Nearly as soon as he was drafted, Vidauntae "Taco" Charlton's agent was receiving about endorsements. No surprise since he was heading straight to Tex-Mex country of North Texas. The Michigan DE is fast becoming a fan favorite just on name recognition alone and brands are taking notice.
“Last night, Jerry Jones drafted Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton to America’s Team." This morning, The Dallas Morning News ran the sports page headline “Taco Bueno” and we couldn’t agree more," said Mike Roper, Taco Bueno's President and CEO said in a statement. "North Texas has been home base to the legendary Tex-Mex chain for its entire 50-year history and we are opening our arms and doors to Taco Charlton as he becomes part of the fabric of our hometown. While we craft some of the biggest food in Texas, we don’t claim to have any 277-lb tacos. Jerry Jones really outdid us on that one. On behalf of the entire Taco Bueno team and Buenoheads worldwide, welcome to Dallas, Taco Charlton.”
While he received the nickname from his grandmother and mother as a young kid for reasons unknown, It doesn't hurt that the Michigan-man has an affinity for tacos. At his introductory news conference, Charlton was asked to pick his favorite type of taco. He struggled.
"Man, it's hard," Charlton explained. "I just feel like if you've got a taco, you can't go wrong."
During Charlton's senior year, he started 11 games at defensive end, earning All-Big Ten first team honors. He led the Wolverines with 10 sacks to go along with 13.5 tackles for loss. He'll be teaming up with previous year's first-rounder and Ohio State alum, Ezekiel Elliott.
Perhaps they can hash their beef out over Taco Bueno.