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Gridiron Grunts connects players, fans
NFL fans are gaining increased access to players through Twitter, Facebook and other social media. And now former Bucs and Lions linebacker Ryan Nece has come up with another format to connect with players.
“We came up with this idea of allowing NFL players to be able to talk directly to fans in a very organic, authentic way,” said Nece, who has partnered with former Bucs guard Jeb Terry on a venture called Gridirongrunts.com. “There’s Twitter and Facebook, where fans can get information, but we’ve come up with a way where a player can speak into his device and instantly, the end user (fan) can listen to that message and at the same time have the ability to send verbal messages.”
Among the players participating in the venture: Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Patriots receiver Wes Welker, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, 49ers running back Frank Gore and Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.
“It’s a win-win when a player can leverage his platform to engage with the fans and the fans can support the players they love to follow,” Nece said.
Interesting side note on Nece: In his rookie season with the Buccaneers in 2002, he won a Super Bowl ring. In his final year with the Lions in 2008, he was on the only winless team in NFL history.
“Pretty interesting way to bookend your career,” Nece said.