The NFL touched down at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to host its 10th annual NFL-All Access event. Hundreds of NFL fans came out in hopes of getting up close and personal with their favorite teams and test their own football skills.
This year's NFL-All Access event included a variety of different activities, from photo booths to a "Play Like A Pro Challenge." Fans were able to test their arm and leg strength by taking part in the wide receiver challenge, quarterback accuracy challenge and the extra point challenge.
Memorabilia was also put up for sale as part of a silent auction at the event. The prizes varied from a signed Kobe Bryant No. 8 Lakers jersey to a Super Bowl XLVI football signed by Giants QB Eli Manning and WR Victor Cruz.
Fans were also given the opportunity to take a locker room tour, which featured official uniforms from all 32 NFL teams. Fans flooded into the locker room, where they were able to take pictures with the different helmets and shoulder pads. There was also an equipment demonstration given by Gordon Batty, who is currently the equipment manager for the Green Bay Packers.
Sponsors of the event, including State Farm Insurance and Enterprise Car Rental, set up booths where people could play games, take photos and even get put in the running to win prizes and tickets to sporting events. The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers also set up booths on the field, where fans could take photos with cheerleaders and get autographs from athletes.
NFL analysts and players were also in attendance, posing for pictures, signing autographs and taking part in a panel. The athletes that partook in the activities ranged from Tennessee Titans’ quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to the legendary sportscaster and voice of Monday Night Football Al Michaels. NFL Hall of Fame running back and NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ‘quarterback Josh Freeman, Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Terrell Suggs, and Fox Sports’ NFL reporter Jay Glazer also joined them.
After a cocktail reception and a buffet dinner provided by Wolfgang Puck, fans were able to hear from the pros about their outlook on the new NFL season. With the lockout being over and talks of an NFL team coming to Los Angeles, the crowd was pleased by the star panel and what they had to say, despite the rain. The audience was especially content to hear the thoughts of Al Michaels, and what he had to say about the NFL once again touching down in Southern California.
"If a stadium gets built, I'm 1,000 percent sure a team will come to L.A.," said Michaels. "If L.A. has a stadium, the Super Bowl will be hosted here every three years. What better place is there to play the Super Bowl than in L.A.?"