'Wheel of Fortune' and PLAYERS INC Score Big With Tenth Annual 'NFL Players Week'

Charities are the Real Winners as NFL Stars Spin the Wheel for Cash and Prizes

Jan 23, 2006, 00:00 ET from PLAYERS INC

    CULVER CITY, Calif., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Wheel of Fortune continues a
 decade long tradition with the upcoming special NFL Players Week airing
 January 23-27 in national syndication (check local listings for station and
 time).  Featuring fifteen top NFL players teamed-up with fans from their
 pro-team cities, NFL Players Week is a fun-filled, supercharged, high-energy
 week of episodes that's a consistent touchdown with viewers.
     Taped on location in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and hosted by Pat Sajak and
 Vanna White, NFL Players Week welcomes Deion Branch (New England Patriots),
 Derrick Brooks (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Warrick Dunn (Atlanta Falcons), Jason
 Elam (Denver Broncos), Marshall Faulk (St. Louis Rams), Bob Griese (Hall of
 Fame/Miami Dolphins), Franco Harris (Hall of Fame/Pittsburgh Steelers),
 Rashean Mathis (Jacksonville Jaguars), Deuce McAllister (New Orleans Saints),
 Santana Moss (Washington Redskins), Gale Sayers (Hall of Fame/Chicago Bears),
 Jason Taylor (Miami Dolphins), Jonathan Vilma (New York Jets), Reggie Wayne
 (Indianapolis Colts) and Roy Williams (Dallas Cowboys) as they spin the Wheel
 for their favorite charities.
     Three NFL players, each teamed-up with a contestant from their pro-team
 city, will be featured in every episode that week.  The pressure is on, as the
 contestant spins the Wheel for cash and prizes, and the players spin for their
 favorite charities.  Since its inception, NFL Players Week has raised nearly
 $2.5 million dollars for various charities.
     "We are proud to have nurtured such a longstanding relationship between
 Wheel of Fortune and PLAYERS INC," said Executive Producer Harry Friedman.  "A
 partnership of this duration in television is truly extraordinary and is a
 testament to the popularity of these shows with Wheel Watchers and football
 fans alike."
      "This show has given fans a chance to see a personal side of their
 favorite NFL players as they compete and spin the Wheel for charity," said Pat
 Allen, chief operating officer and executive vice president of PLAYERS INC.
 "Our ten-year partnership with Wheel of Fortune has not only brought fans
 closer to players but has significantly benefited player charities and
     The contestant from the team with the highest cash/prize total for the
 week will be the envy of football fans everywhere, as they will be awarded the
 "Super Prize" valued at over $20,000, provided by PLAYERS INC.  The "Super
 Prize" includes a spectacular five-day/four-night trip to Super Bowl XL in
 Detroit, Michigan, containing VIP passes for two to mingle with hundreds of
 NFL players at the PLAYERS INC VIP Party, NFL Players Party and PLAYERS INC
 Live, along with two tickets to the Super Bowl.  The winner will also receive
 thousands of dollars worth of player-autographed memorabilia and a
 $1,000 Reebok gift certificate.
     Viewers and fans have the opportunity to win PLAYERS INC and Wheel of
 Fortune apparel as well as watch behind-the-scenes footage at
 www.wheeloffortune.com and www.NFLPLAYERS.COM.
     Formed in 1994, PLAYERS INC is the licensing and marketing subsidiary of
 the NFL Players Association.  Representing more than 1,800 active and
 3,500 retired NFL players, PLAYERS INC "takes the helmets off" the players and
 markets them as personalities as well as professional athletes.  Through an
 exclusive sponsorship agreement between the NFL and PLAYERS INC, NFL players
 are integrated into NFL sponsor activation programs through PLAYERS INC.  In
 addition, under an exclusive agreement between the NFL and PLAYERS INC,
 NFLPLAYERS.COM, PLAYERS INC's official website, is part of the NFL Internet
 Network.  Each year PLAYERS INC negotiates and facilitates more than
 3,500 player marketing opportunities for NFL players.  PLAYERS INC activities
 include retail licensing, corporate sponsorships and promotions, special
 events, radio and television projects, publishing and internet.  For more
 information, please visit NFLPLAYERS.COM.
     Wheel of Fortune is the #1 program in the history of syndicated
 television.  Currently in its 23rd season in syndication, the series is seen
 daily by 19 million viewers daily in the U.S.   Wheel of Fortune is produced
 by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, and
 distributed domestically by King World Productions.  The series is distributed
 internationally by CBS Paramount International Television.
            "NFL PLAYERS WEEK" - January 23 through January 27, 2006
     Monday, January 23, 2006
     PLAYER                  CHARITY                     CONTESTANT
     Marshall Faulk,         Marshall Faulk              Jennifer Lorraine of
     St. Louis Rams          Foundation benefiting       St. Louis, MO
                             in part his Katrina
                             Relief Fund
     Roy Williams,           The Roy Williams            Leslie Brockman of
     Dallas Cowboys          Safety Net Foundation       Flower Mound, TX
     Deion Branch,           Deion Branch Charitable     Stephanie Bennett of
     New England Patriots    Foundation, Inc.            West Haven, CT
     Tuesday, January 24, 2006
     PLAYER                  CHARITY                     CONTESTANT
     Franco Harris,          CURE International          Ashley Baker
     Hall of Fame/           & Children's Miracle        of Sewickley, PA
     Pittsburgh Steelers     Network of Greater
     Gale Sayers,            Sherman United Methodist    Mark Lubbat
     Hall of Fame/           Church & Better Boys        of Chicago, IL
     Chicago Bears           Foundation
     Bob Griese,             Judi's House                Babette Dominguez
     Hall of Fame/                                       of Miami, Florida
     Miami Dolphins
     Wednesday, January 25, 2006
     PLAYER                  CHARITY                     CONTESTANT
     Reggie Wayne,           Habitat for Humanity        Deshawn Stevenson of
     Indianapolis Colts      International Inc.          Fort Wayne, IN
                             benefiting Operation
                             Home Delivery
     Santana Moss,           Santana Moss Foundation,    Brandy Airall of
     Washington Redskins     Inc.                        Washington, DC
     Jonathan Vilma,         Dade Community              Anthony Rubbo of
     New York Jets           Foundation Inc.             Brooklyn, NY
                             benefiting the Jonathan
                             Vilma Charitable Fund
     Thursday, January 26, 2006
     PLAYER                  CHARITY                     CONTESTANT
     Rashean Mathis,         Boys and Girls Club of      Tara McCool of
     Jacksonville Jaguars    Northeast Florida           Jacksonville, FL
                             Benefiting the NFL
                             Youth Education Town
     Jason Elam,             Wycliffe Seed Company       Cathy Darrah of
     Denver Broncos                                      Morrison, CO
     Deuce McAllister,       The Catch 22 Foundation     Susie Cumpton of
     New Orleans Saints                                  Monroe, LA
     Friday, January 27, 2006
     PLAYER                  CHARITY                     CONTESTANT
     Warrick Dunn,           Warrick Dunn Foundation,    Mona Searcy of
     Atlanta Falcons         Inc. benefiting Homes for   Atlanta, GA
                             the Holidays
     Jason Taylor,           Jason Taylor Foundation,    Cristina Torres of
     Miami Dolphins          Inc.                        Cooper City, FL
     Derrick Brooks,         Derrick Brooks Charities,   Celeste McLaughlin of
     Tampa Bay Buccaneers    Inc.                        Tampa, FL