New York, NY – The National Football League (NFL) announced today the upcoming launch of Origins: An NFL Collection, a grassroots merchandise collaboration program to celebrate the cultural richness of the Super Bowl LVI host city, Los Angeles, and the design talent sprouting from the community. Origins: An NFL Collection, is a new approach to NFL event merchandise and the League has selected four LA-based brands, Bella Doña, Bricks & Wood, Circulate, and Rip N Repair, to create capsule lines that embody the spirit of LA and its connection to NFL football as part of a Super Bowl LVI collection.
“Origins: An NFL Collection represents a new avenue for representation in fashion for the NFL and demonstrates how the League can use its platform to highlight design talent in event host cities. We are proud to launch this program in Los Angeles ahead of Super Bowl LVI,” said Joe Ruggiero, SVP, Consumer Products, NFL. “Los Angeles is tremendously diverse and Bella Doña, Bricks & Wood, Circulate, and Rip N Repair encapsulate the uniqueness of a community that is leading the way in streetwear. There is no better way to showcase these brands than by having them come together to share their origin stories through product for our fans.”
Each brand was hand-selected to collaborate with the NFL and will leverage their unique styles and backgrounds to bring Origins: An NFL Collection to life. Bella Doña, a Latina-owned brand, celebrates the spirit of sisterhood with roots in Chicano and LA culture. Bricks & Wood is a South Central, LA-based, Black-owned apparel company focused on storytelling through manufacturing, design, and collaborations. Circulate is a Black-owned skate brand that strives to deliver not just clothes, but experiences. Rip N Repair is a collective of creatives embracing its heritage, exploring different eras, and the identity of being Asian in America.
“To become more authentically connected to our host cities, it was important for the NFL to find ways to collaborate more with local brands that are the fabric of the communities we are entering,” said Eddie Capobianco, Vice President, Influencer Marketing, NFL. “With the launch of Origins: An NFL Collection, we now have an opportunity to do that by shining a spotlight on local talent and integrating them into how we commemorate NFL events, bringing their creative designs to our massive fanbase. Bella Doña, Bricks & Wood, Circulate, and Rip N Repair are the cultures, communities, and people that shape Los Angeles, and we look forward to seeing their visions come to life for this limited-edition collection.”
To celebrate the launch of Origins: An NFL Collection, the NFL will host a free pop-up shop event in Los Angeles on February 6. The event will bring together each of the four brands as they debut their capsule lines to the LA community, accompanied by local food, music, and more.
The collection will also be available for purchase beginning February 6 through February 13 at the NFL Shop at Super Bowl presented by Visa, located at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The store is located between the West and South Halls and tickets are not required for entry. For more information and hours of operation for the NFL Shop at Super Bowl presented by Visa, click here.
For fans outside of LA, select styles from the collection will be sold online at NFLShop.com/Origins on February 7.
LA-based directing duo madebyJAMES from the production company, BASEWOOD, will direct video features on each of the four brands that will document the designers and their roots in LA, their capsules, and what the Origins: An NFL Collection collaboration means to their communities and cultures. Music for select brand video features will be produced by the students from the 1500 Sound Academy, a music school founded by Grammy Award winners James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson based in Inglewood, CA, which takes a unique and disruptive approach to world-class music education.
For additional information on Origins: An NFL Collection, the brands, and the pop-up shop event, visit NFL.com/origins.
Stafford, Kupp, Donald Anchor and Lead L.A. Rams to 23-20 Super Bowl LVI Win Over Bengals
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Super Bowl LVI came down to three men: Aaron Donald, Cooper Kupp and Matt Stafford.
This win checked a lot of boxes for the L.A. Rams: this is their first Super Bowl win in L.A.; Kupp, Donald and Stafford enjoyed their first-ever Super Bowl wins, and Sean McVay is one of the (if not the) youngest coach(es) to win a Super Bowl. Additionally, the Rams continued the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ precedent of winning a Super Bowl in their own home stadium.
The L.A. Rams had an aggressive start to the big game, scoring the first touchdown with 6:26 left in the first quarter thanks to Stafford’s 17-yard deep right pass to Odell Beckham Jr.
The Bengals answered with McPherson’s 29-yard field goal with 31 seconds left, and the scoring remained 7-3 for the quarter.
In the second quarter, Stafford led the Rams to a second touchdown with an 11-yard pass to Cooper Kupp, but unfortunately the extra point failed due to the a ball drop before Matt Gay could get his foot on it.
The Bengals scored their first touchdown with Mixon’s six-yard touchdown pass to Higgins in the second quarter, heading into halftime with the Rams leading 13-10.
After an explosive Pepsi Halftime Show featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige, the game resumed and the Bengals brought the pressure, scoring twice in the third.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow opened the quarter with an explosive drive, throwing a 75-yard touchdown bomb to Higgins, flipping the lead to Cincinnati, 17-13. They got on the board again with McPherson’s 38-yard field goal just five minutes after the touchdown, giving them a 20-13 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The Rams came into the fourth quarter with a deficit and the triad of Stafford, Kupp and Donald buoyed the Rams to their historic come-from-behind win. Matt Gay’s 41-yard field goal put the Rams back on the board 20-16.
The final two minutes of Super Bowl LVI were by far the most electric, given the flurry of penalties, but the talk of the night will forever focus on Cooper Kupp and Aaron Donald. Stafford had found Kupp with 1:44 left in the game for a four-yard touchdown pass, but it was nullified due to penalties on both sides: holding for the Rams and unnecessary roughness for the Bengals.
It didn’t matter. On the Rams’ next possession, Stafford made the turnaround play of the game, tossing to Kupp for one-yard for the touchdown, making the score 23-20 for the Rams.
On the Bengals’ next possession, Aaron Donald shone on defense, death-gripping the offense for yards lost. His play of the night was the final sack on Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow on the Bengals’ fourth down, putting the ball back in LA’s possession. Despite 39 seconds being left in the game, Stafford took a knee to end the game and secure the win for the Rams.
Odell Beckham Jr. got injured and couldn’t finish out the game, and he cried epic tears in the end as he watched his team win the Super Bowl.
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Rams’ Cooper Kupp named Super Bowl LVI MVP
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (FNN) – Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp hauled Super Bowl LVI Most Valuable Player honors after hauling in the game-winning pass in his team’s 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at SoFi Stadium.
Kupp, the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, had two touchdowns in the victory, with a game-high eight catches for 92 yards and two TDs.
Kupp had four catches and a seven-yard run for a fourth-down conversion on the game-winning drive, which saw the Rams take over with 6:13 to go and ended with his go-ahead score.
Rams Coach Sean McVay Talks Super Bowl Prep in First and Only In-Person Interviews
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (FNN SPORTS) – The L.A. Rams trained for an hour and 40 minutes at California Lutheran University’s William Rolland Stadium. As is the case during the course of the season, the Rams went through the non-padded regimen tabbed “Fast Friday,” which began with a walk-though and ended with fast reps on both practice fields.
“Here’s what I’d say: The players, the stillness, the calmness that they have, the confidence in their preparation, I feel really good,” McVay told the press Friday. “I’m excited to be able to go watch these guys compete to the best of their ability. As coaches, we’ll try to be poised, make good decisions and that’s all we’re going to do. And we’re going to enjoy the moment.
“We just kind of tightened up, went over any little last-minute reminders and a couple of little situational things,” McVay said. “Our guys did a good job with that.”
McVay shared that tackle Joe Noteboom and tight end Tyler Higbee would be placed on injured reserve with chest and knee injuries respectively. The move was expected for Higbee, who hasn’t practiced since being injured in the NFC title game. Noteboom practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and Thursday, but was a non-participant on Friday.
McVay said both Darrell Henderson, Jr. and defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day will be activated from IR.
In the narrow window of time left before kickoff Sunday, McVay advised his players: “Do your last little preparation, but trust your preparation. Trust your process. Trust yourself and your teammates. Understand that we have a little time until kickoff. It’s great to be a little excited about it, but just be in the moment.”