They say everything’s bigger in Texas.
That seems to hold true after the announcement Friday that Texas A&M football players Isaiah Spiller and Demani Richardson are set to earn $10,000 each for exclusive interviews posted to Aggies-centric website TexAgs.com. The deal for the interviews, which are sponsored by GreenPrint Real Estate Group, has been reached under the new name, image and likeness rules for college sports.
“As Aggie business owners, we embrace any opportunity to support local student athletes and the Aggie community as a whole,” GreenPrint owners Geoff Myers and Randy Hightower said in a joint statement posted to TexAgs, which is not affiliated with Texas A&M University.
“With the collegiate athletic landscape rapidly changing, GreenPrint is thrilled to partner with TexAgs and these two young men in this exciting new endeavor.”
TexAgs co-owner and executive editor Billy Liucci said in a statement his site is “excited about the ways the NIL changes will allow us to feature Texas A&M athletes, continue to push into new areas of content creation for our subscribers, and expand our work with sponsors.”
Spiller was third in rushing in the Southeastern Conference last season, picking up 1,036 yards with nine touchdowns. He was named first-team All-SEC, along with Alabama running back Najee Harris, now with the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. The junior figures to be a prominent part of an Aggies offense that no longer has quarterback Kellen Mond under center.
Richardson, a junior safety, was an SEC All-Freshman team selection in 2019. He had an interception and 36 tackles in eight games last year.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Texas A&M football players making $10K each in NIL deal