IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, America's #1 Smart TV company1, today announced New Orleans wide receiver Kenny Stills as the winner of the 2014 VIZIO Top Value Performer award. Over the last two weeks, Stills has tirelessly campaigned for fan votes across social and broadcast media through a series of interviews touting his candidacy. As a result, fans from coast-to-coast rallied to vote the second-year player most deserving of this season's award. For the eighth consecutive year, the VIZIO Top Value Performer award recognizes the professional football player whose on-field performance most exceeds expectations and the value of their annual base salary as voted on by the fans. By clinching the most fan votes, Stills beat out candidates such as Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell, Denver's C.J. Anderson, Baltimore's Justin Forsett and Cincinnati's Mohamed Sanu to secure the award.
Stills built on a solid rookie campaign by developing a consistent rapport with his quarterback. During the 2014 season, he raked in 931 receiving yards and averaged 14.8 yards per catch. The 2013 fifth-round pick instantly improved the New Orleans offense by giving the team a legitimate deep threat after signing with a base salary of $495,000.
"It's such an honor to win the VIZIO Top Value Performer award and I can't begin to thank my fans enough for their support," said Stills. "All the finalists had fantastic seasons and were certainly deserving, and sharing this win with the fans and my teammates is really something special."
Partnering with former general manager, current pro-football analyst and commentator Charley Casserly, VIZIO determined this year's top five candidates based on their regular season performances, statistics and the role they've played in the success of their respective teams. These factors were measured against their base salaries to nominate this year's finalists.
"The VIZIO Top Value Performer program always spurs some great social engagement and this year was no different," said Lily Knowles, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIZIO. "Kenny did a great job engaging fans to drive votes and awareness through social media during his campaign. Congratulations to Kenny not only for a great 2014 season, but also for being selected by the fans for the 2014 VIZIO Top Value Performer award."
The 2014 finalists were voted on by fans at VIZIO.com/TVP from January 5 to January 19. Fans were also encouraged to spur discussion by using each player's custom TVP hashtag on social media. With each vote, fans received a chance to enter a giveaway to win a new VIZIO P-Series Ultra HD Smart TV. Members of VIZIO's online social community – VIZIO Fandemonium – also earned points for their votes which are redeemable for prizes like signed memorabilia, VIZIO products, digital downloads and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Similar to this season's Top Value Performer candidates, VIZIO has established itself as one of America's leading consumer electronics brands after emerging on the scene in 2002. Currently ranked the #1 Smart TV1 and #1 sound bar2 company in America, VIZIO has continued to maximize value for consumers while raising standards of quality, design, performance and customer service, all to deliver a beautifully simple entertainment experience.
1 The NPD Group / Weekly Tracking Service, Flat Panel TV units with Apps included, Dec 30 2012 – May 24 2014
2 The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, units sold in the U.S., Jan 1 2010 – Dec 27 2014
VIZIO, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California. VIZIO skyrocketed to the #1 shipper of LCD television in North America in Q2 20071, within five years from their first shipment, and has been in the top 3 ever since2. VIZIO is now also America's #1 Smart TV company5 and large size LCD TV company3 VIZIO is also the #1 Sound Bar Brand in the U.S4. For over a decade, VIZIO has remained committed to what it does best -- focus on the consumer to deliver visionary products at a great value. The brand is consistently recognized for excellence in customer service, and was awarded 19 Stevie Awards, including the Grand Stevie Award in the 8th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning consumer electronics that now include PCs and mobility products. VIZIO's products are found at Amazon, Best Buy, BJ's Wholesale, Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club, Target, Walmart and other retailers in North America. VIZIO has won numerous awards including Reviewed.com's 2014 Best of the Year Value 4K TV, Best of the Year Mid-Range LCD and CES Editor's Choice, "Best of CES 2014" by IGN, "Best of CES 2014" by PC Magazine and "Best of the Best 2014" by UltraHDTV Magazine for its Reference Series Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TV. VIZIO's P-Series Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TV was also recognized by The Verge as "Best TV of CES" for 2014 as well as awarded "Best of CES" by Complex and "Best of Show" by Wired for 2014. VIZIO also earned #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics and made the lists of Ad Age's Hottest Brands, CNET's Editor's Choice, CNET Best of CES 2011 - Television, CNET Best of CES 2013 – Home Theater and Audio, CNET's Best Tech Products 2014 Television, Sound & Vision's Top Picks, Sound & Vision 2014 Best Top Picks of the Year Sound Bars and Televisions, Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens, PC World's Best Buy and Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice among many other prestigious honors. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit www.VIZIO.com.
1NPD DisplaySearch Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, North America LCD Shipments Q2 2007
2NPD DisplaySearch Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, North America LCD Shipments, Annual 2007-2013
3 The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, 60" and greater LCD units sold, Jan 2013 – Mar 2014
4The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, units sold in the U.S., Jan 2011 – Dec 2013
5The NPD Group / Weekly Tracking Service, Flat Panel TV units with Apps included, Dec 30 2012 – May 24 2014
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