We are so incredibly excited for our Agent/New Business Director, Matthew Weissman. He will be with the Cincinnati Bengals in Chicago on Draft Day presenting the Jersey for the Bengals first-round selection. The Draft starts tonight at 8pm on TV (ESPN and NFL Network) or Stream Online: NFL Live.
Photo: Molly Weissman, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Matthew Weissman
Here is the official Bengals Press Release: Posted – April 26, 2016 Editor – Geoff Hobson
VIP VANGUARD: Renowned Cincinnati wildlife artist John Ruthven, otherwise known as “the 20th century Audubon,” has painted many great scenes in his career.
But he never came up with this one.
His grandson, Matt Weissman, third generation Bengals season ticket holder, goes to Chicago Thursday night to hand the Bengals jersey to the NFL commissioner before Roger Goodell hands it to the Bengals’ first-round selection.
“I’ve got pictures of me wearing Bengals’ Super Bowl stuff in ’88 and ’89, so I think my parents were pushing me in that direction right away,” said Weissman after being introduced before Lewis’ news conference.
The Bengals chose Weissman randomly by tenure to represent the club as one of the NFL’s 32 season ticket holders who get V.I.P. access to the draft.
His agenda begins at Wednesday night’s Draft Eve Party presented by Verizon and continues to Thursday’s NFL Draft Luncheon presented by Nationwide before he’ll join the other season-ticket holders Thursday night walking the red carpet in the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University to deliver the 2016 New Era Draft Caps.
After handing Goodell the jersey, Weissman visits Draft Town, presented by Oikos Triple Zero, consisting of a series of unique fan experiences in a space the size of 20 football fields with interactive games, free player autographs, youth football clinics and more.
Weissman, 33, of Hyde Park, said he got the tickets from his mother after Ruthven became the original Season Ticket Holder more than 35 years ago.
“My first memories are of Carl Pickens and (Jeff) Shake and Blake and Corey’s (Dillon) teams,” said Weissman, who hasn’t missed a game in 10 seasons.
Although Weissman’s favorite Bengal is WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict, the man Goodell has suspended for the first three games of the season, he says he has no plans to ask the commissioner about it. He says he’s simply looking forward to enjoying the three days with wife Molly and trying to make Lewis a happy man.
“Make a good pick,” Lewis told him.
The day after Weissman leaves Chicago the draft heads into its final day on Saturday and Paul Brown Stadium is going to host its own V.I.P. celebration. Former Bengals Ira Hillary and Joe Kelly plan to be paired with two select Bengals’ Season Ticket Members to announce the team’s selections for rounds four and five. The team’s guests also enjoy lunch, live coverage of the draft and a visit from Cincinnati’s selections in the first three rounds.
Bengals Press Release