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Super Bowl Ad for NFL Net

1/31/2006 2:37 AM Eastern

NFL Network will air 60-second commercial “NFL Nation” during Super Bowl XL on ABC Sunday.

NFL Nation pays tribute to players, fans and families. The NFL Nation theme runs through the voiceover, which states, “We’re a nation of football fans. Tonight we’re all connected, at one point in time, by the game. So on this, our most Super Sunday, we just want to say thanks. We’re proud to be a part of the family.”

The National Football League’s cable service said the spot is highlighted by groups of football fans in different settings -- from two young boys dressed in Peyton Manning and Michael Vick jerseys watching two older boys playing football in a park, to Chargers fans wearing LaDainian Tomlinson jerseys at the beach, to Lions fans, one in a hard hat, at a manufacturing plant.

NFL Nation will also feature: a meeting of the opposing quarterbacks in the first Super Bowl, Bart Starr and Len Dawson; New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi playing with his two sons in the backyard; New York Giants running back Tiki Barber and family heading to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis with his parents; a family of fans cheering on their Seattle Seahawks; former USC quarterback Matt Leinart, with his Heisman Trophy, watching football; former coach Dick Vermeil with his children and grandchildren; and a Patriots fan with the Lombardi Trophy.