Paul Ackerman of Centerville, OH has been chosen by the Bengals (randomly by tenure) for a once-in-a-lifetime NFL Draft Experience. Ackerman and his family have had Season Tickets since 1978.
Ackerman is one of 32 Season Ticket Members, one representing each team, who will help kick off festivities and receive behind-the-scenes access to Draft celebrations in Arlington, TX.
The experience begins on Wednesday with a Welcome Reception featuring NFL Head of Officiating Al Riveron and a special "You Make the Call" session. On Thursday, it continues with a breakfast to kick off Draft Day and an exclusive invite to the NFL Draft Luncheon, featuring an assortment of NFL Legends.
Ackerman will receive a custom team jersey with "Draft Day" on the nameplate, walk the Red Carpet with NFL prospects and hand deliver an official New Era Draft Cap to the NFL Draft Theater. The V.I.P. access continues when Ackerman will deliver a customized No. 1 Nike jersey from backstage to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage as picks are announced.
On Saturday, Ackerman and his son Nick will announce the Bengals' seventh-round draft selections live from AT&T Stadium.
The initiative is part of the NFL's fifth annual Draft Season Ticket Member Experience, which aims to recognize dedicated fans and give them an exclusive opportunity at the event.
Additionally, 50 loyal Bengals fans are heading to the NFL Draft to sit in the "Inner Circle," a newly-created team area where they will watch the event directly in front of the NFL Draft Theater on the field of AT&T Stadium. The "Inner Circle" – which is being established for the first time at any Draft event – will feature team rivalry zones, chances for fans to celebrate the team selections with NFL players and Legends and opportunities to showcase team spirit on national television.