3 Emerging Athletes to Consider for your Next Endorsement Deal
- September 20, 2022
- SponsorPulse Staff
Football: Quinn Ewers
There’s no denying that 19-year-old Ewers is a star on the rise. While the football quarterback for the Texas Longhorns is new on the scene, he’s generated major buzz. Before reclassifying and enrolling at Ohio State, he was considered the best collegiate prospect of the 2022 high-school recruiting class. After a short-lived college career at Ohio State University in 2021, Ewers transferred to Texas post-season and hasn’t looked back.
Football prowess aside, one of Ewers’ defining highlights is the fact that he’s the first amateur athlete to land a $1M+ deal as a result of name and likeness rules—making him a trailblazer in the sponsorship space.
Gymnastics: Olivia Dunne
A rising star in the world of gymnastics, 19-year-old Olivia Dunne is already a success story. A former member of the USA national gymnastics team, Dunne is currently competing at the NCAA level for Louisiana State University, to much success. After competing in the opening match against Centenary, Dunne’s uneven bars scored 9.925, the second highest of the night behind only her teammate.
While Dunne is an emerging powerhouse in her sport, her sponsorship value is bolstered by her tremendous social media presence that sees 5.7M TikTok and 2M IG users tuning in to engage with her content on a daily basis.
In July 2021, due to her massive following, Dunne was projected to earn more compensation than any other collegiate athlete when the NIL era kicked off. Just one month later, she had already signed to WME sports, becoming their first NIL athlete. Shortly after, she announced her first exclusive brand partnership with Vuori, an activewear brand.
Hockey: Connor McDavid
Canada’s golden boy, Connor McDavid is considered one of the top players in the history of the NHL. He started his hockey career with a bang, being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team and becoming a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy.
In his second season, at the age of 19, McDavid was named captain of the Edmonton Oilers, making him the youngest captain in the history of the league, recording 100 points that season. It was that year that McDavid also became the youngest player to win the Art Ross Trophy for leading scorer in the league. He was also selected to the NHL First All-Star Team. Not bad for a sophomore season!
Often compared to the greats before him, like Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretsky, McDavid has cemented himself as one of the top players in the history of hockey. This makes him the first pick for brands looking to connect closely with hockey fans far and wide.
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