By TRACY HACKLER | BECKETT MEDIA EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
On the heels of a resoundingly impressive performance over the weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine, Tim Tebow was still making headlines Tuesday morning. That’s when Press Pass revealed to Beckett Media that it has reached an exclusive autograph and trading card agreement with the former Heisman Trophy winner and Florida Gators national champion.
The deal means that Tebow, arguably the most coveted player in what promises to be one of the most collected rookie crops of all time, will appear only in Press Pass’ “draft picks” products, 2010 Press Pass and 2010 Press Pass Portrait Edition, but not in SA*GE’s, Press Pass’ primary draft-picks competitor.
“We’re thrilled to bring collectors the first autograph cards of Tim Tebow, who many consider to be the best college player of all time,” says Nick Matijevich, Press Pass’ Director of Product Development. “Tim’s great attitude, unprecedented popularity and long list of collegiate accomplishments are certain to make him a collector favorite in addition to a fan favorite.”
The announcement comes just days after Tebow wowed NFL scouts with his speed, mobility and leaping ability in Indianapolis. While he didn’t throw at the combine as he continues to tweak his throwing motion, he impressed NFL talent evaluators with a QB-record-tying 38 1/2 –inch vertical leap, a 40-yard dash time of 4.72 seconds, a 9-foot, 7-inch broad jump, and a 6.66-second three-cone drill, which placed him fourth among all skill-position players who worked.
“Any time you have the opportunity to work with a player of Tim’s stature, you have to be excited,” says Tom Farrell, Press Pass’ VP of Brand Management. “As evidenced by the record number of fans that attended his Senior Bowl practices, and the fact he had a Super Bowl commercial before taking his first NFL snap, there is an unprecedented level of excitement around him that we fully expect to continue throughout his career.”
Press Pass’ first Tebow cards will appear in 2010 Press Pass, releasing later this month. Press Portrait Edition releases in early May.
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