FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, Hyundai is going beyond statistics, combine results and collegiate accomplishments to document the extraordinary paths to the NFL of four top prospects. Returning for a second season, Rolling with the Rookies presented by Hyundai is a four-episode content series that brings athletes back home to visit the people, places and moments that defined their journeys.
Hyundai partnered with four prospects projected to be taken in the first round, including Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams and LSU running back Derrius Guice, to profile their road to the NFL and their personal stories of triumph and perseverance.
Hyundai filmed an episode with each player in his hometown and talked to his family members, coaches, friends and teachers who helped catapult him to greatness. Each player also worked with well-known cleat designer Marcus Rivero, SolesbySir, to design a one-of-a-kind wrap for Hyundai's all-new Kona that told his story visually on the vehicle. Each design was also mirrored on a pair of custom cleats. Hyundai will distribute the content on its own website and social media channels, and through a multi-platform distribution strategy driven in partnership with digital sports publisher and consultancy, ThePostGame, whose focus on developing innovative content solutions is aligned with Hyundai's approach.
"The journey these athletes took to get to this point is what makes the NFL Draft one of the most compelling days in sports," said Paul Imhoff, director, Marketing Communications, Hyundai Motor America. "Our objective as an NFL sponsor is to engage with fans, create compelling content and show how passion can make things possible. We were honored to tell these amazing stories and will be rooting for them on Draft day."
At the NFL Draft in Dallas, April 26-28, Hyundai will have an on-site activation at the 2018 NFL Draft Experience Presented by Oikos Triple Zero®, a free-admission, three-day football festival held outside AT&T Stadium in Arlington. On display in the Hyundai space will be the four custom-designed Konas, exhibits highlighting footage from each player's life and interactive fan engagement opportunities.
Hyundai Rookie Prospects
- Josh Allen – The quintessential underdog story, Josh Allen grew up in a small farming community and didn't receive a single Division 1 college scholarship offer. After a stop at a junior college, he went on to star at Wyoming and turned himself into one of the top quarterback prospects in this year's Draft. Josh Allen - Rolling With The Rookies | Hyundai
- Minkah Fitzpatrick – Together with his family, Minkah Fitzpatrick overcame adversity to be regarded as one of the top defensive backs in Alabama history. He won the prestigious Bednarik and Thorpe awards and is expected to be one of the first defensive backs selected this year. Minkah Fitzpatrick - Rolling With The Rookies | Hyundai
- Connor Williams – Relentlessly bullied growing up, Connor Williams was not deterred, going on to start 28 games at Texas and becoming a consensus first team All-American in 2016 and likely first-round pick. Connor Williams - Rolling With The Rookies | Hyundai
- Derrius Guice – Growing up in unimaginably difficult circumstances, Derrius Guice beat all the odds and showed tremendous resilience in setting several LSU records and becoming one of the premier running backs in this Draft class. Derrius Guice - Rolling With The Rookies | Hyundai
The four Rolling with the Rookies films can be found on Hyundai's YouTube channel.
The NFL Draft is the start of Hyundai's fourth season as an official NFL sponsor and the league's official car and SUV. It also has partnerships with six teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers. Hyundai's NFL Draft content and activation is managed by Advantage.
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