On Super Bowl Sunday, NFL stars tweeted their support for the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," following the advice of a White House liaison, Kyle Lierman.
"Football fans, hope you're getting ready for Super Bowl XLVII, don't forget you can #getcovered at healthcare.gov," tweeted Brendon Ayanbadejo, former linebacker for last year's Super Bowl champs, the Baltimore Ravens. His first attempt only got 8 "retweets" and 5 "favorites."
Lierman, a White House Office of Public Engagement liaison, drafted that tweet and others, in an email to the NFL Players Association obtained by The Washington Free Beacon. "When folks tweet this out if they or you email me with their handle I can flag it for the @whitehouse and our other twitter handles to be retweeted, etc.," the liaison wrote. more >>
For the first ad following the Super Bowl on Sunday night, Internet insurance company Esurance promised $1.5 million to one participant who tweets with the hashtag "#EsuranceSave30." The company, however, is distancing itself from offensive tweets that are using its promotional hashtag.
"When Esurance told me 'we bought the first commercial AFTER the big game!' I was like, great? Then they told me how much they saved, 1.5 million dollars," John Krasinski, star of "The Office," says in the TV ad.
"Since they like passing on their savings, that's what they're going to do right now," Krasinski declared, pointing to a table-sized stack of cash. "Just tweet #EsuranceSave30, and they'll give all this to one of you!" more >>
In an amazing display of faith on Sunday, a group of Denver Broncos players joined Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mike Morgan for a moment of prayer on the field after his team handed them a devastating 43-8 blowout win in the NFL Super Bowl 2014.
A photo posted to Twitter by Yahoo Sports producer Kari Van Horn shows Morgan (#57) as the only Seahawks player in the prayerful huddle of Broncos players.
"God is GREAT! After the confetti cannons exploded, a group of #Broncos joined @Mike17mo in prayer," noted Van Horn in a tweet with the photo. more >>
Former Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams NFL player turned pastor Aeneas Williams was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Saturday after being a finalist for the honor twice before.
A beaming Williams, who currently serves as pastor for The Spirit Church in St. Louis, Mo., humbly acknowledged the honor after his selection was announced in a ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
He was introduced as "a pro-bowler at cornerback and safety" who "notably turned turnovers into touchdowns scoring on nine of his 55 interceptions," according to a clip of the ceremony highlighted in a YouTube video. more >>
A Kansas-based hate group unaffiliated with any Baptist denomination protested at the biggest National Football League game of the year, and has announced plans to stage a protest at actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's funeral.
Westboro Baptist Church held a demonstration showcasing their usual inflammatory rhetoric aimed at homosexuals and the United States near New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
5. Super Bowl III (NY Jets 16, Baltimore 7)
It has been a long time since the NY Jets have made the Super Bowl but fans still never forget how important this win was for the franchise. It was the first officially-named Super Bowl. NY Jets QB "Broadway" Joe Namath famously guaranteed a victory over the heavily favored 13-1 Colts, who allowed the fewest points in an NFL season. The Jets delivered an excellent performance all around and relied heavily on their ground game. All of which helped them win their first Super Bowl by 9 points and upset the big time favorite Baltimore Colts.
4. Super Bowl XXIII (San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16) more >>