in club history will be revealed, and legends will be recognized and honored.
Notable Fantennial Weekend agendas include
CLUB GAME FANTENNIAL WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS
Arizona Sept. 29 vs. SEA Christian Kirk, D.J. Foster and Byron Murphy part of pep rally at their former
high school, Scottsdale Saguaro; SSHS team participates in coin toss prior to
Carolina Sept. 8 vs. LAR Local high schools with NFL alumni have bands form NFL100 logo at halftime
Cincinnati Oct. 20 vs. JAX Two legends from each decade in attendance at several HS games; Saturday
event for season-ticket members; Sunday game, where season-ticket members
will form tunnel for pregame introductions
Cleveland Sept. 8 vs. TEN Celebration of Hall of Famer Otto Graham and past championship teams and
legends; unveiling Graham’s FirstEnergy Stadium statue
Denver Oct. 13 vs. TEN Held fan vote to decide top 100 Broncos players; will host event to unveil those
players and have them attend high-school game, as well as game vs. Titans
Houston Oct. 27 vs. OAK NFL and NASA to feature a made-in-space 100th season commemorative coin
during coin toss.
Jacksonville Oct. 13 vs. NO Rashean Mathis and Jalen Ramsey attend local HS game Friday, awarding game
MVP with four tickets to Saints game, where the MVP will serve as honorary
New England Dec. 8 vs. KC Gillette Stadium hosting state HS football championships; honor legends from
2003-04 Super Bowl teams who will take part in fan-fest and game vs. Chiefs
N.Y. Giants Sept. 15 vs. BUF MetLife Stadium hosting three Saturday HS games; Giants to serve Friday night
dinner for 500 players/coaches; captains of winning teams will attend Sunday
game and stand with players on sideline during pregame
Oakland Oct. 6 vs. CHI
Trafalgar Square live entertainment, NFL Academy students, Raiderettes, Raider
legends, Raiders fan fest in London
Philadelphia Sept. 22 vs. DET Merrill Reese to introduce teams at HS game, then broadcast game with Mike
Quick; Friday night coaches and captains participate in pregame vs. Lions
Tampa Bay Sept. 22 vs. NYG Saturday beach bash with free concert (Billy Ray Cyrus and Parmalee),
giveaways, fireworks; Ronde Barber Ring of Honor ceremony Sunday
Washington Oct. 20 vs. SF Redskins providing homecoming throwback jerseys to local HS team