Leonard Hankerson signs a deal with Adidas, per press release:
ADIDAS ADDS TWO MORE FAST WIDEOUTS TO NFL DRAFT CLASS
PORTLAND, Ore. – May 31, 2011 – adidas today announced partnerships with NFL rookie wide receivers Leonard Hankerson of the Washington Redskins and Edmond Gates of the Miami Dolphins.
Hankerson and Gates are the latest additions to the adidas football roster, which includes Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, New York Giants defensive back Prince Amukamara, Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, New York Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess.
The Redskins’ third-round selection (79th overall) in April’s NFL Draft, Leonard Hankerson finished his four-year career at the University of Miami as one of the most prolific wideouts in the country. As a senior, Hankerson set single-season school records with 72 catches, 1,156 receiving yards and 13 receiving touchdowns. Hauling in five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown at the Senior Bowl and running a 4.43 40-yard-dash at the NFL Combine, Hankerson further established himself as one of the fastest and most athletic receiver in this year’s NFL Draft.
“My game is all about speed,” said the All-ACC wide receiver Hankerson. “Being a half step faster than the defense is what made the difference in my games at Miami. Playing football in the NFL means I’ve got to bring everything I’ve got and really focus on being even faster. adidas is making the lightest cleats out there right now and in the NFL, I know I’m going to need a light cleat that keeps me fast and gives me the confidence I need to join the ranks of the other fast NFL receivers coming out of the U.”
The Dolphins drastically improved their team speed when they drafted Abilene Christian wide receiver Edmund Gates in the fourth-round (111th overall) of April’s NFL Draft. Gates’ 4.37 40-yard-dash at the NFL Combine was the fastest time among wide receivers and in the top five overall. As a senior, Gates was named a Division II All-American after catching 66 balls for 1,182 yards and 13 touchdowns in leading the Wildcats to an 11-0 regular season record.
“I consider myself to be one of the fastest players in this year’s draft,” said Abilene Christian’s record setting wide receiver Gates. “I signed with adidas because of the adiZero 5-Star. The cleat is super lightweight and comfortable. It looks good and feels great and because it’s so lightweight it will help me take my speed to the next level and play even faster.”
adidas’ new adiZero 5-Star, the lightest cleat in football, made its long anticipated arrival in stores on April 1 and at 6.9 ounces is three ounces lighter than the nearest competitor. The adiZero 5-Star was on display in February as the NFL prospects in Indianapolis who ran the fastest 40-yard-dash times at each position, all wore the lightweight cleat.
“Football players are faster than ever before,” said Mark Daniels, director of football for adidas. “Players at all levels are looking for an edge to keep them fast and we’ve changed the game with the new adiZero 5-Star. Both Hankerson and Gates are going to be equipped with the lightest cleat in football to help them make an immediate impact in the NFL.”
Football players and fans can visit www.facebook.com/adidasfootballUS for more information, photos and videos of adidas’ NFL prospects and the adiZero 5-Star cleat.
adidas Football develops high-performance and lightweight football cleats, apparel and accessories for some of the greatest players and teams in the game including more than 70 collegiate football programs. adidas is a global designer and developer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the leading sports brand in the world.
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