January 15, 2010
Voting available on NFL Mobile Live only from Sprint or at NFL.com/cantmiss
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jan 15, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Every play from the 2009 NFL regular season has been judged for its "wow" factor by the fans and now the top five plays of the regular season - as decided by NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, Jim Loftus of NFL.com, Joanna Hunter of NFL public relations, and Steve Gaffney, Sprint’s vice president of corporate marketing - have been selected for the "Sprint Can’t-Miss Play of the Year." Now it’s up to the fans to decide which play is the Sprint Can’t-Miss Play of the Year as the greatest play of the season.

Fans can cast a vote from their Sprint (NYSE: S) phone via the NFL Mobile Live app or by going to www.nfl.com/cantmiss.

The top-five plays include:

  • Week 1: "Broncos Game-Winning Touchdown" - Denver Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley comes up with an incredible catch followed by an 87-yard run for a game-winning touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Week 3: "Viking Miracle" - Vikings quarterback Brett Favre avoids a heavy rush and throws a 33-yard pass to receiver Greg Lewis at the back of the end zone for a game-winning touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Week 12: "Last-Second Heroics" - Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young throws a 10-yard touchdown pass to receiver Kenny Britt as the Titans convert on a fourth down with no time on the clock to defeat the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Week 13: "Jaw Dropper" - New Orleans receiver Robert Meachem strips Washington Redskins defender Kareem Moore after an interception and has a 44-yard return for a touchdown.
  • Week 15: "Steel-ing a Win" - With no time on the clock, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws a 19-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Mike Wallace who makes a tough catch as the Steelers defeat the Green Bay Packers.

"The Sprint Can’t-Miss Play of the Year is about giving fans the power to pick their favorite play," said Gaffney. "The fans have responded throughout the season by picking the top plays each week and now they will have the final say as Sprint honors the single best play of the season."

During the season fans cast hundreds of thousands of votes for the Sprint Can’t-Miss Play of the Week to select the top play each week of the 2009 NFL regular season. Each week fans voted on NFL Mobile Live and NFL.com and one voter per week won a trip to Super Bowl XLIV. Now the fans’ voices will be heard one last time as they will vote for the Sprint Can’t-Miss Play of the Year.

The Sprint Can’t-Miss Play of the Year will be announced at a private event for Sprint customers on Feb. 2 from south Florida. Eisen will host the event, featuring highlights of the Sprint Can’t-Miss Plays of the Week, a roundtable discussion with Can’t-Miss Play legends Joe Montana and Dwight Clark from "The Catch" and Franco Harris and Terry Bradshaw from "The Immaculate Reception," plus the live announcement of the Sprint Can’t-Miss Play of the Year. The winning play will then be announced to all fans during the Sprint Can’t-Miss Plays countdown telecast airing at 4 p.m. (EST) Feb. 6 on NFL Network.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

SOURCE: Sprint

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