Back in October, we interviewed Duke legend and 13-year NBA vet Shane Battier. He talked about his 2001 NCAA Championship team, his toughest defensive matchups in the NBA, how to deal with trash talk, and most importantly, the Pizza Hut All-American job.
For the first time ever, Pizza Hut would hire one lucky guy or girl to attend as many NCAA Division I Championships as possible over the course of the 2016-2017 NCAA season. They would document the experience on social media and bring home a cool $50,000 for the journey of a lifetime.
Unsurprisingly, Pizza Hut received an insane amount of interest for this position, as over 1,000 people from 42 states sent in applications. When the dust settled, Jason Zone Fisher was selected as the Pizza Hut All-American, which I’m sure lead to many celebratory fist pumps.
The Cleveland, Ohio native’s first stop on his tour was the NCAA Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana on November 19, 2016. He’s since attended National Championships for field hockey, water polo, women’s soccer, and men’s soccer. It was at the men’s College Cup this past weekend in Houston, Texas where I was lucky enough to tag along with Fisher to see what it’s like to be the Pizza Hut All-American.
In case you were wondering, it’s most definitely as awesome as it sounds. Pizza Hut pulls out all of the stops to make being their All-American the best job any sports fan could ask for. We had access to the field, locker rooms, press conferences, party suites, and pretty much anywhere imaginable at BBVA Compass Stadium.
And when there wasn’t a game being played, we were still treated like kings. I’m talking swanky hotels, baller seats at a Rockets game, swag galore, and of course, plenty of delicious pizza.
It was a weekend for the record books, and I’m insanely jealous that Jason still has plenty more National Championships on his docket. His next adventure will be on December 15 and 17 in Columbus, Ohio at the Final Four of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament. Be sure to follow Jason on Twitter and Instagram, as the next best thing to having his job is to live vicariously through him.
In closing, I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate Stanford for winning back-to-back National Championships. My palms get sweaty just thinking about having to stand over one of those penalty kicks.
I’d also like to give a huge thank you to Pizza Hut for this amazing opportunity and a quick shout out to Lindsey for ensuring that I had a great time. She put everything together and handled all the pesky logistics to keep the train on the tracks.
Until men’s slow pitch softball becomes a college sport and I figure out an NCAA eligibility loophole, this picture is a fantastic consolation prize.