NIL Goes Political -- UT-Martin QB Signs With District Attorney General Candidate

If you're tired of the ever-expanding mixture of sports and politics, you're going to hate this next story.

University of Tennessee-Martin quarterback Dresser Winn has recently agreed to a Name, Image, and Likeness deal with local district attorney general candidate Colin Johnson. Johnson, a longtime friend of the Winn family, is running in the 27th district of Tennessee, which covers Weakley and Obion counties.

Though the race appears to be nonpartisan, the Winn-Johnson deal is likely the first politically-oriented NIL agreement of its kind.

Which doesn't bode well for the future. SEC head coaches Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher unleashed all kinds of heck last week, accusing one another of unsavory NIL deals that amount to cheating. The last thing the world of college sports needs is politicians entering the fray and polluting the NIL process even further.

In the meantime, Winn, now a graduate student, will focus on promoting his favored candidate and securing the starting QB spot in the fall. He has already played in 21 games over the past five years and has a solid chance of earning the top spot with a strong performance in fall camp, according to brobible.



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Cortney Weil has a PhD in Shakespearean drama but now spends her days reading and writing about her first passion: sports. She loves God, her husband, and all things Michigan State.