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February 4, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Locker in All-Star Challenge tonight, and working with Gatorade scientists

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Jake Locker is taking part in a couple of activities in Dallas this week at the Super Bowl — the 2011 All-Star Football Challenge, and working with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (pictured at right). Here are press releases describing each;

ALL-STAR CHALLENGE:

“The 2011 All-Star Football Challenge is scheduled to air from 4-6 p.m. Pacific Time Friday on ESPN2. The event showcases 12 college football standouts competing in a live skills challenge. The ESPN broadcast team includes Bob Davie, Mark Jones, Todd McShay and Wendi Nix.

The All-Star Football Challenge is one of six properties owned and operated by Intersport, an award-winning sports television and event marketing agency. Alumni of the All-Star Football Challenge include 38 first-round NFL draft picks and three Heisman Trophy winners (Ron Dayne, Troy Smith and Jason White). Additionally, Super Bowl XLV participants Aaron Rodgers, Rashard Mendenhall and Antwaan Randle El are alumni of the 2005, 2008 and 2002 All-Star Football Challenges, respectively.

The 2011 All-Star Football Challenge competitors include:

Quarterbacks:
Andy Dalton, TCU
Jake Locker, Washington
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

Running Backs/Wide Receivers:
Julio Jones, Alabama
Austin Pettis, Boise State
Jordan Todman, Connecticut

Linebackers:
Ross Homan, Ohio State
Von Miller, Texas A&M
Kelvin Sheppard, LSU

Defensive Linemen:
Sam Acho, Texas
Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
Corey Liuget, Illinois

Six of the competitors are ranked in the Scouts Inc.’s Top 32 draft rankings (No. 9 Miller, No. 10 Kerrigan, No. 12 Jones, No. 20 Locker, No. 25 Liuget and No. 30 Mallett).

The individual skills challenges are: Skechers Quarterback Accuracy Competition, State Farm Wide Receiver Hands Competition, U.S. Marines Linebacker Obstacle Course and the Lineman Strength Challenge. Participants will then be divided into Offensive and Defensive Team Competitions. To conclude the program, the players will be divided into two teams for a final Full Team Competition. Of note, Joe Montana will be on site as part of Skechers’ sponsorship of the Quarterback competition.

The broadcast will be re-aired three times: 11:30 p.m. ET, Feb. 5, on ESPN2; 4 p.m. ET, Feb. 6, on ESPN2; and 4:30 p.m. ET, Feb. 13, on ESPN. Sponsors involved in the broadcast are: NetJets, Skechers, State Farm and U.S. Marines.”

AND THE GATORADE PROGRAM:

“Jake Locker is one of a handful of elite incoming NFL rookies who is working with scientists at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) in a specially designed sports science lab in Dallas. Through performance testing and customized nutrition plans, GSSI will help these rookies perform at their best as they head into their first pro season.

The testing sessions are being captured by Gatorade and NFL Films for the new Web series “Everything to Prove,” which will go behind-the-scenes with elite rookies as they make the leap from college to the NFL. NFL Films and Gatorade will follow these athletes from the moment their college eligibility ends into the first game of the 2011 season, highlighting the many challenges faced by pro prospects. A teaser trailer for the program is available at www.NFL.com/ProveIt.

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