AJ Ferrari on the 2021 NCAA Championships (Picture/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Right this moment is a landmark day for school athletes, not simply within the wrestling world. Beginning right now, school athletes have the power to earn money off of their identify, picture, and likeness (NIL), with out jeopardizing their eligibility. Although this goes into impact on July 1st, there are nonetheless loads of i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed, as to how this may occur. Not all states, conferences, and universities shall be on the identical web page and function below the identical guidelines. A number of the advantageous print and precise laws can get type of boring, so we determined to have some enjoyable and matched up a few of school wrestling’s greatest stars with potential endorsement concepts. A few of these concepts are well-thought-out and severe. Others make for a very good snicker, however perhaps may work, too. So get pleasure from and depart us a few of your strategies within the feedback.
AJ Ferrari (Oklahoma State) – One of the best mom-and-pop Italian restaurant in Stillwater. AJ and his household are very pleased with their Italian heritage. What a few sequence of commercials on native TV with Ferrari being Ferrari? Hilarity ensues.
The probabilities are countless for 665 lb-related shirts and such, as properly. We’ll look previous adverts for Ferrari sports activities automobiles, that is low-hanging fruit.
Spencer Lee (Iowa) – Pokemon. It was his entrance music; chances are you’ll as properly endorse one thing you want.
Gable Steveson (Minnesota) – Nike. Nike has a historical past of constructing its respective model round a sure athlete. Michael Jordan took the corporate from middle-of-the-pack to the clear primary within the athletic footwear and attire business. Nike Golf was nearly non-existent earlier than Tiger Woods. Steveson may match the invoice as a dominant, hip, slightly-edgy cornerstone of their wrestling market. Plus, the Olympic publicity would not damage.
Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) – Nike. There’s already a line of sneakers for basketball participant Giannis Antetokounmpo, the “Greek Freak.” What a few comparable line for the wrestling model of the identical identify?
Trent Hidlay (NC State) – Sheetz. The Twitter deal with is Hoagie Hidlay and he pulled one out after his Who’s #1 win. Rumor has it that Hidlay is a Sheetz man. Sheetz vs. WaWa is a heated subject amongst East Coast sandwich and comfort retailer connoisseurs.
Michael Kemerer (Iowa) – Advil. It is at all times type of a intestine punch to see a few of your favourite athletes endorsing merchandise geared in the direction of an older era. Shaquille O’Neal, Brett Favre, and others have gone down this highway. Kemerer has stated his teammates confer with him as “grandpa.” He looks like he has a humorousness; chances are you’ll as properly lean into the joke.
David Carr (Iowa State) – BMW. It is probably not the model of automotive that issues, any type of sports activities automotive works. However the dad-joke teller in me can consider 100 tacky strains for Carr to say, “This Carr goes 0-60 in so many seconds”, “Excessive-performance Carr,” and so forth.
Shane Griffith (Stanford) – Funding Agency. Once more, I can image extra tacky strains. “Hey, I’ll have saved 11 sports activities, however I actually wish to aid you lower your expenses”.
Roman Bravo-Younger (Penn State) – Something. The man will get it. For the final yr, he is put up strong content material on social media and constructed a very good following. He’d be an incredible face of an organization.
2021 NCAA Champion Austin O’Connor (Picture/Josh Conklin)
Austin O’Connor (North Carolina) – Cheez-It. Why not? (courtesy of @dysgold_2005)
Evan Wick (Cal Poly) – Yankee Candle. Candles with a extremely lengthy wick (courtesy of @jagger712)
Daton Repair (Oklahoma State)/Cam Caffey (Michigan State)/Michael Beard (Penn State) – Some type of hair/beard merchandise.
Micky Phillipi/Jake Wentzel/Nino Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh) – Primanti Bros. – The well-known sandwich store is carefully related to Pittsburgh and we have now three of the Panthers superstars from the higher Pittsburgh space. Appears like an ideal match.