So news has come out recently that the NCAA is going to allow its athletes to sign endorsement contracts while they’re in school.
Pretty unbelievable that up to this point it’s been illegal for college athletes to make money literally for being themselves. Why wouldn’t they be allowed to do a local car commercial, or sign autographs at a sporting goods store? No idea, but it’s one of the many reasons the NCAA is one of the worst organizations in America. I wrote a research paper about how awful they are back in college & then a blog about it after that.
As bad as the NCAA is, this news is at least a sign that things are moving in the right direction. I understand the complications behind paying college athletes an actual salary, but letting them sign endorsements has been such a no-brainer to me from the start. It also got me thinking: what if college athletes were always able to sign endorsements? What former college stars did we miss out on seeing in commercials? I took my best shot at guessing a couple.
Jameis Winston, Joe’s Crab Shack
Everyone remembers the story about Jameis getting in trouble for stealing crab legs while he was playing at Florida State. But what if he was able to sign with a company that could give him as much crab as his heart desired? I see absolutely nothing wrong with a dude wanting to chow down on some crab, and if you’re playing quarterback at a Heisman trophy level, you should be entitled to as much of it as you want.
Grayson Allen, Vineyard Vines
I knew I was spot on with this one because Grayson Allen’s head lined up almost perfectly on the Vineyard Vines model. He exemplified everything that most people hate about Duke – that guy with a punchable face who looks like he’s about to threaten the refs that his dad’s gonna sue them if they don’t give him all the calls. Vineyard Vines is the perfect representation of that to me, so this one was a match made in douchebag heaven.
Reggie Bush, any landscaping company
Tell me how a dude who’s last name was BUSH that just so happened to be one of the most electrifying players in college football history wouldn’t make a boatload of money to be in a landscaping company commercial. “No one trims bushes better, just ask Reggie,” something along those lines. That’s definitely not what the slogan would’ve been but we can workshop it. I may have a marketing degree, but that doesn’t mean I’ve actually done anything with it.
Kemba Walker, Bayer Asprin
It would only right for the dude nicknamed “cardiac Kemba” to be sponsored by the medication that helps prevent heart attacks. While Walker is able to control his heartbeat and keep calm in the biggest moments, Bayer can also help keep people’s hearts beating at a normal rate. Plus, any excuse to post this clip.
Manti Te’o, Match.com
If ANYONE knows that love is complicated, it’s Manti Te’o. The whole story about his “girlfriend” dying, only to figure out he was actually getting catfished the entire time, is one of the weirder sports stories in recent memory. Imagine if he did a match.com commercial right after? “Hi, I’m Manti Te’o. I know how difficult it can be to find someone online – literally. So try match.com.” Business would have skyrocketed after that.