JACKSONVILLE’S DAVID GARRARD WINS INAUGURAL “VIZIO TOP VALUE PERFORMER” AWARD
June 25, 2008
IRVINE, CA, Jan. 24, 2008 – Thousands of fans voted at VIZIO.com and selected Jacksonville’s David Garrard as the inaugural VIZIO TOP VALUE PERFORMER. Garrard, whose $1.1 million salary is 28th lowest among this season’s 32 starting quarterbacks, went from a back-up to becoming one of the game’s most efficient quarterbacks, making him the “top value performer” for the 2007 season.
VIZIO created the award to salute the athlete whose performance on the field outpaced his salary by the widest margin. The emergence of these “value performers” is often the difference between winning and losing in a sport that epitomizes parity. Garrard captured more than 30 percent of the votes with Cleveland’s Derek Anderson coming in second place. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the fans as the VIZIO TOP VALUE PERFORMER,” said Garrard. “It’s been an incredible journey this season and I’m grateful to my teammates, family and friends, and the Jacksonville fans that supported me every step of the way.”
Garrard finished the season as the league’s third most efficient passer (102.2), throwing for 2,509 yards, 18 touchdowns and a meager 3 interceptions. While his regular season performance earned him the VIZIO TOP VALUE PERFORMER award, his banner year will likely be remembered best for the dramatic fourth-down, fourth-quarter scamper that put Jacksonville in range for the game-winning field goal that defeated Pittsburgh, earning Garrard his first Playoff victory. Garrard showed glimpses of his potential during a handful of starts in 2006 turning in solid performances filling in for the team’s injured starter. Following an impressive 2007 pre-season, Jacksonville turned the starting role over to Garrard and he rewarded that decision leading the team to the Divisional Round of the Playoffs and emerging as one of the game’s top Quarterbacks.
A field of six VIZIO TOP VALUE PERFORMER candidates was selected by a panel of three of the League’s most respected retired general managers: Pittsburgh’s Tom Donahoe, Green Bay’s Ron Wolf and New York’s Ernie Accorsi. The GM panel was tasked with identifying the six candidates whose performances in 2007 were most valuable to their respective franchises in relation to their salaries.
The panel evaluated players based on their regular season individual performance and statistics, factoring in the success of their teams, the specific role they played to that success and measured all of this against their base salaries to come up with the six candidates.
The six candidates for the 2007 VIZIO TOP VALUE PERFORMER award were:
1. Derek Anderson – QB – Cleveland
2. David Garrard – QB – Jacksonville
3. Devin Hester – KR – Chicago
4. Brandon Jacobs – RB – New York
5. Greg Jennings – WR – Green Bay
6. Brandon Marshall – WR – Denver
Like these unique players, VIZIO has built its success as the nation’s fastest growing flat-panel HDTV company through its ability to deliver televisions that are the highest quality in terms of performance, while providing maximum value over and above the competition.
“David Garrard is an example to everyone about hard work, perseverance, and capitalizing when opportunity comes your way,” said Jason Maciel, director of marketing at VIZIO. “On behalf of VIZIO, I want to congratulate David on such an incredible season and becoming the first VIZIO TOP VALUE PERFORMER.”
VIZIO, Inc. "Where Vision Meets Value," headquartered in Irvine, California, is America’s Fastest Growing Flat Panel HDTV Company. The VIZIO brand has been seen and heard on TV and radio, including NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America and Live with Regis and Kelly, won numerous awards from leading publications including Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens, CNET's Top 10 Holiday Gifts, PC World's Best Buy, Sound & Vision's Editors Choice, Home Theater Magazine's Rave Award, PC Magazine's Editors Choice, AVRev.com's #1 Product We Love the Best and The Perfect Vision's Products of the Year. VIZIO is bringing vision to the consumer electronics market through practical innovation. VIZIO products offer customers advanced technologies at the most affordable value. Products include the VIZIO, Maximvs and Gallevia lines of Plasma and LCD HDTVs. Many of these products can be found at BJ's Wholesale, Circuit City, Costco, Kmart, Sam's Club, Sears, Wal-Mart and other retailers nationwide along with authorized online partners. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at www.VIZIO.com. The V, VIZIO, Gallevia, Maximvs, Where Vision Meets Value names, phase and symbols are trademarks or registered trademarks of VIZIO, Inc. All other trademarks may be the property of their respective holders.
Charley Fitzwilliam, Leader Enterprises, Inc.