NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 5, 2017) - Author, professor, motivator and NCAA record breaker, Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, has been tapped as the official brand ambassador for Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce. The classic Texas hot sauce features a unique smoky flavor with just the right amount of heat.
"We are excited to bring Tom on as our Brand Ambassador promoting Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce," says Kurt Riddlesperger, cofounder of Texas Triangle Grove, the company that manufactures the Evil Cowboy brand of hot sauce. "He has been a huge encouragement to our family and business, joining us at numerous events."
"We've enjoyed talking about setting true fulfilment goals, which is a passion we both share along with our faith," adds Kurt's brother and company co-founder Kyle Riddlesperger. "Tom's experience with nutrition and focus on taking care of your body is a great fit for promoting our healthy and spicy food products."
Thompson is equally excited about his new role with Evil Cowboy. "I am thrilled to be named brand ambassador for Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce," he declares. "Getting to know and work with the Riddlesperger family has been a blessing. They are genuine, hard working, faith loving people, and their hot sauce is awesome! It's delicious and it is healthy to boot."
Thompson points to the Riddlesperger family's faith as a key element in his decision to lend his support to the smoky flavored hot sauce.
"The family is very clear about their faith, putting it right on the label of their Evil Cowboy Smokin' Ghost Sauce. To paraphrase Romans 3:23, 'All cowboys have evil in them.' which is the first step walking down the Roman road to salvation," Thompson explains. "With a name and logo like 'Evil Cowboy,' it definitely opens doors to conversation about God."
The new partnership capitalizes on Thompson's background and reputation as an NCAA football record holder, physical fitness expert and academic researcher in the field of motivation and change. Thompson literally wrote the book on motivation for older adults who are approaching their golden years, young people seeking to find their first job, and anyone at any age who wants to take charge of their own destiny. In the new, updated and expanded edition of Thompson's inspirational and motivational autobiography, Kick Start, he encourages readers to seize their future with both hands.
"It's never too late, or too early, to kick start your life," Thompson declares.
The new edition of Kick Start, which released Tuesday, January 31, 2017, through Clovercroft Publishing, includes tips on goal setting and intentionality, explores the link between goal setting and physical fitness, and offers suggestions for ditching the "bucket list" for something even better.
To learn more about Thompson and the new updated and expanded edition of Kick Start, visit 91kick.com.
About Kick Start (Updated and Expanded Edition):
On November 14, 2009, Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II kicked his way into the record books. At age 61, he became the oldest football player in NCAA history and the oldest NCAA football player to score a point when he kicked the PAT (Point After Touchdown) in the second quarter of the game between Austin College and Trinity University.
Thompson wrote his name in the record books, then went on to literally write the book on motivation for older adults who are approaching their golden years, as well as anyone seeking a career change, to seize their future with both hands. Thompson details his remarkable accomplishments in the new edition of Kick Start.
Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II joined Evil Cowboy hot sauce for an interview at ZestFest 2017. Pictured (L to R): Kendall Stadler--head reviewer and owner of Tastingtheheat.com, Thompson and Kurt Riddlesperger from Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce. (RDT Photography photo)
"Like many people, I grew up feeling as though I couldn't catch a break," muses theauthor, speaker and NCAA football record holder. "With obstacles and setbacks from a very early age, I struggled to find meaning and purpose. As an adult with no real plan, my self-absorbed lifestyle led to divorce, financial stress, and physical injuries. But in time, I found my faith, my purpose, and my soulmate. I discovered it's never too late to kick start your life."
At an age when most people are contemplating retirement, Thompson earned the first of numerous academic degrees. Through the process of earning a bachelor's degree, a master's degree and ultimately a doctorate, Thompson realized the power of setting goals and striving to reach them. But he also recognized that not all goals are created equal.
"Have you ever achieved a goal, but then didn't experience the long-term sense of fulfillment you were expecting?" asks Thompson. "That happens when you set a goal that is not tied to a core value. When you set a goal that is tied to a core value, you have a greater chance of gaining lasting fulfillment, and it has the added benefit of affecting a whole lot more people than just yourself."
Thompson says he updated and expanded Kick Start to encourage older adults who are approaching their golden years, as well as anyone seeking a career change, to seize their future with both hands.
"Each day approximately 6,000 Americans turn 65, the traditional age at which people clean out their desk, accept a gold watch from the company and head for the rocking chair," adds Thompson. "But we are witnessing a movement that is changing the face of the nation, and ultimately the world. The boomer generation that is approaching retirement age is more well-educated, healthier, and more motivated than any previous generation in American history. They have a tremendous amount of work experience and life skills that can provide a multitude of opportunities. If my story says anything, it is that it is never too late to re-imagine what you want your life to be."
About Tom Thompson:
Dr. Emmet C. (Tom) Thompson II, D.S.L., M.S., M.A., entered the health and fitness industry after a 20-year career in commercial real estate. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from LeTourneau University, a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, a Doctor of Strategic Leadership Degree from Regent University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from Austin College.
Thompson is an active researcher with numerous co-authored articles in peer reviewed academic journals. He has co-authored the books Fit To Lead (St. Martin's Press) and Kick Start (Carpenter's Son Publishing). In addition to his writing, Thompson also lectures to both lay and academic groups.
A former Board of Advisors member of the American Council on Martial Arts, Thompson is an American-born Tae Kwon Do grandmaster, holding the rank of 9th degree black belt.
On November 14, 2009, he became the oldest football player in NCAA history and the oldest NCAA football player to score a point in a game.
To learn more about Thompson and the new updated and expanded edition of Kick Start, visit91kick.com.
About Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce:
As a local grocer and butcher, Kurt and Kyle Riddlesperger's grandfather was proud to offer a variety of products at his store, Triangle Grocery & Market in Honey Grove, Texas. His cooking sauce was especially well known. Its aroma permeated the store, as well as football and rodeo stands, from the hot dogs and brisket slow cooked in the sauce every night.
In honor of him, his grandsons named their company Texas Triangle Grove. They are continuing his legacy with quality Texas-made products and sharing his sauce with you as Evil Cowboy Smokin Ghost Hot Sauce. For more information, visit evilcowboy.com.
To schedule an interview, contact:
McCain & Co. Public Relations Website: mccainpr.com