Posts tagged with "quarterback"

Drew Brees Addresses Notorious NFC Championship Call

Today, UNTUCKit, one of the fastest growing retail brands in North America, is releasing their first-ever advertisement starring New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees.

In the ad, Brees, an investor and brand ambassador for UNTUCKit calls out the blown call from the end of this past season’s NFC Championship Game. Passing by someone wearing an UNTUCKit shirt, Brees says “At least someone made the right call.”

This represents the first time that Brees has publicly referenced the blown call, which not only cost his team a chance at the big game, but prompted new rule changes this offseason.

The ad debuts today and will appear on TV and online advertising throughout the spring. The full spot featuring Drew Brees can be viewed HERE

VIZIO × TVP AWARD

VIZIO Announces Nominees for Top Value Performer Award and Calls on Fans to Vote for Their Favorite Player

Candidates Include Green Bay’s Davante Adams, Baltimore’s Alex Collins, Chicago’s Jordan Howard, New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara, and Minnesota’s Jerick McKinnon

VIZIO, Inc. today announced nominees for its eleventh annual VIZIO Top Value Performer (TVP) award which aims to recognize the professional football player whose on-field performance most exceeds the value of their base salary. Just as this season’s TVP candidates serve as a great value to their respective teams, VIZIO continues to provide value to consumers as one of America’s leading consumer electronics brands. The crop of candidates recognized for their efforts in the 2017 season features some of the top up-and-coming players in the league including Green Bay’s Davante Adams, Baltimore’s Alex Collins, Chicago’s Jordan Howard, New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara, and Minnesota’s Jerick McKinnon. Fans are invited to visit VIZIO.com/TVP to vote for the player they believe is most deserving of TVP honors between now and January 14, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

VIZIO has once again partnered with pro-football analyst and former general manager, Charley Casserly, to expertly determine this year’s most deserving TVP nominees. In addition to Casserly, VIZIO also sought insight from Hall of Fame Running Back Terrell Davis, himself a former late round pick who added tremendous value to a championship winning team. Candidates for this year’s TVP award were evaluated and selected based on their regular season performances, statistics and role in the success of their respective teams. These factors were then measured against their annual base salaries to select the five finalists.

VIZIO TVP candidates Include Green Bay’s Davante Adams, Baltimore’s Alex Collins, Chicago’s Jordan Howard, New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara, and Minnesota’s Jerick McKinnon.

“When we started the TVP Award over a decade ago, we wanted to give fans across the country the chance to recognize the incredible performances and value these talented players bring to their respective teams,” said Jeila Foroozani, VIZIO Director of Corporate Marketing. “This season’s class is bursting with star power and we are excited for a highly competitive race where each nominee will rally for fan votes to clinch Top Value Performer honors.”

VIZIO is looking to fans nationwide to choose the 2017 Top Value Performer by voting online at VIZIO.com/TVP from now until January 14, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Fans visiting the site can also browse candidate stats and browse highlight videos from Casserly about each player. Fans are encouraged to vote as many times as they’d like to help their favorite candidate win the 2017 Top Value Performer award. Following each vote, fans will have a chance to enter a sweepstakes to win a VIZIO SmartCast™ P-Series™ 75″ Class Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display™, along with a VIZIO SmartCast™ 45″ 5.1 Sound Bar System.

The 2017 VIZIO Top Value Performer nominees include:

Davante Adams, Wide Receiver, Green Bay #17 (Twitter @tae15adams // #TVPAdams)

Now in his fourth year in Green Bay, Davante Adams has developed into one of the top weapons in the team’s lethal passing attack. Adams has overcome injuries and uncertainty at the quarterback position to continue producing strong numbers. This season Adams is the most targeted receiver on the team and is on pace to lead Green Bay in both catches and yards for the first time in his career. Given his importance to the offense and his base salary of just $956,373 Adams has forced himself into consideration for the 2017 TVP award.

Alex Collins, Running Back, Baltimore #34 (Twitter @budda03 // #TVPCollins)

In his first season in Baltimore Alex Collins started the season as a backup, but as he continued to take advantage of each opportunity he had on the field he became impossible to keep on the sidelines. Since taking a more featured role, Collins has added a much needed jolt to his team’s running game. Ranking among the league leaders in yards per rush and 20 yard runs, his value has quick surpassed his base salary of 508,235, and made him a candidate that should definitely be considered for the TVP award this year.

Jordan Howard, Running Back, Chicago #24 (Twitter @JHowardx24 // #TVPHoward)

Jordan Howard came into the league as a relatively unknown fifth round pick and in just two short years has made a name for himself as one of the top running backs in the league. Known for his strong running style, this season Howard has served as the workhorse for Chicago’s offense, going over 100-yards on the ground multiple times to help his team secure victory. Howard’s performance has allowed him to consistently rank among the league leaders in rushing yards throughout the season and with a base salary of just $540,000, he is an ideal candidate for the TVP award.

Alvin Kamara, Running Back, New Orleans #41 (Twitter @a_kamara6 // #TVPKamara)

In his rookie season, Alvin Kamara has emerged as one of the league’s top dual threat players. His sensational speed and ability in the passing game have quickly made Kamara an integral part of one of the league’s top offenses. With multiple games over 100 total yards already on his resume, Kamara is currently on pace to go over 1000 total yards this season. Kamara has energized a resurgent New Orleans team and as rookie third round pick with a base salary of $465,000, he is a viable contender to win this year’s TVP award.

Jerick McKinnon, Running Back, Minnesota #31 (Twitter @jetmckinnon1 // #TVPMcKinnon)

For some teams, the loss of a starting running back can be the kiss of death, but this has not been the case in Minnesota due to the strong performance of Jerick McKinnon. Since being thrust into a more featured role, McKinnon’s abilities both as running back and receiver have made him a top threat in his team’s offense. Now in his fourth season, McKinnon is on pace to set new career highs in yards and touchdowns this season. His performance has been a key ingredient to his team’s success and with a base salary of only $700,000, McKinnon is a TVP candidate worth considering.

Previous TVP winners include running back Spencer Ware (2016), wide receiver Allen Robinson (2015), wide receiver Kenny Stills (2014), quarterback Russell Wilson (2012 and 2013), wide receiver Victor Cruz (2011), wide receiver Stevie Johnson (2010), wide receiver Steve Smith (2009), quarterback Matt Cassel (2008) and quarterback David Garrard (2007).

About VIZIO

VIZIO’s mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers, and media content providers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience media content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand and sold over 75 million products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading HDTV brand in America1 and is the #1 sound bar brand in America2. VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards, making the 2017 collection the most awarded in company history. The 2017 VIZIO SmartCast E, M and P-Series Displays all received Reviewed.com‘s Editor’s Choice awards3 and were listed as the site’s “Best of the Year.” The 2017 VIZIO M-Series SmartCast Display received CNET’s Editor’s Choice with an 8.6 rating4. The M-Series also received the Editor’s Choice from PCmag5. VIZIO’s SB3851 was rated “The Best Budget Soundbar” by The Wirecutter6, a New York Times company, and VIZIO’s SB3621n-E8 sound bar received a 9.1 score and an Editor’s Choice from CNET7. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit www.VIZIO.com.

© 2017 VIZIO, Inc. VIZIO, the V Logo, VIZIO SmartCast and other terms and phrases are trademarks or registered trademarks of VIZIO, Inc. All other trademarks and logos are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

1 The NPD Group, Inc./Weekly Retail Tracking Service, based on TV units sold in the U.S. from Jan 5, 2014 – Nov 11, 2017

2  The NPD Group, Inc./Weekly Retail Tracking Service, based on the total aggregate of sound bar units sold in the U.S. from Jan 5, 2014 – Nov 11, 2017

3 Visit reviewed.com for full reviews for the VIZIO SmartCast P-Series (published: 11/3/2017), VIZIO SmartCast M-Series (published: 10/2/2017) and VIZIO SmartCast E-Series (published: 5/5/2017)

4 Visit CNET.com for the full review, published 11/7/2017

5 Visit pcmag.com for the full VIZIO M65-E0 review, published 9/12/17

6 Visit thewirecutter.com for the full article, published 6/22/17

7 Visit CNET.com  for the full VIZIO SB3621 review, published 8/21/17

ANDRE THE GIANT 

​Orlandus Andre Branch (born July 14, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson. 


An electrifying defensive end for the NFL, Andre Branch is entering his second year with the Miami Dolphins, his first of a three-year contract extension. By all accounts, 2016 proved to be a break out season for Branch as he racked up 49 combined tackles, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles while playing in all 16 games. A first team All- ACC pick during his senior year at Clemson University, he was selected as the 38th pick overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft.


It is Andre’s sheer grit and underdog mentality that has driven him to go from an underrated high-school recruit to earning a starting position at Clemson and ultimately the NFL. Raised in Richmond, Virginia, Andre takes great pride in the positive influence both his mom and his community had on his development. As a young man, he found a passion for football, excelling on the field by being a continuous learner and student of the game. He has taken that same approach to grow and learn about the fashion industry, his second passion.


A multi-dimensional individual who has an infectious enthusiasm for football, fashion and positively impacting the South Florida culture and community. About to launch his own collection Prestige 50 with Adees Co. Andre has dedicated himself to inspiring others to find their passion points and pursue their life’s purpose. He does this by sharing his personal story and lessons of dreaming big, being a constant learner and building the teams needed to be successful in football, business and life. 



National Tailgate Weekend

EXECUTIVE CHEF JOSH CAPON JOINS NATIONAL TAILGATE WEEKEND’S TEAM

AS OFFICIAL CHEF PARTNER

 
Celebrity Chef Josh Capon to host National Tailgate Weekend party on October 7th at Purdue University as they take on conference rival, University of Minnesota

 
Learfield Licensing Partners, a trademark management company specializing in collegiate licensing and branding, announces that National Tailgate Weekend has appointed Josh Capon, the world-renowned, New York City based Executive Chef behind critically acclaimed eateries including Lure Fishbar, B&B Winepub and El Toro Blanco, as official Chef Partner and Brand Ambassador of the holiday.

 
National Tailgate Weekend returns for another year on October 7-8, 2017. The annual holiday, which made its debut in Fall 2016, was created to give college football fans a proper platform to celebrate a favorite pastime: tailgating. In only its second year, more than 600 schools across the country are set to participate in the annual holiday. Leading up to the weekend, Chef Capon will be providing tailgating tips, sharing his favorite recipes and will host the official National Tailgate Weekend party at Purdue University as they take on conference rival, University of Minnesota.  

 
“Tailgating is truly one of my favorite things, there’s nothing better than grilling and hanging out in a parking lot before the big game or even a concert,” says Josh Capon. “Several years ago, my friends and I formed a tailgate themed fundraiser called ‘The Tailgate with a Cause,’ and we’re pleased to share that, moving forward, the charity will become the official charity of National Tailgate Weekend and we thank Learfield for their generous donation.” adds Capon.  

 
Chef Capon will share tips, recipes and demonstrations via National Tailgate Weekend’s website and social media channels. The website will constantly evolve with new content and will provide visitors with links to retailers, products, tailgate tips and more. All social media will be anchored with #nationaltailgate.

 
“Simply put, Josh is the king of the tailgate. We couldn’t be happier to have him on board with National Tailgate Weekend,” says Eric Johnson, COO of Learfield Licensing. “Josh is an expert behind the grill and has a true passion for all things tailgating. We look forward to kicking this relationship off and sharing his tailgating tricks of the trade and recipes leading into the official weekend.”

 
For 2017, in addition to confirming more than 600 schools to participate and a celebrity chef, a number of retailers (including Amazon, Follett, Barnes & Noble, Rally House, Scheels, and LIDS, etc.) and several licensees (including Wincraft, LogoBrands, Victory Tailgate, Tervis, Boelter Brands, Top of the World, etc.) will partake in the holiday. This year, the focus has been on creating content and extending the reach of the holiday via curating a group of leading licensees and retailers. 

 
ABOUT NATIONAL TAILGATE WEEKEND

 
Before the seats are filled, the coin is flipped or the ball is kicked off, the real gameday experience begins when thousands congregate to pay respect to their beloved team through the timeless tradition of tailgating. Founded and created by Learfield Licensing Partners in 2016, National Tailgate Weekend is an annual holiday that celebrates tailgating. For fans across the country, tailgating is just as important as gameday as the actual game. It provides fans opportunities to showcase their school spirit in some of the most fun and creative ways. Looking to celebrate the rabid fanbases of college football’s love of tailgating, Learfield Licensing Partners developed the holiday and will be celebrated annually during the first weekend in October.

 
For more information on National Tailgate Weekend, visit www.nationaltailgateweekend.com for a full list of participating schools and follow National Tailgate Weekend on Twitter and Instagram @nationaltailgate and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalTailgateWeekend/

 
ABOUT CHEF JOSH CAPON

 
Josh Capon is the seasoned executive chef and partner behind Lure Fishbar, B&B Winepub, El Toro Blanco, and Bowery Meat Co, in New York City’s stylish Soho and Bowery neighborhoods. He became executive chef of Lure Fishbar in 2004 and in 2010, owners John McDonald and Joshua Pickard asked Capon to partner with them in their newest restaurant, B&B Winepub. Capon is the five-time winner of the People’s Choice award at the New York City Wine Festival’s Burger Bash event for his “Bash-Style” burger, a juicy patty topped with American cheese, pickles, caramelized onions and bacon jam. He has appeared on numerous television shows including The Chew, Rachel Ray Show, Live with Kelly and Michael, CBS Early Show, TODAY and Food Network and has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out New York and other media outlets.

ABOUT LEARFIELD LICENSING

 
Learfield Licensing Partners is a world-class licensing firm whose services and success align perfectly with Learfield’s history, strength and reputation within the industry. We strive to provide the best practices and strategies in the industry to properly protect and promote our clients’ brands, and couple that with new resources and strategies for growth with help from Learfield, which has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape. Learfield manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 125 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the Learfield Directors’ Cup. For more than four decades, Learfield has connected brands to the excitement, passion, tradition, fun and fans of college sports and now leverages multiple platforms and partnerships through distinct offerings through its affiliated companies