Arch Manning Syndication: Austin American-Statesman

Texas Longhorns young star quarterback Arch Manning is one of the most marketable players in the country when it comes to his name, image, and likeness. But before his freshman season began, Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian indicated that Manning would not be taking any NIL deals until he earned the starting role. However, it seems that’s not actually what has happened.

In April of 2023, Steve Sarkisian claimed that former NFL quarterback Archie Manning – the grandfather of Arch Manning – would not let his grandson accept any NIL deals until he earned the starting job with the Longhorns.

“His grandpa (former NFL quarterback Archie Manning) won’t let him take any NIL money,” Sarkisian said according to USA Today. “He said, ‘You can take money when you become a player and you start.’ ”

However, that is not what has happened.

According to NFL insider Pete Nakos of On3, Arch Manning has accepted an NIL deal that will pay him between $50,000 and $60,000 to appear in and promote the upcoming EA Sports College Football video game.

“NIL Whispers: EA Sports paid Texas QB Arch Manning between $50-60K to promote College Football 25, On3
has learned. The former No. 1 overall recruit in the 2023 class will also receive $600 and a copy of the game for opting in,” Nakos said in a post on X, the social media website that was formerly known as Twitter.

Needless to say, it sounds like he isn’t actually waiting until he earns the starting role to accept NIL money, and he got called out for it.

Clearly, Manning has changed his mind.

[Pete Nakos]