An NFL Network original show entitled Tackle My Ride will have a Minnesota Vikings-centric theme when it airs at 7 p.m. tonight.
The program, which is executive produced by Michael Strahan, centers on getting current NFL players and their organizations to help deserving superfans to make over their everyday vehicles into a customized team-inspired dream ride.
The crew in charge of customizing the car – led by James Torrez of Demented Customs in Hobbs, New Mexico and former Pittsburgh Steeler LaMarr Woodley – had a difficult task in front of them in tacking the car of David “Diggz” Garza. It is a 1999 Chevy Cavalier with 284,000 miles on it held together from front to back by Vikings duct tape.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was in charge of setting up the customization and explained why Garza was selected.
“David ‘Diggz’ Garza is the ultimate Vikings fan,” Rudolph said. “He’s vice president of the Viking World Order. He’s involved with the Children’s Hospital, but it’s not just kids that he works with. His everyday job is going around our community and helping adults who may not be as fortunate as we are and have something that they are dealing with on a daily basis that prevents them from doing everyday activities. He’s there to help them out.”
Not only does Garza work to help the developmentally disabled, but he is also heavily involved with special needs children and adults and helps raise funds each year by doing the Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics.
“He does a lot of incredible work with a bunch of charities around the Twin Cities,” Rudolph said. “He’s raised over $14,000. I’m going to help my man David out and tackle his ride.”
Garza’s love of the Vikings is clear not only from his car but his home, which is decked out in Vikings colors, including the sidewalk leading up to his front door.
Garza’s story featured his relationship with a 13-year old boy who was a huge Vikings fan but was dying of cancer. He died in 2013, but Garza has memorialized his memory on his sidewalk and his tribute was included in the customization of his car.
The story told is well worth watching because it pays back those who have dedicated themselves to making the lives of others better with no thought of being rewarded for their efforts.
As far as a car customization goes, Torrez and his crew had a daunting task in front of them. But, the tricked-out ride they created was truly awesome for Garza. About the only thing better than the story was the genesis of why Garza was selected and why he was such a deserving candidate to represent the Vikings on the show.