Powering a better game

Changing the Game
49er Talanoa Hufanga celebrating a play on the field.

Talanoa Hufanga’s key to success

As a starting safety for the San Francisco 49ers known for his ferocious style of play, Talanoa Hufanga was selected to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games in just his second season in the NFL. His “T” celebration after big plays pays respect to Polynesian culture and honors the island of Tonga where his family is from. He throws his Ts to celebrate the people behind him, including his mentor Jesse Sapolu, four-time Super Bowl champion and co-founder of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Talanoa’s schedule may be busy, but he knows how to make time for what matters on and off the field. The key to his success is preparation. Tracking his routine from breakfast to working out helps him know what works and what doesn’t. Because the best ability is availability.

Tyler Lockett’s big plays

As a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks, Tyler Lockett has become a franchise legend. In early December 2022 he set a Seahawks record for six straight games with a touchdown reception. He’s garnered the second most touchdowns in club history, making him a hero among “The 12s” in Seattle. Big plays like his are called during the game but refined weeks in advance.

The grind is getting smarter with each passing season of the Microsoft and NFL partnership. Windows and Surface are giving clubs a new level of insight. From drawing up plays to annotating game film, Windows empowers players and coaches to collaborate, review, and reimagine faster than ever.

Data in real time

On game day, Windows and Surface are on the field with star players like Tyler, Talanoa, and their coaches. Surface Sideline Viewing System (SVS) and Microsoft Surface Instant Replay (MSIR) enable coaches and officials to react and make changes after each play. The recent addition of Game Statistics & Information System (GSIS) to the SVS is giving coaches and players access to NFL-verified data like yards, tackles, and other performance metrics within moments.

Microsoft Teams is improving communication between players with virtual huddles as productive as those on the field. Clubs are using digital playbooks with film review no longer limited to the film room. Last minute pivots and changes are easy to share, preparing players to hit the field running.

We are constantly looking for ways to make our technology available to help support and amplify the great work that players, clubs, and organizations are doing.
James Bernstrom
Director of Sports Partnerships, Microsoft

The power of tech

The NFL and Microsoft share a desire to achieve more. Technology is being made more accessible for students in underserved communities, creating opportunities for kids to succeed in any field.

For example, in Hawaii and across Polynesia, Microsoft, select NFL players, and the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame are supporting educational programs with donations of Surface devices. In Atlanta, Microsoft and the Falcons have partnered to provide training to over sixty students interested in careers in technology with the Atlanta Falcons Westside Ambassador program.

Tech is empowering Talanoa, Tyler, and kids to seize the day. Greatness takes years of learning and preparation to manifest. That’s why making time for a hearty breakfast is just as important as reviewing every play.