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• Six first-year eligible candidates are among the 27 semi-finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018: CB/S Ronde Barber, G Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss andDE/DT Richard Seymour. The Class of 2018 will be unveiled during NFL Honors, a two-hour prime-time awards special to air nationally (Feb. 3, 2018) on the eve of Super Bowl LII.
• The New York Knicks named Dan Sabreen vp-public relations, effective Nov. 27. Sabreen has spent more than a decade at CBS Sports, most recently as vp-communications.
• For every save made by goalkeepers during MLS Eastern and Western Conference Championships and MLS Cup, Allstate said it would donate two new soccer nets to fields in need in that club's city. MLS goalies participating inlcude Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew), Joe Willis (Houston Dynamo), Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders) and Alex Bono (Toronto FC).
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5. Antonio Brown WR Pittsburgh Steelers 215,584
6. Drew Brees QB New Orleans Saints 207,751
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8. Jared Goff QB Los Angeles Rams 200,346
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11. Rob Gronkowski TE New England Patriots 168,663
12. Zach Ertz TE Philadelphia Eagles 156,183
13. Julio Jones WR Atlanta Falcons 124,556
14. Joey Bosa DE Los Angeles Chargers 117,480
15. Kyle Juszczyk FB San Francisco 49ers 116,816
16. Aaron Donald DT Los Angeles Rams 102,194
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NFL Stars To Shine With Carrie Underwood In NBC 'Sunday Night Football' Opener

Special to NYSportsJournalism.com

July 31, 2017: NBC has unveiled a list of ten players who will been seen by a record number of eyeballs on Sundays when they appear alongside Carrie Underwood during her performance of "Oh, Sunday Night," the opening theme for Sunday Night Football.

The new show open will debut Sept. 10 when the New York Giants visit the Dallas Cowboys in the Sunday Night Football season-opener.

However, NBC said that a sneak preview would air during its coverage of the San Francisco 49ers-Minnesota Vikings pre-season game on Sunday, Aug. 27.

The ten NFL players, who participated in filming of the open shoot at Universal Studios Hollywood in June are (in alphabetical order)

• Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
• Derek Carr Oakland Raiders
•  Dont’a Hightower New England Patriots
• Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs
• Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons
• Khalil Mack Oakland Raiders
• Von Miller Denver Broncos
• Patrick Peterson Arizona Cardinals
• Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants  
• Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys

According to NBC, "Oh, Sunday Night" is set to the music of "Somethin’ Bad," the 2014 release from Underwood and Miranda Lambert that earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Underwood worked with the songwriters of "Somethin’ Bad" — Chris DeStefano, Brett James and Priscilla Renea — to rewrite the lyrics for Sunday Night Football.

This NFL season marks the fifth for Underwood as the star of NBC’s Sunday Night Football show open.

In 2016-17, NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished as the No. 1 prime time’s TV show in all key metrics for the sixth consecutive year, tying American Idol for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950), according to NBC Sports.

2017 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday Sept. 7 NFL Kickoff 
Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
Sept. 10
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sept. 17
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
Sept. 24
Oakland Raiders at Washington Redskins
Oct. 1
Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks
Oct. 8
Kansas City Chiefs at Houston Texans
Oct. 15
New York Giants at Denver Broncos
Oct. 22
Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots
Oct. 29
Pittsburgh Steelers at Detroit Lions
Nov. 5
Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins
Nov. 12
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
Nov. 19
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Thursday Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Day
New York Giants at Washington Redskins
Nov. 26
Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Dec. 3
Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks
Dec. 10
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Dec. 17
Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders
Saturday Dec. 23
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Dec. 31 TBD

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