• Sep 11, 2008
Professional football players have been victims of gun violence on several occasions over the past year and a half, and investigators in the latest incident involving Carolina's Richard Collier say the offensive tackle was targeted. The NFL and some top athletes have had enough and contacted the Texas Armoring Corporation for help. The TAC creates custom bullet-proof vehicles for movie stars and public figures, and the company is a self-proclaimed expert at converting luxury vehicles into a blingtastic Brinks-mobile. The TAC says that 80-90% of attacks happen in the car, making armored vehicles a good option for those in the public eye. Professional athletes buying an armored car from the TAC can also get a professional threat assessment from two former CIA operatives.

A quick glance at the TAC website shows that you can get a Cadillac Escalade with 8,000 miles and the ability to stop an AK47 or M-16 for $147,000. That's a bit over blue book for a used SUV, but when considering that it has one-inch-thick glass and European B6 level protection, the six figure price tag isn't all that shocking. It's just sad that we're at the point athletes need a 9,000 lb, overstuffed SUV to get to the game in one piece.

[Source: Business Wire]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      There is a reason why bullet resistant(not bullet proof) vehicles are usually SUV's or large Sedans(and not Camry's) the glass and ballistic armor in the frame aren't light in weight and you HAVE to have a vehicle with a LOT of torque to move that weight. These high profile targeting(s) of professional athletes are relatively common in Central/South America and will likely become more common in the US as the kidnapping gangs continue to move up from Mexico. They have already kidnapped numerous US citizens who live in the border region when they cross into Mexico to visit relatives.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, that's a valid point. Still. Armored S-class > Armored Escalade.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How much for a bullet proof Prius son son?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess when you're a thug and have "arrived" in life a bullet-proof Escalade is the pinnacle of success.

      What GM option code do you check at the dealer? "GBE" - Gang Banger Edition?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I guess when you're a thug ..."

        Are you saying Payton brothers are "thugs" or were you referring to Bret Favre?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm pretty dismayed and appalled that in two sentences Marlon said absolutely nothing of value.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just an FYI to some of the idiots who are responding. The NFL player was shot in a upper middle class area while waiting for some girls to come out of an apartment. Just because they're young black men doesn't mean they're thugs. Just because some jealous idiot gets mad and shoots them doesn't mean they're gang bangers. Hell just because a guy listens to rap doesn't mean he's a thug.

        Was Sean Taylor a thug when some idiots broke into his house then shot and him while he was trying to defend his wife?

        Anyways, it's sad that NFL Players feel the need to go to such an extreme just to feel safe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Vick? Vick? Vicky-Poo? Anyone? Anyone?
        • 6 Years Ago
        RED, my point wasn't about the white boys, my point was that not all Football players are thughs, even if they chose a bullet proof car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        a "THUG"??? what? These people work hard for every penny they earn. Look at former ball players and their medical bills. Plus football players make FAR less than baseball or basketball players with CUT THROAT competition and in a league where you so called contract can be suspended at any time.

        Yeah, they make money and they want to spend it how they see fit. That does not make them any more of a THUG than a white boy from Vermont who listens to gangsta rap.

        I bet you would have no problems if he bought a Porsche or a 3 series.


        • 6 Years Ago
        Pretty dismayed and appalled by your ignorant sweeping generalization of a post.

        And the fact that it's one of the highest rated is even more disgusting.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It never says why he was targeted. For all we know, he was targeted for hitting on some dude's wife at a bar, not because he was an NFL player.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey Desi: you can stop with the race baiting.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Way too much jealousy on this thread. You aren't a 6'5" 230 lb. physical specimen who can run 40 yds in 4.5 seconds. Deal with it. Would you rather have the insanely rich owners keep those salaries? It's a fair share of a billion-dollar industry.

        For every athlete that signs a multi-million dollar contract, there are hundreds of athletes who gave everything they had only to fail in the end. Or have an injury cripple them just short of greatness. And a lot of them do end up at places like McDonald's. I admire them, but I don't envy them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Word homes. Way too funny!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAH

        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't have as much issue with their salary than the stupid choices some of these guys make. They have everything handed to them on a silver platter and choose to throw it away because they want to hang with drug dealers and pimps. They want to have the gangster image. If you didn't live this lifestyle, you wouldn't need a bullet-proof car of any kind!!!

        Players today such as Pacman Jones and Ricky Williams are two that come to mind that have been given countless chances. Others haven't been so lucky with their bad decisions.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're not a thug and arrived unless you're the president of the United States...because they've been bulletproof for how many terms now? It comes with the fame.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have no comment... just contributing to the longest reply thread in the history of AB.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know some of the white boys you speak of, sadly. it's pretty pathetic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      First of all, look at his record. He is well-liked in the community and amongst his teammates and coaches. He has no criminal history, and pursues community service on his down time, as do many players.

      Second, look at the area he was shot in. If you were from here, you realize the Riverside area is a rather nice part of town..old money and big houses on big pieces of property on the St. John's river.

      His truck did not stand out at all. As a matter of fact, I notice plenty of Porsche, Mercedes, and BMW badges, with the occasional Ferrari or Audi R8.

      It is a shame that ignorant people will make comments on the fly. You would not make snap decisions like that at work becuase you have your reputation to keep and people can attach a face to a stupid comment. As soon as you're on the interwebs, all logic goes out the door.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not racist, I'm not bitter, and I have nothing wrong with athletes making what they make. It's an incredibly, INCREDIBLY, competitive field -- probably the /most -- and most athletes never make it that far, anyway. I admire those who do, but also those who don't.

      Personally, I'd rather have an armored Camry or something. Or an armored S-class.

      Armored escalade is just retarded. "HEY LOOK AT ME IM DRIVING AN ESCALADE!!! OH, HAH, YOU CAN'T SHOOT ME!"

      At least with the S-class or the Camry you say instead, "Yeah, I'm driving. No, you can't shoot me. You lose."
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I'd be more suspicious of a multi-million dollar athlete driving a relatively low priced car like the camry..."

        You'd have to notice the Camry first.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now not only will the owners be safe, but the fight dogs will too! Gotta keep 'em tight for the Friday night fight yo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The fact that professional athletes get shot has nothing to do with the point we're at and everything to do with the behavior of professional athletes. It is neither surprising nor sad when people who chose to flaunt their extreme wealth excessively in the face of an otherwise impoverished community end up becoming the victims of violence.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Laces out!
      • 6 Years Ago
      When you're rich/famous there is a very very small portion of the population (i.e. thugs) that would like to kill you so that they can become known amongst their criminal friends. (If they get away with it that is).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I personally find it sick how much athletes make

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      But I bet you have NO problem watching them on TV...which helps contribute to the team's revenue...which, interestingly enough, contributes to these salaries that you find so sickening. The thing that you SHOULD be sick about, is your own jealousy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      RIP Darrent Williams. I wish you had a bulletproof limo that night.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I find it funny when people have no problem with an athlete that makes $20 million a year but then crushes a CEO of a company when they make over $5!

      Yeah, there are a lot of bad CEO's but there are probably more athletes who do not earn their paycheck. Look at Shaq who can't dribble, can't shoot, and can't run but gets paid a crazy amount of money because he's huge, not talented.
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