Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Former Cyclone the new Ken doll face
By ESPN.com staff
A former Iowa State player has won a competition to be the "Great American Boyfriend" and will become the next face of the Ken doll.
Most famously known as Barbie's boyfriend, the doll is due for a re-design, which will be based on former Cyclone Kurtis Taylor, now 25.
Eight contestants took part in various "Bachelor-style" challenges, and according to the New York Times, Taylor won over the judges in the "romantic gesture" category. He was given $500 to buy gifts for a significant other, but he gave each judge a penny and donated the rest of the money to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
While at Iowa State, Taylor won the team's comeback player of the year award after the 2007 season when he finished second in the Big 12 with 6.5 sacks a season after missing all of 2006 with a knee injury suffered during spring drills.
He made 41 tackles that season, including eight tackles for loss.
In 2008, Taylor was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection as a senior. . He finished his career with 85 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.
Mattell is reportedly readying a modeling contract for Taylor, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound native of Fort Dodge, Iowa.
In case you were wondering, here's Taylor's page on the site.