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Former Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel supports NIL, but says recruiting impact ‘seems dicey’

  • September 25, 2021

supports players capitalizing on the new Name-Image-Likeness allowances.

But acknowledges the obvious potential downside. 

“It certainly would’ve been nice,” Wuerffel says when considering how he would’ve benefited during his mid-’90s Gator career. “But I also wonder how that would’ve impacted me as a human being, how it would’ve impacted me as a teammate. You just don’t know what downsides might come along with making a little extra money at that point.”

Did someone mention downsides? There appears to be few downsides for the players, but you don’t need much imagination to consider the potential for a Wild West scenario.

“In general, I’m in favor of people being able to market their name and likeness,” Wuerffel said while promoting a golf event in Sea Island, Georgia. “The part that’s trickier to me, and I don’t know how to handle it, is how it can play a part in recruiting. How is it fair to promise a kid in high school that he’s going to get a certain amount of money from boosters or whatever?

“To me, that seems dicey. I don’t know how that will play out. But I definitely think guys, while they’re playing, it’s fair for them to market their name and image and make some money off of it.”

On conference realignments and “alliances”: “I think it’ll sort itself out. I think, whatever conference you’re in, your alumni still love you. The passion is still high.”

The potential of an expanded playoff: “I remember watching the four-team playoff for the first time, it was so exciting, like an NFL playoff. It’s hard to pick a top four, so I’m in favor of moving to more teams. Whether it’s eight or 12, I don’t have a strong opinion on that, but I do think a bigger field than four would be good.”

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