ENCINO, Calif.– (July 16, 2009)– Fans can find NFL action this summer at the NFLRUSH Zone virtual games world ( http://nflrz.nflrush.com) with exciting online game play and a lineup featuring some of the NFL’s top players in live chat sessions. On Tuesday, July 21, 2009, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees returns to the virtual world in the latest of a summer season of live sessions with NFL players. Brees participated in NFLRUSH Zone’s first-ever NFL player chat last year.
Brees will be available for a live chat with fans in the NFLRUSH Zone’s“Press Room” at 7:00 PM Eastern. At approximately 7:30 PM he’ll explore the site as his avatar, ready to engage fans who want to challenge his skills in online game play.
San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates and New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery recently met up with fans in the NFLRUSH Zone.
Ever wonder why Gates transitioned from basketball to football?“I was a former basketball player, and I really liked that,” said Gates during the chat.“But football kept chasing me.” Gates also revealed his favorite all-time player is Brett Favre.
Jerricho Cotchery revealed during his chat that he majored in sports management in college; his best friend in the NFL is Jets safety Kerry Rhodes; and the funniest person in the locker room is Jets cornerback Ahmad Carroll, aka“Batman”. When asked what he would sound like if could be a sound effect, Cotchery humorously responded,“I’d sound like a whoosh!”
Commenting on the live chats, Brandissimo! CEO David Snyder said,“It’s truly exciting to bring football fans together with their favorite players in a virtual setting that lets them get up close and personal. The chats have been great fun for everyone. We look forward to Drew Brees engaging fans in conversation and accepting their challenges for online game play.”
Brees arrived in New Orleans in 2006 and ranks among the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. He has set multiple records, was twice voted to the Pro Bowl and was named the Associated Press offensive Player of the Year in 2008. Brees has led all passers since 2006 with 13,910 yards– the second-highest three-season total in NFL history– paces the league with 1,209 completions and ranks second over the span with 88 touchdowns.
Since joining the Saints, Brees led them to the NFC Championship Game in 2006, has started all 48 regular-season contests, has recorded a league-high 23 games with at least 300 passing yards and has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week seven times. Brees was also honored as the co-recipient of the 2006 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, in large part for his charitable contributions and volunteer work in the New Orleans community.
ABOUT NFLRUSH ZONE
Featuring more than 65 fun online games, NFLRUSH Zone gives kids an exciting– and safe– environment where they can play and enjoy an NFL-themed fantasy world. In addition to games and animated videos, kids create avatars, join their favorite team, explore 32 team lands, earn virtual currency (“pigskins”), feed and care for pet-like characters (“gameballs”), and safe-chat with friends around the world in real time. Like the NFL, competition is the name of the game on NFLRUSH Zone, where kids can challenge each other in games to see which team reigns supreme each week.
Brandissimo! is quickly emerging as an industry leader in the creation of casual gaming and online experiences for kids. Boasting a management team of partners who have deep entertainment industry experience, Brandissimo! is a developer, creator and producer of award-winning content for kids and teens across all platforms. Brandissimo! helps broadcasters and brand owners access young audiences by rethinking brands from an online perspective and building relationships with kids through game play that ignites young imaginations, swells their minds and inspires creativity, self expression and esteem. Brandissimo! produces NFLRUSH.com and created the fast growing NFLRUSH Zone, a massive 32-team multiplayer game world for the National Football League. Inaddition to digital production, Brandissimo! executive produced the international hit TV franchise Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, created and produced the Emmy®-nominated Discovery Kids franchise Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks, and produces the multi-award winning musical series, Spectrum Connections' Bounce!, for PBS Sprout.
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