AUSTIN, Texas (BVM) – One of the most profitable college athletes just donated a considerable chunk of their earnings to charity. Texas Longhorns freshman quarterback Arch Manning announced his intention to donate the $102,500 he earned at an auction of his Panini America NIL trading card to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas.
“When I first partnered with Panini to auction off my trading card I wanted the money to go to a good cause,” Manning said at a press conference. “Helping children live healthy and fulfilling lives was important to me and my family.”
Manning’s multiyear NIL deal with Panini America was the only agreement of its kind at the time, making his card a rarity. The card was a 1/1 Throwback Prizm with an on-card autograph and the bidding jumped from $70K to six figures in the final hours of the auction before closing at $102,500 on July 29, making it the most expensive item ever sold on the company’s website.
Manning is one of the most hyped players to ever enter college football. The grandson of the NFL’s Archie Manning and nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and Super Bowl champion Eli Manning, Arch was rated as a unanimous top-five player in the Class of 2023 before committing to the Longhorns.
Given this background, Arch also came into college football as one of the sport’s most profitable players of the new NIL era. According to On3’s NIL valuation, Arch holds a $2.8 million annual value thanks to a total following of over 276,000 followers across Instagram, Twitter/X and TikTok. This puts him at the second-highest NIL valuation in all of college football behind only Shedeur Sanders and is the fourth-highest in all of college sports.
Arch has yet to play a snap for Texas, serving as a backup to star QB Quinn Ewers. However, given his family background and high ranking as a recruit, Arch is expected to be the future of the Longhorns program, especially if Ewers elects to enter the 2024 NFL Draft.
While he has yet to make an impact on the field for Texas, Arch has already made a major impact off of it with his sizable donation. Given his NIL earnings, it is unlikely that this will be his last charitable contribution during his college career.