Hall of Famers set new Guinness World Record

Hall of Famers set new Guinness World Record

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HOFers set new Guinness World RecordTM for number of footballs signed by professional athletes, as part of the “HD Hero Days” campaign

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, in conjunction with Samsung Electronics - a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics and telecommunications – and Circuit City have set a new Guinness World Record TM for the largest number of footballs signed by professional athletes assembled for an autograph signing.

To raise awareness for charity, Samsung Electronics, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and
Circuit City hosted 18 NFL Players, 2 LCD HDTVs and 4,500 footballs in Las Vegas for the record-setting event.

A mountain of 4,500 footballs, 18 Hall of Fame football players, and a whirlwind of signatures were on stage Wednesday morning at the famed Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, in an event that Guinness World Records TM has certified as the world record for the “Largest Autograph Signing by Professional Athletes.”  The event launched the “HD Hero Days” promotion at Circuit City.

Approximately 20 members of the Las Vegas Boys & Girls Club were on-hand and had the opportunity to meet football legends such as Marcus Allen, Michael Irvin, Anthony MuñozDeacon Jones, Carl Eller, Harry Carson, Fred Biletnikoff, Merlin Olsen and many more. During the event, Samsung formally gave their gift of $10,000 in product to the Las Vegas chapter of the Boys & Girls Club. This is part of Samsung’s “Leave a Legacy program” in which the company gives back to the host-city of major events such as CES, Super Bowl and more.

“Achieving this record with so many great NFL players on-hand is an incredible accomplishment,” said Tim Baxter, executive vice president of Consumer Electronics for Samsung Electronics America. “This record underscores Samsung’s leadership in the consumer electronics industry, and in our support for giving back to local communities.”

 “We’re thrilled to see this promotion brought to life with a world record,” said Peter C. Weedfald, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Circuit City. “We believe ‘HD Hero Days’ will give our Circuit City customers an opportunity to obtain a souvenir of a lifetime in addition to supporting charities that help to build strong communities.”

Rob Molloy, the official adjudicator from Guinness World Records TM, was on hand to monitor the hundreds of balls being signed and the various pros signing them.  At 10:44 a.m., Molloy announced that a new Guinness World Record TM had been established.  “It’s a great achievement,” Molloy said, “and it’s a Guinness World Record any sports fan can appreciate.”

The footballs will be used during a month-long promotion at Circuit City.  Until February 2, consumers who purchase a 40” (or larger) 1080p Samsung HDTV plus any firedog home theater service $99 or more are eligible to receive one of these autographed footballs, while supplies last. 

In addition to the footballs, the heroes signed 2 HDTVs.  These 32-inch LCD HDTVs will be auctioned online at www.nflauction.nfl.com, with the proceeds supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas, Boys & Girls Clubs of a America, the Dan Marino Foundation through Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees Assistance Program.

“We are so thankful that Samsung, Circuit City and the Pro Football Hall of Fame included us in this wonderful program,” said Jim Richards, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Boys & Girls Club. “The fact that they included a Las Vegas charity shows they are sincere about making a real difference in the lives of the youngsters living in our community.”


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