Not many players have benefited from the NCAA’s new NIL rules as much as Miami quarterback D’Eriq King. Heading into his sixth year in college, the Hurricanes star has just done a first by landing an endorsement from a pro sports team.
On Monday, King officially signed an endorsement deal with the NHL’s Florida Panthers. As part of the deal, King will appear at some Panthers games and events, do fan engagement events and help them produce digital content.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Panthers chief strategy officer Sam Doerr praised King as “a superstar both on and off the field” who the team is excited to work with.
“D’Eriq is a superstar both on and off the field and we are excited to reach and engage South Florida sports fans in new ways through this collaborative partnership,” Doerr said.
Making moves ✍️
D’Eriq King (@DeriqKing_) has signed as our first-ever FLA Athlete, becoming the first collegiate athlete to sign an NIL agreement with a pro sports team!
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— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) August 9, 2021
2020 was D’Eriq King’s first year as a starter after spending the previous four seasons with the Houston Cougars. King quickly delivered Miami their best season in three years, completing 64-percent of his passes for 2,686 yards and 26 touchdowns with just five picks.
Miami went 8-3 on the season, losing the Cheez-It Bowl to Oklahoma State and finishing as the No. 22 team in the nation.
Expectations are always high for The U, but coming off the season they just had – and after King’s superb 2020 – they’ll be even higher this year.
If D’Eriq King can meet those expectations, he’ll be getting a lot more money than whatever this endorsement deal is paying him.
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