Mississippi State QB Signs NIL Deal with BBQ Restaurant Chain

by Thad Mitchell
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Will Rogers, a quarterback for the Mississippi State Bulldogs football team, is cashing in on a new policy that allows collegiate athletes to collect money for sponsorships.

The policy was enacted earlier this year before the collegiate football season got started and several players are getting lucrative deals. The Mississippi State quarterback is the latest to capitalize on the NIL policy. NIL stands for “Name Image Likeness” and allows all collegiate athletes, not just football players, to earn money for their success.

Rogers is teaming up with one of the most famous barbecue restaurants in the country for his NIL deal. Moe’s Orginal BBQ, which has 14 different locations across the country, will partner with the quarterback on the deal. Moe’s has a location in Starkville, Mississippi, which is home to the Mississippi State campus. The deal will see Rogers serve as a sponsor of the heavily popular restaurant’s Starkville location.

Along with compensation, Rogers and the Mississippi State Bulldog offensive line will get free food from Moe’s every Thursday. You have to think Will Rogers is now a hero for those massive offensive linemen who will likely eat a ton of barbecue. Those linemen will now have a little extra incentive to keep their star quarterback from getting squashed by opposing teams. Mississippi State will take on North Carolina State this Saturday in what should be a highly entertaining game.

Mississippi State QB Gets Free Food as Part of Pact

The pact between Rogers and Moe’s extends through the entire college football season. This isn’t the only NIL deal for the Mississippi State Bulldog quarterback. He is also partnering with Next Move, a company specializing in athlete relocation. Other players on the team also have NIL deals that will compensate them throughout the college football season.

Will Rogers is off to an impressive start for the Mississippi State 2021 football season. While his numbers so far are very good, they likely will continue trending upward throughout the season. Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach has a knack for turning ordinary quarterbacks into college football superstars. Leach runs an “air raid” style of offense that focuses on the passing game. The coach is in his second year with the Bulldogs, coming to the Southeastern Conference from Washington State. It would surprise no one to see the talented Will Rogers put up video game numbers this season under Leach.

Last week, in his first game of the season, Rogers had a very successful outing against Louisiana Tech. He threw for 370 yards in the game and tossed three touchdowns and just one interception. Mississippi State would go on to win a nail-biter by a final score of 35-34.

They will face the North Carolina State Wolfpack this weekend in a battle of unbeaten teams. Rogers hopes to have another big outing — after he and his lineman load up on some barbecue this week.