In Interview, New York Giants’ Rashad Jennings Talks Partnership With Verizon For #Minute50, Who he Thinks Will Win Superbowl 50, and What he’s Looking Forward to Personally and Professionally

CREDIT: Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Verizon
CREDIT: Stuart Ramson/AP Images for Verizon

As the NFL gear flies off of the shelves and Super Bowl 50 party planning goes into full effect, Verizon has something special up its sleeve to make the historic football experience that much greater. For their latest campaign, #Minute50, Verizon teams up with New York Giants Rashad Jennings to be the gift that just keeps on giving to loyal customers.

Earlier this week (January 28), the 30 year-old athlete made an appearance at the kick off event for the text-to-win promotion at a Verizon store, located in the bustling city of New York City. Giants and NFL fans / customers had the chance to meet and greet the running back.

VIBE chatted it up with Jennings about partnering up with the telecommunications company for #Minute50, his own personal Super Bowl 50 prediction, and what he’s looking forward to the most heading into next season.

VIBE: Super Bowl is always the best day for football fans and this promotion makes it that much more of an exciting experience for all. How exactly did this partnership come about?

Rashad Jennings: Verizon is one of the sponsors of the NFL, so obviously we travel around the world with what we do from city to city. And having service is very important so since we’re everywhere then we might as well be everywhere with Verizon. Their coverage is outstanding and their customer service is outstanding and this is a company that I align myself with.

With Super Bowl 50 being right around the corner, you’ve teamed up with Verizon for their #Minute50 national promotion. How has it been working with them?

It has been awesome. I’m here with Verizon to kick off their Minute 50 campaign, which is exclusive offers to the loyal Verizon customers. They get to win rewards every 50 minutes so on every 50th minute of each hour such as 1:50pm, 2:50pm, etc. Verizon is going to pick loyal customers to give rewards. They’re giving out one-on-one experiences with celebrities and football players, free data, gift cards, and cool accessories. And how you enter to win, is that you text message the word “Minute50″ to 502016, for Super Bowl 50 in 2016, in order to win and this is Verizon’s way of saying thank you so much to all their loyal customers and that they appreciate their services.

You play alongside a Manning and know first hand the greatness that runs through that family. You also know what Cam Newton brings to the table after the Giants faced the Panthers this season. Who do you believe will be the last team standing?

It’ll be nice, if true, to see Peyton go out with a win. But I think those Panthers are tough, so I kind of see the Panthers taking this victory. It’s always tough as a player because you know so many athletes from each team that you don’t just want to root for one. But I think the Panthers definitely have the advantage on this game.

We’re very familiar with Rashad Jennings, the football player. But your avid social media followers  have seen #ShadThePoet, #ShadCouture, #ShadThespian, and so much more. Is there anything that you can’t do? And what is the drive behind your versatility?

I love learning and it’s ironic because I had 0.6 GPA when I was growing up so it keeps me in tune. It’s a lot of things that inspire me. I started off in psychology and sociology because I eventually want to become a marriage counselor, but that’s going to be down the road. I’ve always been intrigued by the masterminds behind things and I’ve always wanted to be that cool granddad that can just do a little bit of everything. So it keeps me entertained, it keeps me going, and you’re able to teach and do a lot of public speaking engagements and interact with different cultures to understand why people think the way that they think when you’re in tune to everybody’s hobbies. 

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SOURCE: Vibe – Aisha Quiñones

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