Five news items to start your day (3/25)

Posted Mar 25, 2014

Get caught up with the latest Big Blue happenings

1. NFL kicks off Annual Meeting in Orlando. Commissioner Roger Goodell opened the NFL Annual Meeting in Orlando on Monday with a presentation to team owners, general managers, coaches and staff. The hour-long session focused on the league’s challenges and priorities as well as saluting all teams on a memorable 2013 season and specifically recognized the work of coaches.

“The game has never been better and it’s a tribute to all of you, but it’s really important for us to salute the coaches,” Goodell said. “The coaches are the ones that really work to make this game great. We’ve changed the rules. We’ve removed techniques that we thought were dangerous. We’ve implemented new work rules and you, your staffs and your players have adjusted and we’re all better for it. Thank you, coaches, for all that you do.”

2. The 2013 season in six minutes. Relive the highs, lows and most memorable moments from the 2013 NFL season in only six minutes.

3. Giants’ owners speak. Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara, a member of the Competition Committee, spoke at the NFL Annual Meeting about potential rule changes that are on the agenda for discussion and voting this week. Included are proposals for 13 playing rules and seven bylaws. CLICK HERE to find out what he said.

Meanwhile, Giants chairman and executive vice president Steve Tisch discussed the team’s moves in free agency:

CLICK HERE to read more from Steve Tisch.

4. NFL Foundation commits $45 million to USA Football. The National Football League Foundation announced yesterday it has approved a $45 million grant to USA Football to support the growth of youth football.  The grant will provide funding for USA Football over the next five years. USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams, will use the grant to support youth and high school football through its Heads Up Football, NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, and NFL FLAG programs.

5. Say cheese.

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