We also contributed to the “December to Remember” campaign sponsored by NFL linebacker Brandon Copeland’s non-profit organization, Beyond the Basics, which we spoke about during this podcast.
Most recently, we met with NFL Network Commentator Rich Eisen and six NFL Legends to see who could reach the fastest speed – measured as miles per hour (MPH) running the 40-yard dash – while raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Walking the Walk with Run Rich Run
Every year for the last five years, Rich has run the 40-yard dash in a suit and tie to show off his speed during the NFL's Scouting Combine in what’s now known as the “Run Rich Run” event. Over those years, he has raised about $2.5 million to benefit the St. Jude mission – and Zebra was proud to contribute to this year’s event!
On May 1, team Zebra was able to run “with” Rich and NFL Legends Terrell Davis, Ray Lewis, Rod Woodson, Michael Vick, Cris Carter, and Jerry Rice as they sprinted across the field at SoFI Stadium in Los Angeles, the amazing new home for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. Two Zebra employees supported the event onsite and helped place Zebra’s RFID player tags on the participating legends and Rich himself. This is the same technology used by the NFL to track player speed, acceleration, proximity, and other data for every game as part of the NFL's Next Gen Stats service.
Though everyone’s times were impressive, Michael Vick hit the ground running at 21.07 mph!