As the Official On-Field Player-Tracking Provider for the National Football League (NFL), Zebra frequently has the opportunity to team up with coaches, players, executives and even broadcasters to give back to those in need in our communities. For example, we financially supported the Safe Zone Activity Day hosted by Vincent Country during Super Bowl LV week, and we gave each child in attendance a copy of our Zippy’s Special Gift book. (Vincent Country is the philanthropic organization led by the NFL’s Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent, and his family.)
Most recently, we met with NFL Network Commentator Rich Eisen and six NFL Legends to see who could reach the fastest speed – measured as miles per hour (MPH) running the 40-yard dash – while raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
WALKING THE WALK WITH RUN RICH RUN
Every year for the last five years, Rich has run the 40-yard dash in a suit and tie to show off his speed during the NFL’s Scouting Combine in what’s now known as the “Run Rich Run” event. Over those years, he has raised about $2.5 million to benefit the St. Jude mission – and Zebra was proud to contribute to this year’s event!
On May 1, team Zebra was able to run “with” Rich and NFL Legends Terrell Davis, Ray Lewis, Rod Woodson, Michael Vick, Cris Carter, and Jerry Rice as they sprinted across the field at SoFI Stadium in Los Angeles, the amazing new home for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. Two Zebra employees supported the event onsite and helped place Zebra’s RFID player tags on the participating legends and Rich himself. This is the same technology used by the NFL to track player speed, acceleration, proximity, and other data for every game as part of the NFL’s Next Gen Stats service.
Though everyone’s times were impressive, Michael Vick hit the ground running at 21.07 mph!
In case you missed it, Rich shared his enthusiasm about the experience during the NFL Network’s coverage of the NFL Draft and later on Twitter. And on May 4, I was invited to call into the Rich Eisen Show to talk more about the Run Rich Run results, how our RFID technology captures speed insights, and how we support the NFL and other industries with our tracking data. Check it out
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