Among the best moments from Bryce Youngs debut in Season 5 of Dr. Peppers Fansville is once the sheriff (played by Brian Bosworth) gets on his walkie-talkie to ask just how many NIL deals does Bryce Young have?
The comment was in reaction to Youngs ad within the ad. He plays himself in Fansville. So, fittingly, he was selling something: foam fingers for Fansville Foam Finger Warehouse.
Bosworths fictional reaction was simply art imitating life, because its a question people in real life need to know. How many NIL deals does the Heisman-winning quarterback for the University of Alabama have? Its apparently way too many for Young to maintain with.
I dont know a particular number, Young said within an interview with For The Win about his Dr. Pepper partnership. Theres hoops and stuff you gotta jump through just discussing business things. But Ive been blessed to really have the opportunities that I’ve, to really have the partnerships that Ive had the opportunity to possess.
OK, so he didnt exactly clear that up. Last summer, before Young had even taken simple as starting quarterback, ESPN reported him as having a lot more than $800,000 in NIL deals. College and recruiting site On3 has his valuation at $3.2 million, which ranks fourth on the NIL 100 list.
These opportunities have turned the football player right into a walking salesman, and the brand new Dr. Pepper deal allows him to include actor to his resume. Young said having the ability to partner with a national brand was a no-brainer, adding he found the Fansville campaign intriguing even while a spectator. Now, being truly a section of it, he admits his acting still requires a little work.
I didnt have any acting lessons, but I definitely felt like I will have, Young said. There is an excellent cast, great crew. So, just having the ability to watch them, it had been just a little intimidating. But I had fun with it.
Young isnt letting off the field stuff distract from the football, though. Hes adamant that winning is his biggest priority at Alabama. That doesnt mean he isnt grateful for the opportunities that NIL has afforded him. But he understands they dont come without success on the field.
For me personally, all of the glory would go to God. I’ve an excellent team around me which has helped me strategically have partners and also have people around me. But thats taking care of of my entire life that’s great and Im super grateful for, Young said. But by the end of your day for me personally, whats most significant has been an athlete and being truly a student. Those will be the items that dictate what Im doing, and the ones are the items that use up my day and my time and thats what all of the NIL and business stuff works around.