A Vikings Fan: FIRST NFL Director of Fandemonium

David Westman@@DavidDWestmanContributor IApril 29, 2009

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 12: An NFL logo as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on October 12, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Congratulations to Rainier “Onyx” Herrera! He is the first and new NFL director of Fandemonium, and a Minnesota Vikings fan from Hawaii!

Onyx will take home a $100,000 signing bonus and be given access to behind-the-scenes action, with access that was never granted before at several marquee NFL events during the 2009 season.

The first of his responsibilities were just this Saturday, when he announced a second-round pick at the 2009 NFL Draft for (you guessed it) the Minnesota Vikings, selecting Phil Loadholt, offensive tackle from the Oklahoma Sooners.

“Admittedly, we are a bit football deprived here in Hawaii, but that has never diminished my love for the sport of football,” said Herrera. “I seriously do have ‘Fandemonium fever’ that intense passion and drive for the game. Put simply, being selected the Director of Fandemonium is a dream job for meone I’ve been ‘training’ for since I was a kid.”

“Onyx is exactly what we were looking for in a Director of Fandemonium,” said Ted Gilvar, executive vice president and chief global marketing officer, Monster.com. “He’s really outgoing, regular guy who lives and breathes the NFL. We had 32 great candidates to choose from but Onyx clearly earned the role over the grueling two-day interview process.”

Behind-the-Scenes schedule for Onyx:

·        September 2009NFL Kickoff

o   Act as backstage talent wrangler at the 2009 NFL Kickoff concert.

·        October 2009International Series

o   Participate in on-field introductions at a game in London.

·        November 2009NFL Thanksgiving

o   Serve as an on-field broadcast liaison for NFL Network’s Thanksgiving Game

·        January 2010Pro Bowl

o   Select a play from the sidelines during the 2010 Pro Bowl

·        February 2010Super Bowl

o   Join the coin toss ceremony at Super Bowl XLIV

This is just another feather in the hat for the Minnesota Vikings this year! 

Let’s keep this snowball of victory rolling into the 2009 season!


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