Fans Vote Seattle Quarterback Russell Wilson as the 7th Annual VIZIO “Top Value Performer”
Back-to-Back Wins Makes Wilson First-Ever Repeat Winner
Irvine, CA — January 21, 2013 — VIZIO, America’s #1 large size LCD TV company 1 , today announced fans across the country have voted Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson as the 2013 VIZIO Top Value Performer. For the seventh consecutive year, the VIZIO Top Value Performer award sought to recognize the professional football player whose on-field performance most exceeded expectations and the value of their annual base salary. Wilson beat out candidates such as Denver’s Julius Thomas, Chicago’s Alshon Jeffery, St. Louis’ Zac Stacy and Cincinnati’s Giovani Bernard for the win.
After winning the Seattle starting job in 2012, Wilson was named last year’s Rookie of the Year and was voted by the fans as the 2012 VIZIO Top Value Performer, making him the only repeat nominee and a back-to-back winner. With another outstanding season, Wilson led his team to a division title and conference championship and will be staring down Denver in February’s big game. Wilson completed 257 passes for 3,357 yards during the regular season with a total of 26 touchdowns, stats that helped make him the most winning second-year quarterback.
“It’s a true honor to win this award for the second year in a row, and I’d like to thank the fans for making me the 2013 VIZIO Top Value Performer,” said Wilson. “All the finalists had fantastic seasons and were certainly deserving of this award, but I’m happy to be able to share this with my teammates and fans as we head into this season’s most important game.”
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.
“This year brought forth an exciting crop of candidates and some tough competition,” said Casserly. “Congratulations to Russell not only on winning back-to-back VIZIO Top Value Performer honors but also on a phenomenal season.”
The 2013 finalists were voted on by fans at VIZIO.com/tvp from December 17 to January 17. Fans were also able to vote via Twitter by using each finalist’s Twitter handle and custom TVP hashtag. VIZIO Fandemonium members earned points each time they voted for their favorite TVP candidate using the player’s Twitter handle and custom hashtags. Points are redeemable for prizes like signed memorabilia, VIZIO products, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, M-GO™, and Netflix subscriptions, and unique once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences.
Like all TVP candidates, VIZIO has established itself as one of America’s leading consumer electronics brands. Ranked the #1 large size HDTV1, #1 sound bar 2 and #1 smart TV 3 company, VIZIO has continued to maximize value for consumers while raising standards of quality, design, performance and customer service.
1 The NPD Group / Weekly Tracking Service, Large Size includes 60”+, Q2 2013 units sold.
2 The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, Q1 2013
3 The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, Q2 2013 LED TV units with Apps included
VIZIO, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California. In Q2 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 shipping brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and in Q3 2007 became the first American brand in over a decade to lead in North American LCD HDTV shipments. VIZIO was #1 in North America LCD for 2010 1 . VIZIO is now also America’s #1 Smart TV 5 and large size LCD company 2 as the leading seller of 60” and larger HDTVs in the U.S. with 30% of the market in this class 2 . VIZIO was the #1 Sound Bar Company in the U.S. for Q1 2013 4 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. 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 nationwide. VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #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, Home Theater Magazine’s Top Picks, Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens, PC World's Best Buy and Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice among many other prestigious honors including “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with HDTVs Less Than 50 Inches in a Tie” from J.D. Power 6 . For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit www.VIZIO.com .
1 DisplaySearch Market Tracker Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report.
2 The NPD Group / Weekly Tracking Service, Large Size includes 60”+, Q2 2013 units sold.
3 The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, Q2 2013 LED TV units with Apps included.
4 The NPD Group / Retail Monthly Tracking Service, units sold, Q1 2013.
5 The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, Q2 2013 LED TV units with Apps included.
6 J.D. Power 2013 High Definition Television (HDTV) Satisfaction ReportSM. Report based on responses from 6,007 consumers measuring 8 brands and measures opinions of consumers who purchased an HDTV less than 50 inches in the last 12 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed May-June 2013. Your experience may vary. Visit www.jdpower.com .
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