D’Eriq King Becomes The First College Athlete To Sign An NIL Deal With A Pro Team

Dec 29, 2020; Orlando, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback D'Eriq King (1) warms up prior to the game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Miami Hurricanes during the Cheez-It Bowl Game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

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Miami quarterback D’Eriq King has pulled off an incredible accomplishment.

According to Forbes, the Hurricanes passer has agreed to an NIL deal with the Florida Panthers. That makes King the first player in the history of college sports to sign an NIL deal with a pro sports team. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)


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The talented dual-threat quarterback will appear at Panthers games and “collaborate with the team to develop his own exclusive concession item,” according to the same report.

Welcome to the new era of college sports. D’Eriq King has been one of the most visible faces in the sport since NIL started, and he’s clearly not going away any time soon.

The Panthers might be the least popular major sports team in Florida, but they’re still an NHL franchise. The fact they’ve reached a deal with King is huge.


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It just goes to show how much money is being thrown around in the era of NIL, and I love it. College athletes were stopped from making money for far too long.

Now, the stars are cashing in and I love it.


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Props to King for getting another bag of money. We love to see it!