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Teams celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

  • By National Football League
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The NFL and its teams will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) with a series of special events. Teams designate home games in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, with players participating in local community outreach.

Eight NFL teams -- Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, and Washington Redskins -- got things started Sunday, when they hosted Hispanic Heritage Month games at their stadiums.

The NFL, Telemundo and NBC Sports have teamed for a unique broadcast for viewers of the "Sunday Night Football" New York Jets-Miami Dolphins game on Sunday, Sept. 26. Telemundo will broadcast its first-ever "Sunday Night Football" game on its New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Miami stations.

The NBC Sports' "Sunday Night Football" production team will partner with Deportes Telemundo to broadcast the game from Miami in two languages. Deportes Telemundo will provide its own Spanish-speaking award-winning commentators, Jessi Losada, Rene Giraldo and Edgar Lopez.

In-stadium festivities at the game include a tailgate performance by Texas rocker Alejandro Escovedo, the national anthem by Grammy-award winner and Dolphins' limited partner Marc Anthony, along with Dolphins' limited partner Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas, and a special halftime performance by international superstar Enrique Iglesias. Dolphins' limited partner and seven-time Grammy-award winner Gloria Estefan will introduce Iglesias.

The celebration continues with "Monday Night Football." The NFL, ESPN and ESPN Deportes have teamed to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on ESPN and ESPN Deportes during the Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears "Monday Night Football" game on Monday, Sept. 27.

The game telecast on ESPN will feature special graphic integrations and features, as well as Hank Williams Jr. singing some lyrics in Spanish during the show's opening video. The commentating team for ESPN Deportes, the official Spanish-language television home for all MNF games, will feature Spanish-language Emmy-nominated play-by-play voice Álvaro Martín, analyst and former NFL kicker Raúl Allegre, and sideline reporter John Sutcliffe.

The NFL, ESPN and the Bears will host a MNF Chalk Talk Luncheon the day of the game at Carnivale Chicago with commentators and alumni players from both teams. A local Hispanic high school student-athlete will be recognized with the ESPN RISE Above Award for overcoming adversity and excelling in his/her sport and school.

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