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Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue in Kansas City has partnered with Kansas State’s Skylar Thompson and Missouri’s Connor Bazelak, the company announced Friday afternoon.
The two quarterbacks will be the restaurant’s first ambassadors for its new “be remarkable” campaign. The agreement, allowed under the NCAA’s new name, image and likeness guidelines, involves sponsored social media posts and in-person appearances.
Thompson, who went to Fort Osage High School in Independence, expressed excitement to partner with a local Kansas City business.
“Growing up in Kansas City, I’ve always taken pride in representing where I’m from, so to be able to partner with Jack Stack is a blessing because of their standard of excellence in KC,” Thompson said in a release. “I’m so excited to partner with Jack Stack and I really appreciate how they’ve allowed me to involve my incredible teammates.”
One of the highlights of Bazelak’s partnership with Jack Stack will be special dinners provided for the Mizzou offensive line, according to the release.
“Being remarkable both as a player and, more importantly, as a person is something I’ve always strived to do,” Bazelak said. “It’s great to work with a brand that holds the same values as I do and to be able to showcase that in such an authentic way... I’m really excited to be one of their first college ambassadors.”
Jack Stack, which was started by Russ Fiorella in Kansas City in 1957, plans to partner with more men’s and women’s college athletes in the Midwest.