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Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt recently signed an NIL deal with Hyatt Hotels. While on paper the deal makes all the sense in the world, his recent decision to opt out of the Orange Bowl and declare for the 2023 NFL Draft threw a wrinkle into the equation.
As OutKick’s Trey Wallace reported just over a week ago, part of Hyatt’s NIL deal with the hotel company included easing the travel expenses for the families of each Tennessee football player that will travel to Miami for the Orange Bowl against Clemson.
Hyatt Hotels honored the deal — Wallace reports it was the plan all along — and have given 90+ hotel credit gift cards to each player to cover the cost of their family members’ hotel stay.
“The World of Hyatt team gave me the ability to create a deal that benefited my teammates and our families,” Hyatt said in a statement on Dec. 6. “That’s real, as those are the people I care about the most. Knowing my teammates’ families will all have help to be at the game, and that they are being cared for on the road is amazing.”
Front Office Sports reported that the wide receiver was expected to “promote the hotel chain’s World of Hyatt rewards program.”
Hyatt plans to travel to Miami for the Orange Bowl and will be on the sidelines, according to Wallace.
The Irmo, S.C., native could be the first wide receiver taken in the 2023 NFL Draft coming off of a breakout season in Knoxville.