Austin Ekeler Running Back--L.A. Chargers--Marketing Overview & bio

About Austin

  • Originally from Eaton, CO
  • 26 years old
  • Finished his high school career with 2,398 rushing yards and 42 TDs for a 10.2 avg.
  • Played four seasons (2013-16) at Western State Colorado in Gunnison, Colo., totaling 5,857 rushing yards and 55 rushing TDs on 932 attempts (6.3 avg.)
  • Broke almost every career rushing record in school history
  • Completed his collegiate degree (event management) in the spring of 2018, following his rookie campaign
  • Has played a huge role for Chargers offense during 2019 season and easily one of the best running backs in the NFL
  • On March 6, 2020, signed four year extension with Chargers through 2023
  • Has incredible and strong bond with is mother, Susanne; also has one brother, Wyatt, who will be playing football at the University of Wyoming in 2020 as a freshman

Learn more about Austin's journey below...

Austin in college at Western Colorado State (Div II)

Austin's Incredible and Inspiring Journey to the NFL

  • Grew up in Eaton, Colorado (population: 5,000) where he lived with his mom and then-stepfather; his stepdad made Austin wake up everyday at 6:30 am to help him with his fencing company (rain or shine)
  • Had zero Division I offers coming out of high school; only offer came from tiny Western Colorado University (Div II)
  • To help pay for rent at school, got a job as a river rafting instructor
  • After graduation, already had a regular office job lined up for after the summer but was able to try out for the Chargers before it started
  • Made the Chargers' roster as an undrafted free agent in 2017
  • Became the first Chargers undrafted rookie RB to post three touchdown catches in a season, while tying RB Don Woods (1974) and RB James Brooks (1981) for the team record by a rookie RB
  • Has the second most receiving yards since 2018 among all NFL running backs
  • In March 2020, his hard work paid off: signed a four year, $24.5 million contract with Los Angeles, making him one of the faces of the franchise for the foreseeable future

2019: A Historic Season

2019 was Austin's year! Austin has accomplished accolades and some things no other Chargers player has done before...

  • Second highest Pro Football Focus overall running back grade (88.6, through Week 14)
  • Named to Pro Football Focus' All-Midseason Team
  • Wilson NFL Player of the Week (given to player with best performance in entire NFL for specific week, September 30th)
  • Is only the 2nd player in Chargers history with 100 rush yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game

Austin Ekeler is on a historic pace


Chargers RB Austin Ekeler out to prove he's an NFL feature back--ESPN

Austin Ekeler kept Melvin Gordon on the Chargers sideline--LA Times

Hobbies and Interests

  • LOVES video games! Has his own Twitch channel and loves interacting with his fans for contests/giveaways
  • Anything outdoor-related (fishing, hiking)
  • Loves to listen to classic rock; his signature touchdown dance is him shredding an air guitar
  • Dogs--just got two named Milly and Charlie!
  • Passionate about sustainable energy and anything 'green'-related
  • Boogie-boarding at SoCal beaches with his girlfriend, Taylor
  • Fitness, working out

Current Brand Partners/Endorsements:

  • Adidas--exclusive
  • Braun/Phillips--exclusive
  • Shock Doctor (mouthguards)--exclusive
  • Kollectico Bobbleheads--non-exclusive
  • NutriBullet--non-exclusive
  • Foco--non-exclusive

Austin's Fitness YouTube Channel

Austin started his ow fitness/workout YouTube channel last year and since then, has taken off. Austin's incredible feats of strength have also gained national attention from huge media outlets (shown below)

National Exposure (Fitness/Workouts)

Austin has been gaining the attention of some national outlets, including the NFL's main Instagram page feed (below)!

The Real-Life Diet of the L.A. Chargers' Austin Ekeler, Who’s Streaming His Workouts Like a Gamer--GQ Magazine (3/20)

Gridiron Gaming Group

View Website HERE

  • With a huge passion for gaming, Austin recently launched his own website and e-sports group designed especially for athletes
  • The main objective is to help pro athletes expand their brand into gaming and monetize their communities
  • Austin is a pro at streaming his games and feeds on large platforms such as Twitch and wants to spread his passion and love for gaming with others
  • Now more than ever, game streaming has become a productive way for people to earn off-field revenue

Social Media Overview

Instagram: 103,000 followers

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