Local boy and San Diego Chargers linebacker, Manti Teo, got to channel his inner male model on Friday as he posed in front of the camera for his first gig as a spokesperson for the coconut water brand, Vita Coco.
Being surrounded by his friends and family, Teo felt very comfortable in front of the camera at his photo shoot for his first big endorsement.
"It's easy when you have good people around you," Teo said. "It's hard to be genuine when you're not surrounded by genuine people."
As an avid consumer of Vita Coco's coconut water products prior to the endorsement, Teo was more than grateful to being their spokesperson and believes their products are great for everyone especially athletes in training like him as he prepares for the upcoming season.
"This product is natural. With everything out there, there's a lot of products that can hurt you, can hurt your performance," Teo said. "As islanders, we know the best thing we can drink is coconut water."
For Teo, this may be the beginning to many other endorsements in the future.
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity and I look forward for more fun," Teo said.
Teo is one of many professional athletes that landed endorsements as part of Vita Coco's Athlete Program. Joining him on the roster include Yasiel Puig of the LA Dodgers, Giovani Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengals, Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers and Marchawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks.