Monday, December 26, 2016

A Giant, and tasty, workplace present for Christmas

Vernon and Louis XIII
Olivier Vernon has made quite an impact in his first season with the New York Giants, starring at defensive end with a season-long string of excellent games. For Christmas, he made an extra impact on teammates and coaches.

Vernon purchased personalized $3,000 bottles of Louis XIII Cognac for each of his teammates and coaches, along with additional members of the organization, according to

Is that a big deal financially? Well, there are 75 players on the Giants' roster, 20 members of the coaching staff and the other team staffers and executives who received gifts from Vernon, so we're talking a gift list in the $300,000 range. Yes, his five-year contract gives him $85 million, but still ...

Vernon had each individual bottle engraved with the recipient’s name and the package included two matching champagne glasses. Each was accompanied by a card that said, “I wanted to thank you for welcoming me to the Giants family and wish you a happy holiday season.”

The Louis XIII brandy, which dates to 1874, is sold in limited editions and packaged in individually numbered crystal decanters that weigh 11 pounds.

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