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Prince 561
09-11-2008, 01:49 PM
http://jalopnik.com/5048160/nfl-turns-to-armored-cars-to-protect-players

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS–September 9, 2008 – Texas Armoring Corporation, a leading worldwide supplier of armored passenger vehicles, announced today that the company has been in contact with key security personnel affiliated with the National Football League (NFL). Following the recent attack on Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Tackle Richard Collier, representatives of professional athletes and their security staff have reached out to Texas Armoring Corporation to provide them with custom bulletproof car solutions. According to the company, approximately 80-90% of attacks occur while victims are traveling by automobile, thus a bulletproof vehicle is the first line of defense for individuals in the public eye.

“We’re saddened by the unfortunate violence against Mr. Collier last week and by similar attacks against NFL players during the last 18 months. We’re confident that our products can offer some peace of mind to other players and their families in the coming weeks and months as they obtain our vehicles,” remarked Trent Kimball, President and CEO of Texas Armoring. Kimball continued, “In reality, professional athletes and celebrities are prime targets for attacks. Because of this, we are working with a number of high-profile clients who are following the examples of public figures like Tom Cruise and David Beckham by acquiring bulletproof cars for themselves and their loved ones. My family has been in this industry for over 30 years, and Texas Armoring Corporation can armor nearly any vehicle custom to our clients’ specifications. Mercedes Maybachs, Cadillac Escalades, Range Rovers, and other luxury models are our specialty.”

In addition to offering armored bulletproof cars and SUVs to the NFL, Texas Armoring announced that it has retained the exclusive services of two former CIA operatives to help athletes and celebrities with a wide range of security services. While the personal details of the agents remain confidential, the two former operatives have operational experience in over 50 countries and are experts in private/commercial security, surveillance, and counterintelligence offerings. Both are veterans of the CIA's Directorate of Operations with field tours in the Far East, Middle East, Europe, and Latin America and domestically in the U.S. The former operatives have extensive private sector experience as senior consultants to corporate clients at the Fortune 50 level in the areas of executive protection, threat identification and mitigation, specialized training and as “first responders” in kidnap cases.

Of the partnership, Kimball said, “The pair of former operatives we’ve retained has over 40 years of experience worldwide. They’re experts in foreign intelligence operations, security program management, physical security, risk assessment, contingency and disaster recovery planning, and crisis management. Basically, this means that now Texas Armoring can send out highly-trained James Bond/Jason Bourne-type consultants to our clients’ places of work and private residences for a professional threat assessment to point out areas of weakness and make recommendations to improve security.” Having conducted hundreds of threat assessments and specialized training exercises in surveillance and counter-surveillance operations to ensure operational integrity under difficult conditions, the two will apply their expertise to protect Texas Armoring’s exclusive clients, their families, organizations, personnel and assets against foreign and domestic threats.

With regard to the announcements, Kimball concluded, “Overall, our goal is to protect NFL players and others in the spotlight with all of the resources at our disposal—the first step being an armored vehicle and the second, a professional threat assessment. We hope that other professional organizations will follow suit so that we can provide protection through bulletproof vehicles and threat assessments to members of the NBA, NHL, MLB, etc. The bottom line is that the type of violence that Richard Collier was subject to last week is intolerable, and Texas Armoring Corporation will continue to do everything in its power to protect high-profile athletes and celebrities from such shameful acts of violence going forward.”

Bruce Banner
09-11-2008, 01:53 PM
I find it kind of sad that the media didn't seem to give a **** about Collier but turned Taylor's situation into a circus.
I guess they went about both in the wrong manner.

As for the armored cars? Meh.

MidwayMonster31
09-11-2008, 02:19 PM
This is becoming a huge problem for the NFL. They have had two players murdered and many players shot over the last two years. The players can pay for this stuff with the money they're making.
As for the shootings, Collier getting shot did not get as much coverage as it should have. Taylor was a high-profile player who was murdered in his own home. There was also a lot of coverage while he was still alive, but in a coma. Darrent Williams should have had more coverage, seeing as how it was unheard of at the time. I think that if you're rich enough, armored cars should be accessible to everyone. Of course, only celebrities, pro athletes and CEOs would have that kind of money.

awfullyquiet
09-11-2008, 02:20 PM
The best armored car is to drive a toyota prius.

No one knows you're coming.

BlindSite
09-11-2008, 05:48 PM
If I was the NFL I'd be more concerned about why people are swinging out gat's at my athletes, than I would be about protecting them.

Bucs_Rule
09-11-2008, 07:30 PM
I find it kind of sad that the media didn't seem to give a **** about Collier but turned Taylor's situation into a circus.
I guess they went about both in the wrong manner.

As for the armored cars? Meh.

Taylor is a well known player that was shot in a robbery in his own home. That is a situation that all Americans worry about. Collier is an unkown who got shot for doing something shaddy with shaddy people. Few people can identify with that and as an unknown he's just another person involved with thuggish people.

Bruce Banner
09-11-2008, 07:32 PM
Taylor is a well known player that was shot in a robbery in his own home. That is a situation that all Americans worry about. Collier is an unkown who got shot for doing something shaddy with shaddy people. Few people can identify with that and as an unknown he's just another person involved with thuggish people.

Yep, Sean Taylor's past wasn't shady at all.

skinzzfan25
09-11-2008, 07:41 PM
Yep, Sean Taylor's past wasn't shady at all.

Nobody has a perfect past.

But waiting for some ladies you picked up at the club at 3 in the morning is MUCH different than sleeping in your own bed while at home nursing an injury...

Bruce Banner
09-11-2008, 07:44 PM
Nobody has a perfect past.

But waiting for some ladies you picked up at the club at 3 in the morning is MUCH different than sleeping in your own bed while at home nursing an injury...

Lets not get into it here or now. My main point was that the media treats stars better but that not exactly breaking news.

Also, if you flipped the scenario's Taylor still would have got a **** ton more press.