Taco Charlton’s mom, Tamara, recalled the story of how her son ended up being known as “Taco,” instead of his birth name of “Vidauntae.” (Video by Max Faulkner) Max Faulkner mfaulkner@star-telegram.com
Taco Charlton’s mom, Tamara, recalled the story of how her son ended up being known as “Taco,” instead of his birth name of “Vidauntae.” (Video by Max Faulkner) Max Faulkner mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Dallas Cowboys

One day Big Red, next day Taco Bueno for Taco Charlton

June 27, 2017 10:58 AM

Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end Taco Charlton is bringing in the endorsements.

A day after landing a deal with Big Red soda, the former Michigan Wolverines standout has fittingly landed a taco deal with Dallas-based Taco Bueno.

The fast-food chain announced the deal Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.

Charlton, selected by the Cowboys in the NFL Draft’s first round at No. 28 in April, was given the nickname Taco by his grandma. His given name is Vidauntae, but he was born premature with his grandma saying he was “running for the border,” a take on a Taco Bell slogan at the time.

In a statement, Charlton said, “In my short time here, I have discovered that Texas is THE PLACE for tacos.”

NFL.com notes that Charlton grew up in Pickerington, Ohio, “more than 600 miles away” from the nearest Taco Bueno.

Taco Bueno was founded in 1967 in Abilene and operates 184 restaurants in Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Louisiana.

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