Category - NFL

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Can the Seattle Seahawks Repeat as Super Bowl Champs in 2014?
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College Football is Back!
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Fanatics Authentic at NFL Hall of Fame Weekend
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2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class Certainly One to Remember
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Pro Football Hall of Fame Autographed Sessions with Fanatics Authentic

Can the Seattle Seahawks Repeat as Super Bowl Champs in 2014?

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After one of the most exciting and unexpected championship runs in recent sports history, the Seattle Seahawks were named Super Bowl XLVIII Champions. From power rankings to their ability to win consecutive championships, the Seahawks have been one of the biggest topics of conversation as the 2014 NFL season gets underway. Returning to the field with nearly every starter from their Super Bowl winning roster, the defending champs are very well equipped to produce another season for the history books.

Whether it be during the 2014 NFL season or the near future, the Seahawks have the capability to add another trophy to their new championship collection. Seattle has a strong leader in quarterback Russell Wilson, who is just beginning to scratch the surface of his full potential. With two consecutive Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl title in just his second year at the pro level, Wilson will continue to improve and ignite the Seahawk’s offense. The return of the Hawk’s greatest threat, Marshawn Lynch, and a healthy Percy Harvin, plus the improvement of young runners Robert Turbin and Christine Michael further solidifies Seattle’s offense as one of the best in the league. Coupled with the Legion of Boom, a record-setting pass defense starring Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, the Seahawks are a dynamic threat on both sides of the ball. With the support of the 12th man and one of the most overwhelming home field advantages in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks are prepared to not only win, but seriously dominate the league throughout the season.

Although no NFL team has produced back-to-back Super Bowl victories since the New England Patriots a decade ago and there are only nine repeat champions in football history, the Seattle Seahawks are no stranger to defying the odds. With a lineup of proven champions and the most electrifying fan base in all of football, Seattle is prepped to continue writing history as the Seahawks look to further silence the critics and take home another Lombardi trophy.

FA_LynchSBCelebrate Seattle’s first Super Bowl title and show Seahawks pride as the team looks to make history during the 2014 NFL Season. Shop the extensive selection of Seattle Seahawks memorabilia to take home a piece of the championship glory and invest in the bright future of the next football dynasty.

College Football is Back!

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Whip out your favorite team’s jersey and clear your Saturday schedules because college football is finally back in action! With the inauguration of the NCAA’s four-team playoff system, this season is shaping up to be one of the best in quite some time.

Leading the ACC is the defending national champion Florida State. The ‘Noles return to Tallahassee with their Heisman winning quarterback Jameis Winston alongside preseason All-American tight end Nick O’Leary and a cast of other stars that helped bring the national championship to the Sunshine State last winter. FSU tops both the AP and USA Today NCAA football rankings and are widely regarded as an overwhelming favorite to repeat as national champs. Looking to dethrone the ‘Noles and take the ACC crown are head coach Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers, who return fire up for the season after pulling off an incredible victory against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Orange Bowl last year.

2014 is a rare season in the college football world, one in which an SEC team is not atop the preseason polls. Despite not having a team that holds the number one spot, the Southeastern Conference still boasts eight teams in the top 25. After a disappointing defeat in the Sugar Bowl, the Alabama Crimson Tide brings in yet another top notch recruiting class to help win a 16th national title. Also, in the top 10 of the polls come Auburn and South Carolina. Auburn gave a heavily favored Florida State team a run for their money in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game while Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks put together yet another successful campaign in South Carolina. With schools like LSU, Georgia, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, and Mizzou on the cusp of taking home the SEC’s highest honors, this year’s Southeastern Conference play will surely be a wide open and electrifying battle.

While the SEC is traditionally known as college football’s powerhouse conference, the PAC-12 is making quite the argument that they may indeed be the nations toughest group of teams. With the emergence of programs like UCLA, Oregon, and Stanford, this year could very well be the first in which a Pacific Coast team takes home a national championship since USC a decade ago. A squad of Heisman hopefuls highlights the talent of the PAC-12 conference, including Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and UCLA QB Brett Hundley. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor and defensive back Su’a Cravens were both named preseason All-Americans and look to restore greatness to the USC Trojans in the PAC-12 this season.

ChrisDavis_AuburnAmerica’s heartland is stacked with a selection of teams looking to bring home the NCAA’s first playoff championship this season. Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners are fresh off of a romping of the prestigious Alabama Crimson Tide program in the Orange Bowl in 2014. With a defense headlined by linebacker Eric Striker, OU has received votes over Florida State and Alabama to be named the number one team in the country this season. Looking to give the Sooners a run for their money are Bill Snyder’s Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears, led by playmaker Antwan Goodley at wide receiver.

This fall is sure to be a big time for the Big 10. The most classic conference in college football recently welcomed in Rutgers and Maryland to join the likes of it’s other historic programs. After losing starting quarterback Braxton Miller for the year in mid-August, the Buckeyes are seeking to overcome this devastating injury and take home another Big 10 title. With one of the most feared defenses in all of college football, the Michigan State Spartans want more than just another Rose Bowl victory this winter. Along with the Buckeyes and Spartans, traditional powerhouse teams like Nebraska and Wisconsin are also in the conversation to take home a Big 10 championship at Lucas Oil Field in December.

Whether you’re a die-hard Michigan Wolverines fan, a Georgia Bulldog faithful, or anywhere in between, Fanatics Authentic has you covered with the finest selection of college football memorabilia on the web. Our second-to-none assortment of authenticated merchandise ranges everywhere from signed jerseys, footballs, photos, and much more from all of your favorite universities. Kickoff the college football season on the right foot by browsing our college football memorabilia today!

Fanatics Authentic at NFL Hall of Fame Weekend

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From August 1st to 3rd, the National Football League spent three full days of events paying tribute to the sport’s greatest players for the 2014 Hall of Fame Weekend. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival legends of the past and countless football fans together to honor the class of 2014, which includes seven NFL icons: Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams. Throughout a weekend of events that celebrated the newest addition to the Football Hall of Fame, Fanatics Authentic hosted some of the greatest players from throughout NFL history for a day of autograph signings. With exclusive signings and exciting giveaways, the Fanatics Authentic Hall of Fame autograph sessions provided a day to truly remember for fans in attendance.

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Hall of Fame memorabilia

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Dan Marino autographing a Dolphins jersey

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The most dedicated fans at the event

Jim Kelly signing autographs

Jim Kelly signing autographs

Exclusive Hall of Fame Weekend Plaque

Exclusive Hall of Fame Weekend Plaque

The Fanatics Authentic Booth

The Fanatics Authentic Booth

Thurman Thomas signings a Bills helmet

Thurman Thomas signings a Bills helmet

LaDainian Tomlinson and Dan Marino

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Andre Reed Hall of Fame Plaque

Andre Reed Hall of Fame Plaque

Cornelius "Biscuit" Bennett signings autographs

Cornelius “Biscuit” Bennett signings autographs

John Hannah autographing a Pats jersey

John Hannah autographing a Pats jersey

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The Gold Jacket

Lawrence Taylor Giveaway Winner

Lawrence Taylor Giveaway Winner

Dan Fouts autographing photos from his glory days

Dan Fouts autographing photos from his glory days

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Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills Memorabilia

Bruce Smith signing autographs for fans

Bruce Smith signing autographs for fans

Fanatics Authentic Hall of Fame Raffle Prize

Fanatics Authentic Hall of Fame Raffle Prize

Darryl Talley signing photos

Darryl Talley signing photos

2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class Certainly One to Remember

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With each fall comes the induction of some of the greatest gridiron heroes the game has ever seen in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The busts of the induction class of 2014 may be some of the greatest of all-time, as several of the most dominant defensive players in NFL history will be enshrined in Canton.

Linebacker, Derrick Brooks has single handedly ruled the state of Florida at all levels of the game. The high school All-American went on to play his college football at Florida State University, where he was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and had his number retired by the university. Brooks was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft and became the most important player in franchise history. While anchoring the Bucs D, Brooks was named to 11 Pro Bowls and helped Tampa Bay win their first and only Super Bowl.

Former Tennessee State hero, Claude Humphrey was one of the first great defensive lineman the NFL had been lucky enough to see. Said to be the player who molded the careers of Reggie White and Michael Strahan, Humphrey played his football for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles throughout the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The defensive end played in six Pro Bowls and was named a First-Team All-Pro five times throughout his illustrious career in the NFL.

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Andre Reed is quite possibly the greatest athlete that the city of Buffalo, New York has ever seen. The former Bills superstar wide receiver absolutely dominated the field in the 80’s and 90’s. Andre Reed played 15 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, where he was named a seven-time Pro Bowler and helped his team reach four consecutive Super Bowls. Reed ranks among the top of the list for nearly every all-time receiving record, like receptions, yards, and touchdowns. The wide out becomes only the eighth Bill in franchise history to be voted in to the Hall, alongside legends Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, and Jim Kelly.

2014 Hall of Fame inductee, Aeneas Williams was a lockdown defensive back for multiple NFL teams. Originally with Arizona, Williams was named to six Pro Bowls as a Cardinal and his impeccable defense earned him a spot in the franchises ring of honor. The former Southern University star then went on to join the defensive side of St. Louis’ “Greatest Show on Turf” in 2001. As a member of the Rams, Williams was named to two more Pro Bowls, won an NFC Championship, and was honored as a player on the St. Louis 10th Anniversary Team. Aeneas Williams retired from pro football fifth all-time in non-offensive touchdowns.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will see a bit of history in their newest class, as they recently inducted their first ever punter. Raiders great, Ray Guy was named to the 2014 Hall of Fame class, becoming only the second kicker to earn a spot in Canton, and the first player to purely specialized in punting. No punter in the history of the National Football League has put together a career as decorated as that of Ray Guy. The long-time Raider was named to seven Pro Bowls, the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, and led the Oakland/Los Angeles franchise to three Super Bowl victories.

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Long-time Seattle Seahawks hero, Walter Jones is the only offensive lineman in the Class of 2014. Jones was as reliable as it got on the Seattle offensive line, starting in 180 NFL games and being named to nine consecutive Pro Bowls. The former Florida State Seminole is best known for protecting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and running back Shaun Alexander during the Seahawks run to Super Bowl XL. Jones had his #71 jersey retired by Seattle and was also named to the NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team.

Former New York Giants defensive end, Michael Strahan is arguably the most decorated and deserving player to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. Strahan cemented his legacy as one of the greatest New York Giants of all-time with his 141.5 sacks that ranks in the top five in NFL history. The Texas native was a key reason the Giants were one of the most successful teams in the league in the 2000’s and it was only fitting that he retired after New York’s come from behind Super Bowl XLII victory against the previously-undefeated New England Patriots. When it was all said and done, Michael Strahan retired as a seven-time Pro Bowler, four-time First-Team All-Pro, and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

 

Pro Football Hall of Fame Autographed Sessions with Fanatics Authentic

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In honor of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival that will pay tribute to the class of 2014 from August 1st through August 3rd in Canton, Ohio, Fanatics Authentic plans to host several of the inductees for an exclusive autograph signing event. In the midst of a weekend full of events to celebrate the newest additions to the Football Hall of Fame, the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular will hold a day of autograph sessions on Saturday, August 2nd at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Grounds.

Fans in attendance of the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival not only get to witness some of the greatest NFL players in football history be esteemed at the highest level, they also have the unique chance to meet these sports legends in person. With a lineup that features many of the players to be honored that weekend, fans also have exclusive access to the first Hall of Fame collectibles to be signed by the inductees. Join Fanatics Authentic for the event of a lifetime to preserve unforgettable football memories and commemorate the unforgettable football career of Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett, Dan Fouts, Darryl Talley, Jim Kelly, Joe Greene, John Hannah, Lawrence Taylor, Steve Largent, Thurman Thomas, and more.

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Every Hall of Fame athlete on the lineup will be signings exclusive autographs during the event and many offer special inscriptions for an additional fee, giving NFL fans a once in a lifetime chance to get up close to legends of the game. Tickets for autographs and inscriptions can be purchased by calling 866-586-4915 and picked up at will call on the Hall of Fame grounds at 2121 George alas Dr. Canton, Ohio. Every piece of sports memorabilia that is signed at the event will be fully certified authentic and backed by the Fanatics Authentic authenticity guarantee.

See the full Hall of Fame lineup and ticket information at www.FanaticsAuthenticShows.com

 

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