Heisman Trophy Winner Danny Wuerffel to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl Kickoff Luncheon

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (October 18, 2012) – Legendary University of Florida quarterback and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2012 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl Kickoff Luncheon on ThursdayDec. 20 at Noon at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. The Luncheon takes place the day prior to the kickoff of the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg, which is owned by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, and features a BIG EAST Conference team against a representative from Conference USA at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on FridayDec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

“I’m grateful to the Bowl for the invitation,” said Wuerffel.  “I look forward to sharing several stories from my life, both from on-and-off the field, to help inspire the listeners to see life from a deeper perspective, looking beyond all the self-centered messages in our culture in hopes that we all might learn to be better teammates and people.”

Wuerffel achieved an elite status during his four-year career at the University of Florida, which included leading the Gators to the 1996 National Championship and four SEC Championships. One of the most respected achievements for Wuerffel is that he is the only player to win the Heisman Trophy and also receive the Draddy Trophy, which is presented annually by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete.

“We are very fortunate to have a college football icon in Danny Wuerffel as our keynote speaker,” said Brett Dulaney, Executive Director, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg. “Danny earned so many accolades during his storied collegiate career at the University of Florida and I am confident that the student-athletes and other guests at our Kickoff Luncheon will all look forward to hearing him speak and meeting him afterwards.”

A limited number of tables are still available for the Kickoff Luncheon.  For more information on availability, please contact the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg office at 727.290.9865.

Tickets for the 2012 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg game are on sale now and start as low as just $35. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.comor by phone at 1-800.745.3000.

Fans can enjoy the pregame pageantry in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl Miller Lite Party Deck, the only on-field hospitality village in all of professional or college football. Fans can sit right behind the team bench and hear all of the hard- hitting action. It will be the only Beef ‘O’ Brady’s location where you can literally be in the huddle and still enjoy all the food and beverage any fan would want. For tickets in the Miller Lite Party Deck, fans may contact Carlos Padilla at 727.290.9865 for more information.

About Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is a fast-growing national chain of family sports pubs that achieves its success by building relationships with the local schools, youth sports leagues, and other community organizations in each and every Beef ‘O’ Brady’s neighborhood market. The “kid appeal” of this unique concept is reinforced by a very moderately priced kids menu and video games. Ironically, despite what the name implies, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is actually best known for its Buffalo-style chicken wings. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s has more than 260 open restaurants throughout the Southeast and the Midwest. Visitwww.beefobradys.com for more information.

ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
The nation’s largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming,ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT’s owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.
In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters forESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC,BIG EAST,Big 12,Mid-American,WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events:
Collegiate Football
BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.);Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg;Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth);MAACO Bowl Las Vegas;Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque);MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.);Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Houston);Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu) andThe Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards

Collegiate Basketball
Anaheim Classic (Anaheim, Calif.);Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant (S.C.);Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu);Jimmy V Classic (Madison Square Garden);Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.);Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan);BracketBusters andState Farm Champions Classic (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)

Collegiate Lacrosse
ESPNU Warrior Classic

Additional Events
ESPN National Golf Challenge

For more information, visit ESPNPlus.com.


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