Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning hasn’t played a down of college football, and he may not this whole season during his freshman year in Austin. However, he is the highest-earning college football player in the country, and his latest NIL deal with Panini America just made over $100,000 for charity.
Manning, the grandson of Archie, son of Cooper, and nephew of Eli and Peyton Manning, just signed his first college NIL deal with the trading card company Panini America. And as part of the deal, the company auctioned off a 1-of-1 Prizm Black autographed Arch Manning card, with the proceeds going to charity.
The auction concluded on Sunday, July 30, and when the dust settled, the winning bid was $102,500. The winner also gets a meet-and-greet with the young QB and the chance to catch passes from the rising star on the field.
The winner is currently unknown, but they are scheduled to be part of the check presentation ceremony when Manning donates the money “to a Central Texas nonprofit with the help of St. David’s HealthCare and St. David’s Foundation,” per ESPN.
“Getting my first Panini trading card is something I couldn’t have imagined growing up,” Manning said in a statement. “Working with Panini to have my first trading card benefit the larger community is special. Helping children live healthy and fulfilling lives is something that has always been important to my family.”
Manning may be the biggest NIL star in his sport, but he’s not even the starting quarterback of his own team. This season, Manning will likely sit behind sophomore starter Quinn Ewers and possibly redshirt freshman Maalik Murphy.