With new name, image, and likeness (NIL) rules and laws that allow college players to make money through endorsements, personal images, social media promotion, or almost anything else, it’s easy to wonder how much real college superstars might make. It has been in place in previous years and decades.
Zion Williamson had a large number of social media fans long before he set foot on the Duke campus. How much can he charge for paid tweets? How much money will Johnny Manziel make when signing and appearing in commercials? When he was a quarterback at Texas A&M University? He might make Pietros look like a lazy signer.
It is incredible.
But college superstars, who eventually became professional players and made a lot of money, are not the only ones who missed out. Think of athletes from smaller schools, or the second and third tiers of the strength plan. They are destined not to become great figures in professional sports, but they give us college memories that we will always cherish. According to the new regulations, they can at least take advantage of their glorious moments through signing sessions, where they can keep most of the money collected by event organizers.
Let’s take a look at five of these athletes and imagine how they can earn real, real money through real, real achievements.
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Chris Davis, Auburn Football
His money moment: Even if you may not remember the name immediately, you will remember Kick Six. Yes it is. You are already thinking about that chilling moment. Auburn and Alabama tied 28-28 in the 2013 Iron Bowl. Alabama lined up for a 57-yard field goal with one second left in the game clock. Kick very short. Davis caught the ball in the last part of the end zone and rushed to the front, blowing past the potential tackle and following his blocker to complete the end of the game and score a touchdown.
Zero return: Davis could have immediately trademarked the phrase “Kick Six” and created a clothing line that would still be the best-selling clothing line on the SEC land. Fans of Auburn wear it every day, and any other SEC fan will also wear it when they want to taunt fans in Alabama.
Arike Ogunbowale, University of Notre Dame basketball team
Her money moment(s!): Talk about important moments in the legend. In the 2018 Women’s Final Four against the undefeated University of Connecticut, Ogun Beauval hit a tie-breaking three-pointer with one second left in the game, sending her team to the national championship game. There, she somehow made a three-pointer at the buzzer against Mississippi State University to get the University of Notre Dame to win the championship. And, yes, of course, she is the 5th overall pick in the WNBA draft and is definitely a star, but in that league, her money is different; her initial four-year contract paid an average of more than $55,000 per season (this Is the topic of another column).
Zero return: shirt! Come out! social media! The damn shame rule prevented her from profiting from her incredible performance.
Ali Farokhmanesh, North Iowa Basketball
His money moment: This is the second round of the 2010 NCAA tournament. With 42.8 seconds left in the game, No. 9 Northern Iowa led the No. 1 seed-and the favorite of the tournament-Kansas and the ball by a staggering one point. The Jayhawks’ defensive pressure almost led to a steal in the backcourt, but the Panthers kicked the ball forward to Faro Hermanesz, who was left on the three-point line with no teammates on the sidelines. Instead of holding the ball to count down the clock, he drained the three-pointer. UNI suddenly rose to 4 points, and a KU offensive foul almost sealed the upset.
Zero return: Imagine if Farokhmanesh immediately made a T-shirt with something like “Big-Shot Ali said’Bye-bye kU'” on it, and it was priced at $25 each? Thousands of people will be sold before the NCAA tournament ends. In addition, from now on, apply this to any basketball player who hit a heavy blow in the NCAA tournament and disrupted the high seeds.
Amon Bins, Cincinnati Football Team
His money moment: With 38 seconds left in the game, a perfect season—not to mention the Big East champion—was right in front of us, with the Pandas sprinting on the sideline, past Pete cornerback. He passed the ball with open arms, then somersaulted through the back of the end zone, receiving the ball for 29 yards. Subsequent bonus points allowed Cincinnati to lead 45-44. The final victory gave the Pandas a 12-0 lead this season and entered the sugar bowl date with Florida.
Zero return: The problem is that NIL is not just about state funding. In fact, this is mainly about local money. The reward is a “big fish in a small pond” situation. What could be more Cincinnati than Skyline Chili? Eat some cheese and peppers, put up some advertising photos, and make a few bucks. perfect.
Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma Softball
Her money moment: Oh, this is just the home run in the first 12th inning of the 2013 Women’s University World Series in a two-win three-inning system. After her team recovered from a three-point gap in the 11th inning, the 12th inning became possible. that’s all. That year, Chamberlain led the NCAA in almost every category-she was a sophomore-that moment was the highest achievement. The Sooners turned Tennessee away in the second game and won the championship.
She talked about this in an interview with ESPN in 2020: “The stage, the moment, the height of all this. The prelude to the knockout is incredible, let the three points come back. You dream of participating in a strike and being on the stage of the World Series It’s the ultimate feeling to do this.”
Zero return: This is something we haven’t talked about yet: courses. What better person to learn softball than the legend of winning a WCWS game with a home run? “Learn from Lauren” or something. These meetings will be sold out in a few minutes.