ROOKIE DEFENSIVE PHENOMENON KIKO ALONSO
SIGNS WITH CUTTERS GLOVES
MINETONKA, Minn. -- Cutters Gloves is proud to announce that it has added NFL defensive rookie sensation, Kiko Alonso of the Buffalo Bills, to its roster of professional endorsees. The middle linebacker from the University of Oregon signed a three-year deal with Cutters, where he will join a star-studded list of professional football and baseball players who turn to Cutters Gloves for the ultimate in performance, grip and durability.
Cutters is turning heads across all professional and amateur sports with recent innovations in its proprietary C-TACK™ Performance Grip material. The company announced that a new line of game changing football gloves, to include the REV and REV PRO, will hit retail stores in March of 2014. Professional players from the NFL were part of the development and testing of the new line, and as word spread about their superior performance, players have been lining up to get their hands on--or more accurately, IN--the new gloves.
In just the eighth week of his rookie season, Kiko Alonso is second in the NFL in tackles having notched 81 to date, including a blistering performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in which he racked up 22 tackles, the second most tackles in a single game in NFL history. On top of that, Alonso has shown that he has great hands with his four interceptions, a number that ties for the NFL lead this season.
"Kiko Alonso is a very special and very rare talent," said Tony Armand, CEO of Shock Doctor Sports and Cutters Gloves. "He is a complete athlete who is unwavering in his dedication to his sport and to his team, and he is the epitome of integrity and fearless performance on and off the field."
Added Armand, "Kiko has a bright future as a professional athlete, and we at Cutters and Shock Doctor are thrilled to have him on our team."
Alonso currently wears the Cutters X40 gloves, and he will wear a custom version of the Cutters REV gloves for the 2014 season, designed in the color scheme of the Buffalo Bills. Consumer versions of the line will be in stores in March of 2014, just in time for Spring passing leagues and other training camps.
The all new REV line of lightweight gloves that will be worn by Alonso and other professional players are designed with advanced fit, flexibility, progressive levels of palm-conforming constructions, and the legendary C-TACK extreme grip technology that has made Cutters the industry leader in performance gloves. The line has models for players of all abilities, including the REV PRO 3D in adult sizes, and the REV PRO and the REV models that are available in both youth and adult sizes.
ABOUT KIKO ALONSO
Kiko Alonso attended the University of Oregon, where he played for the Oregon Ducks football team from 2008 to 2012. After redshirting in 2008, he spent the 2009 season as Oregon's primary reserve middle linebacker. He appeared in the final 12 games, accumulating 13 of his 16 tackles unassisted. Alonso was named the 2012 Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game with one interception and five tackles, including career-highs of 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. In his final season, he started in all 13 games and earned second team all-conference honors while recording 87 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss, a sack, four interceptions, seven pass deflections and two forced fumbles.
On April 26, 2013, Alonso was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (46th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Alonso made an immediate impact for the Bills notching 9 tackles in his first NFL regular season game against the New England Patriots. The next week against the Carolina Panthers, Alonso had a total of 10 tackles, 1 interception, and a sack to lead the Bills to their first win of the season. With an interception against the New York Jets in week 3, Alonso became the first Bills player to record an interception in back to back games since Jairus Byrd in 2009.
On October 3, 2013, Alonso was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for the month of September.
In a Week 6 game vs. Cincinnati, Alonso had the biggest game of his young career, where he recorded 22 tackles. Although Buffalo lost in overtime, Alonso got nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week for the second time of his career.
ABOUT CUTTERS GLOVES
Cutters Gloves® manufactures, markets, distributes and sells an industry leading line of gloves and accessories for football and other sports including baseball, fitness, golf and soccer. Made with their exclusive C-TACK™ Performance Grip Material, Cutters Gloves are crafted from the highest quality materials for the best performance and durability. Cutters Gloves are also sold in 15 countries worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 110 Cheshire Lane, Suite 120, Minnetonka, MN 55305. For more information, visitwww.CuttersGloves.com.