Los Angeles Rams tight end/fullback Cory Harkey is no stranger to athletic achievements in Southern California. He played his college ball at UCLA and was all conference in football and basketball at Chino Hills High.
Even in the middle of the offseason and with his employer just moving back to town within the past couple of weeks, it hasn't taken Harkey long to get reacclimated to getting it done on the Los Angeles sports scene. At halftime of Wednesday night's Lakers-Clippers game at Staples Center, Harkey won a 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in the Toyota Skills Challenges.
Congratulations to Cory Harkey who just won a new 2016 Tacoma at halftime in the Toyota Skills Challenge! pic.twitter.com/jkLBIOY0BQ— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 7, 2016
According to the Lakers website, the skills challenge asks participants to show off their abilities in dribbling, passing and shooting, similar to the annual event that takes place at the NBA All-Star Weekend in February.
The Rams will begin their offseason conditioning program in Oxnard, about 65 miles north of Los Angeles, on April 18. The team moved into it's Oxnard home for football operations last week and players have begun making the move west as well.
It was an easy one for Harkey, who is the son of former major league pitcher Mike Harkey and originally signed with the Rams in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. He's since won a roster spot and appeared in 52 games with 27 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Teammates and coaches consider Harkey a team leader for his strength and his fiery, competitive approach on game days, earning him the nickname "Hark-ules" in the Rams locker room.
Harkey will undoubtedly hear from his teammates about his latest prize. In fact, it already began on Twitter late Wednesday night.
Okkkk this isn't real 😂 I'm doin deadlifts and Harkey's winning cars? 🤔 https://t.co/dbV8XhzPuW— Rodger Saffold (@Rodger_Saffold) April 7, 2016
Harkey re-signed with the Rams on a three-year deal paying $2.5 million in guarantees on March 15. That contract pays him just shy of $2 million annually. Of course, now he can save even more of that money since he won't need it for monthly car payments.