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Top Performer Award Has Broncos' Eric Decker Among Finalists

Vote for Decker to enter drawing for a Flat Screen HDTV

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The folks at Vizio sent me a note about an award that includes a chance to win a 60" VIZIO Smart TV. One of the finalists for this award is Denver Broncos Wide Receiver Eric Decker, so I figured maybe someone at Mile High Report might want to cast a vote for one of our favorite players and corner the market on a new Television.

Here's the deal:

VIZIO is calling upon fans across the country to choose the winner by voting online between January 7 and January 21 at Every fan that votes is entered for a chance to win a 60" VIZIO Smart TV. Voting will close on January 21 at 11:59 pm, with the winner being announced in the days that follow.

The 2012 VIZIO TOP VALUE PERFORMER finalists include:

Eric Decker (@EricDecker87) – Wide Receiver, Denver

A two-sport athlete at the University of Minnesota, Eric Decker played Centerfield for the baseball team and was a stand-out Wide Receiver for Gophers football. Decker set a school record with 84 receptions in 2008, but a sprained foot limited his 2009 season to only eight games. Decker was drafted in the third round in 2010 and has since grown steadily into one of the league’s best. With a 2012 base salary of $490,000, he tallied 85 receptions for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns, making him an ideal VIZIO TOP VALUE PERFORMER candidate.

Cecil Shorts III (@CecilShortsIII) – Wide Receiver, Jacksonville
A graduate of Mount Union, which competes at the Division III, non-scholarship level, Cecil Shorts is one of the very few professional athletes stuck paying off student loans. Shorts began his collegiate career playing quarterback, but switched to wide receiver his sophomore season, where he had nearly 1,500 yards receiving and more than 20 touchdowns. He was drafted by Jacksonville in 2011 in the fourth round, but only recorded two receptions for 12 yards with a touchdown. In 2012, earning $496,461 in base pay, Shorts totaled 979 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Stevan Ridley (@StevanRidley) – Running Back, New England

Drafted in the third round in 2011 out of LSU, Stevan Ridley played in all 16 games as a rookie and tallied 441 yards with a touchdown. This year, Ridley became the first New England running back since 2010 to reach the 1,000-yard mark on the ground, as he racked up 1,263 and found the endzone 12 times. Ridley is bringing home a much-deserved $509,250 base pay for the 2012 season.

Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) – Quarterback, Seattle

Overshadowed by the Stanford star quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor, Russell Wilson was selected in the third round. Seattle is now seeing their value, as the rookie out of Wisconsin earned the starting job over last year’s starter and the newly-acquired veteran quarterback from Green Bay. Earning $390,000 for his 2012 base salary, and completing 252 passes for 3,118 yards with 26 touchdowns, which tied the record for most passing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback, it’s easy to see why Wilson is such a great VIZIO TOP VALUE PERFORMER candidate.

Alfred Morris (@Trey_Deuces) – Running Back, Washington

Selected in the 2012 sixth round from Florida Atlantic University, Alfred Morris has teamed up with fellow rookie sensation and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor to help turn around a Washington team that has battled rollercoaster seasons in recent years. Morris finished the season with the 2nd-most rushing yards in the league, totaling 1,613 and 13 touchdowns. His $390,000 base salary makes it easy to see why he’s a VIZIO TOP VALUE PERFORMER candidate.

Previous TVP winners include Jacksonville Quarterback David Garrard (2007), New England Quarterback Matt Cassel (2008), New York Wide Receiver Steve Smith (2009) and Buffalo Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson (2010). Last year’s honors went to New York Wide Receiver Victor Cruz, who brought in the fifth-most receptions for the third-highest reception yards with more than 1500.

I just submitted a vote for Eric Decker and entered the contest. It took all of 20 seconds.


Go Broncos!